Mitsubishi Eterna Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1989 Mitsubishi Eterna MX 2.0 DOHC 16v twin cam

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC 16v twin cam Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

Reasonably good performance at a cheap price, far better than most cars you will find at this price

Faults:

The lower grey door panels have faded a lot.

The fog lights stopped working at 171,000 kilometres.

General Comments:

The engine is quite powerful for a 2 litre naturally aspirated engine, 100 kilowatts of power at the front wheels.

The seats are very comfortable.

The ride is very smooth and comfortable.

The ABS brakes provide great stopping ability.

All of the electric functions have stayed fully functional.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2002

1987 Mitsubishi Eterna VX Turbo Hard Top 2.0L turbo 150hp

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0L turbo 150hp Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired126000 kilometres
Most recent distance128000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun 240K GT Skyline '75

Summary:

1980's Turbo electronic power from the East

Faults:

Boost from the turbo died due to a $5.00 "O" ring on the boost pipe being worn.

Water hose that preheats the intake burst.

General Comments:

This car kicks! 120 Kw of power (150 HP). $55,000 when new in New Zealand. I paid only $1,800.

This Eterna is the Hard top version of the front wheel drive Sigma GSR Turbo from 1984 to 1988. Hard top meaning no frames around the door windows. There was even a intercooled Eterna offered called the Sirius Dash that was 200 HP.

The car is an unsung hero.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2000

2nd Oct 2001, 04:32

I own a Sigma GSR Turbo, and concur with all comments here.

I would like to add that driven with care it's possible to get 35 mpg.

Why you'd want to drive one of these gently is beyond me however, they're too much fun.

27th Oct 2001, 18:20

Can anyone celebrate with me regarding the 200hp Sirius Dash 3x2 Super Exceed model? This has an enormous front mounted intercooler and the largest brake discs you have ever seen. These models are very fast even by todays standards. The 12.5 psi boost standard can lead to manifold destruction though. Does anyone understand how the 3x2 head really operates?

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews