2005 Mitsubishi Magna TJ series 2 3.5 litre petrol
Value for money, with decent power and features
Heavy oil consumption - no need to change oil; it burns thru 4 litres in 5000km. Valve guide seals I believe, but it's cheaper to put in the extra oil rather than pay much $$ for a motor repair.
Radiator fan electric motor wore out at 210,000km. Replaced it myself, got the part for approx $200 from a dealer
Auto transmission rough and a bit snatchy, but quite usable.
Ignored advice on the Internet about replacing the cam belt tensioner when getting the cam belt replaced at 170,000km (mechanic said that on a 3 1/2 year old car, it was unnecessary). Net result is that after about another 10,000km, I had to do the whole job again as the tensioner failed, and this time replacing the cam belt tensioner, which had failed.
Got the petrol filter changed at a garage during a service, and the idiot mechanic did not replace fuel pipe correctly, so it popped off on M2 motorway in Sydney in morning rush hour - all the fuel pumped out and I broke down. In a concrete gully with no cellphone reception, so just had to sit there until the breakdown vehicle spotted me and towed me away. Drat!
Paint on the roof rack peeling off.
Amazing value for money.
$8500 for 3 1/2 year old car with 150,000km.
Nothing came close to it for age, power, space and comfort at the time - the equivalent Camry was over $6-8000 more expensive.
Handles and drives OK - not a car I love, but a good reliable workhorse.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2012