2005 Mitsubishi 380 GT 3.8L petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Comfort, performance and reliability are outstanding

Faults:

Three things have been faulty on this car:

1. Rear passenger window had failed to work; it was the cable that snapped and was fixed by the dealer under warranty; they were great with the service provided.

2. Driver's head rest leather cover keeps unlocking at the bottom.

3. The rear driver's seat pocket elastic has broken. A weak design flaw.

General Comments:

This GT model has leather everywhere, cruise control, sunroof, ABS, traction control, reverse warning device, great stereo system, climate control, Bluetooth, and 17" alloy wheels.

It also has sports suspension, which is brilliant. It's not too hard and not soft, so it handles very well on all road conditions.

It has never failed me - starts first turn of the key every time.

I don't follow the 15000 km servicing procedure. I do it every 10k.

I've fitted an LPG injected system to it at 50,000 km and never looked back. The yearly savings are around 1500-2000 $$$$ a year, if not more.

A very reliable car, I've always used Castrol Magnatech 15-40 oil and changed the oil filter every 20k. Use only Mitsi trans oil every 20k km.

Coolant (MITSI) and timing belt changed every 120k.

I travel 400 to 500 km a week, and that costs me 27-35 dollars a tank (350-420 km) depending on the price of LPG 50-60 cents/L.

Power-wise it's brilliant on gas as well; you can't feel the difference between the two fuels.

I've had three Holdens (VP, VS, and Frontera) prior to this car that were on gas, and all had oil or water leaks and valve recession.

This car has been a dream to drive and own. Yes I may have spent a bit more money by doing slightly more services, but I do them all, the only costs are parts and they are relatively cheap compared to other makes. The piece of mind that the car is well serviced has paid off over the years (the same servicing with Holdens made no difference).

It's a shame that this car is no longer made; I would have bought another one. They still make this car in the USA, but under the name of Galant and it looks really good... it's a shame they're left hand drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2015

2008 Mitsubishi 380 Series III 3.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Great value, comfort and performance; buy one if the price is right

Faults:

The engine has a ticking noise that kicks in once warm; the dealer didn't know what caused it.

The brakes have a bad shudder when pushed hard or long down hills, but since I don't concern myself too much with car maintenance, I haven't had the discs machined.

Two of the power windows have failed (still got to get them fixed).

The engine uses oil, so you need to keep an eye on the oil level.

Otherwise, no problems in 75000km = now at 115000.

General Comments:

Cars generally improve, but age for age, I think my TP 1990 Magna was a better car. You may laugh, but I doubt I'll ever own a better car - 350,000 km, hardly ever serviced, owned it for 20 years, never spent a cent on it, and it never let me down despite years of abuse.

As for my 380, it's very good except for the faults listed above.

Great value too; paid $13,800 with 40000 and only 2 years old

Great performance and very smooth auto - Commodores should use this transmission!

I regularly drive many cars, and rate the 380 as more comfortable than a Falcon, Commodore, Aurion or Camry.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2012

2007 Mitsubishi 380 SX 3.8L from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

The car is way underrated - it's an excellent drive and fantastic value

Faults:

Driver electronic window refused to work - fixed by itself after a day, problem never resurfaced (!?)

Cruise control sometimes goes nuts when switching back on.

The tiptronic gear changes are lagging (takes half a second or more for the gear change to start).

General Comments:

I haven't had any major problems in this past few years with it, it just goes, and goes very well. The power is readily available at lower revs. It's very comfortable to use the car in 3rd everywhere in city (sadly it automatically changes back to 1st when stopped - it could easily start in 3rd no problems).

Climbing hills on the freeway is effortless, although on steep inclines the cruise control changes back to 4th to keep up with the set speed, then back then down again... but it's of no consequence. On good tyres - and dry conditions - the car can accelerate out on full throttle without wheel spin from a standing start. Only really sporty cars can keep up. :)

The automatic gearbox is smooth, and does a good job.

The handling is exceptional for such a big car. You need to get a good set of rubber on it, though.

The only annoying thing is the slow tiptronic gear changes; I can easily initiate two downshifts before even the first would start to happen. So it's not what you'd call responsive.

Another annoyance is that the cruise control sometimes goes way over the set speed when re-enabling (and I mean *way* over, like 130+ for a set 110), but it goes back afterwards.

There's plenty of space inside, and the only problems are the lack of a few extras; climate control (only air con) and passenger side electronic seat controls. The boot space is huge for a sedan, putting really large things in may be a problem though.

The stereo is good enough quality, the CD changer is nice, the 6 speakers can deliver enough of the power - but modern people will miss a USB or Bluetooth connection.

All in all, the car is an unassuming, but very grunty and agile thing, with good comforts. Big thumbs up!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2012

19th Mar 2012, 08:34

I am the owner of a Mitsubishi 380 VRX, model year 2005. This vehicle was purchased in 2006 as a demo vehicle, and had just turned over 10,000 KM. I have owned Holdens, Falcons, and Magnas prior to purchasing the 380.

The vehicle has now done over 100,000 KM, and I have been very pleased with its reliability, comfort, handling, braking, transmission, and its impressive engine performance.

The only criticism I would have is the fuel consumption is a little high around town. Also in the cooler months, there is some engine lifter ticking, which disappears once the engine has warmed up. Despite this, like many others, I do believe it is an underrated car. Some criticism about it being a cardigan drivers car is more often voiced, by those that have never driven a 380, to enable them to make a fair assessment.

I would definitely buy another Mitsubishi.