2005 Mitsubishi 380 GT 3.8L petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Comfort, performance and reliability are outstanding
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.
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