1993 Mitsubishi Diamante Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1993 Mitsubishi Diamante ES 3.0 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carVolvo Wagon

Summary:

Good for long distance traveling, but not for quick

Faults:

The ball joints had to be replaced because when you went down a hill, the wheels would make a grinding noise.

A Idle monitor had to be replaced because the car would stall when stopped at a stop light or the car was idling. $500 dollars!!!

Oil leaked for a while until I tightened the engine block cover.

Still burns some oil though.

General Comments:

Good acceleration and comfortable on long trips to the ski resorts. Good in snow, ABS brakes work well and handles well on bumpy windy back roads. High speed and highway handling and stability are incredible.

Lack of power to pass or to climb long hills and the transmission get confused when climbing a hill and doesn't react when you floor it. When you press the "overdrive off" button, the car slows down really quickly and the transmission clunks. Also, sometimes to get up hills, I have to move the shifter down from "D" to "2" and the car does the same as the "overdrive off" button.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2004

1993 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 3.0DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance119000 miles
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

A keeper! fun and comfortable

Faults:

I replaced the timing belt, idler and water pump the day I purchased it. Better safe than sorry, cost about $700.

The Motor mounts seem to be going, but not too bad yet.

The brakes only have about 10,000 miles on them and they make a terrible grinding noise once in awhile.

A CD stuck in the changer. Easy fix and when I removed to do the repairs I noticed that the factory had not changed the shock springs to the vertical setting. If your CDs skip frequently, pull your changer out and check the setting on the sides.

The automatic door locks do not automatically unlock all the time when the car is put in park.

General Comments:

Great luxury and comfort for the price.

I have read a few comments about burning oil, but I have not had this occur and my car is approaching 120,000.

Aside from the slightly worn leather on the front seats you would never know this car was 10 years old and had a 120,000 mile on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2003

1993 Mitsubishi Diamante ES 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Diamante

Faults:

My vehicle has smoked since day one. I add a quart of no-smoke every other week. The car does not pass emmision standards due to smoke. Car does pass emmisions standards in relation to test results other than visible smoke. Car has run great and is very comfortable. Car rides great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th September, 2003

1993 Mitsubishi Diamante LS from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Really a great car for the price

Faults:

Transmission failed at 120k, but the nice safety mode kept me going to get it to the shop without a tow truck.

Started burning oil at 106k, and leave a trail of smoke from every stop. I think this is a flaw in the design.

Small accessories have tended not to hold up. These include the cup holder, and back ash trays.

Electrical short causes the alarm to go off when ever you open the truck without the doors being unlocked. This started at about 150k.

Idle is not steady, but that only started at 186k.

General Comments:

If you have the correct tires on the vehicle, then you cannot beat the performance. Even at 189k miles, it runs beautifully.

Power steering is one of the best I have had on any car. I often have to ask if other vehicles have power steering because I am so used to the Diamante.

Great large size car that handles like a sports car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2003

1993 Mitsubishi Diamante ES 3.0 DOHC V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 DOHC V6 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

An affordable luxury money pit

Faults:

My timing belt went out at 57000 miles.

The transmission needed to be replaced at 77000 miles.

Seals have been wearing out continuously since 60000 miles, regardless of frequency of oil and oil filter changes.

Engine has developed numerous oil leaks.

Brake pads need to be replaced too frequently.

I have replaced the brake rotors twice since buying the car.

General power and acceleration have diminished considerably since 70000 miles.

General Comments:

When I bought this car in 1997, everything seemed to be in perfect working order. It did not take long for everything to start going wrong with it.

All of the problems have accumulated to the point where I have spent as much money repairing the car as I spent on it in the first place.

I have grown to love this car, despite it's faults, but I would hesitate before buying another Mitsubishi.

I must say however, that I have never had any problems starting my Diamante up, even in bitterly cold temperatures.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th May, 2003

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 16 reviews