1997 Mitsubishi Diamante Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1997 Mitsubishi Diamante SEI 3.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi V3000

Summary:

A great car to own and drive, but you maybe disapointed at resale time

Faults:

Brake pads needed replacing after a service and inspection.

General Comments:

Full electrics and descent stereo system for those who wish to be spoiled.

The 3.5 V6 has good torque and steady power across the revs. However, engine noise is noticeable.

A welcome improvement in overall body looks from previous models.

Road holding and cornering is great with very little body roll.

Front wheel spin is a nuisance during faster than normal take offs, especially in the wet.

Possible problem at resale time.

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

Review Date: 16th November, 2005

1997 Mitsubishi Diamante SEi 3.5 CC from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.5 CC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 kilometres
Most recent distance96000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi V3000

Summary:

It's my baby!!

Faults:

Shudder in car, identified as power bands in auto. Fixed accordingly.

No other majors at this stage, touch wood.

General Comments:

Love the car. The leather interior is comfortable and the cabin roomy and spacious.

3.5 litre engine is powerful and smooth.

The auto is very smooth through the changes and the ratios offer some good low end torque with good top end cruising speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2005

1997 Mitsubishi Diamante sei 3.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 kilometres
Most recent distance131000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Diamante

Summary:

Performance and luxury bargain

Faults:

One small oil leak back of motor.

General Comments:

The car has all the mod cons and performance you could ask for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2004

1997 Mitsubishi Diamante SEi 3.5 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired76200 kilometres
Most recent distance76700 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla - Sprinter

Summary:

A exceptionally good bargain

Faults:

Nothing so far!

General Comments:

I've had the car for about 1 week.

Very smooth ride, definitely lots more power compared to my previous car (which had a 1.5L engine).

Luxurious and very comfortable, very room interior.

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

Review Date: 2nd December, 2003

1997 Mitsubishi Diamante SEI 3.5 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.5 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance151000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Diamante

Summary:

A great car for driving comfort at an affordable price

Faults:

Car shudders at irregular times, and at various speeds.

I returned the car to the dealers twice for inspection.

It appears that the shudder emanates from the automatic transmission.

I am told it has been repaired.

General Comments:

I like the style of the car and enjoy the "bells and whistles".

Like my previous V3000 SE, hugs the road well and is a smooth rider.

Without too much effort the 3.5 motor does bring a smile to the face if you decide to push it down the highway.

I enjoy the factory standard stereo system which includes a 10 CD stacker.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2003

1997 Mitsubishi Diamante Super Saloon 3.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance104740 kilometres
Previous carFord Fairmont

Summary:

Poorly designed automatic transmission lets this good car down

Faults:

The automatic transmission failed completely at 94000 km. A retaining clip came away from the main housing causing metal filings that contaminated the solenoid and sealing rings.

The transmission failed again at 96400 km and was repaired.

It is showing signs of failing again at 104700 km.

General Comments:

Comfortable car to drive. Very quiet.

Expensive to service at 100000 km.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th September, 2002

23rd Apr 2010, 18:46

This car unfortunately has a very touching gear box.

But it is not the car's fault, but the owners from new to now. These cars need to be kept in good nick mechanically from new. Mostly with the tranny. Mine had the same issue. So I got them to fully rebuild and replace the whole gear box. Also CV torque converter, computer, everything around the gear box. Came to $10,000.00, all paid by the car yard.

Since that time I have just serviced the gear box. And it works wonderfully now. The man fixing the gear box was shock about how bad a condition it was in. He guessed it was still probably still had the factory oil in it.

Just so whoever is looking at getting one of these cars, make sure to get one with history, or make sure you get the motor and tranny check first. Not a problem of the car, but of no servicing, causing failure.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 8 reviews