1998 Mitsubishi Diamante SE-V 3.0L GDI V6 from Australia and New Zealand





General Comments:

This car is excellent, the 3.0L GDI V6 is very powerful and extremely quiet and smooth. The luxurious interior adds to your driving experience. It handles corners and hills very well and the 5 speed tiptronic is very fun to use and has a hardly noticeable delay during changes, while full automatic has very well chosen gear ratios which enables the engine to use its full potential. The passenger cabin is very spacious with a lot of leg room and a lot of secret compartments which become very useful from time to time. Being a Kiwi I have to admit that the factory LCD touch screen is a little tricky to figure out as all controls are written in Japanese, but you get use to it over time. Overall this Mitsi is a very high spec model, performance and luxury for a low price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2006

11th Apr 2006, 00:54

Hey wazzup, I've got a 1997 Mitsubishi Sev v6 GDI. The only thing wrong with the car is that the oil burns too quick and goes darker than diesel oil, but on the bright side I have done about 11 seconds going up a steep hill.

Does anybody know how to translate the Japanese into English and have a road map Compact Disc for NZ because it is getting quite annoying, thanks.

1998 Mitsubishi Diamante ES 3.5L FI DOHC from North America


A great near-luxury sedan, with lots of performance and comfort


Had to have the Heater Core replaced at 45,000 miles.

Had to replace the Rack and Pinion Steering unit at 45,000 miles.

Replaced the electric antenna at 55,000 miles.

Dealership was not able to remove the squeaks/rattle from the Moon Roof after two separate attempts.

The car has a terrible lack of interior lighting.

Seatbelt connector is very low in the seat and difficult to operate.

At 90,000 miles, I need to replace the Heater Core again.

Almost impossible to get parts for this car except from the Mitsubishi dealer.

General Comments:

Although the car has been very good as far as maintenance issues go, having to replace replace a heater core BEFORE 100,000 is almost unheard of. I will have done this twice. Also, the Rack and Pinion should not be replaced unless the car has a front end accident. My car developed leaks around the seals and this was the solution.

This concerns me about the quality.

The car is a rocket ship! The 3.5L engine is solid, it drives silky smooth, and the response will throw you back in the seat. It is a fast cruising car, and great for the highway.

The leather interior has held up extremely well.

When they built this car, they apparently forgot to put and lights in it for the interior. All you have is the two (dim) map lights, and the make-up mirror light! Really annoying. We thought the interior bulb had blown out when we got the car home.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd October, 2002

11th Jun 2003, 02:15

You had some excellent points about the Mitsubishi but, I'm going to have to disagree with you on the lighting. The car is known for how bright it is. There are more lights than you chose to say in your review. There are two vanity mirrors, two front reading/map lights, lights on all the doors, and two reading/map lights in the rear.