If you dislike Australia just say it. Don't hide behind their cars. It's either this, or you have no idea what you are talking about.
I just bought a Diamante. There is a few questions I have.
1.-no matter how I drive the car I only get 18-19 miles to the gallon. Why?? I know this is a big car, but I thought they get like 18-26. What can I do to increase my gas mileage?
2.-Do you have to use Premium gas? I do off and on, but do I have to?
3.-Everybody has heater core problems and their windows fog up on the passenger side, but my windows are fogging up on the driver side front window and nothing is leaking on the floor. They seem to fog really easy in cooler weather.
This may sound ridiculous, but it really works.
When your windows fog up turn on the heater AND the A/C. This should make the fog clear up with haste.
Also, to the comment about Japanese cars getting higher reviews than domestic cars: These may be slightly exaggerated, but everyone knows that a Japanese car is typically a better buy (I don't know about Mitsubishis, but I have heard horror stories about them)
I too have the same problem. My window on my driver's side fogs up very easy. As well as only getting around the upper teens for gas mileage. Also, what is an average price for a timing chain for Diamante? Mine has around 70,000 miles, and would it be wise to replace or wait? Is there any suggestions for these problems?
This is in regard to the comment that "everybody knows the Japanese cars are a better buy". This is a textbook example of the bias referred to in the original review. I would agree that the Japanese cars are generally more dependable and higher quality. However, I would maintain that the disparity between the two is not as great as you are led to believe by the automotive press and popular opinion. I too have had many fine, reliable American cars especially from Ford. As far Japanese cars being a better buy, maybe new and I am only saying maybe for some models. Have you looked at the reliability ratings on Nissans lately. That company seems to be slipping badly on this scale. Mitsubishi also is not on par with it's bretheren such as Toyota and Honda which are primarily responsible for the Japanese stellar reputation in regards to reliability.
On the used market, the smart consumer can take advantage of the bias against American cars and pick up some good buys especially if you know which ones are reliable. Ford's rear wheel drive vehicles are known to be quite reliable for example.
In regard to gas mileage for the Diamante, it is disappointing. My wife's full size Crown Vic gets 4MPG better on the highway and she doesn't have to use premium. Power between the two is not that much different. Someone else commented that their Diamante LS has traction control. I have an LS and mine doesn't. Might have been an option.
*In regards to the better gas mileage comment.
The diamante reccomends premium fuel of 91-93 octane. It's a high compression engine, and lower octane will ignite at the wrong time of the engine cycle, and you will foul up the motor. Use premium EVERY time. Also cheap gas companies and no-name gasoline will destroy your engine and mileage. An old rule- If you can't afford the gas, then you can't afford the car.
The LS does not have traction control. I have a VRX which does have traction control.
I am not sure why during the winter when I have the fan or defog on at 65 degrees, seems as though the heater is on. The only way I could get the car temperature to warm is to turn the air conditioner on.
However, during the summer months it all works fine.
I have got no idea why some of you are arguing about Japanese vs. American cars. The Diamante was designed in Australia and all of the Diamantes in the US have been imported from Australia! All Diamantes exported to the remainder of the world were built in Japan, the Australian design remained unchanged.