Mitsubishi Eterna Reviews

1989 Mitsubishi Eterna MX 2.0 DOHC 16v twin cam from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC 16v twin cam Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

Reasonably good performance at a cheap price, far better than most cars you will find at this price

Faults:

The lower grey door panels have faded a lot.

The fog lights stopped working at 171,000 kilometres.

General Comments:

The engine is quite powerful for a 2 litre naturally aspirated engine, 100 kilowatts of power at the front wheels.

The seats are very comfortable.

The ride is very smooth and comfortable.

The ABS brakes provide great stopping ability.

All of the electric functions have stayed fully functional.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2002

1995 Mitsubishi Eterna GSX 2.0L 16-Valve DOHC turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0L 16-Valve DOHC turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

A great looking, high performance import

Faults:

Right front ball joint was replaced under factory recall.

There is a squeaky belt in the engine that only acts up on a cold start in colder weather. My mechanic said that it is not worth worrying about and poses no major problems.

So far, after one year of ownership, I have had no major problems with this vehicle. The only time it has been in for service is for its regular 3000 mile oil change.

General Comments:

This is a great car that is perfect for anyone who is looking for a performance sports car at a fairly low price. At around $29,000 new, it costs quite a bit more than a Civic Si for example, but the added performance - turbo, awd - comfort, and styling is worth the extra money.

The cabin is like the cockpit of an airplane. It curves around the driver so that every button or switch is accessible without much effort. The sport leather seats are not only comfortable for long trips, but wrap around the driver providing great lateral support in cornering.

The turbo boost can be felt around 3000 RPM and given the right driver, this car stock can probably run 0-60 mph in around 6.5 seconds, which is comparable to a GT Mustang or Z-28 Camaro with engines twice the size. The all-wheel-drive is great for high-speed cornering and also makes this a drivable sports car in the winter.

On the downside, upkeep can be fairly expensive. Engine problems can be costly to repair and the awd transfer unit adds one more thing that could possibly break. Because of the higher compression ratios and the turbocharger, 91 octane or better gasoline is required, which these days can cost quite a bit. My gas milage is quite varied, ranging from 27 mpg at best on the highway to a lousy 15 mpg in the city - granted that 15 mpg is with the pedal to the floor constantly, because once you drive this car it'll be a drag race between every set of stoplights =)

Overall it's been a great car to me thus far and I hope it continues to be for years to come. It is a great looking car that can back up every ounce of its great looks with great performance. There are also many high performance parts that can be purchased to make your driving experience all the more enjoyable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2001

1987 Mitsubishi Eterna VX Turbo Hard Top 2.0L turbo 150hp from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0L turbo 150hp Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired126000 kilometres
Most recent distance128000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun 240K GT Skyline '75

Summary:

1980's Turbo electronic power from the East

Faults:

Boost from the turbo died due to a $5.00 "O" ring on the boost pipe being worn.

Water hose that preheats the intake burst.

General Comments:

This car kicks! 120 Kw of power (150 HP). $55,000 when new in New Zealand. I paid only $1,800.

This Eterna is the Hard top version of the front wheel drive Sigma GSR Turbo from 1984 to 1988. Hard top meaning no frames around the door windows. There was even a intercooled Eterna offered called the Sirius Dash that was 200 HP.

The car is an unsung hero.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2000

2nd Oct 2001, 04:32

I own a Sigma GSR Turbo, and concur with all comments here.

I would like to add that driven with care it's possible to get 35 mpg.

Why you'd want to drive one of these gently is beyond me however, they're too much fun.

27th Oct 2001, 18:20

Can anyone celebrate with me regarding the 200hp Sirius Dash 3x2 Super Exceed model? This has an enormous front mounted intercooler and the largest brake discs you have ever seen. These models are very fast even by todays standards. The 12.5 psi boost standard can lead to manifold destruction though. Does anyone understand how the 3x2 head really operates?

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews