1997 Mitsubishi Legnum ST 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Good looking car, let down by reality
Clock doesn't work.
Burns oil as well as ticking tappets.
Climate control screen doesn't work.
Temperamental central locking.
I brought this Legnum to replace our very faithful Subaru Legacy, and after 320,000kms it had had enough. We use this car to ferry the kids to sport, dogs to the beach etc.
It really is a family wagon, but also owning both a Honda Accord and a Mazda 3, this is our most unreliable car.
I purchased the Legnum for its pretty good looks, and being an 1800, I thought it would be economical. After a week we discovered it had a few quirks such as an intermittent clock, central locking and climate control. We could live with these considering it's not our main car, although my wife and kids don't want to be in it, because it now has no heater or A/C at all, plus the fact it's going through oil like petrol, and leaving a trail of blue smoke behind as you drive down the road.
Just 6 months ago we spent $1800 re-conditioning the trans because it lost reverse, which is nearly as much as we paid for the whole vehicle.
Although the vehicle is in a bit of a messy state, we have serviced it properly and recently had the cambelt done. Upon our first visit to our mechanic, he said "oh dear, you're gonna have fun with this one". That should've been a clear warning. Speaking to numerous people, it turns out most of our problems are unspecified Mitsubishi features.
On the plus side, it does handle quite well, has a good amount of room, looks good and is quite economical, but these aren't enough positives for us to justify spending money on it and keeping it, so out the door it goes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th September, 2013