1997 Mitsubishi Legnum ST 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand
Worst car I've ever owned
First WOF (5 months after ownership, had passed WOF on purchase 1 month earlier), all 4 shocks leaking, had to be replaced + replace right front suspension arm, replace timing belt.
1 week after first WOF, torque converter stripped gearbox.
Combined total = $2800 to fix after 10,000 km put on the car.
2 months after first WOF, A/C compressor crapped out after an additional 1,500 km put on the car.
Total = $1700 to fix.
Digital clock/ stereo display intermittently will not work.
Worst car I've ever owned. Coming from having a trusty 1997 Toyota Corolla that I put 120,000 km on with never a hiccup, only required regular oil changes and brake replacements. Defied Canadian winters and worked perfectly through -35 weather never a blip.
The Legnum was purchased for $5,500 from a friend who had it checked prior to selling, was deemed to be tidy and an overall good car. After putting 12,000 km on it after 7 months and having it crap parts left and right, guzzle gas at a horrendous rate (even with majority highway driving), I am getting rid of it and getting a Toyota. Will never purchase a Mitsubishi again. Do NOT buy a Legnum. Ever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd February, 2010
5th Feb 2010, 02:21
There are a few of these coming into Australia now, used via Japan and are one of the (very few) cars on the governments list of approved 'enthusiast' cars. The prices are much higher than in NZ, and parts would be hideously expensive as the bog standard Galant version of this model wasn't sold new here. I have no idea where you would get them from, unless you had a mate in NZ who could send things over.
I contacted an importer to see if I could import a Mazda Atenza (higher spec version of Mazda6) and the woman said it wasn't on the governments approved list, and then she tried to convince me into a V6TT Legnum 'cause she had one herself and was raving about it. Needless to say the conversation ended there.
They might look nice and go fast (when working) but after my experience with Japanese import Mitsi's in NZ (Libero, Eterna), I wouldn't touch one again, especially over here.