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.

General Comments:

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.

1997 Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4 2.5 TT from UK and Ireland


Practical performance. Love it


Radiator hose had a tiny split, so needed replacing, but that only cost £10. Other than that, it's been bulletproof.

General Comments:

The Legnums redeeming features include 260 BHP, permanent 4WD, Active Yaw Control (same as in the mitsi EVO), a clever semi-auto gearbox & very aggressive looks.

This car is fantastic, it's very quick & very practical all in one, it's the best car I have ever owned. It's such a joy to drive as it's very quick & holds the road extremely well, it will crease the road before it lets go. Plus that fact you can get 5 people in it plus the monthly shopping as well, is a bonus.

Its only problems that I can think of are the seats are very comfy, however they don't hold you very well in the corners. There's also the fuel economy; you can get about 28 mpg on a motorway, but with a heavy right foot that will drop into the mid tens, but if you want good fuel economy, go & buy a Prius.

I love this car & enjoy taking it anywhere, and normally find an excuse to as well. My advice to anyone thinking of getting one, DO IT. If you can live with being on first name terms with the petrol station staff.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2010

1997 Mitsubishi Legnum VR4 2.5Ltr V6 twin turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Rocket ship


Brake disks may need replacing soon due to lead foot.

Water pump and cam belt replaced at 100,000ks.

General Comments:

Mine has all the badges removed, so that nobody know I've got the fast model.

There are multiple models of Legnum in New Zealand; this is the one you want!

Faster than a Subaru GTB, and more room too.

Before this I had a GT25S R32 Skyline; it was good for skids, but the Legnum drives much faster and won't let go!!!

Had to GROW UP, sold my skider and got a 206kw family wagon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2008