1985 Mitsubishi Magna SE from Australia and New Zealand
Maintenance on these cars is imperative
My previous Chrysler Valiant 1962 S model CAR WAS BOUGHT FOR $900 AND DRIVEN FOR 31 YEARS AS OUR FAMILY CAR. During this time the car was continually upgraded and looked after, was always garaged, and I became a car club member to keep it in excellent condition, spare parts etc. The car was sold 2 years ago for $20000 because I cared for it.
Wisdom - Learn a little mechanical knowledge, paint and rust repairs, and get help through your enthusiasts car club. Cars don't need to be a throw away item.
The Magna 1985 TM was designed and made in Australia to replace the Valiant model. It is smooth to drive, and after the faults were rectified, I find the car reliable. The car has high kilometers on it, going through 2 second hand cylinder heads, and now a Taiwan new repro cylinder head, new radiator, and the engine runs quite cool.
Never touched the air con, it's fine.
2 transmissions in 15 years.
1 timing chain set at 280000Km.
Replaced power steering unit.
Who in the States knows about these cars as this?
These Magnas were car of the year in 1985, and outshone the Ford and General Motors products with luxury standard products when the other 2 makes had to be bought as add on accessories. Adequate power and roomy for a medium sized car. Air con, power windows, added driving lights, comfortable seats, weather shields and rear window sun shade. Insurance is a cheap $160 per year.
Well kept in tune, the car is reasonably economic, and you don't need to lead foot it with a little care.
Do I need another car? Well no, not unless the wife dingles it.
Car manufacturers don't like me. Local auto parts shops like me, because I put money back into my local economy, buying parts, and with local manufacturing of parts if possible.
An Australian made product to be proud of, made by Australians, and they were exported to South Africa, New Zealand and of course Japan.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st May, 2012