1987 Mitsubishi Magna GLX 2.6 Astron II from Australia and New Zealand


A very reliable and cheap car


The seats are old and worn.

My rocker cover started to leak dramatically at 310,000.

I replaced the front springs and struts at 300,000 (due to going over speed bumps too fast with too many people in the car).

General Comments:

I bout the car with no service history, no log books or anything. I bought it off a dealer who was friends with my dad, and I was either going to buy the Magna or a Volvo.

The first day I got it, I changed the oil, the coolant, the oil filter, air filter, and fuel filter. Since then it has run like a charm, and has not really given me trouble at all.

There were a few things wrong with it when I bought it, the roof lining had come unglued, the rear view mirror was, and still is loose, the centre console is very brittle and is broken in several places, and the fuel gauge and temperature gauge didn't work.

Besides from the fact that my friend rammed into the back of me, and some guy at work turned into the front of me, and another guy sideswiped me, it has held its shape very well. All those have been fixed now and from that, the only rust I've had to fix is at the bottom of the doors.

The car presents problems when it comes to steering, acceleration and fuel economy. No power steering is damn hard to get used to, but once you get used to it, it builds your muscles well.

Acceleration. You have all been wondering why the carburettor doesn't do its job, its because on most models, the second stage doesn't open at all. I have done some research and this is because of a small valve located on the inlet manifold and the vacuum tubes which wears over time and eventually stops working. For more information email me at: Pacban123@hotmail.com.

Fuel Economy is another issue. Due to a very worn cat, a poor exhaust and a non-tuned carburettor, I get about 450 kilometres to a full 64 litre tank. If you fix these then you'll average about 500 to 600 kms per full tank. I did find however that once the car is going, it doesn't stop and I used 20 litres over 340 kilometres on a non-stop drive down south.

The car handles better than a lot of other cars of the same size. I have put Pirelli P400s on the car and it handles and stops very well.

The brakes are exceptional for such an old, heavy car, and it stops with no hesitation at all. Maybe the previous owners had just replaced the brakes, but as far as I know, I have four other friends with Magnas in their families and they all stop very well too.

I think it's a great car and I have done a lot of research on it and if you would like to know more than email me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2003

1987 Mitsubishi Magna TN 2.6 EFI from Australia and New Zealand


A cheap fast car


The interior has become very brittle and has snapped off whist taking out the seats.

Seals in the boot are leaking.

I find it hard to get into reverse, the stick gets jammed. (very annoying)

General Comments:

This car is great to get speed built up.

The interior is quite boring.

It has managed to keep itself in rather top condition despite is age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th July, 2003

1987 Mitsubishi Magna GLX 2.6 Litre Astron 2 from Australia and New Zealand


A good family car that has had it's time


New Clutch at about 250,000 km.

Replaced CV Joints at 260,000 km.

New Radiator at about 300,000 km.

Spent $800 on major oil leads at about 320,000 km.

Another new clutch at 330,000 km.

Head gasket blew about 340,000 km.

Repaired major oil leaks about 360,000 km.

Major rust in body - not worth fixing with the mileage.

General Comments:

This car I bought off my parents, knowing it's full service history.

I drove this car for as long as possible, as it was smooth, quiet and comfortable, and cruised really well.

The car was regularly serviced and ran reliably, but towards the end the body, suspension and engine showed their mileage, and was time to update my car. The expenses of constant patch up work told me that this car had had it's time. 390,000 km is a pretty good innings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2002

25th May 2012, 01:17

My advice is to:

1. Check that your radiator fan is working after the car is at operating temperature, and is connected properly.

2. Check the thermostat.

3. Reverse flush the radiator.

4. Make sure you have used the right coolant and mix.

5. Check the fuse in the engine compartment.

Do all these in sequence, and your problem should be fixed. Make sure you buy a manual. Good luck and drive safe.