1988 Mitsubishi Magna 2.6ltr carburetter from Australia and New Zealand


Bullet like performance and reliability to match


Minor rust problems with the doors, front tires replace twice as much as back, air-con stopped working at 65000ks and the roof padding has fallen off.

General Comments:

This might be an old beast, but you put your foot to the floor and your stuck in the seat.

Lack of power steering makes it harder to turn, but its still easy at speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2004

1988 Mitsubishi Magna Elite 2.6 from Australia and New Zealand


A bargain for cheap motoring


Had this car for 6 years now, very comfortable and reliable vehicle. Have had the odd maintenance issues such as replace brake pads, tyres, battery flat, but in the time I have had it she has been a fabulous car to drive. However at the 151k mark which she is currently there are engine oil leaks developing, radiator leaks, and perhaps an engine crack, looking at a grand to repair it all,

General Comments:

The grand old lady is showing her age. But great first car for a bargain!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2003

1988 Mitsubishi Magna GLX station wagon 2.6 litres petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Choose a used 1 very carefully and service regulary


Automatic transmission was a disaster-car has used 4 gearboxes about 1 every 100000 kilos. Expensive to fix $1000 approx. each time. Had reconditioned engine at 220000 kilos-cost $2000.

Head gasket replaced at 300000 kilos. New radiator at 250000 kilos.

General Comments:

Car had electrical fault and was rectified by new ignition module. Had 2 new rear shock absorbers fitted at 200000 kilos. Car is comfortable,handles well, but poor fuel economy. Rust in all doors at bottom.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2003

1988 Mitsubishi Magna TN GLX 2.6L Astron from Australia and New Zealand


Not bad considering it has a sigma motor!


Tape deck gave up and was replaced with a pioneer head unit.

Front speakers were shot. Disconnected and 2 x 6" speakers put in the rear of the car.

Radiator sprung a leak. Still not sure where it is leaking from, but I'm sure ill find it sooner or later.

General Comments:

Being a 5 speed manual, this car lacks no overall power, but is a little slow off the line.

A good week for petrol for me is $60, although I get around 400k's from this tank and I am not a granny driver.

A nice smooth ride, smooth braking. Overall, I highly recommend this "LOW COST" car for anyone that can't afford a more recent car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2002

1988 Mitsubishi Magna SE 2.6 EFI petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A cheap reliable bargain


The Magna was in need of a bit of TLC (Tender Loving Care) when first purchased. This included...

New Monroe Sensa-Trac shock absorbers front and rear.

Full tune-up and clean of EFI system.

New stem seals for valves.

New hydraulic lifters to stop tappit noise.

Later came...

Leaking rear brake caliper (caused by the way the handbrake works on these cars).

Clutch arm snapped, taking out slave cylinder with it. Whole clutch was replaced as was almost worn out anyway.

Starter motor died.

Clutch cable snapped.

General Comments:

The above list may seem like the car is a nightmare this is not so.

Performance is not quickest, but happily cruises at 110km/h.

The SE is well optioned, power windows, power steering (a must have), cruise control, map light front and rear, radio cassette and comfy seats.

This TN Magna is a wagon and with rear seats down gives you a lot of space to play with.

It is also very quiet on the road, quieter than a lot of sedans.

Converted the car to LPG in 2000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2002

26th Aug 2002, 07:52

We owned one of these cars from new, it was very well equipped, and very reliable. However there are a couple of points.

1. The 2.6L Astron 2 fuel injected engine balked on Australian low quality low octane unleaded and was designed with high octanes in mind hence the EFI systems tended to gunge up.

2. Like most Australian built cars of the mid-late 80's rust was a problem, ours started to rust after 3 years around the tailgate and it was kept garaged and nowhere near the ocean.

3. These engines suffered from noisy tappets fairly early in life and prematurely wearing valve stem seals. Though beautifully quiet from new they became ratchety at startup and operation around 80,000km and started to smoke under heavy acceleration and when cold.

4. Some had issues with automatic transmission failure, but mostly on the wagons and much later in life.