1989 Mitsubishi Magna GLX 2.8 from Australia and New Zealand
Cheap and bland
Water pump needed replacing on two occasions.
Clutch was replaced by the previous owner, I had to replace clutch after about 20000 klms.
Gearbox needed replacement. It was always difficult to select reverse.
I ran the car on LPG and petrol. LPG system was cheap to run, but in order to get the car running smoothly the LPG system and the carberettor had to be in perfect sync. This rarely occurred. Most mechanics were inexperienced when servicing cars running on dual fuel systems, so it took a couple of expensive repairs before I found a reliable dual fuel specialist.
It went out with a bang. It exploded into flames about 2 weeks ago. A small crack in the fuel supply and an electrical fault combined to create a truly spectacular finale to my Jap crap experience. The front end was burnt to a crisp and the car was a write off.
Some niggling faults, water pump, clutch and gearbox.
Mine was a 5 speed, station wagon. It handled long distance drives surprisingly well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th September, 2003