1990 Mitsubishi Magna Elite 2.6 ECI from Australia and New Zealand
Nice car, if you can afford to keep it going
Alternator overcharged and blew, taking every single bulb, the stereo, the distributor and ECU with it. Alternator went a second time, this time undercharging.
Timing chain rattles terribly upon startup.
Head gasket started to seep, resulting in coolant loss. Fortunateley I noticed this quickly and sealed it with chemiweld. 2 months and 2000 km later car is still running fine.
Right side drive shaft snapped when alternator blew. Both drive shafts now rattling.
Fuel injection system running way too rich, resulting in clouds of black smoke under heavy acceleration.
Automatic is temperamental, at times hunting badly between gears and others working perfectly.
Very comfortable, well appointed car. Build quality is of very high standard, and the interior has many nice touches and has a good quality feel about it.
Handling is not a strong point, but cruises beautifully.
Amazingly, despite all the trouble this car has given it burns no oil, and has done 20,000 km in 6 months.
This was a owner low km car with service history. Either this is a Monday car built by a bunch of badly hungover workers, or Magnas are generally unreliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th April, 2007