1990 Mitsubishi Magna GLX Astron2 2.6L carb from Australia and New Zealand
Affordable, yet overlooked
Only until last month did things really start to go askew.
-electronic idle controller broken, stopping for any reason is a juggling act of cluth and acceleration to keep the revs up.
-welsh plug blew out at 180000km, because it was corroded, but a new placement and it was right to go again.
-head gasket replaced also at this time and new hoses were fitted all round as a precautionary measure. A mandatory move for any aging vehicle.
-Engine timing went briefly askew, making the engine idle at 5000rpm, however, on the trip to the local mechanic the very next day, it ceased mysteriously.
-The fuel gage is misleading, showing barely over half a tank when full.
-Something must be done about that drinking straw of an exhaust system, surely some extractors would improve performance and let the engine breath easier.
I was unperturbed when purchasing this base, white sedan, but it's proven to be a faithful mode of transport in the last two years, and upon realizing its unusaul enthusiast following, I'm able to see what a great package it really is. This one was built December 1990 and released as the 1991 model, which pretty much makes it one of the last TP model. The ride inside is so quiet and makes for a great audio environment. I've recently installed a pioneer head unit with four matching speakers and it's the best musical experience I've had on wheels.
The seats are quite tolerable over long distances and passengers often comment on the comfort. In my eyes, these cars cannot avoid becoming future classics. When cleaned right up, they are a visual treat. I don't even mind the stock rims with wheel covers, it gives it that basic no-frills edge. I most likely think that now because I don't have alloys for it, but all in good time. I think the next automotive investment will definantly be an elite of the same model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th November, 2003