1991 Mitsubishi Magna Elite 2.6 Litre 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand
Nice car, shame about the gearbox
The gearbox went at 170,000 km. This is a common problem. In every Magna I've read about, the gearbox has thrown in the towel between 165,000 and 190,000. Let this be a point of advice to all automatic transmission owners. Make sure you check the fluid levels of the gearbox every 20,000km or so, and have it flushed and refilled at 100,000.
Also, the car has been blowing a little bit of smoke.
I'm not endeavouring to fix the gearbox or the smoke problem. This car is getting old, so there's no real point. Although, I haven't been scared away from Mitsubishi yet. The new 380 looks to be a welcome change. I've read it has a better gearbox and higher quality.
Also, an interesting point I'd like to make. Mitsubishi, in their press releases for the company's future, have said that all models will have the same nose shape, "so people will know that a Mitsubishi is behind them".
Would it not have been a more confident move to give all Mitsubishi's a distinctive behind, so people know who THEY are following...?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th August, 2005