1991 Mitsubishi Magna TR Executive 2.6 4 cylinder EFI from Australia and New Zealand
Bloody beautiful, mate!
Timing belts replaced - 150,000k's.
Inner left door latch replaced - 155,000k's.
Oil change - 160,000k's. Service station 'forgot' to put oil back in. Nearly blew heads, but was repaired. Solved an unrelated low-revving issue.
Paint on roof starting to fade (but this is Australia!).
A fink ran into my parked Magna and put a guage in the driver's door that is starting to rust.
At 167,000k's, steering is feeling a little heavy. Am getting fluid levels looked at soon.
I love this car! My mum got it 8 years ago at 135,000k's. I've learnt to drive in it, and am driving it today. I've had it for about 3 months, and I find it so comfortable. The seats are large and supportive. My medium frame does slide around a bit.
Compared to Commodores and Falcons of the same age, it has less body roll.
I'm 186cm tall, and my legs thank me everytime I drive for being able to put the seat back so far. My rear seat passengers don't complain either.
In terms of a first car, it's great. The thing feels like it has its own postcode, but I feel very safe in the Magna. I was in possession of a 1988 Ford Telstar just after I got my licence (I sold it, mental head smack), and while that car was better in many respects, the Magna deadens more road noise and bumps.
This thing drinks fuel in traffic! I'm lucky to get 350k's out of the tank in heavy traffic, but I drove between Sydney and Albury NSW on a tank and a quarter.
Handling is a little skitterish. One needs to keep the steering wheel in check around corners. It tends to follow deep ruts. At highway speeds, the car is really stable, and surprisingly quiet.
The sound system is shocking! Maybe OK for Mum's who like to listen to AM radio, but for us funky monkeys who need to impress the ladies (yes, I realise the irony in such a vehicle!), it doesn't make the grade! However, it's not a huge issue for me.
If you need convicing to get a 1992 Magna, I say, go for it! A$3000 should get you one (in April 2005). It likes petrol in the way that I like air, but it is so comfortable to drive. It's also a car that the authories won't look twice at.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th April, 2005
As the poster of this review, I'd like to give an update on the car. Sadly, I sold it as I encountered some trouble with either the gearbox or ECU computer. I was travelling home from work one night, and the car seemed to loose pressure in the gearbox, and wouldn't shift into second gear. This is by no means something to be especially wary of, as I had not maintained the car properly, and as in any car, the ECU doesn't last forever.
If you are thinking about getting a Magna, get an August 1993 or later V6. They are more powerful (130kW v 88kW), more economical (12L/100km city v 16L/100km) and more reliable than the 2.6L 4cyl (no comparison!). As of February 2006, one such example with 130,000km on the clock will cost around $3,500. Make sure the owner can produce a service history; as the gearbox, exhaust system, oil system and belts are abnormally high maintenance areas. Most people maintain the Magna as they would a Falcon or Commodore, and grizzle when it starts stuffing up!
My personal favourite is a 1995 manual V6. They have a bit of juice!
The previous comments are WRONG! A 4cyl 92 magna has 98kw (unless it's a GLX version, 88kw) and a V6 93 magna has 120kw. Fuel economy figures are roughly 12L/100 (V6) and 11/100 (4cyl). Just thought I'd clear that up.
Agreed, these cars are solid built and great performers, especially when well maintained. Despite ours having a few faults here and there, they've always been easily resolved and the car has never been off the road once, not bad for it's age.
The Astron 2.6 litre four cylinder engine does not have a timing belt, or timing belts. It has a timing chain.
The previous poster speaks the truth; I have replaced a cylinder head on an Astron 4 cylinder and they do indeed have a timing chain, not timing belt.
Furthermore, the Astron motor is just a piece of crap.