3.0L V6 Manual - cheap to run, great performance!
Battery light coming on - voltage regulators are notorious for failing, but are easy and cheap to replace; $20 and two screws at the back of the alternator.
Power steering line sprung a leak - replacement line from Auto Wrecker $10, installed myself in 30 minutes.
Goes through a bit of oil - unfortunately just the nature of the engine - check the oil level every month and top up as needed, and you'll have no issues. Doesn't blow smoke.
Had a problem with rust in the boot; where the tail lights meet the body, the seals shrink. Removed the lights and sealed it back up with Sikaflex - all fixed!
This is my third TR/TS Magna, and I think they are fantastic. The V6 manual is the one to get.
I've had the 2.6L 4 cylinder Astron, in auto - not bad, but slower and heavy on fuel.
Then had a V6 manual - stiffer suspension and better through the corners as a result. Great car, was sorry to sell it, but had to because I was moving house.
A couple of years ago I was looking for a suitable replacement daily driver, alongside my 300ZX twin turbo (about 300kw). Another Magna V6 manual popped up on Carsales and I bargained the seller down from $1,100 to $800.
Despite being 20 years old and the high kilometres, these cars are super solid, and if you maintain them, they will last forever. Performance is actually very decent from the V6 manual (120-124kw depending on the fuel you use). I push mine to 5000 RPM plus on a daily basis and it doesn't miss a beat.
I really want to get a V8 Soarer to replace it, but think I would miss it too much if I did. I have a heavy right foot, but even still manage to get 11L/100km no matter what with the Magna. Maybe when it dies I'll finally get the Soarer.
The seats are firm and supportive; the driving position is good. Really comfortable on long trips. It's not the fastest car out there, but my car always surprises unsuspecting drivers from the traffic lights. I've beaten multiple Commodores, Falcons and many more. I think people automatically see Magna and think 'slow slipper-wearing grandpa'. They try to beat me on the outside lane from the lights, and anything short of forced induction won't pass me.
It's a nice change from the 300ZX, because in that I can break the legal speed limit at the end of second gear, and can't really unleash its performance on public roads. The Magna on the other hand I can drive hard across its rev range and not worry about having it impounded.
I've done a few things to mine to improve the driving experience, and I'd recommend them to other Magna owners out there:
- Water temp gauge (good to know how many degrees the engine is at).
- Head unit.
- Rear speakers - holes in back for 6x4".
- Cut open air box opening to feed more air to the engine (15-20% improvement in response).
My only criticisms are that steering can be a little vague, and the gearbox, while strong, is notchy, and you need to hit the sweet spot to make those smooth engagements when travelling fast.
All in all, a great car and I encourage you to get one - IF it is a V6 manual!
Thanks for reading :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th December, 2013