2002 Mitsubishi Magna TJ 3.5 from Australia and New Zealand
Good value, but small problems need to be sorted out.
Nothing has specifically gone wrong, but the car does not feel robust.
There is a 'clunking' in the drivers seat at the level of the lumbar support. It seems to 'clunk' when cornering.
The transmission does not change very cleanly from 1-2. Topping up the transmission fluid improved the problem, but it is still there.
The radio has a buzzing noise which increases in intensity with the engine revs.
The car is not very economical, recording fuel consumption of around 13 litres/100 km around town - which is a fair bit higher than all reports I have read to date.
The car idles very roughly which I understand is unusual, though I have been advised by a Mitsubishi dealer that the 3.5 litre V6 does not idle very smoothly.
Seat height is very low. I would prefer a higher position, or greater range of adjustment.
Reach to the steering wheel feels to be far away. Adjustment for reach would be nice.
Wipers do not have an option for a 'single wipe'. The lever must be moved to 'on' and back to 'off'.
The car is still under new car warranty and I am hoping that all problems identified to date will be fixed.
Split fold rear seats would have been a good option.
The options fitted are great value in comparison with Ford, Holden and Toyota. The latter two are markedly higher in price, though I suppose this is recovered to a certain extent in re-sale.
The car feels good overall, but needs a few things fixed before I can start to rave about it to my friends.
The car looks good with aftermarket wheels (standard 15") and a rear spoiler.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th June, 2004
15th Dec 2004, 10:52
I don't think your dealer is right. Magna's (especially the newer models) generally have excellent idle quality and as a car, they are noted for above average NVH characteristics. I have a TJ sports (tiptronic 5sp) and it is hard to even tell if the engine is running whilst idling. Also, V6's are inherently stable with a 60degree angle between banks (such as in the Magna's power-plant). As for fuel consumption, I get about 11.5-12L/100km around town with fairly liberal throttle usage. So maybe you have some sort of engine fault? Tackle your dealer a bit more and see if you get anywhere.