2002 Mitsubishi Magna TJ from Australia and New Zealand - Comments

13th Mar 2006, 03:29

I drive an 02' Magna 3.5l TJ sedan often, and the idle quality is excellent. You should request that your dealer check for error codes via the diagnostic port on the ECU, as there may be a sensor problem, like the idle control solenoid. Most likely.

The seats in our 96' magna sedan clunk also - I think something in the rails comes out of alignment eventually and gives a bit of free play, causing the clunk.

The noise with the radio is engine interference. You may have had the wrong spark plugs installed - I'm not sure, but some have a Radio Suppressor in them to stop things like that happening. Or your wiring may need attention.

I find them to be fairly solidly built cars with good brakes. The interior on the later models isn't as much to my liking however.

Please go back to your dealer, and don't take their word for it. Request to see the results yourself! Some times everyone isn't as honest as they should be!

13th Jul 2006, 04:08

Re: the single wiper sweep issue.

Pull the lever towards you. Depending on how long the lever is held towards you, will determine how many sweeps of the windscreen it does.

23rd Mar 2007, 07:08

I have a 3.5L V6 TJ. I had radio noise in the stock Clarion radio when the dash lighting wasn't at maximum.

I get around 9L/100km town driving.

3rd Nov 2009, 01:29

I bought a used Magna 3.5L 2002 last month, it is a very nice car. I have a little problem, the fuel gauge never work properly, it goes on the full mark when I fill the tank full and that's fine, but when the car consumes 4-5 litres, the gauge drops to the bottom. My question is: What is the reason, and is the problem in the fuel tank? If so, it is not easy to change the tank gauge, do we have to remove the whole tank out and fix the gauge?

26th Nov 2009, 00:10

I had the same prob with a second hand Magna I bought, I found out that the dealership wound the KM back, and while doing this they damaged the cluster, which gave me problems with the fuel gauge.

31st May 2010, 20:02

I have the same problem with a faulty fuel gauge on a 2002 TJ Magna sedan.

I changed the sender unit and thought the problem was fixed, but the gauge drops back to empty again with the low fuel warning light appearing.

If it's not the fuel sender unit, does anyone know what it may be?

13th Jun 2010, 11:44

I have the identical problem with 2002 Magna fuel gauge; when it's full, all is fine. As soon as it goes down to 7/8th, it drops to empty and the fuel warning light comes on. Frustrating.

23rd Jun 2010, 09:04

Same problem. Magna 2002 with dodgy fuel gauge. I have replaced the fuel tank, and also the dashboard. Would love to get a solution! I've run out of fuel a couple of times. :(

24th Jun 2010, 05:46

Looks like you wasted your money replacing the fuel tank and dash as Mitsubishi knows of the fault.

It's the fuel sender.

11th Aug 2010, 06:04

Aug 11th 2010, TJ Magna 97,000kms.

Last week, on a full tank, the gauge dropped to half. The following week it dropped to zero and the orange fuel bowser light came on. I purchased a new sender at $81.25 a unit and replaced. All is fine. Inspection of old sender showed excessive wear on the far left (full tank) part of wiper, and testing with multi- meter showed short across the wiper bars of the circuit board. The low fuel part of the circuit board showed minimal wear, and this is because I always keep vehicle at half a tank and above. I wonder whether keeping fuel levels at different levels in future will stop spot wear. Time will tell.

Replacement of the sender was a snap. Two things to watch out for. Disconnect the fuel line slowly as it is pressurised. Have a rag on hand to mop up fuel. Secondly, hose attaches with two plastic dogs, which can be tricky to disengage. A special tool is available that quickly releases the hose dogs. No idea how much it costs though.

14th Aug 2010, 06:58

I have 2001 Verada. Had the same problem with the fuel gauge. Replaced the fuel sender from a TJ Magna from the wreckers, all is fine. Even if you clean the fuel sender, it should be fine.

I also have rough idle. Annoys me. Takes 14L/100km city. Changed sparks, cable, filter, oil, rotor, rotor cover with no luck. Any ideas?

5th Oct 2010, 20:12

My wife has a 2005 Mitsubishi Magna. Another fuel gauge problem. I will try replacing the fuel sender.

26th Oct 2010, 03:52

Just bought a 2002 TJ Magna and have the fuel gauge problem, I was panicking that I was going to run out of fuel, tried to top up the tank and only took a couple of dollars.

Thanks for the comments, have arranged to have the fuel sender replaced.

2nd Dec 2010, 07:16

I have had my 2001 TJ Magna 3.5L for around 9 months, and just recently lost my third and fourth gears. It could be due to a broken spring or the sensors. I have been told from a number of different mechanics that with the TJ it is highly recommended to get a transmission cooler; they're around 150 - 200 bucks.

Besides that, it's a nice car and still goes good. Got 2.1/2 inch cat back, pace maker headers, high flow cam, K&N high flow filter for my cold air intake, Platinum NGK spark plugs, new leads, and now going for a fuel pressure upgrade, which helps with those flat spots.

14th Jan 2011, 23:42

Magna VR 2003, 3.5 ltr, 150,000 km: Had the described problem with the fuel gauge. Had the sender replaced with the last service, since then good. Otherwise, very happy with this car, fuel ca 10.5 ltr/100, mostly in town.

23rd May 2011, 01:10

I have the exact same problem with my car. I'd love to know the problem.

5th Jan 2012, 20:40

Same fuel gauge problem with our 2004 ES Magna sedan. It's the tank sender. I purchased a new unit, fitted it, and gauge now works fine.

Remove the rear seat and access the tank top by removing 4 screws, then remove the electrical plug. DO NOT allow smokers near the vehicle, and do not use any electrical tools. Better still to have someone on watch.

Then release the fuel tank cap.

Then depressurize the fuel line by starting the car and run until it stalls, otherwise pressurized fuel could spray into your vehicle's interior.

The only problem I struck was attempting removal of the plastic fuel line plug.

You don't need a 'special tool'. Two ribbed dogs hold the plug in position. Insert a small, thin screwdriver between the end of the cap and the ribbed dog section. Push down and lift at the same time, until the dog becomes raised above the level of the cap body. Rotate the cap and do the other side in same fashion. The cap will then slide free.

Remove the 6 hexagonal nuts, including the earth lug, then carefully remove the entire unit, in a rotational fashion.

Remove the 2 wire terminals, unclasp the sender and replace it.

Re-installation is a reversal of above, making sure you re-attach the earth lug.