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MITSUBISHI MAGNA Used Car Review

Pros

Cons

  • Strong and smooth V6 and excellent 5-speed auto where fitted
  • Great long-distance ride comfort
  • More refined than Commodore/Falcon rivals
  • Sportier handling of all-wheel-drive versions
  • V6 thirsty by today's standards
  • 4-speed auto on lower-spec Magnas could be problematic
  • No longer produced
  • 380 was an uninspiring replacement
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Overview of the Mitsubishi Magna

Overview of the Mitsubishi Magna

MITSUBISHI MAGNA GENERATIONS

1985-1991

1991-1996

1996-2005

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

LPG: 15.6 litres per 100km (due to cheap cost of LPG)

3.5L V6: 11.5 to 13.0 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO MITSUBISHI MAGNA

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: MITSUBISHI MAGNA (2000 TO 2005)

The youngest Mitsubishi Magna is now a teenager, so the general rule is to treat Magnas on a case-by-case basis.

That said, there are a few things to look at starting with the service history.

Essentially, the Magna V6 in these later versions needed an oil change and a new oil filter every 10,000km.

Ignoring this was bad practice as old oil soon caused wear in the engine.

The first sign is noisy lifters - a ticking sound when you start the engine - and if it's present, the damage has already started to occur.

A puff of blue smoke on higher-mileage Magnas is usually caused by wear in the valve-stem seals and keeping an eye on the level on the dipstick becomes critical at that point.

The frameless windows were noisy when the car was near new. Time and kilometres won't have improved that.