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How do you remove dome lights and map lights
(w/sunroof toggle) I'm hoping to also change dash lights to different colour
Can I put led bulbs into fog lights with minimal hassle
Any advice tips on all these changes greatly appreciated
Anything you think I can do also that may be simple but also a good lil mod at same time
265000 Km and still going strong
I took a punt on a base model Mitsubishi 380 with 235000 km on the clock. I bought it because the price was a total bargain and it seemed pretty straight, even if the first 60000km of its life were as a rental car!
So 30000km and 18 months on, how has it gone?
First the things that haven't been perfect:
- Timing belt pretensioner rattle at start up. Just turn it off, start it up, and it's all good again. Will be fixed at 300000km if i still own it.
- Front brake rotors warp. They were out of spec so new rotors and pads fitted. Now all good.
- Strut top rubber is a bit worn, so some rumble from front suspension.
- Ummmm???? Fuel economy in town could be better. But not too shabby. It's quite good on the highway.
Purchased in April 2015.
Mitsubishi 380 .. 2006
I have a mitsubishi 380. Its ok .. ive only had it for a few month's. I havent had a problem with it so far. Just the windows electrical wiring i guess.. i purchased it second hand. Its good to drive. The motor is great. Im still learning new functions and things with the car but it's ok.
I have recently parted company with a 2005 base model 380 that I owned from new. I have to say that I doubt that I will ever own a more durable and dependable vehicle ever again. Full credit to Tom Collins and the crew at Mitsubishi Australia for the design and build quality that made this one of the best cars ever built in this country. I had that mandatory window regulator problem and yes it didn't have the tightest of turning circles, but not a drop of oil leakage or rattle or squeak after 180 K's. Great highway car and economical to boot.
Mitsubishi 380 GTL 2007
This is truly an outstanding car in every way. My brother put me unto this car and initially I paid for the car from him and he promptly gave me the car for free. This car had only 125k on the clock, it was a GTL rare as hens teeth, dual fuel with a great LPG setup, sunroof, rear spoiler, everything you need. It is so easy to service and parts are very reasonable to replace. Only issues is the turning circle, and one failed door motor. The car rides beautifully and looks cool with chromes as wheels and tinted windows. Best car I have ever had and so reliable.
Very good car
Had this 380 for 5 years now basic 2005 ES model just on 90000 km when purchased. Did minor mods upgraded air intake, flow through muffler, transmission cooler and thermo block gasket between the intake and plenum chamber. These are a must do on 380's, the ECU's are great variable units and adapt particularly well to mods.
That's all I did.. fuel consumption 10.5 liters per 100 km around town ... 9.2 to 9.5 liters per 100 km on the open road plenty of power, fuel consumption is phenomenal considering it's weight. Just on 175000 km now gearbo...x is excellent, fluid change every 40000 km runs as new. Wasn't gonna keep it that long but it's been so reliable (I do all the servicing) very well built, gas KYB front struts as standard on all models from the factory, white with alloys looks great.
Best car ever driven but service fees another matter.
Our 380 VRX is the best car I've driven, after 9 years the only problems were window winders & the wide turning circle. Powerful, reliable, quiet & roomy. Well into 200,000's & fully serviced at Mitsubishi Footscray, was dumbfounded after $1500 service it started to miss and when took it back was charged another $1500 to replace rear spark plugs. Enough was more than enough. Now go to Ultra tune and car still running fantastic.
8 years on...still perfect
My GT 380 turns 9 years old this year and still drives perfectly.
My TMR380 supercharged still drives like new.
Our 380VRX, Platimum x2 and 380GTL all have performed flawlessly.
Window winders the been the only failures....but insignificant in comparison to the Falcon and Commodore drivetrain horror stories.
I will say it again...the Mitsubishi 380 is the most mechanically reliable and best screwed together body ever made in Australia.
You are better off with a used 380 than a new Captiva or Hyundai.
Well done to all the ex Tonsley Park Mitsubishi employees.
This is my fourth Mitsubishi. Prior to purchase, I read as many reviews as possible so am well aware of what appears to be the only flaw - window regulators! Lucky for me, none have failed - yet. This car is quiet, comfortable and powerful. I feel safe driving it and also importantly is easy to service. I thoroughly recommend these cars as real value over Ford and Holden large family cars. If rear wheel drive is your thing, I can honestly say that it's hard to tell this is even a front wheel drive car unless you floor it!
First large sedan and I love it
Bought a 2005 std model with 190kms around 6 months ago (for $4700!) after testing a 2007 gt which just blew me off my feet but was almost $10k. It now has 202000kms on it so it's had a good use for the time I've had it, imo.
I have had to put some money on it but all service things that were due up such as the timing belt, the spark plugs(ouch!), and an oil change which added another $1000 on the price tag. It's due for wheel balance and alignment and another oil change plus probably will go for a full service to have peace if mind.
WOW what a car!
I have own this car for about 2 years now. It has clocked 135K still engine does not miss a beat. I am not sure why this car was a flop. This car has evrything for the price. 7 speakers loud, trip tonic gearbox that works. full of power and fuel consumption as low as 12ltr per 100km, for a big engine like that its pretty good and that's all city driving i barely drive on open road.
Seats are quite comfotable. and you can grab a bargain at around $7000 at the moment.
Make sure the car has been serviced properly or else it will cost you big. VRX model has to be the best looking outta all.
Been a great buy
Bought the car as an 15 month old ex-rental with a shade under 40,000K on the clock for $16K in 2009 and has been nothing less than brilliant - got just on 160,000K now and still going strong. Only minor issues being 3 out of the 4 power windows have let go and needed replacement motors - drivers side the only one not to do it which is odd as it would get the most work! Not a major problem as about a $100 fix. My only negative would be that it can be quite thirsty but it's a large car and a big motor so not too surprising really but expect around 13L/100Km around town.
Best Quality Australian Built Car
I've had my 2005 Mitsubishi 380 GT for about 2 years now and its been absolutely fantastic, it has almost everything I could want in a car. Being the GT model it has a sunroof, leather seats, cruise control, traction control, six stacker cd player and bluetooth. Since I've had it nothing has gone wrong except for a window regulator but apart from that it has been flawless. Before I bought the 380 I test drove a VE Commodore and an FG Falcon, both were good cars but in terms of quality the 380 killed them. The Mitsubishi 380 is such an underrate...d car that deserved to sell alot better, it's 3.8l motor is really powerful and the 5 speed auto is silky smooth. The employees at Mitsubishi Motors Australia really did build Australia's best quality car and it would have been great to see what they could have done with it if things worked out differently. I would highly recommended this car to anyone after a large family sedan.
Had my 380 ES for the past 5 years now and still love the car. Have not had any mechanical issues since purchase. Back window motors have been the only problem, but apart from that all is good. Love the space all around, including boot space. Always been serviced on time. Love the power on the open road. First time owning a Mitsubishi and the 380 ES was a great choice. No regrets.
Good choice, no regrets
Only had mine about 4 months but I did have a company 380SX back in 2008 for a year or so. Following that I had 2 Falcons as company cars and while I liked the punch and torque of the straight six I remember forever banging on the dash trying to stop a squeak or rattle or a bit of trim falling off for no reason. My 380LX is a 2004 early model that now has only 98,000 (full 100k service done by the dealer before sale at their cost) on the clock and it still runs like a new one and for a lot less than to buy an equivalent Holden or Ford of the sa...me era. Love the quiet smooth ride, the complete absence of any rattles or squeaks, and the very quiet motor and excellent auto which shifts just at the right time. Great stereo and the cream leather seats (fully power assisted driver seat and partly for the passenger) and cream carpets along with the sunroof make it for an even more relaxing ride. Will be hanging onto it for a few years yet. Very underrated machine and one that you don't see very many of on the roads any more unfortunately so I guess there's a bit of the exclusivity factor thrown in the mix too, 11 years down the track. I wanted something different and I got it, glad I bought it. The turning circle isn't flash sure, and I don't particularly like the cartoonish graphics on the screen or the silver cheapish plastics inside but, that's small fish compared to all the good points.
The 380 is a great car, for not much money! I've got the base model SII ES and it is spacious, comfortable, really smooth and powerful and becomes more appealing the longer you own it. I'm definitely going to keep it and replace it with another.
I have had a Mitsubishi 380 2005 auto for just over 3 years. It is a great car that has given me no trouble at all. 180,000 on the clock, and I plan to drive it for at least another 3 to 5 years.
What a great car
I brought my Mitsubishi 380 SX in 2007 from the auctions with 32,000 km on the clock and converted it to LPG for long distance driving to work.
I drive from Wollongong to Sydney for work each day and I need a comfortable reliable car for all types of driving conditions.
It has currently got 299,955 km on the clock and the car is still going strong.
I have owned about 10 or more cars in my time. This is my first Mitsubishi and definitely won’t be my last. I’m currently considering upgrading to a Mitsubishi Pajaro.
Other than general wear & t...
The best Australian vehicle ever made.
I know saying the Mitsubishi 380 is the best Australian car made is a big statement, however I believe it is, I am now driving my second 380 the first was a 2005 ES traded at 92,000k's and now the 2007 380 Platinum with 35,000 k.s. I purchased from a Dealer in Adelaide. I also have a two year old Mazda 3 Neo. I love driving the 380, It is quiet, smooth, comfortable, powerful enough, has excellent space a magnificent car, I wish the 380's production continued as it is such a great car, I will be keeping this one for many years to come. I read a ...comment from one owner about oil leaks, have never heard of this before I even asked a Mitsubishi Service Manager (friend) and he hadn't heard of any so maybe something else caused this, I never experienced oil leaks with my first 380 and none now. I will be always servicing a Mitsubishi Dealer so don't expect any issues at all.
Best decision I ever made was buying this 2006 380SX Series 2!
I won't blab on needlessly suffice to say I agree with virtually every review on this website. This is just a magnificent car and I have had no issues with it AT ALL since I purchased it almost 2 years ago at 135,000 km for $8,000 on-the-road from a second-hand dealer.
Everything works perfectly and everything just goes as you expect it to. Driving this car is like getting into a brand new car every day. It is just such a pleasure to drive with great handling, plenty of get up and go and a comfortable quiet ride.
My only real negative com...ment is the horrendous turning circle and find that on most roads I almost go gutter to gutter when doing a u-turn even in two lane roads! I would hate to have to park it in a normal car parking space and am so grateful I have a Disabled Parking Permit as most disabled parking spots are extra wide to accommodate wheel chairs etc. I did have to replace the driver's side window motor and switch assembly at purchase but the dealer covered this cost for me, although the passenger's side assembly also had a problem but I found a second-hand assembly on e-Bay fro $100 and fitted it myself in about 20 minutes so now EVERYTHING works perfectly. I cannot more highly recommend this model if you are not planning to update soon as you get it so cheaply cos you will sell it even cheaper. Bad resale value is good for those who plan to keep the car for a long time.
My engine runs so quiet that I occasionally find myself sitting there wondering if the car has actually started or not (perfect escape car hahaha), it is so smooth! I'm paying about $100 (varies between $60/70 and that figure) in fuel each week as well, HOWEVER, given the distances I travel between work, uni and training, including weekend trips and collecting my spouse who works at various locations all over Sydney, this is extremely reasonable for a tank this size! I have the 2007 ES, purchased at 170,000km's and no mechanical faults whatsoev...er! There is a slight lag with the acceleration I've noticed but it doesn't really cause any sort of issue. Very easy to keep clean and the boot space is great! The back window is a little high to see out of when reverse parking, yes I've noticed that too, however I use my mirrors mostly for that anyway so I don't really notice it. In the past I've driven a Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon and Mazda Tribute - all very unnecessarily thirsty from my experience. I may possibly have just been in lemons, but I don't have any desire to purchase either in the future. It'll be a sad day when I have to give this up to upgrade, but maybe I'll hand it down to my little brother when he's old enough to get his license so I don't have to say goodbye haha! I hope they bring these back like Ford did with the Mondeo because as soon as they do I'll be straight to Mitsubishi to get a newer model. I'm sold!!!
Great ride, strong handling, quiet running and generally very smooth tourer.
Pity the urban fuel consumption does not match the open road figures, 15 around town but 8.6 on a trip. For a large car the trip usage is very good.
The down sides are a small boot, and the strange throttle lag when accelerating. Stacks of power, but the enormous torque means it can be reluctant to change down. Plus side is a wonderful engine, smooth, quiet and very powerful.
There are no rattles or squeaks in a car with 139,000 is, proof of a sound body and testame...
Sporty, Thirsty, Cheeky
The rating is based on its used price. Bought it on 2011 for $16K with 80K kms. For this money I got a big sedan, 3.8L, leather seats, sun roof, remaining factory warranty. So rating 4 for the value for money as a used car. If I bought it as a new car I would rate it 3 stars based on the below cons. I got 2008 model 380 Platinum series 2. Good for lethargic cruising as well as spirited driving due to its adaptive AT according to the driver style. I compared this with Aurion and Aurion was silky smooth and got more power, however, it was too sof...t for corners - lot of body roll. Aurion Sportivo might be better but I haven't driven one. I have used it for 25,000 km and it had 3 failures. 1. Battery failed at the age of 5 years - I guess that is normal so I don't count it against reliability. 2. Rear window motor has to be replaced around 90K- spent under $400 at authorized Mitsub dealer. 3. Oil on spark plugs identified at 100K spark plug replacement service - cost $600 to replace gaskets at the dealer. On research it seems to be a common problem starts around 100/120K. Powerful, reliable and adaptive auto transmission (keep in low gears until reaching high revs if you are slamming the pedal for a sporty ride, if you are gentle it progressively and quickly shifts to higher gears to save fuel). Good tight steering (could have been a bit smaller). Perfect suspension - not too soft, not too stiff. Can go fast on the corners. 1. Turning circle is wider than a mini truck. I could U turn within 3 lanes on all other vehicles I have driven so far including Huyndai imax van but not this bloody 380. The steering only turns a little from side to side. A pain on U turns, tight corners & every single time when parking. 2. Traction Control - Traction control is a joke. On a straight drive it is fine. IF the tyres loose traction while turning then it won't make the turn. It goes straight! Okay for missus to drive but not for me who drives faster on corners but not racing fast - just a bit faster than usual within legal limits. For e.g. taking a 60km tight turn in 60km is a bit above the average speed of 45km but not ridiculously fast. I now ensure to turn off traction control every time i take the car. I have met with accident due to this stupid TC and near miss incidents on rainy days. 3. Cruise Control - The cruise control when set on a speed is too slow to brake when going through a slope even a slight one. It takes another 7-10 km (steep slopes take more than that!) above the set speed to start applying brakes. Which means in Victoria this is enough to loose your license. The main reason I used to use CC was to avoid manual errors on speed and thereby eliminate speed tickets. 380 got wrong electronics. 4. Fuel Consumption is 13.5 average. Well, its a 3.8 lt car so I am not really listing it as con but just be aware of it.
LAST OF THE BEST HOMEGROWN BIG MITSI'S!!!
I just love this car, I have a 2008 SX and I could not be happier! I drove a Holden Omega, and an FG Falcon... The Omega was just a nasty agricultural clunker, the Falcon was very good, but the 380 was SENSATIONAL! It is a perfect size as in not too big or small and has loads of power and great economy if you are not heavy with the accelerator, but if you are it's nice to know that it has more than enough power to get you out of any situation!
These cars are known to be one of the best value and reliable used cars on the Aussie market. I have ...
We have 2 380s. One 2007 series 2 Platinum and 1 series 3 VR-X. They have both been very reliable and at 90,000kms each on the clock, still drive like new cars. No rattles etc. The only reason why I give it 4 stars is a couple of design features, which is ugly plastic dash and extremely poor turning circle and large back pillars which particularly on the last VR-X makes it harder to park with larger spoiler on it as well. We have had the rear regulator gone on both rear drivers passenger side. One done under warranty one just out at approx $200 installed.
Smooth, responsive, good sporty gearbox, reliable, comfort
Rear window regulators, hugest turning circle, thick rear pillars, ugly silver plastic dash inserts
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