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Great second car
Due to the pandemic causing new car delays, I decided on getting a used car for running around in and if I needed to tow my small boat. I found this 380 for $4,500 at a car yard with 180,000km on it. My expectations for a 16-year-old car were not high but so far I am very happy with it. It has plenty of power and is quite comfortable to drive. It uses around 13.5 litres per 100 km all suburban driving which is okay as I am lucky to do 100 km a week. One fog light was broken so I picked up a pair on eBay for around $40 and installed them myself. Initially some buttons for the radio/cd were not working but a squirt of INOX on the connectors behind the controls sorted it out and everything is working perfectly.
Purchased in July 2021 for $4,500.00.
Wish they would produce another Magna/380
I purchased this car off my parents so have been driving it on and off over the last 6-7 years. Never had issues, always an exceptionally smooth drive and has an incredible sound system. Now with over 200,000 KMs, its still driving so nicely, but sad they don't have a lot of value anymore.
I get about 500-550KM out of the tank, but notice the last half of fuel disappears quicker than the first half.
Incredibly roomy, but quite low and no handle for passengers (I drive people for work and it can be quite difficult for themselves to adjust ...into the seat). Disappointed these cars have stopped being made. Really the only sedan from Mitsubishi are the Lancers. I wish Mitsubishi would re-introduce Magna's again. A bigger sedan than the lancer, I think would sell wonderfully.
I brought a mistibushi 380 vrx for $6000 from a dealership second hand, 90,000km.
This is my third car I've owned, and so far its very good, really nice interior, spacious, comfortable. I got it for $6,000 from a dealership, it only has 90,000kms on it and it also came with rims and I love the paint job, although cause of its age its starting to Peel just on the door seals, only a tiny bit but will slowly get noticeable. These cars are fast, reliable and perfect for anyone really. I was lucky to find one with so little kilometers. Not long after I got this car someone reversed intoe whilst I was working one day, his bumper h...ad a huge dent In it and my car was basically untouched, I buffed a few tiny scuff marks out with polish and it looks like nothing happened, very sturdy strong body considering what the other car looked like. The only bad thing about this car I've experienced so far is a few wiring problems. The indicators are faulty once in a blue moon, they will turn off randomly whilst waiting to turn, also something happened to the reverse sensor, everything I put it into reverse it would beep continuously until I put it into drive like something's in front of the sensor. I got it fixed and its been fine, just one other thing, my car averages 14.3L/100km. Which I think is not the best but not insanely expensive.
Solid Car to drive
Extremely Comfy car that is both sporty and spacious. Bought this car off second hand for a good price and fell in love the moment i drove it. The paint work is not fantastic however the engine is amazing. Although the car has alot of torque behind its engine. It handles the corners well and handling is good. Petrol consumption might be a lil high for it as it is easy to over rev on this car. So don't be a heavy footer on the accelerator.
I purchased Mitsubishi 380 (second-hand model 2005) in 2015. I really loved this car especially its wooden interior, electric driver seat and cruise control. The Performance and handling were good. Quite a spacious car with good aircon. As the model is old the running cost is abit higher but after looking at the overall performance and style. I still love this car.
Second hand 380
I purchased this car in 2012 for $7000 and when i cleaned it i was surprised by how good the paint was ! It had 115.000ks and it drives beautifully ! It is now 2017 and the paint im sorry to say has come undone and is peeling ! I live next to the sea so i kinda expected that . I hit a roo last week doing 80ks and was sweetly surprised with the amount of damage done as it was all cosmetic minus a rad support which snapped . This car on average gets 100ks to 10.5 ltrs and its fast ! I got a k n n filter and an aftermarket exhaust and i upgraded to the larger usa galant air intake . Overall its a great car and would buy another if i could . 8.5 out of 10 if you get a chance at low ks get one even just as a work car like i have
Comments about the car I own
I like the handling of the car very smooth to drive.Excellent highway economy.the only downfall is the huge turning circle.maintenance costs are on average.interior design is excellent.good fabric seats good stretching leg room.large boot space.I like the lights on high beam and low beam.also excellent towing vehicle for plenty of power
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.
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.
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.
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
Very underrated vehicle
I inherited my 2006 VR-X from my father in 2011 with almost 100,000 km of country driving on the clock. I've done 20,000 km in two years and at almost 120k km the car still feels as tight as a drum. It's a shame that this great car has such a poor reputation as the vehicle that finished Mitsubishi as a manufacturer in Australia, they did a great job adapting the US Galant model for Australian conditions.
I personally think the car looks very nice in VR-X guise. It has an attractive wedge shape that seems pretty aerodynamic and at least three...people have complimented me on the cobalt blue colour. The 3.8L delivers plenty of power and torque and for a large FWD car it handles brilliantly. It feels planted on the road and it rides very well on our often-bad roads without sacrificing handling prowess. It seems to get that hard-to-balance ride and handling compromise just right. The fuel economy isn't too flash around town but I rarely use it in Sydney. If you are looking for an economical city commuter car then my advice would be to look elsewhere. I use 95 RON and a few hypermiling techniques and that seems to help. Out on the open road, home of the big Aussie six, it's fantastic and you can get pretty decent economy. At 110 km/h it's loping along at just over 2000 rpm and is a brilliant country cruiser. The seats are comfortable, there's plenty of room front and rear, and the NVH is superb - it's a very quiet car. The build quality seems very good, the doors have a nice 'thunk' when closing and I haven't had any issues at all and neither did dad. I get an occasional not-so-nice thunk from the front suspension but my mechanic said all is well. The odd noise seems to be common to the 380. As the engine and five speed tranny are developments of tried-and-true Mistsubishi technology they should be good for the long haul. Now to the (minor) gripes: - the auto transmission does occasionally lurch and shudder a little when cold and/or accelerating but nothing serious
Questions & Answers
I have a 2007 Mitsubishi magna fwd DB series and it puts up communication error i have checked time and date but it still puts up the error what could it be
I have a 380Mitsubishi DB series 2007 and the windscreen washer dosent work I have changed the pump and checked the fuses and it still won't work why also the cruze control won't work and if you ask for info on it they want a arm n a leg can someone help please
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|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||16" Alloy||16" Steel||17" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||4 Stars||4 Stars||5 Stars||4 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||10.8 L/100km||10.8 L/100km||11.4 L/100km||10.8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||67 L||67 L||67 L||67 L|
|Engine||6 Cylinder 3.8L||6 Cylinder 3.8L||6 Cylinder 3.8L||6 Cylinder 3.8L|
|Max Power||175kW @ 5250rpm||175kW @ 5250rpm||175kW @ 5250rpm||175kW @ 5250rpm|
|Max Torque||343Nm @ 4000rpm||343Nm @ 4000rpm||343Nm @ 4000rpm||343Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Australia||Australia||Australia||Australia|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2005||Jan 2005||Jan 2005||Jan 2005|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2008||Dec 2008||Dec 2008||Dec 2008|
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