Best car I have ever owned
Purchased 5 years ago with 105000 on clock. I am just about to turn over 200000 and I've only had 1 window and the thermostat break. It's an SX series 3 and it is so comfy and absolutely pulls like a train, super smooth gear changes, a little thirsty around town but an absolute miser in the country. I now tow a jayco camper trailer with it. Pitty I can't by a new one as its fantastic, makes all my ex Holden's look like, well, Holden's.
Purchased in September 2016 for $4,500.00.
Great sedan, Australia misses not having these anymore.
I bought a 2008 model 380 Platinum in 2003 with 120,000 on the clock for $7000.
One of the best car purchases I've made in recent years. For my long country roads it's been more than fit for purpose. Low and comfortable, quiet and reliable. Apart from the general servicing I have spent no money on it at all.
Now it's got almost 300,000 on the clock and the aircon has recently started leaking. To fix the leak the dashboard will have to be removed so it's unlikely that I'll even bother. I've had my value from it even if it blows up tomorrow... which I highly doubt. I suspect it's got a pile more km's in it yet. It's still got loads of torque and power and the handling and economy is still great.
I wish I could buy a new one.
Purchased in March 2003 for $7,000.00.
My white VRX was bought new 2007 at John Hughes in Perth. It now have 245,000km on the clock, and is regularly serviced, full logbook record. The cambelt was replaced now 4 times, tyres at every 75,000km and to be honest it is in mint condition both outside and inside, no accidents, no bumps, no scratches. On a long stretch of road it will easily average 7.8l/100km, but in town not as it is too high geared. and in any case 4th gear is quite sufficient in town. The spare tyre still is the original. My car is parked inside a closed garage and und...er cover at work. Overall a great car, well engineered although I also must be realistic, there will be a time that I will replace it. Mechanically, the condition it now is in, it is good for another 100,000km easily. Well done Mitsubishi.
Purchased in May 2007 at John Hughes Car Sales for $30,000.00.
Excellent car drove mine from Sydney to Cairns!
I was looking for a decent 380 GT for a while with low kms. I found one for a reasonable price, full logbooks and my mechanic friend could vouch for the car yard selling it. My mechanic friend took the car for a drive and was very impressed - drives like new he said. I have had to replace a widow and the locking mechanism on one door which were fairly minor issues. The only big issue with these otherwise fantastic cars is the paint. Mitsubishi used a thin paint which doesn’t hold up to the Australian sun so well. I had mine resprayed as I love it so much. I have driven from Sydney to Cairns and had zero problems, the cruse control was fantastic. Highly recommended if you can find one in good condition.
Purchased in January 2018.
I found out that Hyundai use the same purge valve as the 380s and there cheap too you can get them off ebay
It is identical to the 380s and it is easy to install ive hated the ticking noise for ages and now its gone
Purchased in August 2018.
Best Car Ever: Makes all others pale in comparison
I bought a 380 VRX series III with all the extra trimmings for $29,000 back in 2009. It is STILL going.
The 3.8L V6 is awesome. I don't find it "thirsty" at all. I get exactly 612km per tank driving to/from work every day (long commute) and close to 800km on the highway. If I deviate from my route I only get about 550km to a tank.
It had just under 10,000km when I bought it and I'm now well into the 200,000s. The only problems I have had with it mechanically are minor, such as the thermostat failing ($160 fix) and the only other trouble I h...ave had was with the window regulators regularly packing it in, which is a well known problem in the 380s. It's an extremely comfortable drive, very responsive and handles hills, windy roads and the highways with great ease. Recently I had been considering purchasing a new car, mainly because of the lack of bluetooth connectivity (I drive 2+hrs a day, I need music for sanity and my FM connector kits keep dying) and I suppose a little bit of fear given it's now 12 years old, but I spent a weekend shopping and test driving and honestly, nothing compares. Nothing else feels as comfortable or as powerful. I was concerned about putting more money into a car that has "little value" (as per Carsales & Redbook, not personal opinion) but after seeing what is out there these days and the price I would have to pay for similar quality, I am MORE than happy to hang on to my awesome car and put a bit of extra cash into bringing it into the modern world with an aftermarket head unit. If they still made these, I would be first in line for a new one!
Purchased in June 2009 for $29,000.00.
Most reliable car ever built in Australia
Bought a 2005 "limited edition" with a dual fuel system in 2009 for $10,500 and took it up to 355,000kms by 2018. In late 2018 the starter motor died and I decided to scrap the car for $300. Other than replacement of normal maintenance items, this was the first mechanical issue it had ever had. It did however have a couple of non mechanical issues - the air con and heating broke (this year) and the rear window motor broke twice (a known issue with these cars). That's all though.
A few weeks ago I bought another 2006 Mitsubishi 380, also du...al fuel, from a dealer for $4,500. It had only done 142,000kms and came with a 12 month warranty. I get the impression the dealer had been having trouble selling it given how little let it go for. Once again Australia's loss at rejecting this great car is my gain. It also has a 4 star ANCAP rating and 4 star UCSR rating.
An amazing sporty vehicle.
I first became aware of the 380 when a friend purchased a base model 2006 ES .
He loaned the car to me for about 10 months or so.Well What a surprise this car handled very well on the open highway and around the city !
Very nimble and light good acceleration and I felt very safe .
It’s a solid feeling vehicle with all the electric gizmos to pamper the driver.(The Japanese are great at providing bang for buck in my opinion in the car industry.
I drove to the Goldcoast and back to Melbourne effortlessly with no fuss or concern for reliability...
Sad to see it removed
The Mitsubishi 380 GT Sedan, is an unique vehicle just like it's cousin vehicle the American mitsubishi galant. The 380 is very comfortable to sit and drive and I would class as an luxury car. This mitsubishi has a lot of power and tight gear ratio compared to other Australian sedans.
Awesom to say the least
Purchased my 380 LX New back in 2007, have had no major issues apart from two engine sensors that kicked in my engine light. Acceleration is awesome, handling the same, have run Slick 50 in the engine / gearbox from almost new so runs smooth with almost no engine noise. Love the interior, Radio is superb great sound system as is.
Only dislike I have is No Bluetooth and no USB port.
Mileage is fantastic with range constantly sitting in the 700 plus at fillup. Would love to have another from New.
Seats are great , suffer from bad back but never when i'm driving the 380 no matter how long the trip.
Sad day they took it out of production.
- 380 DB (2005-2008)
Awesome car for the price
Bought this car recently second hand I’m surprised how well it drives for a front wheel drive it’s smooth and handles well as for power there is plenty there after having to step back from an sv6 commodore wagon I wouldn’t look past a 380 for a Camry or something similar gets the job done well quite car has no rattles and a pretty comfortable ride too
Dislike no USB input
What a Car!
I have been driving this car for more than a year now and I must say that this is one hell of a car. Stable, powerful, fast, reliable, and beautiful. Recently completed a trip to and from- between Perth and Sydney and it was a very comfortable ride, free from any worries at all. I am going to stick with Mitsubishi I guess.
Key fob replacement.
Hi. You don't need to replace the key fob, just need to replace the battery. Have had it done myself with no problem. You can get it done at mister minute. Can also change it on your own. Don't know why people are told that you need to change the key fob.
Value for this car is insane
My mum bought my 380 when it first came out for $20k and I bought it off her 10 years later for $4k. Starting to feel ripped off with the prices I'm seeing these cars go for. I obviously know the history of mine having been sitting on the back seat when it was driving from Perth to Melbourne and back - twice. I have the base model and it does feel kind of crappy. I am actually going to try and buy a premium model as a donor car for mine for $1-2k (take the sunroof, leather seats, some panels (mine are damaged) and other bits off it). That's how...cheap this car is. Only PROBLEM I've ever had was when I bought it off my mum the rocker/valve cover gasket leaked. Easy fix. Regular oil changes and change the belts as required and you will never have a problem. its done currently 220k and I am replacing the brake rotors as I intend to do 200k more. The car is built like a brick and the engine is the same one found in the Mitsubishi Pajero. Better than my VE commodore.
Great car, very reliable.
I bought a 2005 380 with 160,000 on the clock and it runs perfectly. Reliable, cheap used cars are hard to find, but we got lucky with this one. It is easy to drive and has great fuel economy. It's a pity they don't make these cars in Australia anymore.
Questions & Answers
Is there a cabin air filter on a 2005 Mitsubishi 380? If so where is it and how do I change it? My air con isn't blowing as hard as it's supposed to
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
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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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