Ahead of its time
Bought this car in 2004. Apart from standard servicing, all i've replaced is a headlight globe. That is it. With 300k on the clock she still runs like a dream. Smooth, good power, comfortable. It is still a daily drive. No oil leaks and uses a tiny amount of oil between servicing. In fact I'm so impressed I've bought a mint VRX TL for garaging.
Purchased in July 2004 for $16,500.
The car is perfect has over 425000 ks on the odo and it still runs like brandnew never had the gearbox or engine fixed or replaced has never been serviced and runs like a dream, still my favourite car and as a manual! Gears go through beautifully and will never regret my decision with the roomy interior
Probably Australia's most underrated car. Reliable. Comfortable. Powerful. Efficient
A lot of people like to bag magna's. They gained a negative reputation after the second series had gearbox problems. The third series is pretty much bullet proof and well above the Holden and Ford. The 3.5 litre engine is smooth and efficient. If you are looking for a cheap reliable used car, look for a Magna built after 1997 with one or two owners and a full service history, and it will be hard to go wrong. My 99 Model has 215 000km now, and while it's getting pretty banged up on the outside, doesn't use a drop of oil or water between services and still drives very well.
We have two Magna's a 1998 TF and a 1999 TH Sports (mine). My wife always wanted a VT Commodore wagon, so I bought her one, we still have it, but it's for sale, what a hunk of junk compared to the TF Altera wagon I bought her to replace it. All good for me as the VT is worth over $6000.00 and I paid just $2000.00 for her Altera. Once she drove her new Magna the Commodore didn't stand a chance of being used ever again. I am a qualified mechanic and I have NEVER had the heads off any V6 Magna, valve stem seals being the exception, but still no ne...ed for head removal. My Sports is brilliant, Tiptronic auto, power everything except seats. We have now owned six Magna's overall ranging from the old TM, TP, TR, TS, TF, TH, all have been fantastic cars, granted the early series were worrisome in regards to the auto's and the #4 cylinder corroding the most rearward water jacket in the head, also they were not brilliant on fuel. The later series are a different breed altogether and almost completely flawless. Being a mechanic I work on all makes and model of vehicle, Magna's are my lowest income, highest being Ford (all models) Commodore (all series) I won't touch anything from Korea so I can't comment. I used to be a Datsun/Nissan man, I had owned Ford's, Holden's, Toyota's, Jeep's, even had one Mazda (one was enough). Last year I sold my 1971 Mach 1 Mustang as even though I got great people response from it, I got no pleasure driving it, the same applied with my 1967 Mercury Cougar. I still own a Jeep, a 1997 XJ Limited. I will eventually sell my Sports, but only to replace it with a 380 VRX. I love my Magna, my wife loves hers and the kids no longer have to worry about breaking their wrists trying to wind up the crappy Commodore windows. We have a 98 TF Altera wagon, and a 99 TH Sports. Altera is very comfortable, quiet, smooth, economical, reliable and quite powerful. My TH Sports is all of the above with the exception of harsher ride, but it is a Sports after all. Great lighting, smooth and reliable power windows, Reliable AC, finger tip cruise control, also reliable. Great road feel on both cars, but the TCL (traction control) is a great feature on the sports as the Altera will sit spinning if floored. Large cargo/boot area. My overall score is 8/10 one point deducted for poor turning circle and one for poor resale value, although I don't see that as a flaw as buying a used Magna is cheap and brilliant buying. To sum up, without doubt the best and most reliable car I have ever owned. Poor turning circle, poor resale value.
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I have a 2000 TH 3.5litre Magna Advance lowered on cheap king coil sport suspension it looks great and handles awesome also with a $200 sports exhaust it has a great note to it. Love this car it's so fast and at 120km I can put my foot down and it takes off great for overtaking on the highway. I've had it for 5yrs and put 100.000ks on it and it still drives like new has never let me down apart from the drivers electric window and the battery and believe it or not I'm ashamed to admit it I've never put the car in for a service ever I change the ...engine oil myself and top the radiator up when needed. Just keeps going now has 230000 on the clock and just keeps going beautifully. Love it. Powerful, fast of the mark, great for highway overtaking. Reliable, good on fuel. Bad turning circle.
Questions & Answers
TH 2000 3.5lt. TPS issues after degreasing. Is this a common issue with these vehicles. Car running fine (just did full service) test drive all good prior to degreasing. Now fueling issue.
it states my 2000 magna limited run executive ls had standard electric windows mine doesnt is this right?
The last 1,000 TH Magna's built mid 2000, were Executive LS models. They were similar to the earlier Altera LS, but they did not have electric power windows.
The last TH series production between May and June 2000, were 1000 Executive LS units (automatic only), which were similar to the discontinued Altera LS but without power windows, dual airbags and less colour-coding (e.g. unpainted black mirrors).
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|Transmission||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||71 L|
|Engine||6 Cylinder 3.5L|
|Max Power||147kW @ 5000rpm|
|Max Torque||300Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Australia|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 1999|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2000|
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