I owned a 2001 TJ Executive for 6 years which was an incredible car, never had a single problem with it, quite sad that they are not made anymore. These cars are probably the most underrated cars in Australia when it comes to luxury, reliability and especially power. Even with a slightly smaller engine, Magnas are more powerful than Commordores or Falcons IMO and are also better on fuel, actually they are incredible on fuel, better than most 4 cylinders. I loved this car, sadly it was rear ended but I always have my eyes locked on another one. Recommended for any type of driver.
Power. Fuel consumption. Size. Fun to drive. Pretty much everything.
Resale isn't the greatest.
Great Second Hand Car
We have a TF Executive 97 V6 Magna sedan and it's such a great car, we got the car at 185,000km and now up to 227,000km with no issues at all. The fuel economy is around 8L/100km country and 10L/100km urban, the power of the engine is great and it runs superb.
Reliable, inexpensive to run, everything
Nothing at all
Honest, Under-rated Vehicle
Under-rated car. Reliable, Cheap to own, Surprisingly powerful. Fuel economy is a bit average (get about 10L/100kms there abouts) but not too bad for a big 6. Only real problem with it, I find is the turning circle is probably worse then any other car I've driven, which makes it a pain to park and navigate around small areas like shopping centre car parks and such, but you do get used to it. Very comfortable to drive and be a passenger in. Seats 5 fairly comfortably. The boot is quite massive, we've taken this thing on holidays and had no troub...le fitting all our stuff in. Drove from Bathurst to Melbourne (9-10hr drive) in this thing with cruise control on the whole way and it was really comfortable. If buying, make sure you get one that's got the service history with it and make sure you keep up to date with the services and you shouldn't have any worries (Look after it and it'll look after you). It is a shame Mitsubishi in Australia came to an end and these are no more. Reliable, Comfortable, Lots of room, Plenty of power, Cheap to own Turning circle is very large
I don't know how anyone can drive anything other than these vehicles. Spacious, powerful and so reliable.
Flawless control and really the best Australian car ever released in this country. Hands down. It has the capacity to drive for hours on end and still perform under extreme conditions. Quite simply brilliant. Forget the rest these are the best!
Love my car
I bought my 2003 Magna TL LS in 2004. I lived in town when I bought, but since moved to the country. I do a lot of driving off-road in it and it has been fantastic for handling, and times it should have bogged it just steadily churns on through. It also does a lot of highway driving, and winding hills roads. The radio and the electrics went a little while back, though I think that is the dust and the rough roads. It now has over 300,000 km on it and I think I need to do something about the suspension/shock absorbers! Until now it has been so fu...n to drive, and considering I have treated my poor Magna like dirt, it has looked after me well. I need more seats, otherwise I would buy another one without hesitation. Reliability; cost efficient Turning circle of a sherman...
Amazing car. Loved both of mine
I am now on my second Magna.
The first was a 1997 TF Magna executive sedan.
It was my first car at 18, and as such it got lowered and all the usual, got hammered and was generally not well maintained, but it never missed a beat and took it like it was made for it. Huge boot space and very comfy to sit in.
I now have a 1997 TF Executive wagon. Also an amazing car, handling is amazing same as the sedan. Still goes awesome, very surprising amount of power in these cars. Great boot size too. Leg room in the rear of the wagon isn't amazing but still quite comfortable.
Both of mine have been white so never had the paint fade issues.
Resale on these isn't amazing, but I got them both cheap for that reason so I can't really complain.
Be careful which engine you get!
I own a 98 TF Magna with 135000 km and it is no good, very high fuel consumption (more than my old 4 ltr Falcon) have a few engine or gearbox problems and my mechanic was very suprised to see me still driving it when I pulled up the other day for brakes (only bought in sept 2012) so I would never buy another 4 cyl...
But on the other hand my mums 98 TF Magna 3.0 ltr with 380000 kms goes perfect, engine a bit noisier but that's expected from a car with that many km's, she has never had a problem with hers, it is great on fuel, uses about half w...
I have owned my TW ES Series 2 Magna for 3 years. I am the second owner and payed $11,000 for it with a mere 60,000km on the odometer.
Having now covered 108,000km (still low for it's year) it has presented absolutely no major issues, with only it's scheduled regular servicing which has been quite a reasonable price. It's 2nd pair of brake pads from new are only now at 50% and it's 2nd set of tires are at 25%. Very good from an 8 year old vehicle.
It feels safe and composed on the road and provides more power than I need in every situatio...n I have encountered such as passing and steep hills, it is also very competent at towing a heavy trailer. The engine and transmission are smooth and the engine sounds nice with no vibration or 'thrashing' sound when accelerating hard. The car handles seamlessly on nearly every kind of road, even windy roads but the ride quality can become a little rough on un-even surfaces. It is also economical for a 6 cylinder, I average 10l/100km. The interior of the vehicle leaves a little bit to be desired in terms of appearance, although it is packed with many features. Most of the controls are easy to use, although the power window controls are located in the centre console out of view and hard to reach, at times this causes some frustration. Other than that everything is good, the climate control A/C system works very well and the 6speaker CD player sounds very good. It has deep bass and a nice amount of treble at loud volume with no distortion. Overall I am very happy with this car and plan to keep it for a long time. Good fuel economy, exterior styling, reliability Window controls
Love that car
A real charmer, I've had 2 Magna's, 1st was a 1998 3lt sports auto & my current one in a 2002 3.5lt sports manual, great performance/family car. The 3.5 goes, stops handles better than Commodore or Falcon I've owned/driven & the Magna/Verada was always regarded as the more refined car, my 2 have also been bullet proof mechanically!
Fast, comfortable, reliable & good looking
Great car, very underrated
Got a 2000 TJ Advance 3.5 V6 with 167,000K's a several months ago. Since buying the car and putting about 10,000km's I changed the fluids and fitted a transmission cooler to extend the life of the transmission fluid. The car has been great, economical and fun to drive and easy to live with never once missing a beat, and the build quality is far better than the commodores and falcons that were made during the same time.
Reliable, build quality, price, smooth powerful engine
Spartan interior, slightly vague steering feel
Very happy, excellent car to drive
This is a wonderful car to drive. I just bought a 2004 Mitsubishi Magna VR-X TW Series 2 in Sable black in WA. It had 76,XXXkms and FSH and a 5 Speed manual trans. This is my first car. It cost me $9,000 (I know its a little more than average price) but it is worth it. It handles very well and I am looking forward to many more years of Magna ownership!
The only niggle I had with it was the drivers electric seat didn't work, but it was most likely a fuse so easy enough to fix. I also recommend all buyers to join the Aussie Magna Club online for...
Magna 2005 TW VRX
Have had the car for 6 years, 130k, no issues so far, very responsive drive, safe, reliability top notch, as others have said the 5sp auto is excellent, 7 flat 0-100km, 15.5sec quarter mile, 11.5l /100 mostly around town driving. Excellent overtaking on highway, up to 140 at the drop of a hat. Handles excellent around corners, sound system is quality, good trip computer with 11 functions from memory. Climate is control is no frills (not digital) and no problems. Great aussie made vehicle, would buy one again in an instant. Huge boot space also.
Reliability, performance, economy
Fantastic car, couldn't fault it!
We bought this 2002 Magna Advance 3.5L V6 in 2006 for $12,000 when it had just over 100,000km on the clock. It was an ex fleet car but in good condition. It now has almost 3000,000 km on it and has been absolutely perfect. Only problem was some water dripping onto a sensor (can't remember where water was coming from but not serious) that was showing a problem with the gearbox. No actual gearbox problem so easily fixed. Air conditioning is still freezing cold!
Servicing has been cheap and we only run 98 Octane in it to help keep it going wel...l. The fuel economy is pretty good too. There is a bit of a rattle now when it starts (still always starts without a problem though) which is apparently due to the lifters getting sticky. Mechanic said there is really nothing you can do about it so not to worry and it's common in Magna's of this age. We are reluctantly buying a new car as this just has a few too many klm and is starting to look a bit old, and we need a ute for a business. Wish we could clone this wonderful car! Powerful, comfortable, reliable, cheap to service. Nothing. Wish we could clone it.
Perfect car. Great features for a great price.
I own a 2003 Magna LS. I am the third owner, only had the car for a few months. It set me back $5,500 and for that price it beat everything else on the market.
It has features to rival any Commodore or Falcon for that age and price, it's got plentiful room (the boot is huge) and even though it isn't the most fuel efficient car you can buy, for it's size it gets great milage.
It's done less than 100,000 Km's, which for the age is nothing (to put it in perspective, my Mums 2003 Lancer has done almost 200,000).
The cruise control is great..., the climate control/air conditioning is super cold, and there is yet to be any faults with any electrical component or wiring anywhere in the car. Runs quietly (except when you really dig your foot in!), the suspension is smooth and the brakes are great.
TJ Magna Series II
I got my TJ Magna 7 years ago $12000 with 50000 on the clock and had LPG conversion fitted at 100000 now over 200000 km on the clock and still going strong. Other than a new radiator last week routine servicing has kept it trouble free and it still drives like new on duel fuel.
Extremely under rated car and I hope my next is this reliable!
Easy to drive, reliable, economical & cheap to run.
Mitsubishi Paint job! Losing lustre needs regular waxing.
All round excellent car
I've now owned a Mitsubishi Magna Advance Wagon for the last four years and can swear by it's reliability.
I purchased this car second hand for $9000 with only 80000km's on the clock. I've since put another 70000kms on the car and it has proved itself to be very cheap to run.
At the time of purchase I was looking for a larger car and the purchase price was the deciding factor. Initially I saw this car as a stop gap purchase while I saved a bit more to purchase a Mazda 6. I still have the Magna and I'm no longer looking for a Mazda, it's that ...
We bought ours new in '01. Since then it has done 290000km+ (we live 40k out of town and drive in every day including weekends for the kids sport) with not one breakdown or expense other than normal servicing or wear and tear on brake pads, battery, tyres, etc. The only warranty claim we had was a clunking a/cond compressor at 5000km which never recurred. Every set of tyres got at least 58,000 km and we've never done a wheel alignment. Fuel economy is waning now @ 11lt/100km but for most of it's life we got 9.5lt/100km. Because we always park i...t undercover it looks almost as good inside and out as it did new. If that's not legendary (and I did not exaggerate one item) then I don't know what is. Reliable Hard to see backing out of angle parking
Perfect A- B car but don't even think about C!
I inherited this car from my dad (as many impoverished uni students do) and have nothing bad to say about this car. Basically this mode (2001) is pretty outdated there are plenty of fantastic new Mitsubishi's out there, this review is for anyone considering buying one second hard one I suppose.
After 10 years of driving the car drives and handles fine, it's pretty efficient with fuel and all the air conditioning, radio, etc works just fine. The battery died on me once but other then that the cars still pretty dependable and gets me from A to...B with no problem. The only real con is that the plastic around the windows is starting to peel away and needs strong glue and a good DIY job to stay air tight. It's had dozens of services over the years and while the time between services is shrinking (time before new problems arise), the car is still dependable and drives just fine. However if considering buying this car look at the specific details (kilometers, engine problems of that particular car etc) this can only give a general guide. Solidly dependable, fuel efficiency, good space, standard features work just fine. Perfect car for someone who just needs an A-B and has little money. Window plastic starting to peel away, not a car for someone who likes cars.
Very reliable car never had hard times with it or broke down over more than three years of excessive usage.
Very stable and economic, cheap to run and service, gearbox sometimes play up but with flushing the fluid would fix it.
Acceleration is fine but expect much higher fuel consumption.
Economical and inexpensive
Loose its market value
Best car ever
I just traded in my 2001 TJ Magna and after reading these reviews I should have traded my husband instead, because he made me trade it. I owned this car for 7 years and it was always reliable. I could get in and drive it 200k's alone and not worry. It was cheap on fuel in town and on a trip. Great car to drive, has a great burble sound. I never had any major issues, though in the end it did have a few oil leaks which I've been told are a Magna issue anyway. The auto changed gears smoothly, acceleration was responsive and quick. Reverse parking ...was easy. Loved the look of the front of the TJ Magna. Large boot space. Interior was good, dash kept it's softness even after continually being parked in the sun. Loved this car, interested to see how reliable my new Commodore will be compared to the Magna. I have a feeling I should have kept the Magna. Looks, driving, easy reverse parking, reliable, smooth gear changes, responsive acceleration, cheap on fuel Oil leaks after 180,000 k's
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual||Manual||Automatic and Manual||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||16" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||3 Stars||3 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||12.3 L/100km||11.6 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||71 L||71 L||71 L||71 L|
|Engine||6 Cylinder 3.5L||6 Cylinder 3.5L||6 Cylinder 3.5L||6 Cylinder 3.5L|
|Max Power||163kW @ 5200rpm||163kW @ 5200rpm||163kW @ 5250rpm||147kW @ 5000rpm|
|Max Torque||317Nm @ 4500rpm||317Nm @ 4500rpm||317Nm @ 4500rpm||300Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Australia||Australia||Australia||Australia|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2004||Jan 2003||Jan 2000||Jan 1999|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2005||Dec 2004||Dec 2003||Dec 2000|
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