Review using Mitsubishi 380
The fall of the local production of the Mitsubishi 380 is the result of a common disease in the car industry – believing in your own hype. When sitting down to build the next-generation Mitsubishi Magna, marketers convinced themselves their new car was much better than the old one that deserved a new name.
So after more than 20 years of building a great reputation for Magna, the name was dropped and replaced with a number. Mitsubishi 380 was born, staggered for a few years, then quietly went to sleep. Thus weakening the local heavy industry of Australia and consuming a lot of work.
The Mitsubishi 380 is a great machine that is worth considering as a used car. The value has dropped because people are worried about orphans, but spare parts are still available and there, there is no shortage of mechanics who know the way around the Mitsubishi 380.
Although the 380 is based on the design of Mitsubishi USA / Japan, many changes have been made to suit Australian road conditions, as well as the tastes of local drivers.
Interior room is a big feature of the Mitsubishi 380, with space and comfort both above average in the back seat. Access to the backseat is easy and this is a genuine family machine for the teenage children of life. The cabin styling is pleasing to the eye and is likely to remain forever.
Handling is good, all more so when you remember this is a big front-wheel drive machine family, not a sports car. Traction is high and the car usually has a neutral feeling until the road limit is reached above the average.
Mitsubishi 380’s 3.8-liter V8 engine is an extended version of the 3.5-liter unit used in Magna. Having good torque within easy rotation and long-distance travel is a specialty of the vehicle.
Most engines sit in conjunction with a five-speed automatic transmission, but Mitsubishi continues to offer a 5-speed manual gearbox on a number of variants.
The disappointing sales from the start led to the introduction of the Mitsubishi 380 Series 2 just six months after the launch of the original model in October 2005. Prices have dropped, with the range starting at $ 7000 on the initial models. did a lot for those who bought the first cars, but is good news for those who buy used cars.
A special model called the Mitsubishi 380 Platinum Edition was launched in October 2006. Based on the Mitsubishi 380 SX, Platinum comes with a sunroof supported, rear parking assist, and side spoiler. back and Bluetooth connection. It can be identified by the platinum-colored grille and rear bumper inserts, as well as by the Platinum Badge badges.
The simple and good underbonnet layout means you can do a bit of your own service and repair work. As always, we recommend leaving items safe for professionals and having a workshop guide to research before starting work.
Insurance costs are usually in the lower quarter of the scale. We have seen some companies charge extra for Mitsubishi 380 GT compared to standard models. This probably reflects the type of buyer who is attracted to the car, but keep in mind that there is no additional engine performance compared to the standard 380.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR
Some 380 will start their day on car rental teams and can have a hard life. Look for signs of seat, rug and other damage caused by careless use. Don’t forget to check the boot as well as the cabin.
Check the top of the dashboard and the rear parcel shelf for discoloration, or cracking, of plastic due to frequent exposure to sunlight.
Looking and feeling the front tire for uneven wear, this could mean front suspension problem or maybe just a wheel has been misaligned from the alignment. Play it safe if there’s the slightest doubt.
Make sure the engine starts fast and does not work smoothly for a few seconds after starting.
Look for smoking in the exhaust, especially after the engine is working hard after it has been inactive for a while.
The automatic transmission problems that have been plagued Magna for years seem to have brought to the new 380. However, watch out for a device that automatically switches gears when it’s not needed, or suddenly switches to neutral for no reason.
Make sure the brakes pull the car up in a straight line and the ABS system sends a beat through the pedal when the brakes are very hard. Don Weather forgot to test your mirror before doing these tests.
Rust is usually not a problem but a car that has been badly repaired after a crash can have some trouble. If you suspect a major accident has been overcome, they have to pay to have a specialist fully inspect the vehicle.