The Road Ahead : August September 2008
motoring ... USED CAR REVIEW REVIEW JOHN EWING Mitsubishi 380, 2005-2008 The Mitsubishi 380 failed to be the linchpin needed to secure local Mitsubishi production. However, for used buyers, the reliable and refined 380 could be a bargain. What you get Weak resale values for Magna, the previous model, and high initial pricing of the 380 worked against sales success. But equipment levels were comprehensive across the range and included four airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), cruise control, multi-disc CD and climate control. There were fi ve specifi cation levels initially in the sedan-only line-up, including the sporty VRX and range-topping GT. Minor refreshing of equipment and cosmetics in mid 2006 and 2007 are denoted respectively as Series I and II. Most 380s have a V6 engine mated to the INVECS adaptive, sequential shift, fi ve- speed auto, although a fi ve-speed manual could be had in some models. How it drives The responsive 3.8-litre, single overhead cam V6, with claimed outputs of 175 kW and 343 Nm, has excellent driveability thanks to strong mid-range torque. The engine’s smoothness combines well with the improved auto to produce a refi ned large car. and 343 Nm, has excellent driveability, Sensible driving should yield respectable fuel economy compared with other large sedans. The front-wheel-drive 380 has a solid feel on the road and admirably treads the tightrope of blending ride quality with poised handling. Sports versions get slightly fi rmer suspension tune. The cabin is spacious but doesn’t quite match Holden and Ford rivals. Equipment omissions include a split- fold rear seat (ski-port only) and, on Series I and II base models, traction control. ,p blow c colum contro score It h che oi re Ergonomics and safety each take a blow courtesy of the tilt-only steering column and lack of dynamic stability control on any version. It does, however, score a four-star ANCAP crash rating. It has a good reliability record, but check for proper servicing including oil changes, and timing belt replacement when due with the Competitors 68 AUG/SEP 08 FORD FALCON BF, BF MK11 Sedan, 2005 to April 2008, 4.0-litre 6-cyl., from $19,200 to $39,200. FO S 20 90,000 km service. Most used 380s Under the pump The 380 will use between 8.0 and 13.1 litres of fuel every 100 km, depending on model and conditions. How much are the parts? For a 2006 ES Series II: Tyres (each) Oil fi lter Air fi lter Front brake pads Headlight Tail light from $167.00 $14.10 $44.65 $129.80 $269.50 $165.00 What will it cost? From $18,000 to $37,900, depending on year and model. NEED HELP? RACQ can help with car fi nance (call 1300 361 316), vehicle inspections (call 13 1905) and insurance (call 13 1905). Further details also available from racq.com. TOYOTA AURION Sedan, 2006 to 2008, 3.5-litre V6, from $27,000 to $43,600. HOLDEN COMMODORE VE Sedan, 2006 to 2008, 3.6-litre V6, from $25,000 to $51,500 (V8 models not included). 90,000 km service. Most used 380s should have the balance of a new car warranty.
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