Good car for money, BUT...
By christmas_tree on
2001 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
Really liked the car when I purchased it with only 24,000 miles in 2004. By the time it had 40k miles it had the very common heater core leak... by the time it had 50k miles rear/driver side abs speed sensor failed so abs brakes are non-functional since then, neither is the traction control... both ABS and TCL light stay on all the time now. By 55k egr solenoid failed, not too costly to replace if you do it yourself. By 60k miles the rear springs are worn out, with 3 passengers in the rear the rear bottoms out, replaced shocks which didn't help at all. By 80k antenna motor failed. Bottom line, even though I like the car I wouldn't buy a Mitsubishi again, with the other options.
Used to be a good smooth ride, esp. for road trips until coil springs wore out, feels like a boat on water now. Been in two accidents... this car can take hits very well!!! Not much damage. Good size trunk. Plenty of leg room for driver and passengers. Comfy. Great Infinity speakers.
Wind noise from passenger windows (even when seals are in good condition), scheduled maintenance is very expensive, esp. when compared to its peers. Heater core, epic fail... Coil spring fatigue, abs speed sensor - known issue yet no recall! Antenna motor failed.