by jrbruner on Aug 7, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
I love this car.
I read all the reviews before I bought this car, and the power train was highly rated.
This car is quiet, comfortable, powerful and reliable.
I have the LS with the heated, 8-way power seats w/power lumbar and love it.
This car was virtually unchanged from 98 until last year, 2004.
The engine is smooth, and responsive and I get much better mileage than edmunds says.
I measured 30 mpg highway in SoCal.
Transmission failed at 75k (apparently common).
Had it fixed by the pros at SoCal Transmission in San Diego and not a lick of trouble since.
Heater core is recurrent problem w/these cars.
These sell for much less than comp. Acura CL or 3.2 TL.
by bconboy on Dec 28, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
In its early years this car was a good car, some maintenance as expected I guess (but pretty pricy for this imported car).
But as others have said, once things started going, they went fast.
Had to replace alternator, muffler, tires (worn on inside) and I don't know what else in a pretty short amount of time, and now it sometimes won't even start.
I've asked around and no one knows why, we replaced the magnet at the end of the crankshaft, because it had actually blinked out and died on me while driving, but seemed to be only a temporary solution.
by never again on Jan 11, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
Worst mistake I made, uncomfortable ride, too much road noise, just generally unhappy with the car. Didn't want to be upside down on a trade, so I kept it. Lots of little annoying problems, that I was not used to dealing with in other cars purchase. Due to road noise would rent a car if going over 100 miles. Just bought 2010 Acura. I'll never go back.
A sporty new trim level, the VR-X, debuts in an attempt to put some life into the Diamante's sales charts. Otherwise, only minor changes are in store for the Diamante this year. Slight styling tweaks have been applied to the front and rear, and the interior features redesigned audio controls and an emergency inside-trunk release. One mechanical change has been made this year -- Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) has been added to all trim levels.