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Excellent Value
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By jrbruner
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2002 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Best Features

This car is a beautiful balance of luxury and performance. Front wheel drive provides responsive, secure handling. I'd like to try the VR-X, but wouldn't give up the luxury features of the LS. The VR-X is supposed to have tighter, sport-tuned suspension, but its the same engine,, but tweaked to produce only 5 more horses. 205 horses from the 3.0 litre in the LS is more than adequate. Apparently since Mitsubishi exited the luxury car market in 2005, these cars have not held their value. Luckily, these feature-rich, beautiful cars can now be picked up cheap -- for much less than comparable Acura or Lexus models. I Think I'll have another . . .


Worst Features

Irrelevant since last model year was 2004.


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Started out ok
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By bconboy
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2002 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


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Big Mistake
1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By never again
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2002 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


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Style


Worst Features

Need to stop making this car


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Diamante
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Tribefire
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2002 Mitsubishi Diamante VR-X 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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The Mitsubishi Diamante Vr-X is a fun fast ride but since I purchased it I have had to put a lot of money into it... the heater core went around 75k, and it's conveniently place on the firewall so the job itself is a nightmare, I haven't met a Diamante driver past 80k who didn't have to do the same, now I'm having trouble with the 02 sensors, I replaced 3 last year and this year the fourth went. I'd say the car would be worth it if it didn't cost so much to maintain. About 1500$ for the heater core repair and about the same for the o2 sensor work.


Best Features

Best part is that you don't see this car at every intersection you come to. With a little bit of engine work you can get decent horsepower, and it's a pretty comfortable car to drive.


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100,000 Miles 2002 Diamante LS
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By MN
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2002 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I have owned my LS for just over 4 years now and have just under 100,000 miles on it having purchased it used with 17k miles. I test drove a variety of vehicles at the time within my price range and options requirements. Nothing else came close to the value of this car. Pblms at 100k miles: 1. One door speaker needs to be replaced 2. Antenna no longer retracts. 3. Roof Liner in back has started to droop Minor issues, but lead to a problem; replacement parts are hard to come by due to the rarity of the car. Mechanically its been a rock. Zero Dollars past scheduled maintenance so far. I am still in love with this car 4 years later.


Best Features

Rarity! Something like only 10k a year imported means you don't see dozens of them at every red light! Love the interior. Heated / Power seats are wonderful. Stereo quite good up until one speaker started buzzing. Homelink - every car should have this. Trunk space is great.


Worst Features

As much as I love this car it is hard to recommend it from the used car lot. While it has been a extremely reliable for me its rarity means that the easiest source for replacement parts will be the Dealerships with all the excessive costs associated...


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