Mitsubishi Magna

Submitted: Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 08:40
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Can anybody advise if a Mitsubishi Magna is a good vehicle for towing? If so what would be the maximum size caravan could they handle?????
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 09:05

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 09:05
They can tow but as they are front wheel drive the additional weight on the rear reduces weight on the front driving and steering wheels especially in poor traction conditions.
Personally my preference would be for a rear or all wheel drive for towing purposes especially if going outback and on dirt roads.
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncs - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 11:11

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 11:11
I'll second that.

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Follow Up By: tim_c - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 13:37

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 13:37
Ditto.

You can pick up second-hand Magna's very cheaply - this is in part due to their reputation in the 1990's for transmission failures, engine cracks and wayward conrods. As far as I know they've fixed those engine problems in later models, but whether they've sorted the transmission problem depends who you ask!

Pity really, they are very nice to drive...
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 14:02

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 14:02
To answer your question I would say no.

If you are happy to use a front wheel drive vehicle I would recommend a V6 Camry as a better choice for similar dollars, otherwise rear wheel drive falcon or commodore wagons are a plenty. (You didn't mention model nor budget, so I am assuming there is a strict budget on the vehicle)
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Reply By: RoyHarvey - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 16:46

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 16:46
Our last car was a TJ Magna which we used occasionally to tow an 1100kg pop top.
The only down side of the front wheel drive was the need to be gentle when moving from stationary, the wheels tend to spin very easily. Once moving at over ~ 15 kph I would say everything behaved better than a rear wheel drive. The pull at the front axle just seems to give a very stable towing setup!
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Reply By: kend88 - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 16:49

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 16:49
probably not the ideal car for towing anything much over 1000kg, but their reasonably poor reputation gained in the 80's with one poor transmission is unwarranted.
My first Magna, 1995, did 300,ooo km over 10 years and cost me nothing other than one fuse, and normal consumables, tyres, breaks, timing belts etc, oh, and one water pump at 300,000km when they were doing the timing belt.
A bargain second hand car to buy, but no resale value. They go forever and you can just run them into the ground for the price you pay for them.
Sold my second magna, 1994 model in 1996 to buy a Mitsubishi Challenger 4wd which has been great so far, touch wood.
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Reply By: DIO - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 18:45

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 18:45
You have not provided very specific details such as year, model etc. The '380' had a 175kw direct injection engine that develops 343Nm of torque and was rated to tow a maximum of 1600 kg (that's loaded with food, clothing, water, etc) so you would be limited to a relatively small van. I imagine the tow ball weight would be in the vicinity of about 10% or 150 - 160 kg. I have read that you need to ensure you have adequate WDH installed in order to maintain safe braking and drive to the front wheels. From reports I've heard the '380' is a very good car, economical, quiet, comfortable and well appointed. They have a 5 yr 130,000km warranty.
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