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#1280 of 1497 Hanging onto my D...
Apr 22, 2005 (11:09 am)
I had the timing belt replaced at about 70K on my 1995 Diamante then 18 months later the timing belt broke at 87k due to a faulty part in the Mitsubishi timing belt kit. Mitsubishi did come through though and did a head/valve job on the engine which took care of that problem. Despite Mitsubishi's toubles I am amazed that they covered this repair given that the shop who replaced the belt was just an independent shop.
Recently I have been seriously entertaining the idea of trading the Diamante off due to a couple of problems I was affraid to have fixed. I probably would have already parted with it except the one car I was hoping to buy had been sold by the time I arrived at the dealer. After a month of looking around and pondering a car payment I decided to take the D to the mechanic to see what it would take to remedy the lackluster acceleration I have been experiencing in recent months and track down the new oil leak. The solution to these problems were amazingly simple - acceleration - traced to the ten year old spark plug wires, oil leak (this is embarassing) - traced to the oil cap no longer providing a tight seal.
Given the relatively cheap price of these solutions I have now deceided to hang onto the D for a couple more years or more. It currently has about 93k on it and runs great. In fact I now need new tires as the old worn ones won't stay planted anymore.
#1281 of 1497 Re: Diamante 99; click, click .. noise?
Apr 24, 2005 (4:15 pm)
Help please! The click click click... loud noise isn't going away. The sound comes from the back of the stereo/radio or glove compartment area. sometimes it makes the noise when I turn the car on or while I'm driving. Any ideas???
Apr 28, 2005 (3:37 pm)
Is the Mitsubishi Diamante still sold in the United States? Here in the Middle East it is sold as the Mitsubishi Magna. I've always found it to be a very attractive car at least on the exterior. Here they offer Magna sport packages that give a body kit and a spoiler, and it makes the car look great. It's a very popular car here.
#1283 of 1497 Question about Inifnity system / disc changers
Apr 30, 2005 (9:24 am)
I've just recently purchased a 1994 Mitsubishi Diamante LS, equipped with an Infinity stereo and speakers. There are controls for a 6-disc changer on the radio and a compartment for the changer in the trunk - but unfortunately the car did not come with the changer. Does anybody know if there is a specific type of disc changer I would need to purchase - or if it has to be Inifinity, etc.? Thank you in advance!
#1284 of 1497 Infinity CD Changer
May 02, 2005 (8:47 am)
korinna - Check with your dealer for the Mitsubishi part number of the changer that will work with your radio, then go on eBay and look for a used one. I have seen six-disk changers go for $60-$100. You need to check to see if there is a cable already installed between your radio and the trunk, or you will need to buy a cable. You can also check with http://www.crutchfield.com/ to see if there is an aftermarket changer that will work with your existing radio.
#1285 of 1497 Re: Diamante 99; click, click .. noise? [pwc]
May 03, 2005 (4:18 pm)
click, click, ... and the saga continues. could it be the airbag on the passenger seat since the noise coming from that area?
May 03, 2005 (7:41 pm)
Airbag on the passenger seat? Your Diamante doesn't have any airbags in the seat. If you meant the airbag in the dash, then no, that's not the source of the clicking. The clicking has to be something in the ventilation controls. Either a sticking vent flow motor or if your system has any sort of vaccuum control to it, its could be a vaccuum leak in the auto AC control unit causing a motor to stay on. Your symptom sounds like the latter, but I'd be surprised such a modern car would still be using vaccuum controls. My 85 Audi 5000 had an annoyingly loud ticking sound coming from under the dash on the passenger side. It started intermittently and eventually would do it non-stop a few minutes after starting the car. The vent controls were also stuck in defrost mode. It was a bad auto AC control unit, which was vaccuum-operated.
#1287 of 1497 Diamante, no spark
May 04, 2005 (2:18 am)
A friend has a 91 Diamante (japanese specs)4wd DOHC V6. it will not start. The car began by not starting some days then it won't start at all the engine turns over but the there is no spark. I took a test light (the pen type) and tested the wires on the bottom of the coil packs and there is current present, but on the top side where the plugs attach there is no spark even while the engine is turning over. A prior owner installed a remote start himself which was done kinda shabby like and the control box was kicked down by my friends wife(not sure if the two are related but the problem started after the box was kicked down and the wires pulled. we tried unpluging this unit but it. doesn't help anything. We do not have a unit to test for the codes is there some way to test for codes like a OBD system that flashes the check engine light or somewhere to attach a multimenter and count arm bouncing around. Any help would be appreciated
#1288 of 1497 Proud owner of a 92 Diamante LS
May 04, 2005 (3:14 pm)
My 1992 Diamante is getting on in years and I will probably be replacing it in the fall (Oct or Nov). I have approximately 166,000 miles.
It has really been a GREAT car. White Pearl exterior with grey interior (LS).
I have only needed to put one set of brakes on the car. The back brakes were replaced at 108,000 miles and the front at 126,565 miles. That is the only work ever done to the brakes.
I have put on 3 sets of tires...the last ones about a year ago.
It has always leaked a little oil. And...now it is burning oil...but it still runs great. I put in some "Stop Smoke" and the oil does not show burning out the exhaust. Replaced valve cover gasket.
I do have one little problem (and it was my fault for not checking better)...about 3 years ago the transmission started leaking and before I realized it, it had drained all the fluid out of the transmission. Took it in for service...replaced a gasket/seal and re-filled the fluid. It runs great except on occasions it appears to shift into neutral. This only happens on "hot weather" days and it is "very intermittent". It only happens when you first start up the car and pull out of a parking space. If you let the "idle" basically pull you out (back) and then you shift to drive occasionally it acts like you are in idle. You then have to shift back to park and then to drive and everything is fine. The strange thing is that is appears to be getting better each year. Don't know why.
Again this has been a great car...the best driving car I have ever had (Camaro, Skylark, & Supra). It still looks very good.
I think Mitsu messed up when they did not put more effort into this car.
Oh well...soon I will have to part ways with this car. I am looking at a 2006 Infiniti M35 or 2006 Acura RL.
I have driven both and they drive very well, but they are not like my 92 Diamante.
So guys...enjoy your Diamante and I hope you have as good of experience with yours as I have.
#1289 of 1497 navigator89: Magna
May 05, 2005 (6:59 am)
Diamantes are no longer sold in the States. Mitsubishi purposely cheapened the car for this market, so it couldn't even be compared to the real Magna. We got the 4-speed transmission, no side airbags, no wagon or 4WD option. I was sooo close to getting the last 2004 VR-X but decided on another fine Australian automobile instead: Pontiac GTO (Monaro)