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#1399 of 1497 My 1997 Mitsubishi Diamante LS
Jun 30, 2006 (12:24 pm)
Information on my car:
Model:1997 Mitsubishi Diamante LS
Exterior:Versailles Green Metallic
Interior: Tan Leather
Mileage: 67,000 miles
I just bought my car in March of 2006. I am pretty sure I got a very good deal. You should have seen the bare bone cars I could get for around $7,000. This car came with leather, power windows, power door locks, power moonroof, power seats with memory, power and heated mirrors, power antenna, 6 speaker CD player with 10-disk CD changer in the trunk, 16" alloys with newer tires, fog lights, and most importantly a V-6. This was a big step up from my last car being a 1992 Geo Storm with manual everything.
Pro's-performance, handling, amount of features for your money, depreciation-good in my case because I got the car a 1/4 price of when it was new, the stereo, interior room, pretty much everything.
Con's-gas mileage, brakes, wind-noise from sunroof,
1. Do you really need to use premium gas or is this just for optimal performance? Will using regular do any harm to the engine?
2. Since my car has 69,000 miles currently, should I look into getting a Timing belt? If so, what should I expect to pay for parts and labor, so that I do not get swindled?
3. I know about the infamous heater core problems with this car, but I have noticed since day one the driver's side front window fogs up very easily. But for what I have seen, people say that their passenger side window will fog up because that is the side with the heater core. Does anyone else have this problem with their driver's side window, is this normal??
4. No matter how I drive or where I drive, I consistently get 18-19 MPG and I know they are supposed to get 18 to 26 MPG. Is there any tricks of the trade to get my gas mileage up? The air filter is like brand new, use gas treatments, and just got an oil change.
5. I did notice a place for speakers on the dashboard. Has anyone found out if there is speaker wire there to hook up my own speakers?
6. I too, have that same brake noise. When I bought the car, I had the dealership machine the rotors and check the brakes. When I am doing regular slow stops there is absolutely no noise. But when you really press down or are braking while going downhill, I hear the unpleasant grinding noise. Is there any antidote for this?
7. With the heated mirrors. I put snow directly on them and they did nothing, they were not even warm. Is this just a defroster for condensation or what?
If you have any suggestions, feel free to reply.
#1400 of 1497 Re: 1995 DOHC Diamante LS Auto Transmission...PLEASE HELP! [wniepmann]
Jul 06, 2006 (3:38 pm)
hi. I'm having a similar problem, except it was precision tune. They put dextron III, in my car at trans flush, and won't fix it because they gave my money back, due to them continuing to put improper fluid levels. I now have no 2nd or 4th gear. If you check the specs in your manual, you will see that you cannot add additive, and that you have to use only the fluids specified for your car. I recommend having your trans flushed with the right fluids.
#1401 of 1497 Mr Vivona are you still out there
Jul 20, 2006 (1:52 pm)
I was wondering if you could help me with my questions posted on message #1399. It would be very helpful.
#1402 of 1497 Re: My 1997 Mitsubishi Diamante LS [klaver83]
Jul 24, 2006 (2:18 pm)
I bought my 99 Diamante new. I currently have 198,000 miles on it. I have always used regular gas with no loss in performance. I replace my Timing Belt every 75,000 miles and my oil every 5,000 miles. My D still runs and looks like new. I have never had a heater core or A/C problem. The round plastic inserts on each side of the dashboard do have speaker wires connected to the backside of the inserts. I check my mileage on every fill up and I get from 18 - 22 mpg. Highway, city and heavy right foot does influence what side of the spectrum you end up. I still live with grinding brake noise. The VX pads typically are quiet but they create too much brake dust for my white/polished alum 17" rims so I use ceramic which are the cleanest but the loudest. I turn up my stereo. It has been a great car & I have no plans of ever getting rid of it.
#1403 of 1497 Re: My 1997 Mitsubishi Diamante LS [renncars]
Jul 24, 2006 (5:37 pm)
I have been reading this board, ever since I bought my Diamante LS, new, in 2000. I now have 117,000 miles and the car continues to run great and looks almost new! I have had 3 sets of front rotors and 2 rear, including new pads each time. I replaced the timing belt and spark plugs, at 100K. The AC condesor was replace at 110K due to a leak caused by corrosion.($550) I am on my third set of tires, the current ones are made by "Kumho" and I like them the best, so far..they are inflated with nitrogen and rarely lose any presssure. Everything still works on my car, except the antennae. It stopped raising and lowering, but the radio still works with the antennae in the up position. The oil gets chenged every 3-4K and the tires are rotated every 7500. The car has really grown on me over the years and I can't justify spending 30-40K for something in that category, that probably isn't made as well as the Diamante. The paint and finish on that car are second to none and I still love to crank up the Infinity stereo and ride in style down the highway. I will probably drive this car to 200K, before I consider a new replacement. Happy Trails to all of you Diamante owners.....
#1404 of 1497 AC fix that cost $2.600
Jul 28, 2006 (3:28 pm)
Follow-up to my problem with AC. (Post#1389)
I decided to go ahead and fix it. The compression valve was replaced and I paid another $770 in addition to $330 for diagnostics and freon. The moment I drove my car out of the dealership's garage the AC did not work. I notified the manager and he told me to came back for the check. On the last receipt which stated that the valve was replaced, I saw he another notice: Compressor might start fail. I have not been told anything about compressor after the diagnostics, now when I brought my car again for the check, they say there is a problem with the compressor and it is going to cost me another $1,500... So, if I go for it, my total would be $330+ $770+ $1500= $2600...
Then after some pressure from my side they agree to fix AC if I pay them $1, 200 ( on top what I have paid already- more than one thousand). After the diagnostics not a word was said about the faulty compressor, otherwise I could just leave AC as it was.
I am taking them to the court, I am sure and my attorney confirmed that , I have a very good case.
I wish people learn from situations like this.
That's the way Mitsubishi/ Suzuki dealership in Freehold,NJ on Rt 9 condacts its business. I'll do my best to publicize this case. I know how.
Aug 06, 2006 (5:22 am)
I recently bought my daughter a 1995 D as her first car , at $2500 I thought it was a steal. The air needs work but the car is great otherwise. That is until she made the mistake of turning on the headlights after the key was out , not knowing they were ON, she killed the battery. one jump brought it back to life but radio won't work due to access code. Well the previous owner didn't give me the handbook or nuttin!
#1406 of 1497 Re: Radio Codes [nolander]
Aug 06, 2006 (6:05 pm)
this is an issue that occurs alot with the newer "d"'s, Esp after replacing a battery, normally u would have at least 15 mins after removal of the original battery to save the codes but a dealership will have used a "Memory saver" to save codes, and pre-sets just in case it took longer. Unfortunately the only option u have now is to take it to a dealership to find the code via tracing the "VIN". That in itself is pretty pricey for such a smal amt of service, since ur at this point I wopuld consider "upgrading" the stereo unit completely because the price they would charge to retrieve the code would be the same as replacing it.
#1407 of 1497 Power Lock Issues
Aug 10, 2006 (10:32 am)
I have a 1997 Diamante and out of no where this morning my power locks stopped working. Everytime I press the lock or unlock button the driver's side, I hear a click everytime. Nothing happens when I press the buttons on the Passenger's Side. I looked through the manual and at the fuses and there doesn't seem to be a fuse for it. Can someone help me to find this problem because I really don't want to have to pay $95 an hour for Firestone to troubleshoot this electrical issue. Please Help.
#1408 of 1497 Safe driving...
Sep 05, 2006 (1:20 pm)
One more note, my rig also has an intermittant issue with on/off ramps.. It will seem to under-steer (from the back), if I make any sort of movement when continuing through an on/off ramp. I am not going excessivly fast, but it seems to want to sway left to right, sort of from the back.. almost to the point of loosing control.. And if I drive on Ice or snow, it seems to want to come out from under me, (fish tail of sorts) Could I guess at it? sure, maybe the rear struts, wheel drag, tires?? any help would be appreciated..