I bought this car new in 12/2001 and it was my first brand new car. It has just over 100K miles now. I have had zero problems with it. Mine has the factory installed leather because I hate to worry ab...
I bought this car new in 12/2001 and it was my first brand new car. It has just over 100K miles now. I have had zero problems with it. Mine has the factory installed leather because I hate to worry about cleaning fabric in case something spills. The interior still looks brand new, even with 2 kids (7 and 2).
The only times I've taken it to the mechanic was for maintenance type repairs, like belts and brakes, maybe a hose. I do have to keep an eye on the oil levels though. It's always used a lot of oil since it was new and I haven't figured out why. There's no leaks. I just add more when it needs it. I'm looking for a larger car now because I can't fit a third person in the backseat with 2 carseats installed back there and I would like to. But, there's more room in the back seat compared to similar sized cars like the Jetta or Corolla. The trunk is pretty good sized too and the back seats fold down. My husband is 6'3" and is comfortable driving or being passenger. His knees are kind of close to the dash though but nowhere near touching, closer than I'm used to though. I'm 5' 6".
The car performs well and I like the suspension and drive feel of the car. The gas pedal isn't too easy like some cars, but not too hard either. The ride isn't floaty, bumpy, or mushy. It has less road noise than other similar cars that I test drove. The steering is responsive with not a lot of body roll, and the tires have good traction. I have Dunlop all-season performance radials on it. I've chosen Dunlop both times I've changed the tires and I'm happy with their performance for the price paid. The factory tires were Yokohama tires and they weren't very good and didn't last very long either.
The engine has good pick-up, but could probably be faster. But it was good compared to the Corolla. I get great mileage with this car. I usually get around 25-27 on a daily basis (city and highway). We got 40 MPH on the highway on our last trip to Disneyland, almost 7 hours away!
I would buy another Lancer or Mitsubishi again. I think they have good cars. This Lancer was also my first Japanese car, but it was actually assembled 100% in the U.S. So that was also a plus for me.