2003 Mitsubishi Lancer consumer reviews

$14,047–$14,847 MSRP range
side view of 2003 Lancer Mitsubishi
92% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.5
Explore the 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer
5.0

The best car I ever owned by far.

After the pandemic I decided to buy a car cash and no longer make payments on a car. I found a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer in great condition with new tires, new battery, new horn, new Bluetooth stereo, ice cold ac, mint condition interior for only 1200. It has become my daily driver and is very comfortable to drive. Much more comfortable than the 2016 Jetta I previously drove.

4.7

Honestly surprised with jt

I bought this car a couple years ago in December of 2018 or January 2018. Not too sure but I bought it with 145k miles and trusted the dealer ( young and dumb beings i never bought a car on my own before this one) and the dealer said it had no leaks and was running terrific so stupidlyI didn’t think to check the oil when I purchased it. That being said I drive it over 50 miles home without any oil in it. The previous owner didn’t seem to have done any Maintenance at all on the car so I had to replace the ignition coils, spark plugs and gaskets due to leaks. I do travel a lot for work though after doing that minor bit of maintenance up keep (and probably about threw a rod driving so far with no oil) i drove it from northern Utah, to Cleveland Ohio, down to Baton Rouge Louisiana and back to northern Utah I didn’t have any problems on my road trip until about 150 or so miles away from home when the ball joint on the passenger side fell off. It now has 188k miles on it snd the engine seems to be running strong only other things I’ve had to replace was the clutch because my slave cylinder took a crap on me, the crank oil seal and the timing belt(belt wasn’t needed but like I said previous owner did nothing so it still had the original timing belt from the factory at 180k so I decided to replace just in case) for a cheap car that no one thought was gonna take me across country and back I absolutely love it and was very impressed and shocked by it. Not the quickest car by any means but it does have pep and it is honestly an impressive little thing I’d recommend to anyone looking for a cheap reliable car. (Repairs are easy on it, can do most by yourself even with no knowledge about cars. Also not to expensive when needed to take too the shop)

4.6

Have had for 10 years, slowly pushing that 300K

I bought this car used with 130k miles back in late 2009 in the south. Have had it in the new England states for over 8 years, other then a blown headgasket and a off road bender, it is still going strong. Sitting at 260k now and pushing for that 300k. Underbody shows no signs of rust as well, even though I live in a Calcium state.

5.0

Very good car

I love the car. Very comfortable. Hasn?t given me any problems. Drives smooth. Shifts smooth. Sounds good. Would highly recommend for starter or long term.

5.0

My First car ever

Loved this car. Mitsubishi makes awesome car and very reliable cars that last a long time. I had no problems with my little Lancer in fact i loved it so much i owned it for 4 years and sold it and its running awesome till this day with 300,000 miles on it.

5.0

This car has never let us down has 326k

With regular maintenance is all does not burn oil the car just keeps on going looking for a newer lancer just in case is all :)

4.7

Owned for 14years and loved it every day!

Very reliable. Bought it brand new & Put 210000 miles in 14 years. Fast, Smooth drive, great midsize/compact car! Loved it so much. Used it for long commute and pleasure.

5.0

Most reliable car I've ever own

it's most reliable car I've ever own. i had this car for more than 10 years and the maintenance was next to zero. if you are student, it's the car you need it. it's fun to drive with low maintenance .

3.7

Best car for the money

Bought new in 2003 only thing repaired was a ball bearing on front tire has 148000 miles and I'm going to get the timing belt replaced this weekend to be on the safe side changed tranny oil at 80000 never had a flush and still blows cold air. Best car purchased i ever made. Never stranded me

3.6

First Car

This car has been great. First car runs smooth. Gets from point A to B in a matter of time. Great on gas.