2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Consumer Reviews

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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer
4.0
Average based on 15 reviews
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Best car I ever owned

by from Cape Coral on January 30, 2007

Comfort, style, reliability and fun to drive. The price was great. Never had one problem with the car and every mit. dealer i went to for normal servicing went above and beyond for me and my car. each...
Comfort, style, reliability and fun to drive. The price was great. Never had one problem with the car and every mit. dealer i went to for normal servicing went above and beyond for me and my car. each dealer always set an appointment according to my schedule and if i couldnt wait they would give me a ride to work and pick me up when my car was ready. My lancer never broke down and scheduled servicing was affordable. When I am ready to buy another car I will definately buy another Lancer.
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Great car

by from Miami, FL on March 27, 2011

This car is great, nice and reliable it gets me where I need to go and saves a pretty penny on gas! While it doesn't have nearly the kick that its big brother the EVO has this is to be expected at abo...
This car is great, nice and reliable it gets me where I need to go and saves a pretty penny on gas! While it doesn't have nearly the kick that its big brother the EVO has this is to be expected at about half the price. Overall I would say that this car is great for the price and looks good at that!
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Reliable Car after 10 years!

by from El Paso, Texas on December 26, 2013

I purchased the 2003 MItsubishi Lancer ES back in May 2004 with 10,212 miles on it. It was my first car during high school and still own it after 150,000 miles. This car has saved my life twice during...
I purchased the 2003 MItsubishi Lancer ES back in May 2004 with 10,212 miles on it. It was my first car during high school and still own it after 150,000 miles. This car has saved my life twice during a brutal snowstorm and during a rainstorm. I own two other cars, yet, I still keep my very first car because the reliability and performance is completely flawless. I have only done routine maintenance to the vehicle for over 10 years. I have replaced the alternator belt, headlamps, tires, window regulator, and A/C (defective) since then. The temperature knob has not been working for the heater, but, I rarely have used it. The paint is completely flawless and in immaculate condition. I never want to sell this car. I will run this car into the ground!
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Loved my Lancer

by from on July 22, 2013

Mine was recently totaled and I'm looking to replace it exactly. Why? Because I loved my car. It was, affordable, comfortable, handled great, got good gas mileage, was great in the snow(coupled with a...
Mine was recently totaled and I'm looking to replace it exactly. Why? Because I loved my car. It was, affordable, comfortable, handled great, got good gas mileage, was great in the snow(coupled with actually knowing how to drive in the snow), overall looked good and was surprisingly spacey for how small it actually was. I was subject to the faulty catalytic converter but really it was just the O2 sensor so it wasn't actually a problem. I just checked the engine code every few weeks to make sure noting else was popping up and called it a day.
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Uses car for Just getting around

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Most reliable car ever.

by from Portland, OR on August 26, 2016

I bought a Lancer new in 2003 and it was one of my best large-purchase decisions. It has been by far the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. It's zippy, handles well and the gas mileage rivals my m...
I bought a Lancer new in 2003 and it was one of my best large-purchase decisions. It has been by far the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. It's zippy, handles well and the gas mileage rivals my motorcycles! I love this car and would definitely replace it with another Mitsubishi, IF it ever dies. Considering my mileage is barely 60,000 I'm hoping to keep this baby going for another 13 years. The 15 years prior to this car I had a Plymouth Scamp, Toyota 4Runner, and an old Jeep Cherokee. They all had good points but this Mitsubishi puts them to shame in every way but one. After over a decade of driving 4xs, my first trip to Lowe's in the Lancer was a nasty shock. That big trunk has limits... :D
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Decent Car for The $$

by from Minneapolis on November 21, 2007

This car is great for teens or college students but I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone with discerning taste. It's nice that the Lancer ES has options which usually cost extra at this price point (powe...
This car is great for teens or college students but I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone with discerning taste. It's nice that the Lancer ES has options which usually cost extra at this price point (power pkg, CD, etc). I'd leave this car to the kids.
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Great car for the cash

by from Wichita, KS on April 17, 2009

I bought the OZ rally new in '03 and still have it today. Mostly used for commuting. This car is solid with good standard features, handles nicely and enough pep from the 2.0 litre engine. I have had ...
I bought the OZ rally new in '03 and still have it today. Mostly used for commuting. This car is solid with good standard features, handles nicely and enough pep from the 2.0 litre engine. I have had NO major problems with this car and everything still works! Only a minor issue - knob that switches from cool to warm sticks at times. If you want super high performance and styling, this is not your car, but if your budget is limited and you want a fun, reliable, roomy compact - check out a Lancer.
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I'm going to miss it!

by from va/wv on July 12, 2008

I got this car during high school. It was used and a couple years old. I have to say, I love it. It's the perfect car for any high school or college student. Cute, yet sporty. Never has had a problem,...
I got this car during high school. It was used and a couple years old. I have to say, I love it. It's the perfect car for any high school or college student. Cute, yet sporty. Never has had a problem, even after a small crash, still runs like new. I unfortunately have to let it go, as I need a better car for the winter. Worked great during that season when I was home, but because the roads aren't treated well where I live during those months in college, I need something that can get me up steep very snowy hills... aka AWD. If it wasn't for that, I would definately be not letting my Lancer go. It will be missed.
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No other car comes close!

by from TX on August 9, 2008

As a deliver man for a local restaurant, my baby, as never led me down. Fast, agile, reliable, the Lancer is there when you need her. The features are great, but the engine and transmission respond to...
As a deliver man for a local restaurant, my baby, as never led me down. Fast, agile, reliable, the Lancer is there when you need her. The features are great, but the engine and transmission respond to the max. Drive one and find out!
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My first car

by from hoover, al on March 2, 2008

With the lancer being my first car... it was a good pick. Its been very reliable and not very difficult to maintain. I got my lancer in 2003 which is also the same year as my car. I still have it and ...
With the lancer being my first car... it was a good pick. Its been very reliable and not very difficult to maintain. I got my lancer in 2003 which is also the same year as my car. I still have it and its 2008. The car is still running very good and has held up threw many road trips. Tho only thing i honestly dont like about the car is how cheap the cd player looks and thats about it. It handles very well, has hardly any blind spots, and is very open... it can comfortably seat four adults.For being such a small car it has a lot of leg room.
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