Good Bang for your Buck
Have owned my Lancer for about 6 months now and really can't complain at all about it. Provides a comfortable ride for the daily commute and gives you a nice, sporty look for being a sedan. Overall a good value and would recommend.
Worth the quirks
The heart of this vehicle is its engine. It is very fast and I like the sound. The MIVEC (Mitsubishi Intelligent Valve Electronic Control)keeps the engine tame and tuned for economy. Personally, I get 29-31 city and 32-39 highway depending on conditions. However, if you drop the hammer on it, the engine produces enough power to make the vehicle heave by 3500 rotations. The feel is like the vehicle got 1/2 as heavy. Also this makes the incredible fuel economy go bye bye. Lancer will top out at about 136 mph wile going up a slight incline and it gets there really quick for a car with 4 cylinders(about 150 bHP), especially when considered how heavy the body is. The seats are stiff and not really for long trips but there is enough space for tallest of people. I am 6'9" and the driver seat still can go further back. Also, even though seat is not power the height can be adjusted so it can accommodate a shorter person as well. One thing to note about the interior is the blind-spots. The car has 7 air bags (even one guarding driver knees) and they have to go somewhere. Curtain airbags are in the corners between the windshield and windows making those blind-spots little bigger and making it easier for some cars to fit in them. Now, I have had a reoccurring gearbox issue (after some research I found out it is somewhat common with Lancers going quite a bit back), but no problems with the engine. It still sounds like new after 40,000 miles. I really believe that, if you love to drive down a curvy back roads then you will love a lancer...any lancer.
this car the worst i have ever owned.
too many problems with this vehicle, i lease it and have had it in for something continuously, never mitsubishi again............
My first mitsubishi
I bought my Lancer looking for a car that would get me decent to good gas mileage, look good and function for me and my family. I got so much more!! This car is spectacular to drive, it corners well with great handling. The 5 speed is very user friendly, and just plain fun to drive so just about anyone can drive it without any problems. In town my gas mileage even with constant stops and go's and I get about 30mpg. On the highway I get anywhere from 34-38mpg. It starts up right away even on the coldest mornings. I love this car and plan to keep it for a long while.
Great car for the money
I recently purchased this car - a 2008 gts version. I love it. It looks great and the bluetooth capabilities are awesome. The only downfall I see in this car is that the paddle shifters are on the steering column, so if you want to use them, you better be going straight down the road, as they don't turn as the steering wheel turns. Other than that its great.
Safe car with lots of toys to play with.
I was in a car accident 3 days ago in a freeway, multiple car collission. I'm happy to say that my 08 Lancer was so strong enough to absorb all the impact. The damage on my bumper is very minimal. I was really surprised. This car has lots of toys too like keyless entry/start&stop, 30GB music hard drive, paddle shifters, GPS, Sirius, etc. I love this car!
Most Reliable Car I've Owned
I bought this char used with like 4500 miles and I can't believe the price I got (12k) and since I've bought it, I've had 0 problems.
BOUGHT MY LANCER GTS NEW ONE YEAR AGO, AND HAVE SINCE DRIVEN IT 15K AND HAVE HAD NO ISSUES. ONLY OIL CHANGES AND INSPECTIONS REQUIRED FOR WARRANTY PURPOSES. THE CAR HAS PERFORMED PERFECT AND I HAVE GOTTEN UP TO 34 MPG ON ROAD TRIPS. WITH OVERALL MPG MIXED CITY AND HIGHWAY AROUND 27. I THINK I WILL KEEP IT! THANKS MITSUBISHI!!!
One of the best I've owned
I have owned 20 cars, and I have to tell you I love my Lancer. It's in the top 3 vehicles. I bought this one as a dealer demo, and paid just over $16k for it. I have all of the options, fully loaded. I have not once been able to come up with a single complaint that would make me upset or angry with the car. Pros: Reliable, cheap to change oil, great warranty, fuel efficient when you shift at 3k RPM and lower. Cons: Runs a bit loud when cold, highway speeds produce lots of noise (although mind you I am comparing this to my wife's BMW 325i so it's a bit unfair) If I had to improve on the car - the only thing I would do is make the pickup a bit better. From 1-2 it's a bit sluggish. Get it into third and fourth and it's perfect. If you're looking Japanese, or looking VALUE - I can't recommend this car enough.
Pros: Unique, agressive styling wich is not common in most Mitsubishi vehicles or any vehicle in its segment. All the bells and whistles for under 20K. 100,000 mile warranty, well designed driver cabin, very responsive engine and suspention, and at 70 MPH I can pull an honest 31 MPG. Very fun to drive. Cons: Vision out of the rear view is a little obscured because of the high spoiler, a telescoping steering column would have been a nice ammenity, and a 6th gear for highway driving would be great for added fuel economy. Had the car for a day and feel absoloutly no buyers remorse. In fact I am looking for a reason to take it for a spin... anybody need soda or milk, I'll drive. I would love to give it a better reliability rating but I will determine reliability after I have owned it for a year or two.