2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
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3 years and still love this car!

by from Colorado on August 26, 2011

As the title says, I've owned the car for 3 years now and I still love it. I own the GTS version with the "new"2.4L engine. I just drove 800 miles in it and I was pretty comfortable the entire time. ...
As the title says, I've owned the car for 3 years now and I still love it. I own the GTS version with the "new"2.4L engine. I just drove 800 miles in it and I was pretty comfortable the entire time. The performance is lacking, but its still very zippy, more than a regular sedan like an accord or something. It corners really well and handles pretty well in the snow(just get rid of the stock dunlop tires). The exterior is probably the main reason I bought the car. To me, its like nothing else on the road. the interior is totally average. Nothing really stands out at you when you're in it and the fake carbon fiber is stupid. As for value for the money, at the time you couldn't find a car that had so many features as this car for the price. This is probably the 2nd major reason I bought the car. It has bluetooth, upgraded sound system, sunroof, alloy wheels, 7 airbags including a knee airbag, and fog lights. Reliability for me has been rather good. My only major problems are self inflicted but I think the transmission could do with being a little smoother and more solidly built. Road noise is a major problem too. The factory scheduled maintenance is expensive so do most of it yourself if you can. Overall, this car is very safe, affordable and fun to drive. Definitely put it on your list when comparing cars.
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Nicely equiped

by from Arlington, TX on November 30, 2012

Bought this GTS for my son now in college. Great little car for the money. I paid below market value for it with 113K on the odometer. First time buying a foreign car, since I've owned nothing but US ...
Bought this GTS for my son now in college. Great little car for the money. I paid below market value for it with 113K on the odometer. First time buying a foreign car, since I've owned nothing but US made. Transmission is really unique with 6 spd and variable speed belt torque convertor. Paddle shifters are great feature as is the Nav system and keyless fob entry,start. Perfect first car for him with excellent mpgs.
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Great Merchandise

by from Florida on October 21, 2013

Bought a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer, Great car!!!! A+++ Sellers, ask for Brian he is very personable and gave me a great deal. Thank you Expert auto and I am glad to be part of the "Expert" family!
Bought a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer, Great car!!!! A+++ Sellers, ask for Brian he is very personable and gave me a great deal. Thank you Expert auto and I am glad to be part of the "Expert" family!
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My Amazing Octane Mitsu

by from Rochester, NY on June 16, 2008

Well, it has been about a month since I have purchased this new and needless to say, I am loving every opportunity to drive in it! First off, the looks of the Lancer always command me to look back at...
Well, it has been about a month since I have purchased this new and needless to say, I am loving every opportunity to drive in it! First off, the looks of the Lancer always command me to look back at it once I exit. I love the aggressive exterior design. Aside from me looking at it, I always have a few outsiders glancing at the car at every drive I take! Pretty funny to receive some nods of older Lancer Evo drivers around here! The Interior just makes the drive much more enjoyable. Tip: You have to buy the Sun and Sound package. The Rockford Fosgate sound system just blows away every music track I own in clarity and overall quality. Plus, turning up the loud 10" Sub is fun to do from time to time. But overall, there were two huge factors that sold me. First off was the impressive gas mileage. My average commute I can get around 27. On the highway I can average about 31-33 MPG. This is definitely a step up from my previous Oldsmobile Alero I traded in for this! Secondly, the handling. This car is one of the most fun to drive cars I've driven in a while. After an extensive test drive, I didn't want to leave the wheel! Just recently I went over to Letchworth State Park and it handled beautifully there. No problem whatsoever with the tight, skinny roads! My only complaint is what others have mentioned when researching this car before I bought it. The interior is fairly easy to scratch. Once knowing that, I've been pretty cautious swinging my foot out the door and handling the center console. Once inside and seated though, you really don't have to worry unless you like flinging your shoes around! Also, I slightly regret not purchasing the GTS model. I have the ES Sport, which basically includes everything the GTS model has except for the 16hp boost (with very slight difference in gas mileage) and the bigger rims. But I'm very pleased with this purchase! Overall and most importantly, this is a very fun and efficient car to drive. In the day of high gas prices, this car doesn't make you feel sad to drive around and fuel up. You owe it to at least test drive one!
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I love technology on the 2009 GTS

by from Belleville, nj on August 1, 2008

I recently pick up the 2009 Lancer GTS with the multi-media center/navi. Technology is awesome in this car (keyless thumb entry, Bluetooth, music hard drive, etc.) The ride is a bit bumpy maybe becaus...
I recently pick up the 2009 Lancer GTS with the multi-media center/navi. Technology is awesome in this car (keyless thumb entry, Bluetooth, music hard drive, etc.) The ride is a bit bumpy maybe because i am a previous 04 Accord owner. I have the automatic with tiptronic transmission. Quick pick up for168hp and handle corners like a pro. Driving on regular transmission is a bit lazy. But for 23K, the technology, speed and looks, you can’t go wrong.
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Fun daily driver

by from Madison, Wi on May 8, 2011

I found a used fully loaded GTS when I was out looking at a new Subaru Impreza. While the used Subaru had some advantages in handling and ride comfort the GTS had so much more to offer as far as optio...
I found a used fully loaded GTS when I was out looking at a new Subaru Impreza. While the used Subaru had some advantages in handling and ride comfort the GTS had so much more to offer as far as options and visual appeal for less money. The navigation sytem is a bit clunky to operate compared to my Garmin and I have not found a way to update maps but it will get you there. The same can be said for setting up the blue tooth phone system. To save phone book entries you are forced to enter them vocally which can be very trying but once your phone book is set up it works well. You will need a five dollar chord from your local Walmart to be able to connect your mp4 player to your stereo. You cannot have video playing while driving. The ride is stiff and sporty this is no luxury ride but I have taken trips as long as two hours and have remained fairly comfortable. The ergonomics of the drivers armrests are terrible and you are forced to reach. The interior dash is plastic and looks a bit cheap but a 300 dollar add on trim kit can resolve this. The touch screen stereo is fairly easy to operate and sounds good with the premium seven speakers which includes a subwoofer. The hardrive forces you to burn music to cds to load them (no usb input) but it's nice to have if you dont want to hook up your iphone/mp4. I love the aggressive styling of this car. To get the same look in a Subaru you would have to step up to a WRX for much more money. It is very fun to drive and the CVT is very intuitive. The sport transmission gives you the option of shifting manually without a clutch and paddle shifters are included on the steering column. Other than a few ergonomic shortcomings and some cheap interior trim I am very happy with this car and would definately buy it again. Wish it was AWD like the Subaru though.
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I love the Lancer

by from on July 18, 2009

I've driven the Corolla, Civic, Sentra, and Mazda3 before. This car doesn't compare to any of them. In fact, out of every car I've driven the Lancer compares most closely to the Nissan Maxima. And its...
I've driven the Corolla, Civic, Sentra, and Mazda3 before. This car doesn't compare to any of them. In fact, out of every car I've driven the Lancer compares most closely to the Nissan Maxima. And its half the price
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Sporty Car !

by from Damascus, MD on March 5, 2010

I've owned my 2009 Lancer ES-Sport for almost a year now and I love to drive it.The interior is a little noisier than a Honda Civic, but some people prefer it.I've gotten as much as 35 mpg driven with...
I've owned my 2009 Lancer ES-Sport for almost a year now and I love to drive it.The interior is a little noisier than a Honda Civic, but some people prefer it.I've gotten as much as 35 mpg driven within 10 mph of the speed limit.Like any car the more aggressive you drive the worst your mpg will be.The car may be a little tight for large people.
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Love it

by from chicago on June 11, 2012

I've had this car for three years now, and I gotta say that everytime I drive anything else, I can't believe How good my car is once I'm back into it. The grip is phenomenal, the transmission is incre...
I've had this car for three years now, and I gotta say that everytime I drive anything else, I can't believe How good my car is once I'm back into it. The grip is phenomenal, the transmission is incredible, and the torque is plentiful. The best part is How low the torque kicks in, at 2500 rpm all the way to 4500 rpm is where you get peak torque and that really pulls hard, even with the pedal down just a little. The Turbo is nice and loud when you want it to be, but the exhaust is nice and quiet when you want to be. The best part is how reliable it is in the winter. Since it has a rally race heritage, the four wheel drive system handles snow No problem. I've gone through snow more than a foot and a half deep with No trouble whatsoever! It was perfectly manageable, even my girlfriend had No trouble at all, and she hates cars. All in all, this car is perfect for every situation, and I recommend it to everyone.
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I love this car

by from Rochester, N.Y on March 23, 2011

I've owned them all ! Pontiac grand am and prix, bmw 325 ic, Chrysler 300m, Buick regal, this by far is my favorite car I've clocked it at 31.5 mpg and with todays gas prices this is a great reason al...
I've owned them all ! Pontiac grand am and prix, bmw 325 ic, Chrysler 300m, Buick regal, this by far is my favorite car I've clocked it at 31.5 mpg and with todays gas prices this is a great reason alone, I was worried about power and I have no problem passing anyone on the highway, also it beats subaru legacy,Mazda 3, and cobalt ss without hesitation off the line and down the long haul. Interior is convenient aswell as spacious as I am 6 1' and 189 pounds, long distance driving is comfortable I drive 37 miles a day just to work alone I also took it on a 2 hr trip and no discomfort. As far as style for me I love the look I have received many compliments to the look of the car and its only stock, however to make it my own I am modifying it with a body kit, carbon fiber hood, and some accent pieces but only for my own reasons nothing against the car at all. Personally I would recommend this car to everyone for whatever reason at all. The best car I have ever owned bottom line !!!...!!!...
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