2000 Mitsubishi Lancer GLI CE3M41 1.8 litre

Summary:

Good, basic, reliable car despite its appearance

Faults:

Very few problems, but the car has been regularly serviced according to the handbook.

General Comments:

The car has been very reliable over the last 15 years, as we handed it down to our two sons who learned to drive a manual and pass their tests. However, there are issues that have disappointed our overall opinion of the car.

The first, a relatively minor one, is the poor insulation against road noise. The tyre noise is quite loud, depending of course on the road surface.

The major one, over the past few years, is the poor quality of the car paint and gel coat, which has peeled off in places exposing the underneath paint to the elements. The high cost of a re-spray compared to the market value of the car precludes that option, so the car is looking far worse than the mechanical condition.

It is accepted that the car has spent a large part of its life in the open in the Australian sun, but many other cars (different makes) of the same age have not had their duco so badly affected. I guess it was a bad paint lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2018

2000 Mitsubishi Lancer GLI 1.5 petrol

Summary:

Cute

General Comments:

The CE Lancer GLI 1.5 is a great little car, because it's reliable, cheap to run, cute, and it's a great performer if you keep the K's down!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2014

2000 Mitsubishi Lancer GL 2.0

Summary:

Great little work horse of a car

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I initially bought this car from a friend for my daughter as a learn to drive vehicle, and I've also been using it myself to save me from using my German sports car for that daily commute, leaving me to enjoy weekend drives.

This little car is fantastic; very reliable and cheap to maintain. It has taken all the abuse from a learner driver with no problem.

In fact I was so happy when it came time to replace my wife's Corolla, that we bought a new Lancer.

The car is very simple in engine design, which I guess is what makes it so reliable. Not powerful, but more than adequate for commuting or even for a motorway drive. I often go for 300km return drives without any problem.

The gearbox has a good positive and easy shift, although the synchromesh is worn due to age.

Interior is fairly spacious for a car in this class, and the Nipodenso air conditioning works great also.

The Japanese build quality of these models is great. The handling is also good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2013

21st Oct 2015, 16:53

A person owning a German Sports car making this much of praise of this old Lancer model means something important. Yes nobody knows about it until you drive one to see it yourself.

2000 Mitsubishi Lancer CE 1.5 petrol

Summary:

A great little car that will save you your hard earned cash

Faults:

So far the car has been excellent with no problems.

One time I did take it in for a service, and as part of that service they checked the computer for any error codes, and apparently there was a couple of errors, but the mechanic said it was nothing to worry about.

No lights have ever showed up on the dash to indicate any problems, and I would have no hesitation in driving it anywhere.

General Comments:

My Lancer coupe has been a great car.

The styling is aging just a little, but still looks good.

The interior has good room, not a bad car for a young family but fit 5 adults in and it soon becomes too much (quite a squeeze).

The equipment level is good on this car with CD player, cold air-conditioning, trip computer, tacho, etc.

Fuel economy is great, the tank capacity I believe is 50 litres, and typically with a bit of city driving and highway use I get 500-600+ kms a tank, varying of course with conditions. ie just highway kms, traffic etc.

Generally with this car it is built with reliability and economy in mind, and so the 1.5 litre engine is not very exciting, adequate would be more the word.

There's a couple of dead spots on acceleration around 2000rpm and seems to be common on Lancers I'm lead to believe, due to Mitsubishi's economy tuning.

On the road the car sits well and is comfortable, handles quite well, even when pushed a little hard.

The cabin can be a little noisy at highway speed but still acceptable for most people.

This car would be better if it had just little more power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2008