1989 Mitsubishi Lancer GL 1.3
The most reliable car I've ever had
Front brake pads jammed right after a major brake overhaul. Luckily the brake pads for this car are very cheap, but if you have to change the pads, make sure that you remove all the paint (and smoothen the surface) from the surface that is in contact with the brake calipers. And also check that after installation the brake pads slide freely before re-installing the caliper.
Rear window defroster doesn't work.
Tough and reliable little car.
Very easy to repair.
Although 1.3 liter engine is delivering very poor performance, I still like this car very much. It hasn't corroded yet, it still looks modern enough and it handles pretty well. And even though we have really low winter temperatures here in Finland, it has always started perfectly and runs really nice even in wintertime.
Some people say that this car is very economical. I disagree. I have owned cars that are much bigger and still have much better fuel economy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th March, 2005