Mitsubishi Lancer Reviews from Sweden

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer GLXi 1.6

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 miles
Most recent distance265000 miles
Previous carSkoda Rapid

Faults:

Brakes had to be replaced.

A hole in the exhaust system.

Interior lights don't switch on when the driver door opens (they do when any other door opens).

Driver's seat heating doesn't work.

General Comments:

Car cost 10,000 SEK. Spent 6,000 on repairs after it failed annual inspection.

This car is certainly more comfortable than my previous car, a communist-era Skoda, but also much less charismatic. AC takes a while to get the heat up, but once it does, it works fine. Seats are fine.

At highway speeds, the engine revs ~3500 RPM and makes quite a lot of noise. There's also way too much wind noise. Fuel economy is not as good as I had expected.

A decent car for its price. Good for short trips; noise levels gets tiresome on longer trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th April, 2011

1994 Mitsubishi Lancer GLXi Sedan 1.6

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 kilometres
Most recent distance203000 kilometres

Summary:

A Good Friend

Faults:

Failed emission test after 155000 km, changed whole exhaust system incl. catalytic converter.

Engine repair because of Oil Leak...TWICE! (first after 155000km, second after 190000km) Expensive!

Fuel pump failed, probably caused by low oil pressure (190000km)

Water pump failed (200000km)

All four electric motors for the windows have broken down.

Interior mirror broke, replaced it with a third party.

General Comments:

This car has been in our family's possession for more than 13 years. When I got my driving license for three years ago this car was handed down to me as a gift, by gift a mean scrap. This car was in a terrible shape, the oil was leaking, electric windows started to fail one after another and there was no functioning stereo in the car! A much needed accessory for a young man! Things were looking bad but not as bad as when I got pulled in by the police and they gave me a hefty fine because the car was banned from the road. Apparently he did't take the car to the annual manditory inspection for about two years. And it showed.. So after I got a nice long list of different faults the car had I was keen to fix the car and do it the proper way, so I left it to the hands of the Mitsubishi Dealership and told them to mend everything on that list. And the cost for their wonderful service and expertise was the equivalent of 1500€! The car itself wasn't worth that much! Doesn't seem to be a good idea to use the dealers workshop when you got a car in this age and shape. So after that I haven't gone back to any official dealership and let my local mechanic repair my car and with used spare parts from the scrapyards the running cost dropped.

Now when the car was working well how is it to drive?

I'm going to be honest, it isn't going to win any races at the red light, even against a diesel station wagon it's a struggle. The pickup speed is good but as soon you pass 100km/h (60mph) the car seems like it lost most of its torque and acceleration is slow. When driving above 150-160 km/h at the freeway and there is an uphill it quickly loses speed.

So this car is no high speed racer, despite what your spoiler in the back indicates.

Handling is adequate, despite not sharing the Evos suspension it feels sharp and sporty. It tends to under steer most of the time but a dosage of hand braking and Swedish flick there is still some excitement on the road. The cars handling in the winter is superb thanks to its low weight and front-wheel-drive. Sometime when I see the snow coming down through the window there is a feel of excitement going through me because there is much fun you can have in this car in the snow. No traction control, no ABS means little interference of electronics, you have to be careful but this car is extremely easy to drive in the snow. During April there was a snow storm and I had half good summer tires on the car and I still managed to drive around in the freeway for four hours in 110km/h (65mph). There in no limit of what this car can do on so little, handed it down to skills and knowing the cars character. Despite no ABS a have dodged a couple bullets that would be devastating in a big heavy car, thanks to its sharp steering.

Comfort then?

Comfort is something that is not that should be expected from a compact Japanese car. But still the ride is rubbish! I can't stand sitting in the car after an hours driving so its not a appropriate long distance commuter. Neither is the fuel economy that good at high speeds since the rev meter exceeds 3000rpm at 110km/h (65mph) which makes it quite noisy in the cabin. Making a short A to B distance is excellent since it doesn't use up so much fuel and its small size and good visibility from the cabin makes it nimble and easy to park. But sometime I prefer to take the train rather the car when it comes to making those long distances.

And at last reliability?

Well despite its many failures and its faults there is only one place you can point your finger at, the owner. This car has been thrashed by first my brother and then me, it has been neglected and not served properly. This car had at one point almost no oil (!) in the engine and still it was going strong. I was impressed and so was my mechanic. When the water pump was leaking the same thing happened, the car was running without any anti-freeze coolant and the small tank that stored the fluid was filled with black substance. This car seems like it doesn't need any fluids to run! I'll have to try if the same thing applies to gasoline (I will post my results later).

This car has been in my possession for three years, it has been a mixed blessing and always looking over my shoulder for better alternatives. But despite its flaws it has served me well and still does and makes me a proud owner. I have also found joy in serving it as I have recently learned how to change oil, filters, ignition system, etc. You tend to build a relation to your vehicle after you start to mend it yourself.

Esthetically the car is in great shape, the metallic paint is still shiny with some scratches and the interior is as new.

But as time passes it deteriorates as the rust start to take its place in the car. Then nothing last forever and the time I've had in the car has been great. I'm going to keep this car as long as it runs but as soon the car fails again big time, I will leave it and go on. The car will be then handed down to my cousin and hopefully he'll put it to good use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2008

12th Nov 2008, 20:36

Sounds to me that the oil has not been changed during the two years that got you in trouble. This may has been the reason for the oil leakage.

30th Nov 2008, 08:45

I'm the author of this review and the oil have been changed every year, the car has tendency to leak oil from time to time. Don't know why, but I guess it might because the car has been (and still ;) trashed a lot and not because neglect in service.

Still this car refuses to die.

12th Aug 2012, 10:21

I enjoyed reading your article. This is a very wonderful documentary about your car and how it has served you well, despite its problems. Hope your car is still serving you well and is still in good running condition. God Bless!

1991 Mitsubishi Lancer GLXi 1.5 injection

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 injection Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired146000 kilometres
Most recent distance158000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fiesta '86

Summary:

Reliable, comfortable and easy to drive

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I bought it from an auto mechanic. He changed the thermostat and exhaust system before selling it to me.

I can complain only about too low suspension when driving with 4 people, and baggage in the back is too low.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2001

1990 Mitsubishi Lancer GLXi 1.5

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.5
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Thermostat had to be changed since the engine didn't get the right temperature.

Lights on numberplate completely rusted away. Nothing left except the light-bulbs. What a stupid construction!!

Otherwise a very reliable car.

General Comments:

Service is far too expensive!!

Could be better treated against rust!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 1999

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews