2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Reviews from UK and Ireland

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII FQ330 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6500 miles
Most recent distance8200 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

A road legal world rally car

Faults:

To date, nothing has gone wrong. The car is still fairly new, but it still looks immaculate.

I don't expect the tyres to last much longer though.

General Comments:

My previous car was a Civic Type R, now that was fast and on a dry day it handled well with predictable understeer.

The Evo on the other hand is totally awesome, the acceleration is fanatical and quite addictive.

I've driven 400bhp Skylines and they are nothing in comparison. The 550bhp would take some beating off the line though.

Where the Evo really shows its colours is on the twisties. This car handles like nothing I've ever driven before. I've driven Escort Cossworths, 400 and 550bhp skylines and Imprezza STi's all of which are not a patch in the road holding department.

A friends father said "Last time I went round a corner like that I was on a ride at Disney World"

The level of trim in this road legal rally car is also great. Leather and suede Recaro's, Momo steering wheel and gear knob. Lovely.

Finaly, the brakes. Wow. Brembo's all round make stopping as easy as speeding, not that I would speed officer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2004

27th May 2004, 10:28

These cars are beginning to look dated! I have been a fan of Evo's for many years, but since the Evo6 I have looked down on these cars?

They are very very expensive to repair when out of warranty; servicing costs are scandalous.

As soon as you have have forked out the 29k to buy one and you've rolled out of the forecourt, you can kiss goodbye to 6/7 grand!!!

If you have the 30k to spend, buy a Merc SL or BMW 330ci as they hold value.

Clio V6's are gorgeous, and although they maybe slower than an Evo, servicing is cheaper, the 3.0 litre V6 engine sounds great, they will turn more heads, and they are also more sort after? Every wannabe has a banged out'93 Scooby Turbo or Evo. Be different!

If you must buy an older Evo6 GSR '99, get a good one mind. This was a proper rally car, not a modern family saloon with a few extra pieces of plastic added. As for interiors, the Evo 8 has a cheap plasticy one. Look at Alfa Romeo or Merc for style, not Japanese crap! AN EVO 8 IS ALL GO... NO SHOW.

15th Oct 2004, 10:14

In reply to the comment above, I suppose it depends if you buy a car to drive, or to look at/boast about/be seen in.

As a pure driving machine, the Evo will blow away any of your suggested alternatives. Who cares about the badge prestige or interior plastics?

27th Oct 2005, 14:05

Yeah, I'll get some french crap that's all show and no go. For me personally, I would rather have all the go. You've obviously not had the pleasure of driving an Evo. As for a BMW 330 or M3; great drives, but more like an executive car, not a rally car.

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII FQ 300 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired45 miles
Most recent distance1500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

An everyday 4 door saloon with break neck speed and performance

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with it as yet!!

General Comments:

What a car. I had a Volkswagen Golf 4motion before and I thought that was quick. We test drove an Evolution VIII at our local garage and fell in love with it there and then.

This car is like a sleek jet plane.

There is no turbo lag and the steering is phenomenal.

We couldnt really test it out to its full strength until it had its first service at a 1000 miles. (servicing is regular and expensive, the one downside to owning a car like this).

The cabin is clean and spacious and the recaro seats hug you tight as you hit G-force. We went all out and had a Kenwood touch screen audio/SAT NAV system added to finish it off.

Great fun, hugely fast, practical. GET ONE.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2003

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews