1979 Mitsubishi Lancer EL 1.4 from Sri Lanka


Fantastic - For a 30 year old car


Nothing serious. Never got stranded.

Frequent brake maintenance.

Rear boot steel rod broke at 205000km.

Engine overhauled at 196000km due to excessive oil burning.

Crank shaft nut broke at 170000km, but took me home safely.

General Comments:

Out performs many new cars in acceleration and hill climbs.

Very very hardy, good ground clearance, and can go on terrain meant for 4X4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2010

1979 Mitsubishi Lancer A72 Type-LB 1400SL Saturn 4G33 1.4 from Philippines


The first Lancer was also the best


Nothing, except for minor wear and tear that you expect from a car that's 27 years old.

General Comments:

Lightweight, compact and reliable thanks to its engineering simplicity.

Known as the "King of Cars" in Africa because it dominated the Safari Rally in the 70's which during it's time was the biggest rally in the FIA World Rally Championship, stretching over five days and a gruelling 6,000 km.

Old Lancers never die... this car is already a Legend.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2006

1979 Mitsubishi Lancer EL 1.4 petrol from Sri Lanka


25 Years, and still performing brilliantly everyday


1.Leaking radiator at 200000km.

2.Broken clutch cable at 200000km.

3.Hand brake adjustment system is worn out and should be replaced. Rear braking doesn't seem to operate normally.

General Comments:

This car is now exactly 25 years old, (older than me actually) and still manage to keep up with new cars like the Evolution etc. Never owned a car like this before because it's so COOL! I have only done body repair and painting ONCE, and it still draws attention of people! And I should give a comment on it's acceleration, SUPER! Does 13.8km per liter of fuel with air conditioning on. Spare parts STILL available! I also wish I had bought 2 at the time! All 1979 Lancer users, Happy 25th Anniversary!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2004

1979 Mitsubishi Lancer LC 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand


Good sports styled car for first car buyer


The automatic choke stuck open at 70000 kilometers. However was cheap to fix only $100.

General Comments:

A fun and easy car to drive as it has responsive handling, good gear ratios and brakes.

The Lancer has a pleasing amount of power although being small and reasonably low it might feel more faster than it is.

I recommend the 5 speed manual as it has exelent gear ratios which allow it to pull well up a hill even in 4th gear. Mine was originally 3 speed automatic which was good for its age and the size of the engine, but nowhere near as good as the 5 speed gearbox which I got out of a Chrysler/Mitsubishi Sigma.

Also the instrument panel is good adding to the sports feel of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2003

1979 Mitsubishi Lancer LC 4G63B 2.0 DOHC 16v EFI from Australia and New Zealand


Well worthy of the last 13 years of ownership, and I'm looking forward to an electric conversion!


I blew the original 1600 head gasket at about 400,000km. I decided to replace the entire engine with a 2 litre twin cam from a Japanese Galant GSR, running an aftermarket management computer. It all still runs through the original (unmodified, non-overhauled) gearbox and diff!

Killing the old motor was the best thing that could have happened. With the twin cam doubling the power at the rear wheels it is absolutely awesome!

General Comments:

Brilliant car, fun to drive, comfortable to drive, and very, very fast (with the new motor!). This car has travelled from Mebourne to Cape York and back- a couple of times.

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

Review Date: 9th July, 2003

1979 Mitsubishi Lancer GL 1.4 from Australia and New Zealand


A great low performance first car


Radiator had to be re-cored at 174000km.

Slight tears in the upholstery.

The brakes are very soft.

General Comments:

This is an excellent little car.

It is very gutless.

The brakes are a definite area that needs to be replaced it you are considering purchasing this car.

Also, a new engine is recommended.

Most lancer engines will fit in, including the 1.9l turbo version.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th June, 2002

1979 Mitsubishi Lancer LC 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand


A reliable, fun, small, cheap sports car!


My Lancer actually has a Colt motor which is very similar. The engine is getting reconditioned at the moment (March 2002) but the only thing that went wrong with my Lancer until a month ago is the starter motor needed replacing. It only costed me $45 Australian Dollars because many Mitsubishi parts fit on it for example my starter motor is off a L200 (van) and any other engine parts from Colts and Gallants fit. This is the first time the engine has been reconditioned in 23 YEARS!!!

General Comments:

Very cheap to run and big fuel tank for long trips.

Comfortable Seats.

Great rally cars.

Feels like you are driving an aeroplane because of all the dials and gauges!

Back seat folds into bed!

Very good duco! I've seen LC Lancers in the wreckers still with good paint jobs.

Not very common for them to rust!

Fun to drive. Unless you have driven one you probably don't know how cool they are.

Going up in Value!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2002

22nd Jun 2002, 13:40

Hi, I have a 1982 lancer, it is fitted with a 1.800 motor,5 speed g/box,4 wheel disc brakes, and have fitted 185/70/13 kelley tyres. It performs like a dream on the open road, and is good around town. I am using 91 octane unleaded fuel. As far as fitting the 1.800 motor it was no problem as all the item fitted straight in. I have had the lancer now for 10 months and the only thing that I have had to do was time the motor which was 5 degrees out. The lancer is a nice little family car of 5 persons, OK it is a little old, but hey it is a great car still, and with no rust.

17th Sep 2016, 07:10

I have a Lancer EL station wagon

She has a powerful 4g12 single carb engine. From the factory it comes with 4 gear manual gearbox; recently I replaced it with a 5 speed manual gearbox.