1989 Mitsubishi Lancer GLX 1.5 from Philippines

Faults:

I got my Lancer GLX with GMB color in 1989 brand new. It over heated after 2 weeks. It was a family car, so me and brothers shared it until it was given to me 3 years after. I had it for 11 years, and loved it because of the memories it brought.

I had finished my medical school, including my residency, with it by my side. I started dating my wife to be using this car until we had 2 children. My wife later drove it, but had a problem with the steering because it's not powered.

It later started burning the engine oil, so that it smokes if you go fast. Overheating engine was always recurrent until I sold the car.

General Comments:

I am now in the US with my family, and we have a 2009 Nissan Murano and a 2010 Honda Pilot, but this car is my FIRST LOVE. I still wonder who owns it now or is it in the junk yard. If given the chance, I will rebuy this car and restore it. I sold it in Bohol in 2000. Its plate number is GDA 463.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th March, 2010

1989 Mitsubishi Lancer GL 1.3 from Philippines

Summary:

A budget car that gives you passion in driving

Faults:

A 16 year old car that still rocks. I drove it hard, but maintains it well. I pamper it with synthetic grade engine oil, replaced the stock 13" tires with a six spoked, size 15" of a Mitsubishi Galant V.R. version. steering became hard, but nonetheless drivable. it has good A/C cooling when the freon is sufficient. (i replaced the R-12 type with the more ozone-friendly 134a) and it works perfectly fine. It can still surprise newer cars with bigger engines with its (sure-footed driving) 150kph+ on the newly rehabilitated & spanking North Luzon Expressway. fuel return on long trips are still impressive 13km/liter. I gas it up with shell-Velocity. I got it from my cousin for 110k. I don't have plan to sell it in the near future.

General Comments:

See to appreciate. it has nice Pioneer stereo with 4 6x9 speakers. (no amps) but a good whiff of bass sound when playing RnB music. Momo steering wheel, Illuminated Type "R" pedals, 3"inch Autogauge tachometer and a free flow mufflers that roars like a "Sarao" jeepney makes it a more sporty looking sedan than it ought to be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2005

13th Jan 2009, 19:36

Bro, I find interest in your blogs on how you pamper and take care of your car. Actually, I just recently acquired the same year model 1989 GLX for my first car. Since I am not that familiar about cars yet, I may need some guidance from you.

Initially, I need to know what's the best fuel for my car? I was advised to use Petron's XCS95. Are there other equivalent for this Fuel from other Fuel companies - Shell, Caltex, Petrol, Flying V, PTT? I just want to make sure I will be using the right fuel for my car.

Thanks for any advice.

I would appreciate more car care tips from you.

1989 Mitsubishi Lancer GXLi 1.5 injection from Finland

Summary:

They don't get more reliable than this

Faults:

Some bushings were worn.

OEM water pump started to rattle.

The lids on some small compartments inside have long since broken off.

Silencer had a rusted hole through.

Power steering pump, alternator and cam belts were replaced.

Floor had some rust present.

The interior heater motor has a life of 300 000km, then it will die soon and without warning. It's rather pricey to replace.

2nd Gear's synchromesh is dying.

OEM clutch is about to die soon.

General Comments:

The best daily driver you can get. Cheap, virtually maintenance free and not thirsty on fuel, either. Just change the oil on time and it'll run to world's end and back, too.

It's a great choice for cold climates. I've cold started it often at -35 Celsius with no problem, Heater could provide a bit more warmth in the winter, but seat heaters are good.

It handles is well (though it's no 205 GTI).

Most mechanical parts start to make loud noise before their eventual demise, so you don't have to keep track of kilometers to time the replace of other parts than the cam belt.

Eats a little oil at 370k (0.5l/1000km), but with no internal engine work done, that's expected at this age and I don't consider it a fault of anyone other than my own.

Fuel consumption is minimal and it has sufficient power for safe overtakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2005