1989 Mitsubishi Lancer Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1989 Mitsubishi Lancer 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carMazda AZ3

Summary:

Cheap to run

Faults:

Overdrive only works sometimes.

Has started to leak oil.

C.V joints went around 130000,

General Comments:

Has no power, just makes more noise when trying to overtake.

The overdrive clutch is worn out, I have been told it's a common problem.

This is the second Mitsubishi I have owned where the gearbox has gone.

Very comfortable on long drives.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th August, 2003

1989 Mitsubishi Lancer CA SE 1.5 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres

Summary:

Was a great first car for me

Faults:

Muffler (unknown if genuine Mitsubishi) rusted out and broke off from exhaust of vehicle.

CV Joint boots and seals seem to age and crack quickly resulting in leakage.

Gearbox linkages wore and became very loose.

Shock absorbers (unknown if original) are now very soft and will be replaced soon.

General Comments:

Car is very low to ground - hit chassis/tow-points on speed humps, kerbing easily.

Very comfortable interior.

Not particularly powerful, but given it's size can travel at decent speed.

Top speed I've done is 160km/h - vehicle seems very light at >140km/h except when loaded with passengers/luggage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2003

1989 Mitsubishi Lancer GL 1.3 G13 from Finland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 G13 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired144000 kilometres
Most recent distance193000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Almost repair-free

Faults:

In the first year I got the car I burnt a valve driving to harshly with it. The valve clearances must be measured every 30000 km.

The front brakes on the drivers side were soon found stuck as a result of poor installation; the pads had not fitted correctly to their guide and had got wedged. I installed new ones and had to file them a bit.

In the early models the rear (drum) brakes easily squeak due to poor design. This can be fixed by making a lengthwise cut to the soft surface on the shoes.

Otherwise the car has been flawless.

General Comments:

The G, GL and GLi models are really weak performers with their (some) 65hp and 150km/h top speed. In cities you can manage and on the highways as well if you don't need to pass a lot of other cars.

The car feels very light, even when there are no power steering or other aiding devices.

I have fitted 185/60 tires on 14" aluminum spokes and new gas shock absorbers and the car rides very smoothly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2002

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 10 reviews