A comfortable, economical beast
Whats gone wrong with the car? Nothing major, I had a voltage leak, causing the battery to die, but that's because of an amateur car radio installer who shall remain anonymous.
I've kept this car in good condition, serviced it every 5000k's, and I've only been putting premium unleaded fuel, and always checking fluid levels.
The CV joints were on they're way out a while ago, making a noise every time I turned a corner, but when I got mags put on the wheels were rebalanced and I haven't had any problems with the CV joints.
I had a problem with oil leaks, but that's just because the pipes had eroded, most probably due to lack of maintenance the previous owner should have done.
This car is a great first car. It's not fast, but it can still go if needed. It's not too great in cold weather, but after the engine warms up a bit its fine.
Handling in this car is great, I've been around corners fast enough to take a rear wheel drive car off the road and it's taken care of me.
The body work isn't in the best of condition, the previous owner rally drove her kids back and forth to soccer practice or something, there were chocolate milk stains on the ceiling of the car for god sakes! :)
I had a problem with water coming through the door seals, but since then I replaced the carpets with a nice Burgundy, to match the exterior paint (the paint on these cars are suprisingly good!)
I plan to upgrade the engine to a J-spec Lancer GSR, but until the engine comes into the market I'm going to work on the body, hopefully I'll be able to post a link to my car when it's done. Until then, I'd recommend looking into this car for yourself!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th November, 2003