1995 Mitsubishi Lancer Reviews

1995 Mitsubishi Lancer 1.3L from Norway

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.3L Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Type I

Summary:

Excellent choice for a reliable, cheap car

Faults:

I have had to replace the shock absorbers. They had not been replaced since new!

General Comments:

I bought this car for a meager 1800 Euro (CHEAP in Norway).

I have driven 30000km with it. Zero problems.

It always starts, and it is a good winter car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2011

1995 Mitsubishi Lancer CC GL 1.5 petrol carb. from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol carb. Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance300000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi L200

Summary:

Love Mitsubishi. Always had 'em and always will

Faults:

Regular replacements.

Clutch replaced at 260,000km.

Brake shoes replaced at 280,000km.

Constant replacement of light bulbs - all of them.

Wearing of the inside edge of front tyres.

General Comments:

The car handles well for the everyday city run, wouldn't expect miracles from a city car. OK at the lights, but needs serious whipping to get decent pick up.

Cold start is a nightmare, where I can hear every valve opening and closing, and the engine running dry close to a minute. Not an impressive sound. Fell for the car when the dealer cranked the engine, and it was super smooth; hence the purchase. Of course he had the engine pre-warmed!!

Fuel economy is acceptable for a city runner with an average of 12km/lt. Have hit 15.5 lt/km interstate. However this is pretty OK for a carby 1.5lt engine with 300,000 on the clock.

Word of caution if buying a used Lancer CC!! Always check for weakening of the clutch cable bracket at the firewall of the engine bay. This is very weak. When the clutch starts to fail, this is the weakest point. Damage is very expensive to fix, trust me!!

Handling on wet roads is very bad for a front wheel drive, with heavy over-steer. Easier to lock the wheels on moderate braking.

Paint work, and overall fit and finish, is holding up for the age of the car.

Best part about the car is the self-maintenance capability. It's mostly DIY, and parts are relatively cheap. Tyres last a while, I've clocked 60,000km on mine.

To increase grip, hope to chuck the stock wheels and fit chunkier tyres.

Overall, I'd recommend the car to first time car buyers. Not recommended for families. You cannot fit anything bigger than a suitcase in this car. It's a downfall of owning a coupe!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2010

1995 Mitsubishi Lancer GSR (cc) 1.8 turbo (4g93) from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo (4g93) Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Sprinter

Summary:

Great Aussie sleeper, but the Evo is better

Faults:

Rear electric window wheel broke.

Driver's window hard to go up at times, needs grease.

Regular 5000k maintenance is pain, but worth it.

General Comments:

One of the best power/ratio Aus delivered car at that time.

No quite Evo power, but for Aus standards at the time, it was excellent.

4WD handling is also excellent, standard suspension for the GSR has been upgraded (compared to the normal GL/GLXi versions), but don't expect to be clock decent times around the track with standard suspension.

Lacks a lot of options when compared to the Evo1-3. ie. 4g63 2.0l FMIC turbo motor, short ratio gearbox, LSD, Recaro seats, leather steering wheel, etc...

The early WRX was the next best option, but the gearbox caused reliability problems, so I went with the GSR; it was also worth half the price with 9/10's of the performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2010

16th Apr 2011, 21:40

I bought one of these new in 1993. The WRX had not landed and when it did could not handle or get off the line like the GSR.

You don't get a lot of top end, but what a fun car. Great manners when pushed hard and on dirt, nothing was better (not much is today). Not the HP of of Evo or STI, or even a stand WRX but much easier to drive.

The only drawbacks, its basic interior and almost zero pose factor (not that it bothered me, the look of shock on V8 owners more than made up for it). Think, a V8 VN Commodore, that was fun.

1995 Mitsubishi Lancer GL 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

A great sporty and reliable car

Faults:

Buzzing noise from somewhere in the motor, I've been told it's got something to do with the starter motor. It sounds like an electric motor and I've had it since I bought it, so it's not really a bad thing, but if I wanted to get rid of the noise I could repair it or get a huge exhaust (the latter method Preferred).

General Comments:

A very economical 4 cylinder.

I've been told it's got plenty of go for a front wheel drive.

2 door coupe design gives that sporty look.

The gear system's a bit loose, but could be tightened.

Soft clutch good for quick-shifting or lady drivers.

Fat boot space- enough room for at least 3 carcasses. Includes spare wheel and tire concealed under the boot cover.

No power steering makes extremely little difference with such a light car.

Air-con works super fast.

Never any problems under the hood, electrical problems, or any problems ever really.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2005

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 8 reviews