1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 4 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Google 'crankwalk' before buying one

Faults:

Crankwalk.

Alternator stopped charging.

General Comments:

A word of warning to people buying Lancer Evolutions, I learned about this problem the hard way! The engines suffer from a design fault with the crankshaft main bearings; the crankshaft will eventually wear and cause terminal engine damage, which can only be rectified by fitting a new or later engine block. For more info Google 'crankwalk'.

Important note: Only the Evolutions 1 - 4 and very few 5's have this design flaw, the Evolution 6 and onwards has revised crankshaft main bearings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2011

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer GSR 1.8 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Excellent value for money, but won't last forever

Faults:

Driver's electric window motor stopped working.

Passenger central locking actuator stopped.

Tore the back cover off the rear diff on a particularly high bump.

Some slop in drivetrain after 200+Ks, which causes a front/rear jerk between acceleration and engine breaking.

The inner wheel arch splash guards contact the wheels, and get melted by friction if you lower the car.

Replaced the shocks after 150km, but had disappointingly little difference on the handling.

Reverse gear synchro very crunchy after just 120km.

Sun fades the fabric on the tops of the rear seats.

Crap sticks to the clean carpet like velcro, making them very hard to keep clean.

Driver's window glass makes a clunk noise at the bottom of its travel.

Engine bearings stuffed after 230,000km, even with regular oil changes every 10,000km and careful driving.

General Comments:

Fuel economy approx. 9.5 liters per 100km, which is pretty reasonable for a medium performance sports car of this age.

Very little rust, even though it's never garaged.

Perfect balance of every day economy and occasional spirited driving.

Quite reliable, but dealer spare parts are extortionate.

Air con still cold.

Clutch still had some material on it after 230,000km.

Rebuilding the engine costs more than the value of the car :(

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2011

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer GLXi 1.6 petrol from Norway

Summary:

Reliable, comfortable cheap used automobile

Faults:

There is a little bit of rust around the fenders. Rust and corrosion seems to be a problem for these cars. Otherwise the only thing wrong with it is the door handle for the trunk. This is a station wagon.

General Comments:

I'm was very pleased with the car, even though I haven't owned it for a long time.

The stereo system is HORRIBLE though, and should be swapped out.

Relatively comfortable, with A/C, heated seats, electric windows, mirrors, locks etc.

The 1.6 liter engine does well enough. I wasn't expecting much at all, and I am a little bit positively surprised at its performance. Still, it is only about 112 HP.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2010

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer GL 1.3 from Nicaragua

Summary:

Excellent vehicle, with great performance and reliability, but poor fuel efficiency

Faults:

This has been an excellent car. Nothing on the engine has gone wrong so far. I think that it has had normal wear for 13 years old.

So the only thing that has gone wrong with this car is that the electrical system of the windows stopped working. I don't know why. I guess it's due to lack of maintenance to this specific area.

Besides this, the rest of the car is in perfect condition.

General Comments:

Well, this is a really nice car, with good performance and superb suspension.

A negative point that I have always had is the fuel efficiency, which is poor.

If you don't care about excellent fuel efficiency, but you do care about a reliable car that is never going to let you down, with great comfort, space and good looking... This car is for you.

Mitsubishi should get a better dealer in this country, because there's a serious lack of parts for this car. This happens in Nicaragua. But if your country's Mitsubishi dealer can provide you with the parts you need, stop thinking and get your Lancer NOW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2010

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV GSR 2.0 turbo petrol from Panama

Summary:

Rally goodness in a practical package!

Faults:

Clutch life is quite short.

General Comments:

Great performer. The turbo plus AWD really make this car shine.

Handles beautifully, goes exactly where you tell it to.

Bucket style seats hold you in place, while taking whatever curve comes your way.

Factory suspension settings are kind of harsh (my kidneys are really suffering), but it's a small price to pay for the level of performance you get.

Clutch life is a joke, but that's to be expected.

A rally car for the street.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2009