1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer GLXi 1.6 petrol from Norway

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carNissan 200SX

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

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance282300 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Colt

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

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 kilometres
Most recent distance114500 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

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

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer GLXI 1.8 Litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 Litre petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired179500 kilometres
Most recent distance181500 kilometres

Summary:

Very nice, stylish and economical

Faults:

Front left tyre blew out after some spirited driving into a gutter.

Car is starting to rust thanks to my cousin who crashed the car some years previously and didn't pay to get it fixed.

Carpet on passenger side is starting to come off.

Fan belt squeaks loudly on a cold morning if you have the air conditioning on, but this doesn't really bother me.

Car has a habit of moving left when on the road probably because of the wheel alignment.

General Comments:

I was very skeptical when first offered the Lancer from my aunt. She had bought the car when it was a demo model back in 1997.

The car came with full service history, but had not been driven in 15 months prior to me owning it, but thankfully it still started and still ran reasonably well.

It needed to be serviced though and also needed new fluids. It also needed new tyres, which set me back about $300, and the mechanical work a further $400.

The car, although rather battered and bruised body wise over the years, still remains very reliable mechanically.

As it is a GLXI model, it is the top of the line back in its day (behind the Evo of course) and has power mirrors comfy seats, ABS, tape player (very hi tech). OK, so maybe it isn't that top of the line by todays standard, but it does alright.

Has a large boot, but is rather cramped in the back if you're above 6 foot, as some of my friends are; it even is a bit cramped in the front.

Fuel economy is good considering the price of petrol today; you could fill the whole tank from empty with just $40. I'm glad I didn't go out and buy and Holden Calais.

The car itself is surprisingly fast; 0-100 in about 9.5 seconds, that just a rough estimate. The 1.8 litre engine has about 88KW and it does sound rather nice if you rev it.

I do however have a few problems with the transmission; when shifting manually there is quite a delay in the gears changing, and also when going down a hill, whilst braking, the Lancer shift down into a low gear, which often jerks everybody forward. Also, when climbing up hills, you have to manually shift to a lower gear, as the transmission gets confused.

It would make a good first car, I did my P's test in it and find it easy to drive and rather stylish for a mid 90s car.

It's not a race car, but you can get it up to a fairly high speed, but when taking corners at a high speed it lurches about and you can feel the body roll; you can be thrown around quite a bit at high speed cornering.

Overall it's a very nice, stylish and a good performer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2008

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 13 reviews