1996 Mitsubishi Lancer GSR 1.8 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Fast, comfortable and practical

Faults:

Developed bad vibration through the pedal under brakes. Front discs needed replacing due to warping.

Experienced slight engine hesitation under heavy load (a full car or up a hill) when the throttle is wide open. Fixed by replacing the leads and plugs, and cleaning the fuel injectors.

General Comments:

Performance.

The car comes with a 1800cc turbocharged engine (4G93T). The standard TD04 turbo has great drivability, especially in cities and traffic. Because it is so small, it comes on very early (less than 3000 rpm) with minimal lag. The result is very smooth and effortless power. The downside is that up high, it lacks the same kick that larger turbos provide, and runs out of blow quite quickly.

The engine itself so far has been very reliable. They cannot handle more than 15psi of boost, otherwise you risk the big end bearing failing. Regular oil changes with good quality oil can help prevent this.

One thing to be said is that on hot days, or with lots of weight in the car (e.g. four passengers) this car loses a lot of its speed. After all, it is only a 1800c, despite the turbo.

Handling.

The car comes with full time 4WD (although lacks the AYC diff the EVO comes equipped with). The result is a very stable ride - no wheel spin, and good handling. The standard ride height is quite high and results in a bit of body roll and understeer if pushed hard. Lower springs and wider tyres would do much to improve this.

Interior.

Very clean and tidy. The front seats are Recaro semi-buckets, which are very supportive without losing everyday practicality. Dash design is clean and tidy, with a nice screen that controls the digital climate control. Interior colour is subtle and inoffensive. Bootspace is ample.

Conclusion.

A good all rounder. Fast, comfortable and practical. It doesn't drive like an Evo, but doesn't cost like one either. I would definitely recommend this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2008

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer GLXi 1.6 from Latvia

Summary:

Thirsty/gutless

General Comments:

I have brought a Lancer GLxi 16 valve auto and have found this to be very expensive to run. At the moment it seems to do 15 miles to the gallon and seems to have no power. Obviously I cannot afford to run this as a everyday car so if anyone has got any advice on this please could you let me no.

What engine could I change and can I change the automatic in to gears?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2005

22nd Aug 2008, 17:45

Have you served the car correctly? Like changing the oil, air filter and such? Maybe that would increase performance and fuel economy.

19th Jun 2010, 00:41

Hey, it sounds like your ECU is up the creek. Or your injectors or the spark plugs.

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer CC 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

High performance bang for bucks thrills

Faults:

Battery flat and replaced at 95000km.

Engine brackets replaced in succession.

Rev controller broke after a snow trip; $750 to replace.

Water pump died.

Tyres can wear fast.

General Comments:

This is an awesome car. It was my first car, and I thrashed the hell out of it!

Performance is amazing, and I often beat people with much bigger and expensive cars. The 1.8 litre CC Lancer engine is great, and I didn't need to replace the clutch, even after 12000kms of use.

These cars handle great! Even if you lose it, they snap back into place.

My friend also had the 1999 Lancer; got it for a decent price in above average condition. He thrashed that engine more than anyone who has ever, or will ever, own any car, and never had a single problem, even after neglecting it. These cars are perfect for teenagers, and surprisingly they beat 9 out of 10 non turbo cars, yeah.

These cars are also very cheap! You can pick up a 1996 CC lancer for $6000 AUD or a CE 1999 for $12000.

It's a pity that the CE 4g93 MR DOHC engine only produces 2 more KWs.

Overall, the best 1.8 litre engine ever produced, yeahhh!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2003