2000 Mitsubishi Lancer GLI CE3M41 1.8 litre from Australia and New Zealand
Good, basic, reliable car despite its appearance
Very few problems, but the car has been regularly serviced according to the handbook.
The car has been very reliable over the last 15 years, as we handed it down to our two sons who learned to drive a manual and pass their tests. However, there are issues that have disappointed our overall opinion of the car.
The first, a relatively minor one, is the poor insulation against road noise. The tyre noise is quite loud, depending of course on the road surface.
The major one, over the past few years, is the poor quality of the car paint and gel coat, which has peeled off in places exposing the underneath paint to the elements. The high cost of a re-spray compared to the market value of the car precludes that option, so the car is looking far worse than the mechanical condition.
It is accepted that the car has spent a large part of its life in the open in the Australian sun, but many other cars (different makes) of the same age have not had their duco so badly affected. I guess it was a bad paint lot.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th January, 2018