2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Reviews - Page 2 of 4

2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Oz Rally 2.0 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired740000 miles
Most recent distance950000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Eclipse

Summary:

Worth the 15000 that I paid for it

Faults:

Rotors are bad, and I've heard that is with all Lancers. I suggest getting new rotors ASAP on all Lancers. The drums OK though.

General Comments:

The car handles awesome. While the car could have had more horsepower for what it is, it doesn't take much to get them to go, but it is pricey...

Most things are cheap for the car unless you are looking to make it run like an Evo; then you've could spend some money. Start with a cold air intake; I got mine from K&N, a wonderful product.

I added a super charger to it, header, cat converter, electric voltage stabilizer, grounding wires, that's what I did and more on way.

I recommend a tsi turbo kit; $3,000 for the complete kit from the turbo to the turbo sensors and gauges. Don't put it together part by part on eBay; you will find that you will get lucky if all parts fit together.

Keep a fire extinguisher in your car; most mount in the passenger side front pillar of the car. Also looks sporty; $18.0 on eBay, lots of colours to choose from.

Overall, yes it is a great buy; it could be faster, but hey, if you've got the money, she will go to about 250 horses!!! Not bad at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2008

2002 Mitsubishi Lancer OZ Rally Edition 2.0 SOHC from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Recommend 100%

Faults:

First off, I bought the car with VERY high mileage on it (96k).. so it was out of warranty in three months.

The timing belt went out in traffic a year ago. Amazingly, no damage!

Check engine light was stuck on (most likely from the cold air intake).

Slight electrical issues with the gauge lighting. (random flickers) Mitsubishi's are known for having minor electric issues (gauges, lights for your cig lighter, A/C, etc.)

Headlights could be brighter.

General Comments:

For the price I paid, the mileage, and the fact that I am hard on cars, this car was absolutely terrific!

The timing belt going out was due to the dealer stating it had been replaced when it had not, and myself putting another 30k miles on it.

Amazingly the engine took NO DAMAGE when this belt went out in traffic.

At first I was disappointed in the horsepower. I added a cold air intake, Slotted cross-drilled brake rotors, slight exhaust (not any crazy dooky pipes.. just something a little bigger), performance plugs, performance wires (kind of a joke.. only 2 wires.. other 2 are coil packs), eventually bumping the horsepower to about 142, and improving the handling greatly.

Sadly, last week a deer ended her life :-( I was t-boned by a deer, then I t-boned a tree.

I was going slow enough (under 35mph) that the airbags did not deploy, but the safety features that where supposed to work DID. This car saved my life without a doubt. The snappy handling, excellent crumple zones, and upgraded suspension (only on the OZ edition I believe) kept me from going off of a mountain.

I would recommend this car to anyone!

Once again, I bought it with nearly 100k miles on it, and put over 60k on it in less than 3 years! I maxed the top end NUMEROUS times, even skipped a couple of oil changes and she just kept running!

Very safe car, just remember, it does NOT have ABS. so.. if you are about to be in an accident, you have to act accordingly. If you just stomp the brake, a sliding you will go. It's a rally edition, when the deer hit me, I downshifted, popped the clutch, counter steered, tapped e-brake, etc. And she performed to the best of her ability with the left rim being destroyed by the deer all that time, wet roads with street (not all-terrain) tires.

5 stars and an A+ to this car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2008

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 13 reviews