2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Reviews

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR 2.0 turbo from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles

Summary:

If you're looking for: four doors, AWD and turbo charged/reliable performance - Buy an Evo!

Faults:

Well, after 200k the engine will need a rebuild (which I am planning to do. I have driven the car to Hell and back!). But the turbo is still running happy!

I've replaced the clutch twice - that is a real pain to change.

Other than that, this car is a freakin' monster! The Japanese know how to make one reliable tank/supercar - 4door bundle! VERY, VERY, VERY reliable drivetrain. Unbelievable.

General Comments:

The car gets a lot of attention (good thing?). It is very fast and handles well. Parts are modestly cheap, and working on the car yourself will make it have Honda/Toyota running costs.

The ride quality is harsh, and there are no refinements in luxury. The seats hold you firmly in place, and the shifter is notchy, but feels mechanically solid.

Paint is not up-to-par with other modern cars... :)

Did I mention the OEM clutch stinks?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2011

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 2.0L L4 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0L L4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Sporty little compact reliable car

Faults:

The car is extremely. Reliable.

Brake pads at 90,000 miles.

Timing belt at 158000 miles.

Hole in the muffler at 162,000 miles.

Spark plugs did not work at 160,000 miles.

A few wheel adjustments that fixed extreme shaking.

General Comments:

This car is has very good, has handling and is very reliable. It is also small, and has very good visibility.

For being only 13,000 dollars, this car is well made, reliable and handles well.

The only problems are it's a very loud ride, and the car lacks cruise control. It is also very Bamby, but for the price it's the best deal!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2010

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

I will never get this car again!!!

Faults:

Paint is chipping off in round circles.

Seats are wearing badly.

Heater/Ac needs to be replaced. ($2500 just for the part.)

Transmission is going out.

Steering wheel is wearing out. The plastic is falling off.

The brakes are constantly squeaking. I have replaced them many times and the wear out way too fast.

General Comments:

This car does have good handling.

It is good with gas mileage.

Not a very good car if you are a tall person and have carseats in the back. My stroller doesn't fit in the trunk. Not a good family car. Okay for a single person.

When you try to pull out in the rain, the wheels slip and you don't get any power. This is not safe at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th April, 2007

21st Jul 2007, 08:20

No need to buy the same car again, just buy another Lancer, 'cause they ARE reliable!!!

29th Oct 2012, 17:45

Unable to accommodate tall people and a family - I don't think it's the fault of the vehicle. Perhaps YOU made the wrong choice! Lancers are very reliable cars.

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 2.0 turbo from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance44000 miles
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

The best car under $60,000

Faults:

Xenon headlight bulb burned out at 22,000 miles, fixed under warranty.

Brake rotors warped at 32000 miles, have had them shaved flat 3 times now, problem keeps recurring.

Windshield washer stopped working at 26000 miles, fixed under warranty.

Tires only last 14,000 miles, and cost $250 each, but are worth it!

General Comments:

The best handling car under $70,000!

Not a harsh ride, much better than the Toyota Supra Turbo I had before.

Routinely blows away Mustangs.

Has a back seat and a trunk.

An amazing bargain for $32,000.

Get the sunroof!

Only needs cruise control (for those speed traps) to be perfect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2006

19th Feb 2007, 16:36

Actually the C6 Corvette is well known as the best performance car under 50k, and the Z06 variant as the best under 70k including handling. Not to mention that the Lancer Evolution is a... Mitsubishi and a ratty looking one at that. No class or comfort whatsoever.

19th Feb 2007, 21:06

Yeah, the Corvette just screams class and comfort what with its Mattel plastic interior and its "let's feel every pebble on the road" ride.

The Corvette is a bargain, but let's keep things in perspective.

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Rally OZ 2.0 liter from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance42150 miles
Previous carNissan 300ZX

Summary:

Quick, well-handling, boring japanese rally car

Faults:

The oxygen sensors made the "check engine light" come on after about 50 miles, after another 1000 miles or so the light mysteriously disappeared. The dealership said he had to order the oxygen sensor that was faulty so when the problem went away I never bothered to get it changed.

Then at 42150 miles the "check engine light" just came on again, I'm going to take it in today to find out what is wrong.

This car just has no "mojo".

General Comments:

The car handles like you would expect a rally car to.

It is quick and nimble.

You sit very high in this car, giving excellent view.

The car is boring, sterile and has no mojo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st October, 2005

5th Nov 2005, 17:43

Could you clarify your use of the word, 'mojo'. What do you mean by that?

5th Nov 2007, 15:17

The initial posting was for a lancer rally, which has around 160bhp. The Lancer which is not rally has a 2.0 with 120hp or so, but the rally lancer has a 2.4L engine.

27th Apr 2008, 11:39

NO.. the 2002 Lancer OZ-Rally edition came with the same power plant as the base Lancer. The "Rally-Art" (Mitsubishi's in-house performance brand/shop), edition did not come out in the US until nearly three years later.

Also.. if you wanted mojo.. get a stickshift.. automatics are for buses and girls.

4th Dec 2009, 14:25

The OZ rally is not a rally car. It's a Lancer with the OZ rally nameplate on it.

5th May 2010, 14:16

If you read up on the Lancer Oz, you would find it's called Oz for the wheel package on it, and Ralli for the suspension on it. The power is the same as any other Lancer 2.4l...

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 10 reviews