2004 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 2.0L from Australia and New Zealand


Recommended first car or if you need a run about. not comfy on a long trip though


Hit a wombat and damaged the front right strut easily replaced at Mitsubishi dealer.

Seat interior poor quality.

General Comments:

This car handles well, but is rather noisy inside the cabin.

Not enough leg space in back seat for passengers.

Not enough leg room in front passenger seat due to low glove box.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd July, 2005

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart 2.4 liter Mivec from North America


Good sport compact contender


Bad rattle in dash.

Struts had to be replaced after 10,000 kilometers.

Clutch had accelerated wear.

General Comments:

This is a great car for what you pay.

More horsepower from the 2.4 would be great!

Paint is very cheap as it will chip/flake and rust within 3-4 months.

Interior is nicely laid out and the premium sound system is top notch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2005

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 2.0 Litre 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


Cheaply Made


Gearbox blew at 3,750 k's! Mitsubishi then decided they would void my warranty! As they believed the car was being treated too harshly! $2000 repair at my cost.

Sump cracked, again Mitsubishi would not fix it under warranty.

Clutch blew last week (9,985 k's) once again Mitsubishi did not come to the party. $750 fix.

General Comments:

I bought this car as I have a young family! I wanted a safe, reliable new car as I also do a bit of travelling as Iam a Civil Engineer, but this car has been a nightmare and for $22,000 odd dollars its just not worth it especially when Mitsubishi are not willing to fix the car when its not even 12 months old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st April, 2005

10th Jul 2005, 01:33

The warranty can and should be voided if the car is mistreated. It's quite easy to abuse a clutch or manual gearbox and make it fail in a very short time. No warranty will cover driver abuse. My advice to the poster is to ask for evidence: a burnt out clutch due to poor driving skills will have characteristic marks on it. Taking Mitsubishi's word for it gives too much trust to the manufacturer, but likewise no carsurvey.org user knows how the original poster treated the vehicle.

21st Jul 2005, 02:41

I sold my Lancer today to a Adelaide Mitsubishi dealer as I have had enough of this car! I did not trade at this car yard I simply sold it to them for $7000! its the best offer I could get with no factory warranty! I just wanted to cut my losses and move on from this experience! VP Commodore here I come...

17th Dec 2005, 16:25

I am faced with the prospect of my company Astra wagon being replaced with a Lancer ES wagon towards the middle of next year. I recently took a Lancer for an extended test drive and was seriously disappointed after the solidly built, pleasant-to-drive Astra. The Lancer feels like it is built down to a price, with wobbly handling, cheap interior materials, a coarse and noisy engine, slovenly performance and a complete absence of character. How do they manage to extract an EVO from this sub-par starting point?

3rd Apr 2006, 01:03

I have a Grey 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer ES and I love it. I am 19 and work full time at a Hospital and I am also a college student. It is a very good car to hook up. All I needed were some black tints, black Montege Racing rims with a crome lip, a flip out DVD player, and a cool air intake. The Lancer is very affordable, good on gas, and looks phat.

16th Jan 2007, 19:46

I have a 2002 lancer es manual. For a 4 cylinder car you can't ask for anything better, good on gas runs good and even looks good. All it needs is a good driver behind the wheel and you have a great car.

10th Feb 2009, 13:39

It's a normal car. I have driven it. This car is not as bad as people say.

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer VR-X 1.8L 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


Good tight car, but needs a turbo!


Nothing wrong so far!

General Comments:

Handles like it is on rails, but engine really needs a turbo. The 'tinny' sound that is common on all four cylinder engines is very apparent. It has the looks and you are able to turn corners at 60km/hr, but it doesn't accelerate all that fast. Like I said, it needs a turbo and then it would be the perfect affordable sports car.

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

Review Date: 21st March, 2005

24th Mar 2005, 05:04

Your VRX comes with a 2 litre engine (not 1.8), just like my new Lancer VRX.

23rd Aug 2005, 22:15

I stand corrected. The car has a 2.0L engine.

7th Jan 2006, 21:51

(I left the above comment about the Lancer having a 2L engine).

I have a 2004 VRX Lancer sedan and am very happy with mine. Its done 16,000km from new without any mechanical problems. There is a little bit of buzzing from the driver's door trim, but generally the car is very well put together. I had a 2001 Mercedes A-Class before this car and that car had dreadful reliability and build quality problems despite costing 40% more. Handling is pretty good. I wouldn't say it's as good as a Focus, but the car looks good, economical (I've had 7.9L/100km average over the life of the car, manual), the gearbox is snappy, and the acceleration is nice. The new 2.4L MIVEC Lancers should be better still. The warranty is now a standard 5 years so Mitsubishi really do stand behind the reliability of their cars (10 years for engine and drivetrain).

17th Oct 2009, 01:22

If you want a car with a turbo, you should have bought the turbo charged Evo. The VRX is just the base model with side skirts front and rear bumper + spoiler. Mine has adequate performance, especially for the price I paid for it, and looks great.