1996 Mitsubishi Lancer GTI from Australia and New Zealand - Comments

2nd Aug 2001, 19:10

I've got a 91 Lancer GTi, it's done 195,000 k's now and still going strong.

It's starting to blow a bit of smoke, but it's quite a bit quicker than most other 1800's and even some 2L's.

The top speed's closer to 200, I've tried, but never managed to get it above that.

23rd Aug 2001, 18:21

I have a lancer gti 96' the only wrong thing in this car are the brakes!!!

Greetings from argentina!

2nd Sep 2001, 13:08

Hi!!!

I'm from Argentina and I have a '96 lancer GTi, I really love it!!

It's a very nice car!!

I would like to contact other people around the world with Lancer GTis.

Chasca@speedy.com.ar

10th Sep 2001, 07:42

I'm in New Zealand and I've just replaced the ignition leads, and what an improvement! This car's seriously fast now.

Next thing to get done are the brakes, as they're letting me down a bit, but once they're done it should be a really good all round car again.

24th Jan 2004, 10:54

Well, I bought my Lancer GTI 1800ccm 1991 four years ago and, since I LOVE speeding, it's what I always dreamed of. I'm from Serbia and we don't have a lot of cars like this one here so it's pretty difficult to find parts, but I manage. Mine came without ABS and aircondition, but I installed aircondition this year and it works great. No problems whatsoever, breaks are great, engine even better, 212700km and running. If anyone knows where I can find specifications or any other material or just owns a car like this, write me!

Klojihu@yahoo.com.

25th May 2004, 00:37

I bought my lancer gti 1,8 -96 in summer 2003 (133000km), performance is pretty good for a car without turbo, only problem I have had with a handbrake system. the car is quite unique here in Finland, and I like it :)

7th Nov 2004, 01:07

I bought my Lancer 1800 GTI may 2002, the vehicle had a broken cam belt and all 16 valves were bent.

Since then I have totally rebuilt the engine, the parts were very expensive, also very hard to find.

I agree with the comments that there is not enough documented information on this vehicle, but I have managed to find allot of technical information.

My Lancer is totally rebuilt and will keep up with and leave behind most of the vehicles in its class today.

The main power band is in third gear and the acceleration is brilliant.

If I can help with any advise or you just want to chat, do not hesitate to contact me.

Tim.Ello@members.v21.co.uk.

Regards Tim (Cornwall U.K)

2nd May 2005, 07:36

Hi! I have had my Lancer 1.8GTI -95 since 1997 and I have been happy with it. Some problems I have had with rear brakes and just recently the bearings from water pump broke up. Luckily I was able to get it replaced before huge damage to other parts. Spares seem to be hard to find in some other countries also not only in Finland? At the moment I'm waiting for valve head gasket to arrive from the land of rising sun...

29th Nov 2005, 22:26

I have recently purchased a '96 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan. I loved it's sporty shape and glossy red paint job. It has all the gadgets standard. She still needs a set of rims as the standard alloys are rather boring for such a pocket rocket as the MR. I had her at 7000 rpm, 125 kph. Triptronic gearbox locked in 2nd. Pulled out because of lack of road. Never tried or needed to push her harder then that.

Took me awhile, but I finally like her. She does lag a bit taking off, but doesn't affect the car when at speed or passing.

Complaints - well none as yet. The car is still under warranty and my fingers are crossed.

I enjoy this car a lot. I don't love it yet. For me, I've always wanted a new sports car, and now that I've got one?

Maybe it's just fantasy being better than the real thing. Can't explain it other than to say 'Yes it's a nice ride, but never have the appeal of the V8's'. The ladies seem to like the car, which can never be a bad thing right!

Brad.N.Z.

2nd Mar 2006, 20:08

Hey, I'm from New Zealand and have a 1995 Mitsubishi lancer GTi (red, manual and with a sunroof) I've have owned it almost 2 years and it has done 166000km. nothing has gone wrong with it yet (Brakes are awesome) but the handbrake does need adjusting from time to time. As for the speed, got it up to 215km/h and it still could do more. it doesn't shake at any speed for me, I love the car although a big improvement would be if it was four-wheel-drive (or maybe just wider tyres) as the front tyres tend to want to wheel-spin.

29th Mar 2007, 03:45

I'm from New Zealand. I own a Mitsubishi Lancer 1.8 Gti, 96. (Red, Manual, Sunroof, Big bore and pod filter, 230000ks). Still run's well, quicker than a lot of other 1800cc and 2L. Does not shake when reaching high speed. Have only taken it 170kph. Thing's that have gone wrong with it is the front driver's side window needing a hand time to time. And the front brakes jammed and wore out the brake pads. And hard to find parts for it.

All around excerllent car. Nice and roomy. Love it.

4th Jul 2008, 18:01

In the coupe model, keep the windows clean as a big electric window is hard on the motor, and prone to give up the ghost.

22nd Nov 2012, 09:01

From Philippines. I bought a second hand Mitsubishi Lancer 1996 model. Clocked at 165,000km odometer reading, 1.3L with manual gearbox. I love this car.

Now it has 225,000km odometer reading. Got a problem with its water pump bearing and had it replaced ASAP to avoid escalating problems. Clutch wall on the engine bay (firewall) is very weak. It bent and needs to be replaced with new thicker metal for the bracket. Clutch pedal squeaks a bit. Suspension is weak, especially when 3 adults sits in the back. Windows are not properly working. All these are reasonable for a 16 year old car.

Modifications made: racing air filter, adjustable coil overs, strut bars, stabilizer bars, Momo steering wheel and shift knob, racing clutch kit, HKS mufflers, bucket seat (driver's only), high tension wires and grounding kit. Oil and oil filters changed every 5,000km using fully synthetic oil. And most of a turbo kit.

Loved the car's handling and need for speed. Next modification are brakes. Needs repainting too. Bodywork is rust free.

My wife drives this car too. Fuel efficiency is 12km/L.

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