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After 5 years as a daily driver
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By Tim
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

I am the same "Tim" who wrote a review on 3/15/2006, and I just sold the car. It was a great car to have for 5 years, and it certainly is fast and fun, but the quality and reliability of the car was definitely lacking. I had the AWD pump die 3 times, random sensors blew, and the car developed rattles all the time that needed to be fixed. Not to mention, the car was kept clean and waxed every few months, but the paint developed rust in 5 areas after 4 years. My wife's SUV is 8 years old, gets waxed probably once a year, and has no rust. Also, very expensive to maintain so know that going in or you're going to have significant sticker shock when you bring it in for service.


Best Features

Gobs of Power, Great Handling, AWD, large trunk, 4 doors, great seats, child seat mounts, Infinity Stereo, great looking car.


Worst Features

Better build quality! Cruise control and heated seats would be a bonus.


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Awesome - but you'll pay to play
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Timmy
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

I've had my Evo VIII for 3 years now, and it's an awesome car. Great power, handling, and braking. The Recaro seats are awesome; plenty of room/trunk space. The AWD is wonderful - especially for winter driving (but you need snow tires). Downside is, everything about this car is expensive. Premium gas only, and unless you drive like an old man, you'll rarely get more than maybe 20- 21 mpg. Takes only synthetic motor oil. OEM Brembo brake pads cost over $300 per side, and keep up with pads because replacing rotors will cost you over a grand per side. OEM tires last about 10K miles, and cost over $300 per tire. That's just the wearables - replacing components costs more.


Best Features

Street legal race car - and all that comes with it. Outstanding performance, AWD, large trunk, good look, decent stereo, great seats.


Worst Features

None - it's a great car. It's just expensive. If you're considering this car, but it's a little high on your price range - don't buy it. The cost of the car is only the beginning. The cost of gas and keeping the maintenance schedule is about 3X that of a normal car.


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Built with a purpose: speed with control
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By roadrocket007
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

I have driven much more expensive sports cars, with more horsepower, better looking (maybe), more luxurious, etc., but nothing will deliver the same performance package that the Evo does. This is a machine built with one specific purpose in mind: highest level of performance by combining power with precise delivery and control. No car on the road costing less than 100k will give so much road feel, precise turning and confidence like the Lancer Evolution. This car tells you exactly what's going on from the contact patch level to the steering wheel. You can increase the power, handling, grip, etc., for less money than other cars. This is a car for the purist not poseurs!


Best Features

Chassis and drivetrain.


Worst Features

Have a track delivery program like BMW! If people just knew what this thing can actually do in a professional road circuit.


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Fun car
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By devildoc
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

I love my EVO it has got to be the funnest car I have ever driven. I have had no problems with it at all. Even the cops seem to ignore it due to the lack of spoiler. There is plenty of space in the cabin for passengers or boxes. The only thing is due to the lack of fold down seats it is difficult to pack long items like snowboards in it. But if that is really what you are looking for then buy a truck.


Best Features

The steering is perfect and the acceleration and handling are right where they should be. Even an amateur can drive like a pro.


Worst Features

Fold down seats.


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Fun Car With Lots of Room for Improvement
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By Jim P
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Edition 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

This car is the most fun vehicle I have ever driven, but I feel it lacks a lot of things for a near $37,000 car. The paint needs to be improved greatly, my front end looks like it's ten years old already.


Best Features

Definitely the turbocharger and all-wheel drive. The car handles great and you can just about replace everything with improved parts from the aftermarket.


Worst Features

Use more durable paint on the car and wheels. Tune the car so it's not pig rich. Use nicer interior panels, the car rattled with only 10,000 miles on it. Put a stronger clutch in the car.


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