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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution - Consumer Reviews

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Unbelievable
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By jloya81
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This car is unbelievable (and underrated). To be fair I test drove a few cars (The STi, TL, Boxster, Cayman and my friend's M3). Out of all the cars, this car just blew me away. This is an enthusiast's dream. True it has a bare bones interior but who needs a stereo when you have 285 horses buzzing? Some have said that the 5-speed isn't as smooth as Honda's but it feels much firmer and won't feel like it'll snap off during power shifts. This car won't get girl's attention until you smoke their boyfriend's Porsche. If you want attention, buy an overpriced convertible, if you want performance buy an Evo. BMW's lying..THIS is the ultimate driving machine!


Best Features

The turbo, how it costs under $30,000 out the door (lucky me!), the firm tranny, how '06 options are standard on the '05 model, and its stealth. this car can run with cars that cost twice as much and only a few know what's under the hood q=-).


Worst Features

Give it bigger brakes and a 4 point racing harnesses. Helmets and fire suits should be optional for the '08 model lol.


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Fun, but Mitsubishi Does Not Back Up Its Products
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By james
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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The Lancer Evolution is a fun car! However, Mitsubishi has problems with the synchros in the shifter. I could smell the clutch from this problem. Mitsubishi will not back their product. I had to pay to replace all of this at 3,000 miles. Mitsubishi knows about this problem. There are lots of articles out there about this, if you do a little research. By the time I did my research it was to late, I already bought the car. They give you this big warranty and look for reasons not to back their product.


Best Features

2nd and 3rd gears are nice. 1st gear has a governer so you can't get off the line. It protects the rear end and tranny. 4th gear is my favorite! It gets you on the freeway.


Worst Features

Beef up the synchros! Back up your product! The dealer waits for a rep before they fix anything under warranty. so all this comes directly from Mitsubishi!


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EVO 8
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By Jerry Smith
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Overall the car is a excellent buy. I have no problems with the car. It has outstanding handeling in all weather and traffic conditions that are present in the Houston area. This is not a young person's car, it requires concentration and skill, when you make demands from the car it responds instantly. It takes some getting use to at first, then traffic or open road driving is no problem. I am considering buying my wife a Evo 10 as soon as they hit the dealers.


Best Features

Every performance part on the car has a function. This car is not a car built to look good it is built to perform and it does it very well. The best feature is the button on the dash that allows the driver to set up the all wheel drive system for the road or weather conditions.


Worst Features

The Evo could use a larger fuel tank.


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Evo after 18 months
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By steve
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Edition 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I love this car. Thanks to Mitsubishi for building such a fun, focused affordable car! I replaced the Yoko. tires with an all season radials. The road noise and all weater traction advantage was worth the slight decrease in steering feel. The car seems to have gotten faster and just a bit louder after a few thousand miles. I runs very hard. I have changed the oil, aligned the wheels, replaced the tires (due to road noise), and changed the oil. It has never been back to the dealer for anything! Overall this car is an intoxicating blend of performance and reliablity at a reasonable price.


Best Features

Powertrain and suspension


Worst Features

Upgrade the interior plastics. Make the seat recline adjust knob easier to reach. Make the guages easier to read quickly. Add seat tilt adjustment. Better quality paint on the BBS MR wheels, mine are chipped and I don't run off road.


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Disappointed
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By Johnny Thor
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I thought this car was amazing, but it has a ton of turbo lag. It handles like charm in the twisties, but in a straight line, it falls on its face at the top end. I have been seen Cobra, STi, Camaro SS, and even lowly SRT-4 models that are faster. Don't get me wrong this car is awesome for what it made for---rally; it turns like it's on rails.


Worst Features

Upgrade the turbo to a fast-spoolin one. I think that the one it has now, is too big.


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