2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Consumer Review: Still love it after 10 years

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback - Consumer Review

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LS Wagon (2.4L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Still love it after 10 years
By niftybergin on


2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback LS 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


I just turned over 155,000 miles in my Sportback, bought new in 2004. Have to say that I still love this car! I've kept up with the annual maintenance, use fully synthetic oil and high-test gas, and it runs great. Smooth and quiet. One major repair -- the A/C -- in all this time. Everything else has just been regular maintenance. Love that it has good pick-up when I need it to and that it's got enough power to handle mountainous roads. Even after 10 years and 155K miles, I still get 25 MPG city / 31 MPG hwy.

Best Features

Great interior space. I use the far-back cargo space for hauling my large dog, but even the back-seat legroom is not too bad. I test-drove the 2004 Outlander at the same time, but ultimately chose the Sportback because it handled like a smaller car, which I liked. Also like that the driver's seat is height-adjustable, which picks me up off the road and makes the car easier to get in and out of.

Worst Features

Could wish that it had a bit more external style and flair, but it's an economy car, so the plainness is not objectionable.
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