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Mitsubishi Lancer Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 120 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer

  • The Lancer is a solid vehicle, but aside from its roomy cabin and comfortable ride, there's little reason to recommend it over other more entertaining rivals.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Roomy cabin, relaxed and quiet at freeway speeds, smooth ride.

  • Cons

    Underpowered engine, ABS and side airbags only available on LS version.

  • What's New for 2003

    Midway through the year, Mitsubishi will unleash its Lancer Evolution, a rally racing-inspired road burner that sends 271 horsepower…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (39 total reviews)

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

Great first car i must

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Bought it about 7 months ago with 132k miles on it. Was a little skeptical about it but when I drove it, I couldn't believe its 7 years old. Great gas mileage (about 30 mpg combined), fun to drive (in short commutes but not on the highway), and great reliability. I drove like 12k miles in just six months of purchase and needed nothing other than regular oil change. There is some room for improvement such as, temperature knob is hard to rotate and I'm not the only one facing this, no abs/cruise. But other than these issues the car is great.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Watch for the heater/air switch

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I seen a review above me about the heater knob not turning to air conditioning. So I decided to chime in. I had the same issue and so did all 3 of my friends who own the same year lancer. Never on recall and they refused to fix it. 3k was the estimate. I traded it in this year got 2,200 trade because of the knob. It also had issues with the timing belt I had to replace it 2x's under 100k. Transmission started slipping at 90k. Lighted mirror cover broke off. Don't let me deter you. Im sure some of that wear and tear was my fault. Light bulbs burned out quite often watch for water under hood. Drives beautifully in snow. Drove through snow storm, 1 ft deep snow and icy wipers and all.




I love my car!

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I've only had this car for a few months, but so far, I love it! The first owner of the car maintained it perfectly, so maintenance has not yet been an issue on this 78K mile vehicle. Based on some of these reviews, my opinion might change once major work is necessary, but so far the car is wonderful, and the best I've ever owned. It's fun to drive, handles well, and has enough zip to pass whenever I need to. I'm planning to drive this car for years to come. I'm a careful driver, and keep up on suggested maintenance, and don't see any problems in the near future.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
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  • 30
  • highway
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Full 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

What's New for 2003

Midway through the year, Mitsubishi will unleash its Lancer Evolution, a rally racing-inspired road burner that sends 271 horsepower through all four of its 17-inch wheels.

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iluvmysephia1
iluvmysephia1
02-03-2008
Anyhow, lovethelancer, what's your current thinking, still thinking about getting a Lancer GTS? Don't let this recent news on the Lancer "pulling to the left" bother you. That is small potat...


bjtoblerone
bjtoblerone
02-18-2002
I just recently bought a Lancer ES with the 0 interest/payments/down til 2003. I have had my Lancer for just over a month and love it. It is a really solid car. You cant beat the styling....


mikevegas06
mikevegas06
10-03-2007
Sales of the fuel efficient 2008 Lancer sedan and the Outlander crossover sport utility continue to lead the way:...



 

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