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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Be Intelligent, Give It a Shot
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By M J.DRAHL
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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer O-Z Rally 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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My spouse and I were not seeking to purchase a new vehicle on that hot humid New Jersey afternoon. As we passed the dealer I noticed the Diamond White Pearl OZ Rally from knowledge on upgrade platform outside. We just had test driven such a vehicle. Both my wife and I took separate drives in a five speed. We were so impressed by its handling, brakes, outward vision, and tremendously smooth gearbox 4.04.1 that we placed our down payment on one in less an hour. The vehicle was delivered as promised in less than three days. The sales staff and management were very business-like and extremely professional in all respects. We purchased another Lancer ES for our college bound son for his NY trips.


Favorite Features

The excellent outward vision as well as reasonable acceleration. This car is quite competent when entering interstates. The gas mileage for this two liter four-cylinder car is commendable at a nine and one half to one compression ratio.


Suggested Improvements

If it is not cost prohibitive a strong Japanese competitor with many more units sold in America has decided to offer as standard equipment on a sport coupe side mirror signals. A nice touch. Could the rear mounted screw off antenna mechanically go in out to protect unwarranted breakage.


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With Help...a Great Little Car
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By tuner77
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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer O-Z Rally 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I purchased my manual 2003 O-Z Lancer new in Dec. of 2002 and have 52,000 miles on it. The only problem I have noticed is a delay in staring in the summer months...due to the higher concentration of ethanol in the gas. It has no problems when driving, just starting. I put in NGK Iridium plugs a few months back and that seemed to have corrected that. If your not having the problem, I would not recommend those plugs, they are too expensive and the gain is minimal. Mostly though the car is a great everyday driver. Comfort-wise, it's a very good deal for the money. Its performance is lacking, but with the help of the automotive aftermarket and a $1,000 investment, anyone with a tool set can remedy that.


Favorite Features

The exterior and interior styling. After 2003 the Lancer has not been as visually appealing. The Ralliart version was a great addition, but the new styling leaves something to be desired.


Suggested Improvements

Go back to the styling of the '02-'03 model with a 170 hp Ralliart option and I'm sold on another.


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A Great Car
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By tebeaudin
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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer O-Z Rally 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This car has exceeded all of the expectations I had when I purchased it. Mitsubishi is not known for its quality, but this car is very well built. The gas mileage has been a pleasant surprise but I haven't given up any power. The car has quite a bit of zip that lets me hang with cars with much more power. It has a great ride overall.


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Better Than Expected
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By rod
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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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My 2003 Lancer was purchased used at an "auto superstore" in 03/2004 with 15,212 miles, for $9,988. It replaced my 1998 Nissan Altima which had 217,000 miles and a fantastic service record, i.e., minimal problems and great fuel economy. My expectations for the Mitsubishi were "OK" at best, I did not believe that it was in the same league as the Nissan. iIwas wrong! I am a medical courier and as of 9/20/2006 i have 200,867 miles on this little cracker-box car. I change the oil (and filter of course) about every 5,000 miles, use only regular (87 octane) gas as recommended, and change spark plugs about every 30,000 miles using only the recommended ngk's (don't make the mistake I did by using other plugs).


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An OK alternative
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By Drew
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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my Lancer used, with about 36,000 miles on it. It's been a solid performer so far, but it should be for the first 100,000 miles. Any car should. The car should have more horsepower. There's no reason it shouldn't be in the 160-170 HP range when the Rally version is well over 200. The gas mileage is disappointing, it too should be better. I've experience high 20s when traveling on the highway - it should be in the mid-30s at least. All in all, the Lancer is a half-way decent alternative if you cannot afford the Civic or a comparable Toyota or Nissan. My only other concern would be the automatic transmission. I hope it doesn't give out before it's paid for. Go with a stick if you can.


Favorite Features

I like the seats. I'm above average size and they're comfortable enough.


Suggested Improvements

It needs more horsepower! This should be easy for the engineers to accomplish. And, better gas mileage. Those two go hand in hand, when designed properly.


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