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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer - Consumer Reviews

2005 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Great Value Japanese Quality at Korean Prices
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Cokey
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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A nice alternative to the run of the mill Civic, Corolla, Sentra. Much better car than the Korean "run em' til they die" Hyundai and Kia's. A quality made in Japan vehicle. And yes, sorry America, they do build better cars than us. This is our 3rd Mitsubishi, my wife has had a Mirage and a Outlander Sport, I got this one for our daughter who's in the military and then off to college. I owned a 2002 Hyundai that I drove for work, and will never own another Korean car, they're fine new cars when they are under warranty; in the case of this Lancer I shopped for a used one with around 100k on it so I knew I wanted Japanese.
When you buy one with 100k miles on it get it for a price that will allow your budget to pay for a new Timing Belt and Water Pump Kit($600 at most shops) and replace the Spark Plugs and put a new Valve Cover Gasket on it($150). People get rid of their cars at 100,000 and they hardly ever pay out for a Timing Belt Replacement(manual states 100k), if they break your engine is totalled(interference engine = valves and pistons collide). And if you cant afford OEM Mitsu parts, get a GMB brand kit.
Good acceleration, handling, braking; at least for an economical 4 door basic sedan. Engine design is proven and somewhat simple. The biggest complaint with this car, as with most "Mitsu's", is the interior controls are fairly cheap and break easily. Don't worry, you can find replacements on Ebay or at your local salvage yards. Overall, I consider the 02 to 07 Lancer's a 4 out of 5 star car. I bought mine for $3600, put $800 into it, now have a $4400 car that my daughter informs she likes driving.


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Most reliable I have ever owned
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Alan
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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So here is the deal. I have had a slew of other cars and non of them can match up to the reliability and fuel mileage of this car. I have owned it for about 3 years and I have only had to do the basic maintenance stuff (Brakes, tires etc). I also get 38 MPG at 65 mph on the highway and about 30-32 around town. Not sure why anyone who wants a small car would spend thousands more on a civic or corolla when this car is just as good or better in some regards.


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Buyer beware
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By BURNTLANCER
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I purchased this lancer b/c of fuel economy and style, Mits is a good name (so I thought) & 6 year 60,000 bumper to bumper helped. 6 weeks ago on a normal day with the car only running maybe 5 min as I made a left turn the car just shuts off. Next thing I know the engine is on fire - fire department comes & puts the fire out. Car is still under warranty so I call Mits -- they deny claim with out even looking at the car. They do not stand behind their cars nor do they honor the warranty. I would not buy any car from this company.


Best Features

gas consumption


Worst Features

honor warranties on cars


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Fun lancer
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By gevans
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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A really fun car to drive with the 5 speed shift. Clutch is light, brakes are great. 36k miles without a problem - normal maintenance only. Warning - Watch out for the hub caps. They scratch easily on curbs. Price tag - over $70 each. Dealer where purchased was great!


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The 2008 are great looking. May be trading this one in.


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Nice Car for First-time Buyers
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By Bhaskar
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This is the first brand new car I ever purchased and I absolutely love it. Even though Mitsubishi is not as popular as a Honda or a Toyota, it still knows how to build a nice car for economy drivers like me.


Best Features

The good gas mileage and how it has had very few problems.


Worst Features

The car seems to shake a little bit when driving under windy conditions.


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