2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Consumer Review: A fine vehicle

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback - Consumer Review

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

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A fine vehicle
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2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


I just finished driving it hauling a 1500 lbs 5 by 8 moving trailer from Florida to California in 4 1/2 days. The longest day was acroos Texas, 750 miles day. No problem what so ever!! If you can be really gentle on the gas pedal like myself, 24mpg with that kind of load is possible. On the hills it struggles a bit. The sweet spot for the rpm is arond 2200 to 2600. I found that at the 4th gear this would give you 50~63 mph and really efficient. 32~35mpg on the high way is possible if you do this constantly. I had the car for more than 3 years now. Admitted, it is not a luxury car, but it's practical and you can almost say it's fun to drive.

Best Features

sleek exterior looks, front and back lights, firm and supportive suspension/seats are just nice if you like to "feel the road". Recline backseats, large trunk, the engine room has a very clean look too!

Worst Features

Road noise (above 50mph) and engine noise when it's stressed. It's by far my biggest dislike about it. I plan to put some Dynamat in to make it perfect. A fifth gear would be nice too.
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