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Still a great car after all these year (and miles)
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By Bruce B
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan O-Z Rally 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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Most reviewers here only had a few thousand miles on their Lancers when they wrote them. I'm a little different: Bought my '05 O-Z Rally used in 2012 with nearly 160,000 miles on it. Knew very little about Mits cars and sort of held my breath because, well, it had 160K miles on it. Five years and 55,000 more miles later, I've never breathed easier with a car. Just passed 215K and it still runs almost flawlessly. Not as powerful as a Ralliart, apparently, but I DID hit 108 MPH shortly after buying it and could've gone faster. Gets about 31 MPG on highways, 25 MPG in town. Engine's a little noisy, but not bad for a 4-banger. Good stereo system, better after I put a Pioneer deck on. Lots of interior room, especially in front, with comfy seats. I've never had a real problem with it and it's a nice LOOKING car on top of that. Considering how I was sort of rolling the dice when I bought it, I'm not sure I've ever had a better, more reliable car (and believe me, I've had quite a few). I've been holding off on buying a truck simply because I can't imagine any of them will run better than this one. Why try fixing something that isn't broken?


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Great Value Japanese Quality at Korean Prices
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Cokey
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan 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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Excellent car for price
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By lotte311
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought my car in 2005 with 12000 miles on it. I am now crossing the150k mark. I have not had any major issues.
I have performed all recommended maitaince.
The only major repair so fair was a LF inner wheel which was done last year at 125K miles.
I am now routinely making 1200 mile round trips to another state and this car powers through the drive.
Pretty good for it's value, not the prettiest car on the road but if you are looking for good value for your money then this is it.
I still get an average of 25 miles in town.
On my last trip out of state I did 30miles/gallon on highways.


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Value value value
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By leftysrule22
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan Ralliart 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I've owned my Ralliart since January of 2005. I am about to cross the 90k mile marker, and I can honestly say every single mile has been a blast. You wont find a comparable 2005 of any make that can touch the value of this car. Other comparable cars have higher peak hp numbers (only slightly higher too), but cant match the ralliart torque. What other 2005 under $20k can do a standing burnout without bouncing off the rev limiter? What other car comes from the FACTORY with an upper suspension brace?


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Suspension, engine, and transmission are magnificent.


Worst Features

Add a limited slip to the front wheels and you have a car that will devour the autocross.


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Great car!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By jooey
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought this car in 1yr after it came out and it only had 12miles on it. I've had it for 6yrs now and never had a problem with it. (During those 6yrs my spouse went through 2 cars). It is the most reliable car ever. Just keep up with regular maintenance and you should have no problems.


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great gas mil, drives smooth, good travel car


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