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Mitsubishi Lancer, Wheels, Sedan
Mar 03, 2005 (8:04 pm)
Iím wondering if anyone knows...
I have a Lancer OZ 2002 with a 5-speed manual transmission and it only has about 39K miles (and pre-50,000 mile warranty). I bought it new and have been very nice to it. My check engine light, however, has had problems. Also, my clutch seems to slip a little every now and then. Has anyone had this experience OR know how to resolve the check engine light without having to take my car in?
I love my car but I fear that if I'm having problems this soon (and I really can't afford repairs), I don't really want to buy another Mitsubishi. I've been burned by all my new cars! I have bad car luck!
Mar 04, 2005 (2:43 pm)
The Check Engine light just means the computer has stored an error code. It could be something as simple as a loose fuel cap, or a bad sensor. You need to take it to a shop and have them hook it up to a diagnostic computer to see what the trouble code is. I believe some auto chains like AutoZone will do diagnostic scans for free (in hopes you'll buy the repair parts from them). It might be something easy that you can fix yourself.
#481 of 612 Re: CEL [a_l_hubcaps]
Mar 28, 2005 (9:06 pm)
Well I know it's not a loose fuel cap
I'll have to go to AutoZone to check the light situation--the dealership wants $90 just to run the diagnostics.
Thanks a lot for your help--I'll check out AutoZone soon!
#482 of 612 mitsu's are safe!!
Apr 01, 2005 (6:10 am)
yuck! my mother used to have a 300sl and that car was the biggest piece of crap my family has ever owned. yeah of course the car is gonna be safe if you cant get it out of the garage! i say if she wants to buy another lancer thats great, let her do it and stop baggering her for it. i have a 04 lancer es and i feel very safe. in fact i feel safer in it than that big german tank my mother had.
#483 of 612 Re: any recent Lancer owners? [lngtonge18]
Apr 04, 2005 (9:53 am)
I just got (4 weeks ago) a new Lancer ES 2005 , so far I like it, it's not the fastest car but it is fuel efficient and at what the gas prices are at now it's what I was looking for.
This week end I took it for a spin question to see how it handles at high speed (130 to 140 Km/H) I was very pleased, no shaking at all.
After the ride I noticed when on idle the RPM will go from 1000 to 800 or 500 and back to 1000, I stepped out of the car to check the engine noise and noticed when ever the change takes place I ear a click, this morning coming to work I took the time to check if the idle thing was still happening or if it was due to the high speed spin I took, so while at a red light I checked, and yes it did the same 100 to 800 click back to 1000, is this normal?
Also, my dealer was telling me an ES and an OZ are pretty much the same car except the OZ is dressed up (body kit etc) , is that true?.
Apr 05, 2005 (8:57 am)
Is your AC on or the front defroster? The AC does make a clicking sound and the rpm's do increase/decrease as it cycles on and off.
The ES and OZ are essentially the same car. The OZ adds the body kit, 15" alloy wheels, rear antisway bar, white faced gauges, and standard keyless entry and fold down rear seats. The OZ will handle a bit better thanks to the larger tires and the rear antisway bar.
#485 of 612 Tried to buy a Lancer...message to Mitsu if listening
May 16, 2005 (7:12 pm)
Hello. I would like to thank those on this message board for all the good info that I read through recently when car shopping. I had a Dodge Raider, really a Mitsu Montero, that was a great a beloved vehicle. So, when my wife and I recently decided to look for a new econo car, I went right to Mitsubishi. I didn't care that everyone was telling me to go Honda or Toyota, or that my resale would likely be better with those makes. I like Mitsubishi, had a good experience with the Raider, and went right down to my dealer.
Before we went shopping, my wife and I decided there were certain basic criteria: Stick shift, good mileage, ABS brakes, and 4-doors. Reasonable price, i.e. 15 or 16 grand or less. We like small cars and did not want a car bigger than, say a Lancer rougly give or take. I noticed the dealer had a Sportback, which really appealed to me. No stick, automatic only. Had ABS though, but we both hate driving autos, so regrettably ruled that out. If it would have been a stick, I would have written a check. No problem, I will get a Lancer sedan 5 speed. Drove it, liked it a lot. One problem, no ABS option without getting a Ralliart. I did not want to spend Ralliart money, and the car sits too low and has too stiff of a suspension for our roads around here, not to mention being out of the price target.
For what it's worth, if there had been an option for ABS stand alone on a Lancer sedan, I would have signed up. I can't believe in this day and age, even on a base car, there is not an option to pay more for this no-brainer safety feature. Mitsu, you lost a sale for this sole reason. Left the dealer disappointed.
Ordered a Scion xA the other day. 4-door, good mpg, Toyota quality, ABS standard, side airbags optional, stick shift, no hassle, and very affordable at $14k or less actually.
Hopefully someone at Mitsu reads these forums as there is no contact email link on their website to tell this story. I'll give you another try when I'm in the market again.
This consumer wanted a somewhat fun, economical car with emphasis on safety features. I am in a business where we want to know why we lose business if we do lose it, as it helps us get better. So, here it is. Take care, Lancer owners, I think you have cool cars! Wish I could have had one!
#486 of 612 02 Lancer-60,000 Service?
Jun 08, 2005 (8:07 am)
The 60,000 service at the dealer cost $849.99 ($634.68 labor and $215.31 parts). Is this a reasonable price?
They also replaced the alternator and P/S belt for $122.94, because they said they were worn. Would this have been necessary and is it a reasonable price?
They also replaced the left and right sway bar links for $160.26, because they said one was broke. Is this possible, is it necessary to replace both if one is broke and is it a reasonable price?
The total bill came to $1057.80.
Any feedback would be very much appreciated.
#487 of 612 Overseas Lancer owners
Jun 19, 2005 (1:42 pm)
I just read that in late April the Mitsubishi Lancer was voted the # 1 car (in its segment) in Russia. Seems like a pretty tough environment And it beat out some respectable competition like Toyota, Audi, BMW etc etc. I didn't have any more info on what Lancer it was, such as the ES or Ralliart, or do they even use the same designations over there?
I'm seriously considering swapping my 2000 Galant ES work car for a Lancer 5spd stick. I know with some judicious shifting I could squeeze 32 -34 mpg out of the ES and probably 28 -30 mpg out of the Ralliart. I want the Ralliart because my wife has the 4 cyl MIVEC in her Outlander and it runs great so far (18000 miles) plus I know several owners of 04 Galants with 100,000 + miles and they claim lower maintainance costs on the MIVEC engine then the 2.0 in the ES. The Ralliart runs better,rides better...but costs a few grand more and with a 97 mile rt to work that extra 4 mpg can add up.
Does anyone here by any chance know the engine specs on Europe/Russia Lancers?
#488 of 612 Re: Overseas Lancer owners [elgatoloco]
Jun 22, 2005 (6:17 pm)
I have no idea which engine is used in Russia, but in other markets, I believe the Lancer uses a 1.8 from the old Mirage as well as the 2.0. I think the 1.8 is the most common engine though. The 2.0 engine is simply a bored out version of the 1.8 so they both should be equally durable.
I have owned an 02 OZ and currently own an 04 Ralliart. Both were automatics and have been reliable cars. My auto 2.0 could easily achieve 31 mpg at 80mph with the AC on and even got 33mpg one time. So, 33-34mpg should be easy to achieve with the 5-speed. My 2.4 auto, on the other hand, gets pretty crappy mileage. The best I have seen on the highway was 25 mpg, but I rarely drive on the highway so it may have improved some as the engine broke in. I average 22 mpg but it has dipped as low as 19. Most 2.4 5-speed owners have been reporting mileage averaging right about 25 mpg, with highway mileage at 27-29. If mileage is important to you, I would get the 2.0. If you want power, the 2.4 is a much more satisfying engine. I doubt there is much of a difference maintenance wise between the two engines since they both still require 60k timing belt changes.