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Aug 16, 2007 (11:40 am)
glad you like your 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer ES! Congratulations! Yeah, I noticed while driving my 1999 Kia Sephia that this little car is a ball to drive...with the 70,000 mile Yokohama radials and Konig Diva wheels the car really handled a lot better. But I only paid $7,995 for it and noticed that it was pinned together very, very well. That car started me on a journey in to Korean cars and the research of them. It is nice to know that one can go to Kia and/or Hyundai and get a great car with a great Warranty for less than their Japanese counterparts. And they are being built so well now...I never did get too hung up on the notion that the Japanese makes were better quality and reliability-wise. Glad your Elantra experience has went so well. There are now so many of us here in America that it's no longer an issue for those that have read up on the Japanese-South Korean car comparo.
Now, I jumped ship to Japanese upon seeing this 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer on the internet around about September or October of 2006. Funny thing is, Mitsu only released teaser photos of the front end at that time. Then I saw a picture of the car from an angle but leaving out the rear end of it.
Finally, around Feb. of 2007 they released photos of the entire car! Wow! That hindquarters was nearly as nice looking as the front. But the front is so sabre-cat tiger fighter looking, isn't it? I decided then that the 2007 Suzuki SX4 and the 2007 Kia Optima were nice rigs but that I needed a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer. At first I was gonna go for the ES but after researching it a lot more realized that I wanted all the things that the GTS had. And I love that bodykit...excellent design when you put the whole package together.
Anyhow, yeah, as long as you all get '08 Lancer's you're doing fine. Whether it's the DE, ES or GTS just get '08 Lancer's and enjoy 'em. Although the GTS has Bluetooth capabilities my cell phone is not Bluetooth capable so another phone may be needed in the future, but that is not a big deal.
If you're shopping for a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer now the rear window sash recall should already be picked up at the factory, I would think. Ask if you want about the build date and the recall. I got my recall work done about two months ago.
#323 of 639 Re: 1racefan... [iluvmysephia1]
Aug 16, 2007 (1:13 pm)
My dealer had added the appearance package, side window visors, fog lights, and Bluetooth computer to our ES when it came in before they put it on their lot. Basically, it was perfectly equipped for our tastes - well, it will be perfect once they install that custom rear spoiler next week.
They had even had leather interior added to a couple of ES Lancers on their lot. They told me this was done at an upholstery shop in town, and was warrantied by the shop. It looked good, but I wasn't comfortable with buying one of these leather equipped vehicles, knowing it wasn't done at the factory.
Regarding the Bluetooth -
My wife and I have Motorola Razr phones, and luckily they are Bluetooth capable. It took me about an hours worth of reading the car's manual, the phone's manual, plus a visit to the Mitsubishi website to gather the information to pair our phones to the car. It then took about 15 minutes to actually program the car and phones. What is wild is when you are driving down the road, and you make or receive a call, and you see your phone going thru the motions as if you are doing it by hand, but in actuality, the phone isn't even being touched.
P.S. - I also thought about the Suzuki SX4, but the Lancer just looked too sharp to pass up.
#324 of 639 Re: Sun Roof Sealing [1racefan]
Aug 17, 2007 (6:03 pm)
Yes the sunroof looks misaligned. Its a GTS with sun & sound package. All factory. No Mods. Thanks alot for the advice we will take it back and insist on a fix. Other than that the Lancer has been awesome and its a kick to drive!
Aug 18, 2007 (12:18 pm)
yeah, I was at work and took a break to go out and try my phone in my Lancer GTS' Bluetooth. I assumed that my phone was Bluetooth capable. I called Mitsubishi customer service and went on the internet to get the right codes and such. I took my boss' cell phone out to my car to talk to the Mitsu rep. and we went through the steps. Eventually we saw that my phone wasn't Bluetooth capable!
Oh well. I'll get another phone later sometime that is. What I do now is put my cellphone in that little storage spot on the console, under the climate control knobs, way back under the dash. I'd like to use the Bluetooth and look forward to that feature.
#326 of 639 Finally got my Lancer on Saturday
Aug 20, 2007 (7:09 am)
Well I had to cross state lines to get it, but got my Blue ES with Sun and Sound plus all the extras. I'm linking a few pictures so folks can take a look
#328 of 639 I wanted either the Electric Blue or
Aug 20, 2007 (12:23 pm)
the Rally Red and ended up with the Rally Red. That makes me a happy camper!
Congratulations krynsky! Is that Arizona desert or California desert or Nevada desert or Utah desert or Idaho desert or New Mexico desert? Nice blue, it looks great.
My '08 Lancer GTS is going in for it's 2nd L-O-F tomorrow morning early. I will ask them to look at the front passenger door hinge because it's creaking and appears to be loose. Needs a good old-fashioned dealer service tech. tightening and WD-40'ing, I would think. We took it on a road trip yesterday up to Show Low, AZ. Longer trip than we thought it was gonna be. We got home around 1:30 this morning. Once again, the Lancer GTS took the mountain twisties with fun and glee. We saw some bull elk, deer and a momma mountain goat and baby near the Morenci Phelps-Dodge mine. That is one huge mining operation at Morenci, AZ. Huge open pits all over that go from way up hillsides to way down below.
The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer drove us in comfort and ease and returned 31.2mpg for the trip. Just what I bought the beautiful sedan for.
Aug 21, 2007 (3:54 am)
Does anyone know how to change the service interval that shows up on the display screen between the speedometer, and the tach? It comes from the factory with a 7500 mile, 5 month service interval pre-programmed. I am going to probably run full synthetic, and have my car serviced in 5,000 mile intervals instead. Anyone know how to change that diplay to reflect 5,000 mile intervals, instead of 7,500?
Secondly, I took the car in for my dealer to install a custom rear spoiler yesterday. When I picked the car up, and first started it, I pressed that "Info" button on the dash to toggle between the screens (again, referring to the screen between the speeedometer and the tach). Well, when I pressed the button, it got stuck. The service manager looked at it and said he has seen this happen to a couple of Lancers. They pulled it into a service bay, and 20 minutes later, it was all fixed.
#330 of 639 5000 With Synthetic
Aug 21, 2007 (9:42 am)
I would think it would just be the opposite...7500 miles with a synthetic oil seems very reasonable and 5000 miles on regular dino juice would also be fine. Or better yet, why not let the oil minder do it's job, as it's based on the particular driving style of the owner. I've got an oil minder on my Civic and I'm also thinking of going to synthetic once my freebie oil changes expire, and am wondering if it can be programmed for 7.5k intervals. Will have to inquire at the dealer this Friday when I go for my 2nd oil change.
#331 of 639 Re: 5000 With Synthetic [sandman46]
Aug 21, 2007 (9:51 am)
"I would think it would just be the opposite...7500 miles with a synthetic oil seems very reasonable and 5000 miles on regular dino juice would also be fine"
Maybe, but oil changes are cheap insurance.
"Or better yet, why not let the oil minder do it's job, as it's based on the particular driving style of the owner"
It's not an oil minder. It is simply a "clock" so to speak that counts down 5 months, or 7500 mile increments.