2003 Mitsubishi Lancer User Reviews

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 51 reviews

  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 23 reviews
"ride" 21 reviews
"handling" 16 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"reliable car" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"high maintenance" 3 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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tpf79 writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Review
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Fun to drive, economical, practical

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Could use another 10 or 20 horses...

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A Sensible Choice For The Daily Commuter Who Wants A Little Fun In Their Ride. — A nice alternative to the all too common civic or corolla. I would describe the acceleration as adequate (hence 3 stars for performance). Handling has a definite sporty feel. Understeers quite predictably. Easy to drive at the limit. Smooth clutch operation, but shifter lacks the precision of a Honda’s. It shifts smoothly, but just not perfectly. Nice brake feel, easy to modulate. ABS really not necessary since the brakes have a very direct feel. So, this is a fun little car! Great mileage- 30+ on the highway. Just as with other small sedans, cost of ownership is very low. This is a practical, everyday car that has a bit of a sports car feel. If you are in the market for a civic, corolla, etc- don't forget to check out the lancer.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jorge writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Review
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the appearance of the car

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mmm the engine is to big

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Why You Should Prefer Mitsu — I love the sound of the vehicule, and the cars you can modify almost everything of it. You will be fun with this! and it doesn't bother you with the motor. It's a complete car, and you will love it!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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AshleyBuffamoyer writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Lancer O-Z Rally Review
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5

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Sweet trim, inexpensive parts, reliable, great body control for a sedan!

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Not enough horsepower, interior style

AshleyBuffamoyer
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Very Sharp Looking! Suprisingly Fun To Drive And Economically Friendly! — I love driving this car. It was a great choice. Just needs more hp and a little street noise. I would like to upgrade to the 17 inch Enkei brand wheels like the Evo has.. Gas mileage is great, 27 city, 33 hwy!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jason writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Lancer O-Z Rally Review
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5

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Best car besides my first

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blew the motor so i had to sell

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2nd Car — Great car i loved it had 5 speeds , drove like a beast not a problem with it other than it had 217xxx on it lol , very fun to race up and down the back roads with this car all day

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Nikki writes:
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Sticks to the road, love the aircon and power windows

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Not enough oomf! lol

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Economic Fuel Saver — 1800cc and its economical as ever. 5spd Manual - none of this automatic or tiptronic stuff for me! Vehicle has not lost its value in the time I have owned it, and would recommend it to others also. Bring on a the turbo version

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Theresa writes:
2003 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Review
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Handling, Stereo

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Body Roll

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My Lancer — I bought the car used from Enterprise dealership...meaning that it was used as a rental before I bought it. The wonderful thing about this system though is that you get a car that is only 1 year old, in great condition because the dealer had to take care of it for a year, and you pay thousands of dollars less than retail(great for a poor college student paying their way through school but still in need of nice car). Also, pretty nice especially for all those who have had to deal with the new kinks with every car. So besides that, I have never needed a repair. Everything works great! Now I do have to admit that I take car of my car like as if it were my baby (because it is!!). So with regular oil changes and monitoring of any wear on the parts, there are no complaints from my end. The car gets amazing gas mileage, especially on the highway. For example, I live in NC and drive to DC pretty often (which is over a 200 mile drive) and can usually make it in about half to 3/4 of a tank. Also I use to autocross with my car, and I found that the steering is pretty good, the transmission shifts pretty smoothly and car has great handling. The only complaint I have is that the body roll is very noticeable. My friends use to say if they rode with me after drinking one drink, they would be drunk once they got out of car. Granted that has to do with my driving, and I do love to do some autocrossing stuff when they are riding. Besides that, the car is really fun to drive. The speakers are awesome too!! Luckily Mitsubishi made electronics before cars, so they know how to make their stereo equipment. This car is pretty stylish, great for a low budget, and very fun especially for one of my first cars. Plus it's safe, which is always a plus for the parental units.

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sergekhoury writes:
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3

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Very good on gas. Reliable and has some kick.

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No cruise control. Temperature control knob is tough.

sergekhoury
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Good Reliable But With Some Quirks. — This is a good small car that is very efficient on gas. The car can go easy on highways and has no problem keeping up. One downside is that it didn't come with Cruise Control which makes it tough to drive long distances. Another downside is the temperature control knob. It's very hard to turn and from what I understand it's a problem with this particular model but Mitsubishi does not have a recall on them which is surprising.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Aubry writes:
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Quality car, fun to drive, great gas economy

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Small trunk, boring stock cd player

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My Lancer — I love my car. I have had it for over three years. I never have had any problems with it. Other than little things that need to be changed on any car anyway. (belts, batteries, wipers, lights, etc.) Nothing major yet, and it has over 120,000 miles on it. 90,000 of which I have put on myself since late 2005. I drive the hell out of it and it takes the beating. Gas economy is great. I average about 26-30 mpg. It's rough in the winter, but with some good tires, it handles it wonderfully!! I live in the mountains on the south east side of Salt Lake City, UT. The car is a bit light, so it can take a little time getting up some steep snow-covered hills if you don't have the momentum going. I have only upgraded the cd player and speakers. Only because I wanted more out of it than what it had. I have two kids that fit in the back just fine. Ages 6 and 8. It has a pretty decent push when you are accelerating onto the freeway. The only problem I have is the trunk is a bit small. But I don't use it to help people move, so it is usually fine unless we are going on a trip longer than a weekend. I think it is a very fun car to drive. Sure it's a 4 banger, but it isn't bad at all. It's a sporty-yet-[small]family-friendly car. I enjoy it a lot. Cute little car.

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osut779 writes:
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30 mpg hwy reliable fun driver

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heat and ac design sucks

osut779
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Reliable Driver With Glitches — the heat and ac system has a air diverter that stuck and no longer works properly we twisted off the knob that operates it I had to disconnect the heater hoses to get cool air in summer

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mattgabel92 writes:
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handling is amazing! sound system is amazing. its a cheap reliable car

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parts are not that cheap.

mattgabel92
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Stylish Good First Car — its decent car for newer drivers. not the fastest but it its not slow either. this car takes off pretty quick! although at around 120 kmh it has a very hard time speeding up. brakes and corners very well considering its not all wheel drive. overall its a pretty average car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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