2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Overview


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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Overview

The Lancer is a new addition to the Mitsubishi lineup for 2002, replacing the Mirage economy car. The new Lancer name has been used to announce significant engineering improvements to its entry level car. The Lancer is larger, more powerful, and more equipped than its predecessor.

There are three trim levels for the Lancer: the ES, LS and O-Z Rally. All models are powered by a 2.0 liter inline four, which generates 120 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. The ES and O-Z are available with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The LS is only available with the automatic. Fuel efficiency is estimated at 26/33 mpg with the manual and 24/30 mpg with the automatic.

More features also become available with the Lancer, as Mitsubishi attempts to distance this new offering from the Mirage. All models come standard with air conditioning, power steering, cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, a CD player and automatic-off headlights. The two upper trims include cruise control, keyless entry and alloy wheels.

According to reviewers, he Lancer's best features are a comprehensive features list, a spacious interior and fuel economy. There is plenty of head and leg room are adequate, but the cabin is too narrow for three adults to be comfortable in the back. Some interior materials retain the low quality attributes of the Mirage, but the interior does appear to be well-constructed.

The Lancer's acceleration might be frustrating for some drivers. Test drivers recommend the manual transmission.


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    Ahmed Mamdouh

    Using The Ac Causes The Engine To Heat Up.

    I drive a Mitsubishi Lancer 1993, using the AC causes the engine to heat up when I am driving in traffic or on the highway, and it starts cooling down to normal levels once I turn off the AC. The co...

    29 views with 3 answers (last answer about a week ago)
    Monica Trevino


    Took to get a smog. Failed due to on board computer has not completed self checls. My catalyst is reading not ready...what can I do?

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    2002 Mitsubisi Lancer Oz Rally Won't Start For 15 Minutes After Fill Up

    My 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer OZ Rally always takes up to 15 minutes to start after I put gas in the car. If I fill it up... 15 minutes. If I put in a quarter of a tank... 15 minutes. Some people have s...

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    Ashley Summer

    Ignition Problems

    My 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer takes a long time to crank (about 15 tries). When I turn the car on , it does not turn over. I can hear the fuel pump engaging but that's it. My starter,alternator and ca...

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    I Have A 2002 Lancer Es With Out Turbo With Turbo How Much Can I Put Out O...

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