Mitsubishi Lancer Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mitsubishi Lancer reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Mitsubishi Lancer 2002: Does this model have an immobiliser?

Answered by CarsGuide 11 Oct 2019

Yes, it was fitted with an engine immobiliser from the factory.

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Mitsubishi Lancer 2000: Why is my engine stalling?

Answered by CarsGuide 24 May 2019

It’s unlikely, more likely it’s a problem with the throttle body. Have it cleaned out and the idle reset if needed.


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Mitsubishi Lancer: Replacement key cost

Answered by CarsGuide 9 May 2019

The best way to replace your keys depends on the year, but there are cheap alternatives you can read about here.

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Volkswagen Golf 2010: What's a good replacement car?

Answered by CarsGuide 18 Jan 2019

The Mazda3 and Holden Astra are both good alternative choices, but you could also consider a Toyota Corolla or Kia Rio or Cerato.

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What's a cheap and reliable car?

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Oct 2018

If you want a cheap and reliable small car go for something like a Hyundai i30, Kia Rio, Toyota Corolla, or Mitsubishi Lancer.

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Ford Focus or Mitsubishi Lancer: Which is a better hatchback?

Answered by CarsGuide 12 Oct 2018

Don’t buy a Focus, they are plagued with automatic transmission troubles, don’t buy a Holden Cruze either, as they also have problems with their automatic transmission. The Lancer is fine; you could also look at a Mazda 3 or Toyota Corolla.

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Mitsubishi Lancer: Vibration on gear shifter

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Oct 2018

You say it is a slight vibration, which makes me think it’s not serious. It could just be caused by wear. I wouldn’t be concerned about it if it were my car, after all it’s not a new car.

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Which hatchback should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Sep 2018

The best times to buy are usually the end of the financial year, or at model run-out times, that's when the specials are on. The CVT and dual-clutch autos are both still unknowns in terms of long-term reliability, but either should be ok over the five years you plan to keep the car. Any of the cars you list, and the list is a long one, would be ok. It really comes down to what you like.

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I think my mechanic broke my car

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Jun 2018

You should have the recall work done; your car is unsafe and dangerous with the old airbag. Make sure they understand your concerns when you take the car in, and check it closely when you get it back.

I’m guessing they made a mistake when replacing the airbag the last time, I would hope they won’t make the same mistake again.

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What $20,000 car should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Apr 2018

Unfortunately you’ve kept the Corolla too long, and have had to spend money to keep it going. Keep that in mind for the next one you buy.

You’re constrained by your $20,000 budget, but I would suggest you look at a Kia Rio, Mazda2, Mitsubishi Lancer, or Suzuki Swift. All should fall within your budget and all will give you a good run. If you were prepared to buy a used car that is one or two years old, you could consider a Toyota Corolla, or a Mazda3.

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