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?
Yes, it was fitted with an engine immobiliser from the factory.
Mitsubishi Lancer 2000: Why is my engine stalling?
It’s unlikely, more likely it’s a problem with the throttle body. Have it cleaned out and the idle reset if needed.
Mitsubishi Lancer: Replacement key cost
The best way to replace your keys depends on the year, but there are cheap alternatives you can read about here.
Volkswagen Golf 2010: What's a good replacement car?
Ford Focus or Mitsubishi Lancer: Which is a better hatchback?
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.
Mitsubishi Lancer: Vibration on gear shifter
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.
Which hatchback should I buy?
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.
I think my mechanic broke my car
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.
What $20,000 car should I buy?
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.