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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 21/Hwy 27/Comb 23 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 597 Ratings for the 2002 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

The best car I've ever owned

By on Thursday, July 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 154,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, easy to maintain"

Cons: "AC system flimsy, expensive to repair"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought this car in 2009 with 77,000 miles and am now at 154,000. This car has been a dream to own; easy to maintain, fun to drive. It has enough power with the manual transmission to step on the gas and pass when I need to, but not enough to get me into trouble. It's not the most exciting thing to look at. The AC system is one of the most frustrating things about this car; the control knob was broken off when I bought the car, and when I went to look for a salvage part, found that nearly every Mitsubishi of this vintage has this problem. Considering how widespread the problem is, Mitsubishi should have issued a recall years ago, not force customers to order a replacement set from the manufacturer for over $300. Still, this is a minor quibble considering the overall enjoyment I've gotten from this car, and the reliability I've experienced. Besides replacing the oxygen sensor, all I've done to date in six years of ownership is routine maintenance. Much as I wish sometimes for a newer, flashier vehicle, this car has been a champ and I anticipate driving it for years to come."

My Favorite Car Yet!

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value, Comfortable, Smooth driving, Attractive"

Cons: "Nothing that minor modifications can't fix!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car private party about 8 months ago from a guy who just picked it up from an auction. He had very little information about the car, not knowing anything about the previous owner but it appeared to be in very good condition and with low miles (77,000) so I took the risk. What a score! I've only had to do very minor maintenance to the car and she drives amazing! I own an automatic and its a smooth ride with an excellent transmission. I always feel very safe driving this car, the gas mileage is unbeatable, and its a great value for the money. Most cars under $5,000 need a lot of initial work when you buy them, this car needed very little. It's not too complicated and relatively inexpensive to do maintenance/repairs on this car. There's minor things that I have and still am modifying on the car to better fit my personal taste (replacing stock hubcaps, adding tint, putting in premium sounds and CD/MP3 unit, adding a sports rack to the roof, considering adding spoiler, etc.). It's comfortable and attractive and my favorite car yet!"

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Very reliable car

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Small, starts fast very reliable and dependable."

Cons: "Gas mileage (but it is just me) should be better."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I won't be writing too much but I really needed to rate this car as it was my daily driver for last 9 years. 3 days ago, I got in an accident. The other driver ran a red light and t-boned me. Car is not in driving condition anymore and insurance just called me to say that it is total loss. They didn't say how much I will be reimbursed. This car has proven itself very reliable, dependable and smooth ride. The only "complaint" that I have is gas mileage for this car. It is getting around 26 miles per gallon, which is a little bit low, knowing it's 4 cylinder 2.0 liters engine. Corolla (I know it is 1.8 and not the same) gets about 35 miles per gallon and its engine is only smaller by 0.2 liters. Lancer is pretty fast on start but not as much as I believed it will be, considering its small body with, light weight, decent engine power, 125 HP. But overall, this car never left me stranded somewhere. I did in 9 years but some parts and installed them myself, so it came pretty low maintenance cost for me. In all those years, I have changed starter, tires ( 3 times), battery, cables and spark plugs. Changed oil every 2500 with Pennzoil 5/30 religiously. It started to burn some oil when it hit around 80 but not too bad. I would add one third of the quart between oil changes. Now when it's sitting, ready to be towed away, I look at it with some sort of bad feeling. What I am going to get now? I new this Lancer as I know my backyard. Also, Lancer has a lot of space under the hood to work on almost anything. Like I wrote, only complaint is gas mileage. Everything else is just really, really nice."

2 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Very reliable and excellent travel vehicle!

By on Friday, March 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability! Great Family travel car!"

Cons: "no cd disc changer, has standard features"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My Lancer has had maintenance 3 times yearly. Have all my receipts! Its in excellent condition with interior still tip top shape. Car has been well-cared for."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Highly reliable - still going strong

By on Sunday, December 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, responsive, enjoyable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This vehicle is a strong little work-horse. It has served me well for nearly 12 years, with very little needed in the way of major repairs."

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

this car is very reliable...

By on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 214,160

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "fair deal fun ride"

Cons: "no heater"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have drove from fort worth to dallas. On. Qtr tank in traffic made it and able to get gas after i trust her i keep her well serviced"

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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