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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,769
    This was posted on the "Future Toyota Corolla?" discussion, of all places. No idea where the prices came from, but here they are anyway:

    fastandstyle, "Future Toyota Corolla?" #719, 3 Mar 2007 2:11 pm

    iluv, note that the 5-speed GTS is only $18,115 with destination. :) Me, I'd go for the ES 5-speed, although I am disappointed by the low mpg numbers. BTW, a previous post comparing the Lancer's engine to the Elantra's engine is incorrect. The Elantra uses the old Hyundai-developed Beta engine, with some tweaks for '07. It appears the Lancer uses the new Global Engine designed by Hyundai and shared by Mitsu and DCX--with tweaks by each manufacturer. That accounts for the Lancer's engine putting out 152 hp while the Elantra's Beta engine makes 138 hp, but with better fuel economy.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    engine being the new "World" engine, developed by Hyundai, DCX and Mitsubishi.

    Here's the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer pricing from Mitsubishi Media:

    http://media.mitsubishicars.com/detail?mid=MIT2007030246736&mime=ASC

    To get the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS in 5-speed form in either Rally Red or Electric Blue(I'm leanin' towards the Electric Blue :D)and adding the optional Sun and Sound Package for $1,500(sunroof and boomin' Rockford Fosgate stereo)and adding destination charges I'll be looking at paying at $19,615.

    That comes in frighteningly close to my guestimates of $19,000 and $19,500. This car should fit in to our plans, although my wife will oppose the idea up front. She would love the stereo and sunroof and I think she'd like the '08 Lancer's ride. A test drive is the only real test of that.

    This means that the cars are shipped now, no doubt on Mitsubishi heavy shipping lines. Give them a week or two to hit dealer lots, probably around March 15th. Whoo-hoo!

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,769
    Are you going to wait for rebates/discounts to arrive, or pay full price for the privilege of being the first on your block to own a 2008 Lancer?

    I read some reviews of the Lancer and there were some digs on the interior quality. It looks good in pics, but I am wondering if it suffers from the too-much-hard-plastic problem that other Mitsus such as the Galant suffer from?

    Hopefully there will be a 2008 Lancer or two at the Greater Twin Cities Auto Show, which opens next weekend.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    I want one out of the box right away. I will be trading in our '01 Sportage 4x4(have bought some wheel shining wipes and still need to shine up the Sportsman's alloys...the little truck has been a great rig and I still love the Kia brand) and will demand good trade-in value on it or I won't do the deal. That will help make the '08 Lancer GTS w/5-speed tranny and optional Sun and Sound Package more affordable. I seem to be favoring Electric Blue the most now.

    Can't wait-they're almost here. I have a salesman in Sierra Vista, AZ, on it already and checking their incoming allotment daily for me. I have found out that Mitsubishi ships the Lancer's to America once they release prices. So prices are now released and the ships have left port already towards the U.S. I'm not eager or anything. :P

    My wife will freak out when I do it but I think she'll eventually dig what the Lancer has to offer her. :D

    She doesn't drive but I research these pups so intensely and know a great car when I see it. I have spent literally hundreds of hours poring over details on this car and I am convinced that Mitsubishi means serious business and has done a great job on these rigs.

    As for interiors, yes, some hard plastics but shouldn't be a deterrent to me. backy..you really love Hyundai's seats with their adjustment switches in so many directions, etc., eh? I don't know if the '08 Lancer has these but so far test drivers for magazines have favorable things to say about the new world order Lancer's seats and "feeling" about the ride and comfort. I'm looking forward to checking that out. I'll let you know how they feel..I'd like to go on more than just a few blocks of test drive. Sierra Vista is a busy military town with an army intelligence base at the western edge of town and tons of stores and restaurants. It has a population of around 40,000 people and so it will be a great "toe-tapper" for me in test driving the '08 Lancer. Lots of braking required in Sierra Vista for what seems like a small-sized town. Tucson sits about 60 miles north of Sierra Vista.

    There's Wildcat Mitsubishi in Tucson that I could purchase my Lancer from but they're affiliated with Ideal Mitsubishi in Sierra Vista. I don't see any advantage in buying in Tucson except that Tucson is about 80 miles away and Sierra Vista is 90 miles from us here in little 'ole Willcox, AZ. Plus, my salesman, who I tethered full of questions about the 2007 Suzuki SX4(Ideal Mitsubishi also sells Suzuki's) is wanting to sell a Lancer to me and he works at both dealerships. But his home dealership is in Sierra Vista and I want to give my business to him because he's been a great information resource for me for the past four months or so.

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,769
    Looks like you have that New Car Fever REEEEAL bad. :) I hope the car lives up to your expectations. I am not as courageous as you, to be one of the first to buy a brand-new design with the closest dealer 80 miles away, and no info available yet on crash safety (although with 7 airbags and a hefty weight for its class it should do well there). I did that with my '01 Elantra, was one of the first to get that new design (although the closest dealer is only 6 miles away), and it turned out well overall, but the IIHS crash tests did NOT turn out well for that car. So I won't buy another car without knowing that important information up front.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    I have it real bad, man. I just got my cell phones in yesterday that are what the provider calls "Power Blue" but they're a spittin' image of the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer's Electric Blue. The '08 Lancer GTS is bluetooth-enabled, do you use bluetooth in any of your rigs, backy?

    I see what you're saying, but my wife(even though she doesn't drive she loves taking rides)and I are kind of like gypsies and love to travel. So driving the 90 miles to Ideal Mitsubishi to get work done on the Lancer won't be a big deal. I am the type that loves to go out and hob-nob with the car salesmen and Ideal also sells Suzuki's. I like the SX4 a lot and have spent beaucoup time researching that rig as well, so I will love looking at them up-close while there.

    I have to be ready to accept a few flaws on a first-run model but I love the Warranty. Remember that Finbarr O'Neill took that Warranty with him in his business pocket when leaving Hyundai.

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,769
    No, no Bluetooth, but I have a hands-free headset that works just fine. But I wouldn't mind Bluetooth in my next car, and it's a plus that the Lancer ES and GTS have it.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    you're not shopping in earnest for any car right now, are you?

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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    car, gentlemen.

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    I was going to go for a lower-priced '08 Mitsubishi Lancer model but feel that I couldn't live without this bodykit package that sort of wraps the whole package together IMO.

    The front is really served well with the valance, foglights and jet-fighter SabreCat intake inlets and the wrap-around kit up there that flays out to the sides. I am totally smitten by this design.

    One thing I will really have to be careful of. Tiny Willcox, AZ, has streets with those built-in water runoff drainage areas. Know what I mean? So in many many places you have to drive against their grain and will bounce if you don't slow your car down. They build up the edges of the streets so water drains naturally down them when it rains and doesn't build up and pool up so bad. Water still does pool up but they actually do work really well.

    I will need to be careful, though, because the Lancer's bodykit comes down a few more inches than the DL and GS model's bodies do.

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,769
    If all goes according to plan, my next car purchase is at least a year away. But I'm already researching in earnest--like you I research my car purchases extensively. If I recall, you have been talking about various new cars that have caught your eye for a few years now, haven't you? And there's always a chance things will NOT go according to plan. I was this close last spring to having one of my family's cars totaled. Fortunately, we were able to keep it, but I want to be ready and well-informed should I need to buy a car quickly.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    which of your cars was nearly totalled?

    Yikes.

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,769
    My son rear-ended someone with our 626. Luckily no serious injuries, but if it were not for a used bumper and a few other parts that the adjuster found, it would have been totaled. (Those airbags cost a LOT to replace--and only two went off.)
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    expensive to replace. Good thing there weren't serious injuries.

    The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer has lots of airbags including a driver's knee airbag(like my '01 Kia Sportage 4x4 has).

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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    is putting on the 2008 Lancer GTS models. Turns out they're installing Dunlops. I went to the Dunlop website and looked around a bit.

    Straight from the Dunlop website comes this assessment of their own tiremaking abilities.

    "Dunlop is a global tire brand with an excellent reputation among performance car enthusiasts. Well known for its prestigious original-equipment fitments and sports car racing heritage, Dunlop is also a key supplier to sport compact enthusiasts featuring "tuner" tire sizes and race series sponsorships."

    BTW-the tire size of Dunlop that Mitsubishi is putting on the Lancer GTS is P215/45R18. A little wider for better grip and handling whilst whizzing around those twisties.

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,769
    I got to drive a Lancer ES today, head-to-head with an Elantra SE. The new Lancer is a big improvement over the last one, but... well, here's my review:

    backy, "Economy Sedans (~$16k-$20k)" #612, 17 Mar 2007 3:31 pm
  • biscuit_xlsbiscuit_xls Posts: 194
    I stopped by the Mitsubishi dealer in Long Beach CA and they had a black 08 Lancer 5 speed in stock. The stylng looks good, similar to a Lexus IS350. Big 18" alloys looked nice and aggressive.

    The interior was black cloth, not exactly upscale but not bare-bones econo car either. The dash and stereo look very similar to my 07 Outlander, so that is good. Get the 650 watt Rockford Fosgate option with Nav if you can, it's great.

    Overall the new Lancer looks good.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    getting. The '08 Lancer GTS with the bodykit, fender flares, spoiler and Sun and Sound package with the Rockford Fosgate 650 watt stereo and sunroof. I'm getting one with a 5-speed manual tranny and in either red, blue or silver.

    I can't wait! :D

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  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    The car looks great in that deep blue color and I also like the stance of the car. Very aggressive looking and I'd bet the ES will have 205/55/16 shoes on it. That seems to be the popular size for this class of car now. Our Civic and 3s both have this size. A little wider tire would fill out the wheel wells much better in my opinion though.
    Like I've said before, it's a great time for buyers looking in this segment. So much good stuff to choose from. Wish they'd add power drivers seats to the mix though. Would be a nice creature comfort to have.

    The Sandman :)
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Just saw those new pics and I'm pretty impressed with what I've seen. Will be very interested in comparing the Civic, Corolla, Elantra & Lancer on paper. Got a feeling all the specs will be quite close in respects to length, cargo space, gas mileage, interior room & costs. Great that there are so many choices now. And they all look good in the pics, so I'll assume that when we can all drive and spend some seat time in them, we'll all be very happy.
    Whoo Hoo! Can't wait for the Motor Trend comparo tests. Should be quite informative, as this segment seems to have a great deal of activity as of late.

    The Sandman :)
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    and Car and Driver both will do a comparo on these competing sedans. I am not one to trash all of the car mags.

    AAMOF I think they're all getting more interesting as time goes on. Pretty good reporting and pretty good pictures to peruse. Consumer Reports I will now take a look at occasionally but would probably never subscribe to it. Actually, I don't subscribe to any of them but read every one of them now every month!

    They have been very complimentary to the '08 Mitsubishi Lancer and most all of them have mentioned that they're having a hard time waiting for the Mitsubishi EVO X to come out. Antsy in their pantsies big time!

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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    glistening in the Arizona sun.

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    Note the dark window tinting...that window tinting really helps block a lot of the Arizona sunglare that we have to deal with here if we are heading right into the sun. It's not so bad if you're heading another direction but this window tinting helps cut down on that bright glare quite a bit. We're glad we got our Lancer GTS with it. This new Lancer is tight and drives sure through twisties and straight-ahead highway truck traversing. It's a real comfortable car to drive..because of the excellent engineering and planning that Mitsubishi put into it.

    An excellent engineering job by Mitsubishi, I must say.

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  • How are you liking the CVT so far, if your model has it? How is the stereo?

    Also, did you buy (or look at) any accessories? I'm very interested in this car in ES trim, mostly because of all the standard features but also because of accessories like Bluetooth and that interesting-looking trunk cargo divider.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    and paddle shifting is funner than I thought it would be. I was going to get a manual tranny in my GTS but bought the automatic CVT so my wife can drive the car. Also it enables my son to drive the car, too. The paddle shifting works great and there's no clutch pedal to move down.

    There is a great footrest built to the left to place your left foot while driving that's built perfectly.

    The 650 watt Rockford Fosgate stereo works great and the boombox really booms it out. I have not even started to turn this stereo up as loud as it could go...it sounds great at about 36 or 38 or 40. Th CD player and FM and AM all work well. We got a 6 month introductory Sirius radio tryout. So far it is proving to be really nice because there's no commercials.

    So far the Lancer GTS is getting about 30mpg on the highway and about 23mpg in the city and is a really comfortable car to cruise down the freeway in. The car's body design is awesome and the car is comfortable and the window tinting is blocking that bright Arizona sun-glare. Happy as clams with our '08 Lancer GTS.

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  • sky23213sky23213 Posts: 296
    Congratulations on your new car!!!
    Now you may start posting under a different name :P

    I read all your postings in the Lancer08 related threads, and I might say your excitement is getting contagious. Just like another poster (Backy ?) we're about an year from replacing one of our cars, but the Lancer looks really nice and I've added it to the list... trouble...trouble :D
    I'm happy to consider Mitsu again since we're very happy with our '01 Galant, and my wife really likes the ride. She doesn't want to hear about a Hyundai, though the new Sonatas are quite good. Still, with at least an year away, I'm looking at the new Outlander, Outback, Sonata, Accord. I have to narrow it down, basically deciding if we would go for something with AWD for those days when the snow hits(which, contrary to popular belief are getting fewer and farther in between here), or just stick to the most comfortable commuter. We'll see...
    And a question for you, if I may: where's the '08 Lancer assembled, and where are the engine and the transmission made?
    Thank you, and congrats again!
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    here's some information about the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer. Mitsubishi installs the new 2.0L DOHC MIVEC 4 cyl "world" engine, developed by Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Daimler-Chrysler in its 2008 Lancer models. The engine is named 4B11. It has an available 153 hp producing 146 ft/lb of torque to the wheels.

    The CVT automatic transmission has 6 speeds changed by paddle shifter at the steering wheel. The CVT is made by Jatco and it's code name is F1CJA. Mitsubishi also offers the Lancer for 2008 in 5-speed manual transmission mode. The 5-speed is made by Aisin.

    The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer is made in Mitsu's Mizushima plant at Okazaki, Aichi, Japan.

    I don't believe that Mitsubishi is selling the GS and DL models with the 6-speed CVT paddle shifter tranny setup, that's exclusive to the GTS model. I think this car would be awesome in the automatic tranny mode(regular stick on the console type)or the 5-speed.

    The car is a ball to drive and I am constantly looking for opportunities to take a drive in it! Good fortune to you sky23213...I have only good things to say about this car so far!

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  • Thanks for the info, iluv. Now I really want to test-drive a Lancer soon.

    I'm curious about whether they are already shipping the PZEV engine to Pennsylvania. We're supposed to be getting California emissions on model year 2008 cars, but I'm not sure whether that kicks in with the car's own model year or some standard date. For me the PZEV emissions would be a positive, but I imagine some would want the higher HP.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    I would ask your Mitsubishi dealer or ask them for a regional representative from Mitsubishi that should know that type of information.

    I didn't know the extra-emissions control engine was going back east like that. See what you can find out.

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  • I purchased my 2008 Lancer GTS 2.0L 4cyl. CVT, in Graphite Gray Pearl on Mar 26, 2008. Hands down, even the salesmen at the dealership said this is the best looking color on the Lancer. I was the first one in the entire city of Las Vegas, NV too purchase one. They just hit the showroom the day before. Pound for Pound the Lancer GTS CVT crushes Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, ScionTC, Chevy Colbalt, Acura NSX. This is a no brainer, get the :shades: Sun & Sound package and the Navigation for about 2500-3000 more. You will be kicking yourself if you don't. :cry: The 650watt Rockford Fosgate's bass is so deep it sounds like two little men underneath your car with jack hammers ;) The Paddle Shifters are like driving a mid-engine exotic sport car. You would look hard and wide to find these shifter on any car under $50,000 maybe $60,000. The ride is tight and with 18" 9 spoke alloyed rims the ride is smooth as silk. The body style is so new and crisp I am getting flagged constantly and asked what is that you are driving. ;) Kudos to Mitsubishi.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,769
    You would look hard and wide to find these shifter on any car under $50,000 maybe $60,000.

    The Fit Sport AT has paddle shifters; costs a lot less than $50k. :)
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    I'm curious about whether they are already shipping the PZEV engine to Pennsylvania. We're supposed to be getting California emissions on model year 2008 cars, but I'm not sure whether that kicks in with the car's own model year or some standard date. For me the PZEV emissions would be a positive, but I imagine some would want the higher HP.

    According to the PA government website the switch to California emissions is based on the model year. So the new Lancer will have the PZEV engine with 9 fewer horsepower when it is sold in Pennsylvania.

    I've left messages with 2 of the regional dealers asking for a test drive but no one has got them in yet. Anyone from Pennsylvania seen an 08 Lancer?
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