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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

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  • Fit Sport AT? what is a Fit Sport AT? But the point is there are vehicles costing 3 times as much as the Lancer and don't offer Paddle Shifters, Sound System, and world class Navigation that the Lancer offers. ;)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    What is a Fit Sport AT? It's a Fit Sport with an automatic transmission--which has paddle shifters.

    I don't know of too many $50-60k cars these days that don't offer world-class nav systems and killer sound systems--plus a lot more. As for paddle shifters, these $50-60k cars more than likely have an automatic transmission that would put the Lancer's to shame. As they should, for the bucks.

    I'm glad you love your Lancer. But it's not the Best Car on the Planet--except maybe in your eyes. :)
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    But it should be in its class. Best is a broad term, and everyone has his own definition of what's "best".
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    Sure. For some folks, whatever car they just bought is the "best"--even better than cars 3 times its cost. ;)

    I think the Lancer is a very nice small car. But I don't know that it's the "best" car for me.
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    Took delivery of a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS in Graphite Gray today, literally a couple of hours after it came off the truck. Was a real fluke...went in looking for a brochure and to see if they had any new Lancers in stock. Sales guy had nothing and didn't know when the 08 Lancers would arrive. I gave him my phone number and left. 30 minutes later he calls and says "Guess what just showed up!" They got 2 new Lancers, the GTS I bought and an ES in the same color. Went in for a test drive and was sold. While I was waiting to sign the papers, several other potential buyers came by to look at the GTS, only to be told that it had already been sold to me. Judging by the amount of interest the Lancer generated, I think Mitsu has a hit on their hands.

    Got the CVT and the Sun and Sound Package. What a beautiful car! The 18" wheels are killer. I traded in a 2002 Hyundai Elantra GT.

    Still absorbing all the stuff the Lancer has to offer. Love the paddle shifters and the sound system. Still need to pair my Bluetooth phone with the car. Too much info in the manual to read in one night.

    Gotta stop and eat something now. Hope to have pictures posted soon!
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    What feature will this model have. I assume this is the mid level model from where they'll generate most of their sales. Also assuming it will have a 205/55/16 wheel package, as this has become the standard on this sized car. Both our Civic and Mazda3 have this combo and it makes for a very smooth ride.

    The Sandman :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    The ES, which I drove, has 16" alloys standard, and also ABS with 4-wheel discs (not standard on the DE). A nice feature available on the ES is Bluetooth.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    But I don't know that it's the "best" car for me

    Judging by your post, I don't think you'd find it best too. But I don't know if you can name a better car with all the features and options for a lesser price.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,711
    congrats on your new Lancer! My wife and I love our new Lancer GTS with the Sun and Sound Package, too.

    On a recent 40 mile trip to a neighboring town I averaged 37.2 mpg...we have the CVT tranny. It's open desert with a long downhill run into Safford. It just goes on and on downhill slightly a little at a time. The engine could just coast a lot. Pretty happy with the results!

    This car is absolutely beautiful and the suspension is taut and strong.

    I also love the 18" wheels-they look great with the sporty style of the new Lancer. Congratulations again!

    Now we have the Lancer's anti-theft package activated. Gives us a little chirp as we walk away!

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    Congrats on your red Lancer GTS, too!

    I spent the day "personalizing" my Lancer, pairing my Bluetooth phone with the car (works flawlessly), reprogramming the answer-back chirp for the anti-theft system like you did, activating the Sirius satellite radio, programming my favorite stations. This car has so much "wow" stuff for the price.

    Drove around town today and got lots of stares, especially at stoplights. Went back to the dealership to have my picture taken with the car and everybody came outside to take a closer look!

    Still fooling around with the multi-display information screen. One thing that needs to be turned on is the service interval indicator. I think the dealership forgot to activate it during their PDI last night since all it says in the display is OFF. Everything else in the display (trip meters, remaining fuel, average speed, average mpg, water temp, etc.) is working perfectly.

    Can't believe how much I enjoy the paddle shifters! The car is rock solid, no rattles or squeaks of any kind. I've discovered the joy of driving again, taking corners at faster speeds than I could in my Elantra.

    Haven't been paying any attention to fuel mileage yet. Just enjoying the car and breaking it in. Like I said before, I think Mitsubishi has a hit on their hands with the new Lancer.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,711
    the sales manager where I bought mine thinks that this '08 Lancer will be the car that turns Mitsubishi's fortunes around in the U.S. I had a hard time disagreeing with him!

    The car handles great and there are no squeaks, rattles or shakes of any kind. And the RF 650-watt stereo is primo! :D

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    Which trim level/features/options did you have in mind?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,711
    2008 from Mitsubishi I was gonna buy one of the lower two trim levels, but, I was really starting to dig the idea of the sunroof and the 650-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo. The leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded braking system and cool extra's included in the top 'o the line GTS. For just a few thou more I could have this, yes.

    One particular day rockylee made the comment to me that I would really be sorry if I got a lower trim level and passed on that Sun and Sound package. I started looking at the price($1,500 more for the Sun and Sound)and realized that I did have to have those features. It is our only car and I'm not paying cash for it...thank goodness for financing...and I am sure glad I did...this car is sporty and another thing I really liked from early pictures of the car was the bodykit and spoiler and those awesome Seattle SuperSonic 10-spoke wheels that come with the GTS model.

    I'm lovin' the '08 Mitsu Lancer GTS! I'm thinking of changing my Edmunds nickname...hosts, is this a feasible thing for me? Of course it's do-able, right? :blush: What's my mechanism for getting that done?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • on the mitsubishi site it say Horsepower @ RPM (Fed./Cal.)* 152/143 @ 6000
    so does that mean in CA they have a different engine that have a lower Hp or its a different calculation between states?

    and does the GTS alrdy include the sun and sound package?

    any1 bought a GTS lower than the MSRP?
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    Here you go. Sorry for the poor quality; taken with a camera phone.

    This car rocks! Having a blast driving it.

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  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    on the mitsubishi site it say Horsepower RPM (Fed./Cal.)* 152/143 6000
    so does that mean in CA they have a different engine that have a lower Hp or its a different calculation between states?

    and does the GTS alrdy include the sun and sound package?

    any1 bought a GTS lower than the MSRP?


    Same engine, different emissions regulations resulting in lower horsepower for the California certified Lancers.

    Sun and Sound Package is $1500 extra on the GTS.

    Yes. ;)
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    Let's try the Lancer GTS CVT with Sun and Sound and Navi packages. Pick any Japanese or European car in its class that can offer as much feature for less than 22,615 MSRP.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    You can request a username change by emailing Karen, our Community Manager (karen AT edmunds.com). If it can be done, she's the one who can make it happen. Be careful with what you choose for a new one, though. She might do it for you one time, but you can't keep changing it after that. Technically (according to the MA), we're all supposed to keep one name, period. :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    Probably the closest fit to the GTS CVT when limited to Japanese and European cars is the Mazda3s Sport AT with moonroof, SAB/SAC, and 6-CD audio, Edmunds TMV $19,631. Which leaves about $3000 for a really good navi system and 18" wheel/tire upgrade.

    If you expand your horizons to other lands, one option with a lot of value is the Elantra Limited AT with Sun & Sound package, and leather interior (which the GTS doesn't have). Edmunds TMV on that is $18,612, leaving about $4000 for upgrades you might want like navi and larger wheels/tires.

    Now, if you must have all of the equipment on the Lancer GTS CVT, e.g. you gotta have a CVT, factory navi, and factory 18" wheels, then I agree the Lancer is the best value right now.
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    I just saw the GTS in person and it's one sharp looking car. I can't wait to see what the EVO X looks like. I think the new lancer is one of the best looking cars in it's class.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    Update: I forgot about the Sentra SE-R, which is even a closer match for the GTS CVT because the Sentra has a CVT. It also has a Fosgate audio system available. With the CVT, Fosgate audio, and moonroof, Edmunds TMV is $21,025, which provides a nice allowance for a navi system (excellent units available under $1000). It doesn't have 18" wheels, but it does have more power than the Lancer (177 hp).
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    The Sentra SE-R also has paddle shifters like the Lancer GTS. The SE-R was on my short list until I saw the new Lancer.

    I just couldn't get past the awkward (IMO) styling of the Sentra. The regular Sentra looks like a lump of used soap, the SE-R looks like a lump of used soap with a spoiler. That and you can't get steering wheel audio controls for the SE-R. You can get them in the Sentra SL, but not the SE-R. What's up with that? Also, no independent rear suspension in the Sentra.

    I paid $20,115 (including shipping and handling but before sales tax) for my 08 Lancer GTS with Sun and Sound Package ($500 under MSRP). Considering it's a brand new car that's been out less than a month I think I was fortunate to get any discount.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    All these prices you refer to are Edmunds TMV values when I gave you the actual MSRP as price reference to the 08 Lancer GTS. TMV is actually several hundred $$ lower than MSRP, so I don't think that would be a good price to use. Maybe you can do the math again using advertised MSRP on these vehicles you mentioned, then we'll see it more clearly. ;)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    If you want to pay MSRP for every car you buy, go right ahead. As for me (and many other people), we like to take advantage of rebates, and discounts offered by dealers. Hence the use of the Edmunds TMV numbers. :)
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    You were doing an unfair comparison. That's my point. Now where's the math? You try to compare the 08 Lancer GTS at MSRP with other vehicles using TMV prices? :surprise: Truth is, you can't find an import car that offers so much for so little price, but I guess you just won't admit that.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    No, it was a fair comparison. I compared the Lancer at TMV to other cars' TMVs. You were the one who wanted to make an unrealistic comparison--using MSRPs vs. real-world purchase prices. You also wanted to limit the comparison to only European and Japanese makes. Why is that? What is "fair" about that?

    The MSRP for the Lancer GTS CVT with the equipment you specified is $22,615. The TMV in my area is $22,469. Not a big difference.

    Truth is, you can't find an import car that offers so much for so little price, but I guess you just won't admit that.

    No, I won't admit it because I don't think it's true. I listed 3 import cars that I think offer excellent value compared to the Lancer. I think the closest comparison is the Sentra SE-R with CVT, moonroof and Fosgate sound system. Its MSRP is $21,525--nearly $1100 less than the Lancer. There's a $500 rebate on the SE-R now, so it's about $1600 less than the Lancer. Add a nice nav system to the Sentra, and it's still less than the Lancer.

    I think that constitutes "finding an impurt car that offers so much for so little price."
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    2007 Nissan SE-R

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    MSRP: 22,215 At this price, you don't have Navigation and 18" wheels. The 08 Lancer has rebates too, a total of 1000$ if you're qualified. Tell me now if you can add a Navigation and an 18" alloy wheel upgrade for just 400$.

    Compare how the Nissan Sentra look vs the Lancer 08. Now, I don't know if you can put a pricetag on that. :shades:

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    "a bar of soap" is indeed a fitting description :D
  • spmrebelspmrebel Posts: 130
    I totally agree. The Lancer GTS to me is the best looking compact out there now. Has a lot of styling cue of the Lexus IS 250/350 and some of the previous gen BMW. I think Mitsubishi hit a home run with this car.
  • spmrebelspmrebel Posts: 130
    07 Elantra, in any form, is no match for Lancer GTS. GTS is a sporty compact. It has higher engine output, more torque, sport tuned suspension with cross member, bigger rotors (almost 12"), wider tires which will make is corner better. In addition, it has CVT, paddle shifters, navigation and automatic climate control. All of which Hyundai doesn't offer in the Elantra.

    A better comparison for Elantra would be the ES model.
  • spmrebelspmrebel Posts: 130
    Wow. When seeing a pciture of the Sentra next to a Lancer the Sentra looks so homely. The Lancer GTS may very well be my next car. This is one great looking compact.

    Agreed, that they is no way anyone can add navigation and 18" rims for $400.00.

    When I got my 05 Elantra GT 2 years ago I added 17" rims and tires (215-45-R17) for $900. I just put in a dual din navigation unit into my GT six weeks ago for $1400 (I got a special. Also, an in dash navigation may not even be able to fit inside a Sentra.
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