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Mitsubishi Lancer Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Thanks...activated and good to go now with Sirius.

    Almost (only) 400 mile son the Lancer and everything is going great. Getting lots of looks...just need the windows tinted and I should be set.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,238
    factory or the dealer did for us. Our windows are tinted really dark...seems like it shouldn't be legal it's so dark. But we're glad since the hot Arizona sun needs to be muted as much as possible. That seems like something the dealer would do...tinting like that. At any rate it's something we don't need to go have done...this car was ready with what we wanted and we were set right at the dealership at the get-go.

    Anyway, go get 'em'll be happier I know.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • Congratulations mbunting

    I am actually looking to buy the same car. would you please share with us how much was your deal?

  • My deal probably wasn't the best deal anyone out there got, but it was acceptable to me under my specific circumstances (lots of negative equity on my trade in / much of it subsidized by a large down payment)...I have heard on other Lancer discussion forums of people getting them for up to $1500 below invoice...but I cannot verify that could have just been someone fibbing...

    If you don't like to haggle...and aren't already a Costco member, just sign up for an Executive Membership ($100) - and use that to get a decent deal on the Lancer ($100 over invoice)...the dealership I bought from didn't even ask for my card (which I had brought with me just in case they did). You don't even have to keep your Costco membership after getting the car, they will give you a full refund on the price you paid for the questions asked.

    Also, check with your bank and see if they have any auto buying service, my bank (USAA) offers something very similair to Costco, at the same price ($100 over invoice for most dealers).

    All that being said, here is what my deal consisted of:

    2008 Mitsubishi Lanser GTS (Tarmac Black Pearl)
    w/ NAV & TECH
    w/ SUN & SOUND

    $100 over invoice (Costco Member) = $21438
    -$500 Rebate (Active Duty Military) = $20938

    So, $20938 + TTL + what was left from my negaitive equity trade-in :)

    As I mentioned earlier, I had alot of negative equity on my trade-in, a 2006 Nissan Armada, but I put down $9k in cash to make up for the majority of the negative equity amount.

    I also had trade-in quotes ranging from $18k to $23k for my Armada, and so I asked the dealer that ended up buying the Lancer from for $24k for the Artmada (and this was after I got the car for $20938). They countered with $23.5k (which I knew they would) for the Armada and I agreed to that with them being asked to give me my first 3 oil changes for free (I know - not much...but oh well) and they agreed. I was going to sell privately if I could, asking $25k, but the $23.5k was close enough to not have to deal with waiting 2-3 months to get something done. Plus, I wouldn't have to do the DMV paperwork and deal with potential buyers either - so...done deal, let's do it now!

    I'm so happy to be out of the Armada...GREAT truck...and I do miss the POWER...but again, I will not miss the $90 fillups a couple times a week...and that is completely worth it to me.

    BTW, got the windows tinted yesterday afternoon and what a difference. Car is even more beautiful now...
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,238
    I knew you'd dig the tinting. Beautiful car this new Lancer GTS for 2008.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • j12j12 Posts: 6
    Can anyone tell me if paying $20,900 for a GTS with S&S,Nav & Tech packages is a good deal? I am dying to get this car they stated it is 500 under invoice. I know they are not going to lose any money but is it a good deal or not? Please help!!!!!
  • j12j12 Posts: 6
    Can anyone tell me if $20,900 is a good deal on a GTS with Nav and S&S package. I went to other dealers in Miami area and they will only go 500 under MSRP please help!!!!
  • That seems like a decent deal to me...I paid $20938 for mine just last week...that was using the Costco $100 over invoice program and also includes a $500 Military rebate.

    And did you mean $500 below INVOICE or MSRP?

    $500 below Invoice would be: $20838

    So, to me, $20900 seems decently good, just make sure that you don't let the finance guy tack on any bogus fees/charges
    and don't buy the extended warranty unless you really want it. And if you do buy that, don't just accept his first price quote....
  • For those that have gotten your windows tinted in your 08 Lancer...did you have any problems with it getting scratched after you rolled down/up your windows a couple of times?

    This morning, I noticed a tiny scratch or line on my tint that I did not notice after having it done. I need to investiage it further, but it looks like a scratch to me...very small though (at least right now)...

    I know I have heard of some vehicles needing to be lined w/ felt (the window area anyway) to stop tints from being scratched...could the Lancer be one of those that need this extra protection to safegaurd the tint?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,238
    but they're not enough to bother me.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • how much did you pay and from which dealership did you buy your GTS from?
  • I had my windows tinted in my new 08 lancer and I have scratches in my tint now from the weather stripping being too hard. I brought it to the dealership and they told me that the tint is too thick, and they don't cover anything to do with accessories like tint. They advised me to go back to the tint place that did it. I haven't because I know it's not the tint guys fault and if I have him replace the tint it will just scratch again because of the weather stripping. I was hoping there was more people that had the same problem enough to have the dealership get a fix for it.
  • mbuntingmbunting Posts: 158
    Yeah, Mitsu shouldn't really be held responsible for this I'm afraid...what you can have the tint shop do is to line the inside of the window area (or the weather stripping?) with felt. You have to do this with lots of cars/trucks actually. The tint is not too thick, it's just something causing the scratching...I don't think it's the weather stripping causing the problem though, as I think it's something else inside the window/door area...but I could be wrong.

    Anyway, the tint place should know exactly what you are talking about when you mention it...and if they don't...find another place.

    You'll have to have it replaced, and they should be able to add the felt this time for not too much extra (I'm guessing) maybe like $50?

    The scratches are driving me crazy as well...looks pretty bad from the inside of the car, but you can't really notice from the outside.

    Will probably have mine replaced eventually...just wish I would have read the scratching issue before having mine done.

    Good luck.

    Still loving our 08' Lancer GTS - I absolutely love the Nav system.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,238
    but it doesn't bother me enough to worry about having the felt put in and re-tinting done.

    I do have to buff a few dog claw scratches out with some Kit rub-on material. And I am picking up a paint stick from the dealer tomorrow so I can paint over an area where a paint chip(about 1/4" long by 1/8" tall) was taken off by a kicked-up rock. Those issues are more important to me right now. Don't wanna leave it to the elements for water to get under it, etc. I looked at the car pretty close today and couldn't really find any other nicks or chips, happily!

    I think that if the tinting scratching on the windows could be seen from the outside I would get it fixed but it can't so I'm not gonna do anything about it.

    Still loving my '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS in Rally Red and CVT automatic. Mitsubishi hit it spot on with this new Lancer! The bodystyle is my favorite of any car all time, along with the 1965 Ford Mustang. Simply superb! ;)

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • chelentanochelentano Posts: 634
    I see an ad for basic 2009 lancer: $12,000 - the ad says they have 50 of them, and basic 2008 Outlander $17,000.
    Grand Mitsubishi, Chicago area
  • blu5092blu5092 Posts: 3
    I have the same problem. The inside of the weatherstrip doesn't have any felt so it's damaging my tint. I called the dealership and they will look at it. My llumar tint job is basically ruined. I am very upset since my tint was redone to get the bubbles out. I rolled the windows down and I hear a screech and there were many lines dug into a perfectly done tint job. I don't think it's happening with the rear windows. Hope this helps. The dealership should replace these defective door strips
  • icepoloicepolo Posts: 9
    Hello, guys. I am considering of purchasing a Lancer GTS 2009 (MT) model this year. I would like how much did you guys pay OTD for that model? Especially in Queens, NYC. How low were you able to negotiate on the invoice? What are the things to watch out in purchasing this car? Btw, Have they replaced the Dunlop tires? Thanks!!!
  • finzupfinzup Posts: 1
    I have been in the business of managing and selling cars on the internet for many years. One trend that has always held true is that customers that paid MSRP vs. under invoice always gave the best surveys. I always wondered why. Then I sat down and figured it out. The ones that paid MSRP never felt they got a bad deal. They loved the buying experience, it was hassle free. Then I thought about the ones that paid under invoice (w/o the rebate). That person still felt they did not get a fair deal. That is also the same person that is more likely to give a poor survey, even though the dealer did their best to try to satisfy them.

    It's interesting, on an ES Lancer, selling the car for $700 under invoice is a loss to the dealer. Hold back only averages $340. Anything is more than $400 under invoice is a great deal to the consumer, and not so for the dealer. Those figures are not including the rebate for the 2008's.

    Just something to think about.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I've noticed that the less intelligent among us are often happier. These people are more likely to pay MSRP and give a good survey. I guess this means that, if your goal is good survey results, you should target your marketing to the intellectually challenged population.

    My sister, with an IQ of about 85, and her former husband who was not too bright either once, long ago, bought a new car. I think it was an Escort, they paid at least MSRP and bought many extras, such as over-priced disability insurance on the loan. They were happy and had no regrets.

    I'm tired of being surveyed about everything, myself. I want to say: "yeah, I was happy with the service, buying experience, or whatever until you bugged me to tell you how I felt about it by answering 20 inane questions." .
  • mdics911mdics911 Posts: 2
    We purchased an 08 Lancer just a few months ago. Aside from a very nice car, I wanted to mention to discount programs that worked out well for us.

    1) $500 college grad discount (even if you graduated 2 years ago)
    2) $500 customer loyalty. (Anyone that you know that owns a Mitsu works)

    Paying at invoice or a bit below is no problem at all.
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    Keep in mind, if values an 07 es sedan auto msrp (08) 17500 with a trade in price used of about 11000. This is what your 17500 08 sedan will be worth in 12 months. Reviews note the 08 is an improvement but that usually doesn't change the trade in scenery much unless an earthshaking advance.

    16000 sans tax and title is not a great deal for an 08 lancer es by any stretch of the imagination especially when the 08 mazda3 i touring value edition (msrp 18100) goes all day long in the mid 15000's around here and its 07 used version has a trade in of 13200. Mazda is generally rated higher making things worse. The mitsu warranty seems better but this is a $400-500 diff or less.

    This is the problem with makes with few dealerships and there is nothing about the lancer sedan worth breaking a leg over. Make sure a 09 20000 msrp hyundai sonata can't be had in the 15000's (worth 11000 trade in in 24 months or so ), the 08 mazda3, and the 08 mazda6 i sport value edition sedan 4cyl msrp 21200 still lead their class and are available in the 15000-16000's.

    An 08 17500 lancer is worth somewhere around 13xxx +ttl. An 09 perhaps in the high 15000's. Nothing worth paying up for here, in the mid range sedans. Unless big discounts go elsewhere. Evolution is exception if your cup of tea but that is $$.

    good luck

  • hi folks,just purchased a 09 lancer ES with the cvt for 17,100.00 msrp was 18,500
    and this lancer has the bluetooth phone option as well as a chrome exhaust finisher and a rear deck spoiler which looks pretty neat on the rally red metalic paint..i traded in a 08 honda civic lx auto cuz we are haveing a baby and need the additional room as well as 4 doors..purchased the civic back in nov 07 and paid 17, gave me 16,000.00 for my civic and sold me the lancer at invoice with those options that i all in all i think i got a pretty sweet deal all vw dealer offered me the black book value of 13,500.00 for my civic and i said take a hike...i think it's pretty incredible that one dealer can offer 13,500.00 and another offer 16, basically it cost me 1,100.00 plus TTT to get into a 09 car...i can live with that.......
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Which South Florida dealer did you go with?

    The Sandman :)
  • hi sandman,i purchased the lancer at william lehman mitsubishi in north miami beach,fla over this labor day weekend...i specificly waited till the 31st to make a deal knowing that the end of the month is always the best time to purchase a car...that coupled with their labor day weekend sale really made for one sweet car i mentioned in my earlier post i paid 17,500.00 for the new 08 civic lx auto back in nov 07... lehman mitsubishi gave me 16,000.00 for the civic and sold me the lancer at just over invoice...not bad and this does prove that hondas really do hold there value although we did need a larger and safer car with the lancer...
  • I got the 09 Lancer GTS with Sun and Sound, FAST key, Bluetooth and Navigation. Sticker (msrp) was $23600. I got em down to $21000 and on top of that the dealer gave me $1000 more on my trade in then other dealerships of different/same make vehicles.
  • FYI to any Dallas shoppers

    i was just at a dealer in Lewisville TX. sticker showed a price 17990.00, they were willing to take 15600+ttl after only 20 minutes of talking...

    this was on an 2009 Lancer ES
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    hey scotch,were there any options on your car??i got a 09 lancer ES in sept 08 with spoiler,chrome exhaust finisher,and the bluetooth wireless for $17,100.00 with the cvt trans...sounds like you might have gotten a better deal.
  • Has anybody bought one of these recently and what sort of discounts are out there. I've seen tons of these at the dealer lots in and around Austin, Tx and some reasonable deals on Ebay but wanted to know if anyone here has bought one recently.
    Thank you.
  • mujahidmdmujahidmd Posts: 21
    does anyone have a GTA in Manual can you share your experiances with the car?
  • Just bought a 2010 Lancer ES CVT (base model) for $15895 (MSRP $18610). If anyone is looking for a lancer I would VERY STRONGLY recommend the dealer in Hagerstown PA. Send me a private message if you'd like more information.
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