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  • gussguss Posts: 1,181
    I work for a small union construction contractor. A union made car is mandatory to get on some job sites.

    My short list is now Corolla, Mazda6, Matrix or Malibu Hybrid.
  • I'm going to buy my very first car this summer and i chose the lancer. I got some issues about the RCA audio input. Do you have to get a certain lancer trim, ES, ES-S or GTS? Do you have to buy the lancer with the Sun and sound package? Or do trims and packages don't matter for getting them?
  • elgatolocoelgatoloco Posts: 92
    Not a bad list.

    Since there does not seem to be an anti-Japanese bias in your company I would suggest you consider the UAW built Galant. The MIVEC 4 cylinder engine has plenty of power combined with respectable fuel mileage. While it cannot be considered ultra hi-tech, it is a solid meat n potatoes vehicle and currently selling at a very attractive price, probably for less than the cars on your short list. Also has one of the best warranties on the market.

    Take a few minutes and check one out.
  • mikevegas06mikevegas06 Posts: 272
    May 21, 2008 -- CYPRESS, CA --
    On the heels of the successful introduction of the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR, Mitsubishi Motors announces the availability of the more technologically-advanced 2008 Lancer Evolution MR, the newest and most sophisticated version of the model series that began 16 years ago.

    Shown coming off the production line in Japan, the Lancer Evolution MR arrives at showrooms in the U.S. in June and is available for a suggested retail price of $38,290. The MR features more user technology and a broader market appeal than the entry level GSR, including an advanced 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission.

    The Lancer Evolution MR is available with an optional technology package for $40,840 that includes a 30GB hard drive navigation system with music server, 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate Premium Sound System, pre-paid Sirius Satellite Radio capability and FAST Key entry, which allows passive vehicle unlocking and engine start/stop simply by carrying the remote control and grasping the handle.

    Since its introduction earlier this year, the tenth-generation 2008 Lancer Evolution GSR has met positive reactions across the industry for maintaining a balance of core performance values and improved all-around capability and user-technology:

    "Like every previous Lancer Evolution, the Evo X redeems its various idiosyncrasies with a fantastic engine and drivetrain." -- Automobile
    "The car is impressive, not only for the gains in performance and handling, but also the subtle transformation from hardcore rally racer to high performance all-wheel-drive sports sedan." - AutoWeek
    "The Evo X drives like nothing else in the world." -- Car and Driver
    "Mitsubishi has strengthened the Evo's slick-shifting five-speed manual for the tuner crowd. Shifter is nearly perfect." -- Edmunds Inside Line
    "Whether manual tabbed or left in auto, S-Sport gear changes are brutally quick with the kind of shift violence seen only in Italian exotics." -- MotorTrend
    "Is the new EVO better than before? -- The answer is a resounding 'yes.'" -- MSN Autos
    "Bottom line: It's drive-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, four-wheel fun." -- Popular Mechanics
    "The new Lancer Evolution is no longer just for weekend boy racers; it has evolved into a complete sports sedan, one with enough of a wild side to thrill anyone." -- Road & Track
    "The introduction of the 2008 Lancer Evolution MR with TC-SST gives us an opportunity to expand upon the existing Evolution customer base," said Dan Kuhnert, executive vice president of sales and marketing for MMNA. "The added capability and functionality of the new Lancer Evolution vehicles make them a more viable option for everyday driving, while maintaining the rally-inspired heritage that has made the series a global performance car icon."

    Both 2008 Lancer Evolution models will be on display at the 2008 Mitsubishi Owner's Day taking place in Cypress, CA on July 19, 2008.

    Mitsu News Room
  • Unfortunately I have an 09 Lancer GTS, and it is only 1 month old with 1500 miles on it. It has had many problems since the day I bought it! First trim pieces were coming loose, then one of the door hinges came loose creating a popping sound every time I opened it, then the grill kept popping out so I had to pop it in everyday, and the car had vibration in the steering wheel at over 65mph, and then yesterday my muffler came loose almost dragging the ground, and then today I was driving home and my check engine light came on, so I called the dealership again (I already had one appointment a week in advance to get the above items mentioned fixed) to see if they could get me in any sooner and they said they couldn't, so I drove it home and later was leaving my steep driveway in reverse when my transmission went out causing reverse to lurch forward like it was in drive crashing into my friends truck, demolishing the front end. After that the car would not move at all and barely ran. I called the dealership and was very furious, Mitsubishi opened a case on it and is to get in touch with me tomorrow, I don't want the car anymore, I want my money back (preferably) or the same model without the CVT (POS). Is that a likely situation??? I do not want my car because of all of the problems... tranny, engine, exhaust, body damage (including fenders, hood, bumper, and headlights, plus all of the other little things and electrical probs. The car only has 1500 miles and I've owned less than a month! Has anyone ever heard of anything like this? It could have killed someone! BTW, besides taking a week to get it in the shop. they told me to wire up the exhaust until then (What a joke!!!!!!) My opinion do not buy!!!
  • elgatolocoelgatoloco Posts: 92
    Would you mind telling us the name and location of the Mitsubishi dealer where you purchased this vehicle?
  • mbcowboymbcowboy Posts: 7
    Well I sure would not recommend that dealership to anyone. If they are only concerned about selling a car and not looking after their customer base, its not worth dealing with them. Dealership loyalty and owner word of mouth does mean alot. If i was not getting satisfaction, i would be making sure future car owners knew about it. I would steer them away from buying a lemon from an unscrupious dealership.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    My opinion do not buy!!!

    =) And you forgot to mention too that your Lancer pulls to the left, and that you almost killed your neighbor's dog Fifi because of that. And you also forgot to tell them about how you almost got killed in the freeway because your brakes didn't work. How about that left side mirror that fell off as you were pulling out of Walmart last Tuesday?

  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    oh, yeah, I've seen posts like that one before. Years ago reading one like that on the net I would've perked up one eye as I read them, and wondered. Now they have become pretty good "bias-type" entertainment posts, ala George Carlin comedy. Hee-hee!

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • lancerfanlancerfan Posts: 17
    I finally got my 09 lancer yesterday :D drove it about 500km home and couldnt be happier with it. After test driving a gt and a gts i had to get the gts with the bigger engine. Everything about this car is amazing!! Great looks outside and inside plus the paddle shifters, bluetooth and built in satelite radio is pretty sweet. Looks and feels like a much more expensive car...although gas milege is a little disappointing. I'm just hoping that once the engine is broken in ill see some better numbers.
  • icepoloicepolo Posts: 9
    How much did you pay OTD for a '09 Lancer GTS (mt)? I want to get the Touring pckge but apparently it comes w/ the Navigation pckge which I don't like, is it worth it? On the Mitsu website they have the Orange color added is that a hot color? I personally like the Red.
  • kpdfkpdf Posts: 5
    hi all,
    A question about the 09 navi package. Does it include the fast key feature as well ?
    and is it possible to play iPod videos and regular DVD's while it's not in park ?.
    also anyone know where I can download a free copy of the 08 or 09 owners manual.
  • kpdfkpdf Posts: 5
    Any answers for these questions.
    • tinting the windows. I read that the doors can cause scrapes and scratches on the tint.
    • Can it be orderd already with the tinted windows
    • what colour to choose. Silver,black or gray.
    • I's the navi and fast key really worth it.
    • Any good pics or vids of the navi in action.
    Except those on you tube.
  • I have a Silver 2008 GTS with Navi and Sun & Sound.

    My windows have scratches on them after being tinted. They are pretty noticeable from the inside but they arent THAT big of a deal...and you cant see them at all from the outside.

    Personally I just saw someone with a Garmin NAV system ($600) and it does WAY more than the Navi that Mitsu offers....the fast key is nice but i dunno if its worth the extra money

    hope this helps!
  • kpdfkpdf Posts: 5
    hi ,
    thanks for the reply. the silver looks great in these cars. and with the windows tinted
    it must really look sweet. i,m really stuck with the colour choice. now it's down to the silver or graphite gray.[ and maybe a toss of a coin ] decisions decisions. i love the nav feature. the way that you can control the things like the interior lights and whatever else.? it also helps in the resale. not quite sure though if the navi and tech package delivers a automatic start. i doubt it. i already have a portable nav system. but it comes down to that old saying. boys and their toys.
    thanks for the info
  • kaiakaiakkaiakaiak Posts: 14
    When I ordered my Lancer, I wanted it without Navi, because I have the Garmin NAV ($699 plus taxes...). The dealer couldn't get one without, so made me an offer for half the price and I took it.
    The Garmin is better, but not way better. When it comes to search for a POI, there yes, Garmin beats Lancer's by far. But screen response, not to mention screen size, and map accuracy are better in the Lancer. To note, Lancer's GPS has one sensor Garmin's doesn't: wheel input (real-time speed). So there's less delay. When you hit a junction, the Lancer GPS is there already, on Garmin there's a delay (which sometimes has cost me a u-turn).
    What I do miss on the system, non-GPS related, are editing functions, i.e. copy and paste (when it doesn't recognise a CD, you'll have a "No Title" track. If you really want, to at least have the artist's name, you'll end up typing the same over and over again). Other functions I miss: forward/rewind (within a track) and a mute button. In general, when editing CD's (renaming, copy, etc.), the user interface is crap. It takes a while to get used to.

  • kaiakaiakkaiakaiak Posts: 14
    Hi there kpdf.

    - Scratches will only occur if you have "hard" dust, as in sand, in the inside between the rubber seal and the glass itself. Keep it kleen and no scratches shall haunt you.
    - you can't order tinted (why? beat me...)
    - I have a black Lancer 09, purchase on April 9th, now with 7900 miles on it (my car is my office...). If you have a covered garage, then you can chose black. Otherwise, well, expect washing it every weekend, cuse black will show its dirts...
    - the advertisment on FAST key missleads you a little; you can't start the engine remotelly. Other than that, I found the fast key to be handy. No need to press buttons, etc., just walk in (a good help when your hands are loaded).
    - Navi: if you work on the road, like I do, then you won't regret the extra bucks. (read another reply of mine in this thread, comparing Lancer's GPS against the Garmin Nuvi 650). If you have more than one car, then get a separate GPS (btw, Nuvi is great)

  • kaiakaiakkaiakaiak Posts: 14
    Dude (or Dudess ;-)
    I'm sorry for your nightmare...
    I have a 09 Lancer, bought in April, Black, fully-loaded (M/T). I already have 7900 miles on it, and have not experienced anything you listed in your thread.
    My overall mpg is 23.6 (I keep track of every tank), but I managed already to get 28.4 (driving very conservative, no hard accelerations and keeping around the speed limits).
    Other than some chips coming from I-95, my Lancer is tip-top. No rattles, noises or things coming lose. In my opinion a great car for the $23.5k I paid for it.
  • kaiakaiakkaiakaiak Posts: 14
    Hi again.

    Dunno about iPod, but you can play DVD's, but you'll only see something in the screen while stopped (while driving, the DVD will play, but no screen).

  • lexxxilulexxxilu Posts: 4
    :mad: I purchased a 2009 lancer 3 months ago. After driving it for about a month a noticed this clunking sound under the car towards the left front tire. About the same time I started having starter problems. July 3, brought the car back to the dealership. They stated the starting issue was due to a sensor problem that they were aware of. Reset it and all was well. However, the clunking sound they couldn't find anything. I checked the tire pressure which was fine and alignment didn't seem off at all! 2wks later, I'm driving and the loud clunking noise comes back but its extremely loud and continuous now. I checked the tire pressure, I checked under the hood to make sure nothing was caught in there, I tried moving the tire to see if it was loose (nothing)! I contacted the dealer and said I'd try and drive it there. As I was driving something flew off the car and hit the road, clunking stopped. Then the tire pressure light came on. I continued to drive at a low speed. Suddenly the car sounded like it was scrapping against the concrete. It was horrible. I had a hard time steering but pulled off the road. Checked around car once again, nothing. By the time flatbed got there front left tire was completely flat. Dealership is now trying to tell me "There must have been a screw or something in the tire because theres a hole in it." I told them whatever flew off the car punctured the tire! I'm sick of people trying to take advantage of a woman! So I asked the Service manager if something was stuck in the tire from 2 months ago when problem first started why didn't he spot it when I bought it to him on july 3! And it took this long to fall out??? Come on!!! I got nothing but the run around and now they want to charge me 140 for a new tire that they don't even have in stock. Apparently once they get the tire they'll test drive it to see if they can dupl. the prob. Well if the piece of "whatever" fell off, I don't think they'll duplicate the same noice..LOL..
    I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions?? or same issues??? Please help, the tire is suppose to be in tomorrow and I'd love to catch these people trying to rip me off. I've been doing business with this dealership for 8yrs now and have never had a problem like this. Especially not after only 3 months
  • kaiakaiakkaiakaiak Posts: 14
    I'm not really sure how it is done in the Lancer, so I'm speculating here.
    The question is how is the tire’s pressure monitored? What device/sensor is used and where. For motorcycles (I’m a biker too) there is a pressure monitor that gets installed inside the wheel, and sends wireless signal once the pressure is below a preset threshold (newer models show even the PSI value on a little display).
    An example of such device you can find under this link:
    and some pictures of it, in the wheel:
    As you can see, it is also used in cars.
    The point is, if something similar is used in the Lancer, it could have gone lose, bounced around, inside your wheel, until it managed to puncture the rubber and get out.

    I hope this brings you a step closer to the solution of your mystery.

  • lexxxilulexxxilu Posts: 4
    Thank you for your help. It seems that could have been what happened. Like I said this has been going on for about 2 months now and just got worse. I also took a long trip with my car so the dealerships excuse that there was a nail or screw in the tire was completely absurd! I've researched the sensors and they are located in the same area as shown in the links you've sent. So, I'm def. gonna ask the mechanic if it was still on the blown tire. I'm sure they won't think this would be info that I would be aware of...thanks for the useful knowledge!
  • :confuse: I iust bought a 09 lancer gts cvt with 7000km on it. I noticed when i drive with the windows down and listen, the car makes clicking said its air passing through the car? dont know about that one. also when i dont push on the gas the car slows down faster than i would think was normal especialy when im going slow like in a playground zone. dealer said its normal with the cvt. is he full of bs? or am i just over reacting?
  • lancerfanlancerfan Posts: 17
    Likely your just over reacting. I have an 09 lancer and for the first while i was surprised at how much it slows when letting off the gas like you say. It may just be what you were used to in your previous vehicle, my old car could idle forever before slowing down. It was a manual transmission and my lancer has the cvt.
  • packheatpackheat Posts: 5
    I have a 2009 CVT and notice that it slows down more quickly when I release the gas pedal compared to my previous car. I just assume it's because of the CVT engine...hope I'm right. I don't think it's an issue.
  • shivarajvshivarajv Posts: 6
    jus reiterating the question
    anyone know where I can download a free copy of the 09 owners manual.
  • shivarajvshivarajv Posts: 6
    - I had a question about loading music onto the 30GB HDD that comes with the sun&sound. Is is possible to copy music directly from an MP3 player or is it limited only to CDs and DVDs
    - Also is the sound system capable of playing Mp3 songs from a DVD
  • kaiakaiakkaiakaiak Posts: 14
    Hi there shivarajv.
    Copy music directly from MP3 player: not possible. Only from CD/DVDs. But you must prepare the media (CD/DVD) in a certain way I haven't out yet. I mean, I don't know yet if the MP3s must be placed in the root of the media or in a folder, and if the media must be formatted in a specific way. If you have a home DVD/CD player that says it plays MP3 from a media, you may find this out yourself (and let me know... :).
    There is a misconception in regards to the 30GB HDD: you don’t have 30GB available. Remember that all the GPS’ maps, POIs, Contacts, Waypoints, etc. are also stored in the HDD. Effectively, you have only about 6GB available for music.
    Yep, when I found this out I also felt cheated…
    Still, I have already about 60 CDs in it.
  • kaiakaiakkaiakaiak Posts: 14
    Hi there Knut.

    Regarding the clicking noise while on open windows, is it inside the car or outside? The dealer's air passing is BS... Noises due to airflow change on different speeds, your first clue, and normally those noises are hums or hisses, never heard wind-clicks...
    If the noise is inside, take someone along for a drive (a kid or a small person). When the noise start, have her/him literary crawling around the car to find the source. If outside, that person can still go from window to window (except of course yours) as well hearing for the source, or at least the source area. Once you find the source, you can find a cure.

    About the speed drop: there the dealer said the truth. I don't know the specific details of a CVT gearbox, but I did notice that it is more "attached" to the car, than a traditional auto-gearbox.
    Let me explain: conventional automatic gearboxes have the typical bicycle effect; on a downhill you don't need work the pedals and the speed even increases. The CVT in this particular behavior, is a little closer to Manual transmission. On a M/T you take the foot off the gas, and the car will slow down, it won't coast like A/T.
    That's what I mean with attached, you get a little more response with a CVT, compared to an conventional A/T.
    I didn't like Mitsubishi's CVT, bought my Lancer M/T and didn't regret it. Audi's CVT is great, but we are not talking about them here.

    Good luck.
  • kpdfkpdf Posts: 5
    Just a stupid question. Can anyone explain why there is a power socket in the armrest. :confuse:
    Is It there for charging or using anything in particular ?
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