2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Research & Reviews

Overview & Reviews

Average Score

4.54/5 Average
41 Total Reviews
This Year's Model Updates:

The Sportback wagon, introduced just last year, has been discontinued for 2005. The LS sedan is also gone. The O-Z Rally receives newly designed O-Z racing wheels, and the ES Convenience package is upgraded with color-keyed mirrors, cruise control and intermittent wipers. The Sun & Sound package is now available on the O-Z Rally.

  • Spacious and nicely appointed interior, smooth power delivery, comfortable ride, spirited acceleration in Ralliart model.
  • Base engine lacks punch, ABS and side airbags not available on all models, small trunk.

User Reviews:

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  • Great Value Japanese Quality at Korean Prices - 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
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    A nice alternative to the run of the mill Civic, Corolla, Sentra. Much better car than the Korean "run em til they die" Hyundai and Kias. A quality made in Japan vehicle. And yes, sorry America, they do build better cars than us. This is our 3rd Mitsubishi, my wife has had a Mirage and a Outlander Sport, I got this one for our daughter whos in the military and then off to college. I owned a 2002 Hyundai that I drove for work, and will never own another Korean car, theyre fine new cars when they are under warranty; in the case of this Lancer I shopped for a used one with around 100k on it so I knew I wanted Japanese. When you buy one with 100k miles on it get it for a price that will allow your budget to pay for a new Timing Belt and Water Pump Kit($600 at most shops) and replace the Spark Plugs and put a new Valve Cover Gasket on it($150). People get rid of their cars at 100,000 and they hardly ever pay out for a Timing Belt Replacement(manual states 100k), if they break your engine is totalled(interference engine = valves and pistons collide). And if you cant afford OEM Mitsu parts, get a GMB brand kit. Good acceleration, handling, braking; at least for an economical 4 door basic sedan. Engine design is proven and somewhat simple. The biggest complaint with this car, as with most "Mitsus", is the interior controls are fairly cheap and break easily. Dont worry, you can find replacements on Ebay or at your local salvage yards. Overall, I consider the 02 to 07 Lancers a 4 out of 5 star car. I bought mine for $3600, put $800 into it, now have a $4400 car that my daughter informs she likes driving.

  • Great car, bad company - 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
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    Bought this car new for myself, drove the wheels off and enjoyed this car completely. It had a 10 year 100k mile warranty that was rather reassuring but when the motor blew, Mitsubishi refused to honor the warranty. I will never again purchase anything Mitsubishi and I advise all to heed this caveat.

  • 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer - 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
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    After careful consideration against other manufacturers, I chose the Lancer and I must say Im extrememly pleased. It gets great gas mileage (as long as you dont go crazy), and is very peppy for 120 hp. I bought the manual to fully capitalize on power, good decision. It has excellent performance around corners, and is suprisingly quiet on the highway. Also, what took me buy suprise was the space in the cabin. Ive had six full grown individuals in my car and everyone was comfortable. I have the convenience package, cruise control, power everything, and its definitely worth the money, I do a lot of highway driving.

  • My Lancer OZ - 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
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    The only problem I have had with my Lancer now at 15,000 miles is that theres no aftermarket following for these cars. It will be very difficult to try to customise your Lancer and you WILL pay for your individualty. As is, it is an excellent car for the money. But if youre looking for a tuner car go ahead and move on or at least consider the Ralliart version.

  • 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer - 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
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    My girlfriend has a 2003 Lancer and had no problems with excellent reliability. So I bought my 2005 and now I am very happy.

  • Fun lancer - 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
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    A really fun car to drive with the 5 speed shift. Clutch is light, brakes are great. 36k miles without a problem - normal maintenance only. Warning - Watch out for the hub caps. They scratch easily on curbs. Price tag - over $70 each. Dealer where purchased was great!

  • Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart fan - 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
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    I LOVE my new Ralliart. Ive only had it a week but it might already be my favroite car (and Ive had at least 15 cars in the thirty years Ive been driving). I purchased a new 2005 model in March 2006 with 60 miles on it. It is an auto transmission, Lightning Yellow with Rally pkg, Sun & Sound pkg, and dealer- installed Sirius radio and side air deflectors. The 2.4 MIVEC engine is FANTASTIC! Its silky smooth, gives immediate power on demand and gets good mileage . Im already getting the EPA mileage and the engine isnt broken in yet! The exhaust note is a sexy growl when accelerating but nearly silent at idle.

  • Decent import - 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
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    Overall, the OZ edition is a good buy. No one would be dissatisfied by the features. Mileage is decent and the car is plain fun. Plus I havent yet seen another just like mine on the road anywhere Ive been. The audio is weak, but replacing the head unit makes for a decent system. The car is also highly modifyable, though nearly every possible change voids the warranty. By the way, the 10 year warranty is solid.

  • Best Value in its Class - 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
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    This car has been fantastic. Mine has 4,000 miles so far, no problems, firm supportive seats are great on my back. I am averaging 29 mpg with air running constantly here in AZ. Dont believe the hype over Honda or Toyota. I test drove Civic and Carolla and the Lancer blows them away as far as seat comfort, ride comfort, torque off the line power, and standard features, all for thousands less. Get an ES with the convenience package. It gives you everything you need, power everthing, AT, cruise, all for $14,000!

  • lancer - 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
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    i Like it it is way better than my previous car- Honda Civic EX 4 door automatic. i love the way the engine revs and it is a very fun car to drive in or pick up my little brother. As a junior n high school this car is soo cool.

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