What to know before buying a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

Robert
By Robert Bowen
Aug 17, 2022 | Mitsubishi, Tech Tips, Buyer's Guide, Evo X, evolution, evo, Lancer Evolution | Posted in Buyer's Guides | From the Aug. 2016 issue | Never miss an article

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[Editor's Note: This story originally ran in the August 2016 issue of Grassroots Motorsports.]

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TGMF
TGMF Reader
8/24/16 1:14 p.m.

My local dealer STILL has two brand new '15 Evo's listed.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/24/16 1:23 p.m.

There are still lots of new EVOs all over the country. I'm still considering getting one, but I fear I would take a bath on the BRZ.

RexSeven
RexSeven UberDork
8/24/16 3:06 p.m.

Hmm... this post is relevant to my interests.

Another tip for prospective buyers:

The fuel pump relay has gone through multiple iterations due to a tendency to fail to switch to high speed mode. Basically, the relay switches the fuel pump between low and high speed mode depending on fueling demands. If the relay fails, the fuel pump will stay stuck in low-speed mode which can lead to the engine running dangerously lean when running WOT. Check to see if your car is affected by TSB-10-13-002 and get the latest relays you can from the dealership

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/27/16 11:28 p.m.
TGMF wrote: My local dealer STILL has two brand new '15 Evo's listed.

I had to check and, wow, so does ours.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/27/16 11:31 p.m.

We have a big Mitsubishi dealer near here in DeLand, Florida, so I just check their site. They show 14 new 2015 Evos in stock. Wonder if that's correct. Might have to head over there one day and, you know, check it out.

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/28/16 9:48 a.m.

I wonder what the out the door price is with HSRs starting a bit over 34k. I wonder if you could get that I to the high 20s after haggling. That is a huge amount of car for the $$$$

turtl631
turtl631 Reader
8/29/16 11:47 a.m.

I wonder if it's mostly because of the seats. And cheap car interiors getting much nicer.

Knurled
Knurled GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/29/16 12:31 p.m.
dean1484 wrote: I wonder what the out the door price is with HSRs starting a bit over 34k. I wonder if you could get that I to the high 20s after haggling. That is a huge amount of car for the $$$$

Get out of my head

DocV
DocV New Reader
8/29/16 1:58 p.m.

Do it. I got a Final Edition, and many months in, I am still smitten. There are still GSRs available at ~ $33k. The seats don't bother me that much (I am on the hunt for cast off Recaros from a track build).

DocV
DocV New Reader
8/29/16 3:25 p.m.

Saw this on the youtubes (comparison shootout of Focus RS, Evo X, WRX STI, and Golf R):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImobeCtRphc

I think these two are sometimes a bit long winded, but I was pleased to see the Evo's dynamics hold up so well in this company.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Reader Services
10/14/19 9:08 a.m.

I really can't explain it, but despite all the other options in the sport sedan segment, I've always been attracted to the Evo X.

Personally, I'd get the MR just for the twin-clutch transmission (even though I have heard maintenance can be tricky and expensive).

pointofdeparture
pointofdeparture PowerDork
10/14/19 9:11 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

The twin-clutch transmission is what scares me most on these cars, by a long shot. I wish the expert had gone into more detail on those.

Knurled.
Knurled. GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/14/19 12:34 p.m.

FWIW, scuttlebutt is that Bilstein no longer rebuilds or revalves OE dampers.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
10/14/19 1:46 p.m.
pointofdeparture said:

In reply to Colin Wood :

The twin-clutch transmission is what scares me most on these cars, by a long shot. I wish the expert had gone into more detail on those.

From what I remember when researching these is that they are pretty stout..................as long as you keep the fluid cool. In other words, if you wanted to track one without constant limp mode intrusions, you need a seriously upgraded trans cooler. And I'd go ahead and do the deeper pan that increases capacity as well. 

 

Vigo
Vigo MegaDork
10/14/19 2:43 p.m.

The new car was a huge improvement over the previous version, but it was heavier and larger.

Wikipedia says: "In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values."cheeky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImobeCtRphc

I think these two are sometimes a bit long winded,

Me too. Can never seem to get hooked on them.

 

In other news, HOW ABOUT A LONG WINDED COMMENTARY!

Honestly, my main problem with the Evo X is my main problem with the Lancer it's based on, which is that it is too tall to look properly aggressive. The previous Lancer was fairly short, so if you widened it and lowered it, it looked mean. The Lancer the X is based on is so tall that you can widen it and lower it and it just looks OK (a stock X), and then you slam it so far down that it ceases to be functional as a performance car and it looks... alright i guess (stanced Evo X). Back when glass was flat and cars had frames people used to chop rooves and channel bodies to fix this, but good luck today. If you don't care about looks or proportion, no big deal. I don't care that much about looks on my cheap cars. If a X was cheap I'd stop caring. But as long as it sells for enough money that I have to finance it, it has to LOOK good too and that's where the X fails for me. Even my Mazdaspeed6 barely slips under my rule here because it actually looks worse than a non-mazdaspeed to me with a hood that looks like it came off an HD pickup and a worse spoiler and wheels than lower models. But... it's a fraction the price of an Evo X.

bnight
bnight
8/18/22 2:16 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Considering is made by the same company that can't even make a Manual for the Mustang I would said go with whatever other option there is. 

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
8/19/22 10:09 a.m.

I seriously wanted to get one of these for rallycross but they seem rather unaffordable for that purpose.  I need a bigger budget and more space for cars.  I bet these would be a total blast in anger off pavement,

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