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Autodealer dream buy: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X


IT’S time for another Autodealer dream buy, where we browse through our own list of cars for sale and pick a car that we’d like to own. This week, we’ve come across all JDM, when we stumbled upon a very well-priced Mitsubishi Evo X.

Mitsubishi Evo X

South Africans have never had the same opportunity as other countries to go out and buy a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution model as easily as they have been able to buy Subaru’s equivalent Impreza WRX and STI models. However, that isn’t to say that we’ve been totally deprived; we did receive a limited number of the VIII, IX and X models, locally. The big problem with the most recent model, the X or “10” (if you’re not familiar with Roman numerals), was that they were extremely high-priced, somewhere in the region of R700 000 new, a few years back. Now, though, you can have these turbocharged, double-clutch gearbox-equipped monsters for less than half that price.

The checks

  • Ensure that the car is rattle-free as these models are known to produce irksome clatters in the cabin;
  • The fuel pump relays are known to give trouble, so simply have this item replaced with an aftermarket item, upon purchase;
  • Luckily, we only got the double-clutch automatic models and therefore don’t need to worry about the clutch master cylinder issues on the manual model;
  • There have been reports of failed MAF sensors, which can cause fuelling problems;
  • Owners have reported that the quality of the paint job is not up to scratch - literally;
  • There are also reports of the cars wearing-out tyres at around 15 000km, so ensure the car you buy has fresh rubber.

Expect to pay between R299 000 to R450 000.

See car on our website here

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