Mitsubishi Evo VI (1996–2001)

What's good

Very safe as well as enormous fun to drive.

So good it flatters the driver.

Apart from on a motorway or dual carriageway virtually nothing could outrun one.

What to watch out for

Most UK cars weren't officially imported.

Mitsubishi and Ralliart parted company in early 2002.

Average warranty repair costs in 2003 Warranty Direct Reliability index (index 101.16 v/s lowest 31.93)due to high cost of individual repairs. Average warranty repair costs in 2003 Warranty Direct Reliability index (index 101.16 v/s lowest 31.93). Link:-

Accident damage and hidden suspension damage.

Older Japanese grey imports lack rustproffing and can start rusting in as little as three years.

Specifications of grey imports may be all over the place, so tread very carefully. Could be problems with Enhanced Single Vehicle Approval from August 2001.


Apparent suspension recall notified to owners, but by February 2001 parts to rectify had still not arrived from Japan.

27-7-2001: 156 Lancer Evo IV and V models built 20-12-1996 to 17-7-1998 recalled because ECU of Active Yaw Control may be incorrectly programmed causing clutches in torque transfer diff to remain disengaged when the engine starts leading to damage to the rear diff. ECU to be replaced.

August 2002: All 37,000 Evo V, VI and VIIs recalled worldwide because Lambda sensor can cause excessive emissions and fuel consumption. Replaced FOC on official imports.

31-10-2003: on 574 Lancers CT9A-0200201 to CT9A-0206345 pin in gearshift control coulf fall out making it impossibel to change gear. Check tightness of pin and if loose fit new gear shift set. Als fit secondary locking arrangement to pin.

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