Mit­subishi Lancer

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -


Once I’d pulled the Lancer out of its win­ter hi­ber­na­tion, I planned to get it re-MoT’d and start us­ing it again. It re­warded me with a no-ad­vi­sory pass (al­though I ex­pected noth­ing less, of course) but that hope­fully was a re­sult of hav­ing a great en­thu­si­as­tic garage keep­ing on top of what was al­ready a well looked-af­ter car.

Some post-MoT trips out around Car­marthen­shire re­minded me of just how good the Lancer is in al­most ev­ery re­spect. It’s way be­yond many other same-era mo­tors when it comes to per­for­mance, han­dling and econ­omy, and it never com­plains, even on long jour­neys (it has done 400 miles in a day) – and nei­ther do its pas­sen­gers.

Re­cent ex­cur­sions in­cluded a trip out into mid-Wales on Drive-it Day and a run up the val­leys for a clas­sic gath­er­ing or­gan­ised by Wales’ Mr Ra­dio, Ian Ed­wards at Driver’s Seat sta­tion, GTFM. Work com­mit­ments meant that I couldn’t stay long, but the run across the Bea­cons in­cluded a stop for a late break­fast at Laura’s burger van, just out­side Pen­deryn. The Lancer looked quite at home parked next to her sameera ‘smi­ley face’ Ford Tran­sit.

A cou­ple of Sun­days later, an af­ter­noon drive out west saw the Lancer head­ing into Cardi­gan, a town I’d not vis­ited for at least a decade. There used to be a crack­ing clas­sic show nearby but since its demise, our trips to the west coast tend to cen­tre on Aberys­t­wyth and vil­lages fur­ther north. Driv­ing along mile af­ter mile of nar­row lanes from Whit­land across to Cardi­gan was an ab­so­lute de­light and surely what driv­ing’s all about – great roads, a car ide­ally suited to the cir­cum­stances and, most en­joy­ably of all, al­most no other traf­fic.

Not long af­ter this trip I started to hear a slight click from the front off­side wheel – my sus­pi­cion that the CV joint was on its way out was con­firmed when the garage re­placed it.

Main­tain­ing the Lancer isn’t prov­ing to be a chore – long may that con­tinue.

En­joy­ing a sea view on the West Wales coast.


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