The Mitsubishi Lancer petrol model is powered with a 1.5L 87bhp 4 cylinder In-line MPI engine.
The life expectancy of a car engine is totally depends on your driving behavior and regular maintenance. On an average an which is as powerful as the engine of Lancer, can run upto 2,40,000 km, without a problem, though it can be increased by regular maintenance and a good driving behavior.
We will suggest you to go for a petrol car as petrol cars cost less on maintenance and also has longer life than the diesel ones. Read our guide on used cars to learn more about used cars http://www.cardekho.com/car-care-and-maintenance-guide/how-to-check-a-used-car.htm. We also have a good listing at cardekho.com/usedcars.
India received this 2000 era series of Lancer in 2006, known locally as the Mitsubishi Cedia to distinguish it from the previous version which was assembled and sold as the Lancer till June 2012, and Mitusbishi Cedia production closed in November 2012.