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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,213 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer accessories - exterior problems

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 022013

Lancer 4-cyl

  • miles


The knobs to control the heating and defogging is broken. It has been unusually cold in Georgia this winter and the defoggers only emit cold air. I have to drive the car early in the morning around 6:10am and I warm the car before my 7yr. Gets in. Now we have to have blankets for her because the car never warms up! my sister lives here too and has the same problem on her 2003 Lancer. There should be a recall for the knobs they are poorly manufactured. Thank god I don't live in Chicago or buffalo, we could literally freeze to death in our car, just driving around! I tried to super glue them back together, but I see their is what looks like a mother board behind the knobs and maybe the connection was lost when the two knobs broke. I have had a mechanic check the heating cool and the thermostat and he suggested going online for replacement parts. I did to know avail, Mitsubishi does not offer replacement parts for the knobs, so what do I do? I hope Mitsubishi does something about this, because this is to no fault of the owner this is a defect in the manufacturing of the knobs they are poor quality and should be addressed. I love the Lancer it has served me well over the year and I will continue to drive them. Thank you for attention in this matter.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012002

Lancer 4-cyl

  • miles
The air conditioner and heater control knob was hard to turn from the moment we bought the vehicle new. It has since broke off. This is something that needs to be recalled because it is a factory defect.

- Hominy, OK, USA

problem #3

Sep 182010


  • 168,128 miles
I have a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer and the temperature control knob in the vehicle has been difficult to turn since a couple of years ago and has since deteriorated. The knob broke off two weeks ago. I contacted my dealer who stated that I can not just change the knob I have to change the whole unit which will cost me around $ $400 plus services fees to install it. This should be a recall item, since heating (and cooling) a vehicle allows it to be operable during hot and cold temperatures. It is now beginning to get cold. I have searchon the internet for a cheaper temperature control unit but have been unsuccessful. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kinzers, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 152008

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 82,000 miles
Temperature control rotary switch very difficult to operate. Change from hot side to cold side nearly impossible. I believe recently that it failed behind the dash as it can not be switched to the hot side any more. Have not repaired yet - will expect to have to replace the cable.

- Rolling Prairie, IN, USA

problem #1

Aug 042006

Lancer 4-cyl

  • 40,938 miles
I was convinced & shown that my blower moter was working in top condition. But on my ride home I was disturbed to find that only speed 4, an overdrive mode, was working. I contacted the local dealership where I just bought the Lancer ES 02', and was told that everthing would be taken care of. [recall #C04092 for a fan controller replacement had been done 2/23/06 along with recall #co505J PCM reflash 4 days prior to when I purchased the vehicle] at the Mitsubishi dealership I paid $146.31 to have the blower resister replaced, and later reimbursed by the local dealership where I puchased the Lancer. The blower worked good, then on & off. It blew again within a month. I called the local dealership, where I left messages, no return. They were to contact me, and were never timely. At the secong diagnosis the Mitsubishi dealership told me the blower motor was bad, causing the resistor to go $380! I was not about to pay that price upfront without a gaurantee of reimbursement from the local dealership, who now claims it should be covered by the Mitsubishi dealership when they themselves reimbursed me the first time. Beyond both denying the cost, the misubishi dealership stripped my alloys of most of their crome while proforming their "courtesy car wash"!! while conversing with the manager for an hour, he claims that the brand of alloys, adams, which were on the car when purchased, are known to crack and chip. They handed me my keys in the parking lot and left me with no receipt & no compassion. I left the Mitsubishi dealership after calling my mother & drove to my mechanic who had just done work on my car earlier that day. Replacing the right front bearing which was an open bearing which leaked grease out and stabilizer end link- $403.03- astonished to see my rims, he noticed right away, as I did, I took pictures imidiately, but who is responsible I am unsure. I haven't the finances, nor the patients, to be taken advantage of when others are at fault.

- Windsor, NY, USA

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