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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,500 miles

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012010


  • 100,500 miles


I own a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer (oz rally) that was purchased in 2002. During the last few months of 2009, I noticed my temperature control knob was becoming harder and harder to turn. On Monday, March 1, 2010 it broke completely off, leaving a partial stub of plastic in the console and the remaining plastic inside the knob. I first went to two auto parts stores to see if they carried this replacement piece, and their personnel informed me I needed to have it repaired a Mitsubishi dealership. I then went to the Mitsubishi dealership to inquire about the problem. They informed me the part could not be replaced individually, but it would cost $311 to replace the entire console in addition to the $150 or more in labor costs. I refused to pay such an outlandish price, considering that my console was in perfectly working order. I only need the broken plastic mechanism replaced, nothing more. And paying approximately $500 to replace a plastic piece is ridiculous. After further research, I realized that this is a common problem with other Lancer owners and the manufacturer should be informed of this defect.

- Pleasant Grove, AL, USA

problem #2

Jun 012003


  • miles
Paint is chipping all over the body, especially on the hood. The company refuses to take care of their cheap paint. The paint will chip for no reason or whenever bird droppings or tree sap come in contact, even if you clean it right off. I have never had such bad paintg.

- Paradise, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 252002

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Having a problem with rear suspension. The entire back end sounds as if the frame is broken. Was assured by mitsu service that it is not a safety issue. I was told it needed bearings and bushings and parts are on back order. This is a 2002 Lancer oz with 30000 miles this should not be happening to a car of this age. I am filing this complaint because I feel if there are two complaints on this site there are most certainly dozens more out there or more to come.

- Milford, CT, USA

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