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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,190 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Mitsubishi Lancer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I purchased my 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer in 2001, it had 7 miles on it. In the years since I have purchased the car I have had to replace the brake pads 6 times. It now has 88,000 miles on it. I pretty much have to get a new set every year, and these are the expensive lifetime pads. I have turned the rotors twice and already replaced them once. When trying to further investigate this my mechanic discovered that the back breaks had never been used, they still had untouched manufacturer brake pads. So the back breaks had never worked. I contacted the dealer and they did look at the car, they stated that it was simply an issue of a disconnected line (after I had been driving the car for 4 years). But then 6 months later I had to change the brakes yet again after only 5,000 miles. Once again- the back breaks were still untouched. I called the dealer about this manufacturing defect and they said I would have to pay up front for any inspection or repairs since my warranty had expired. I feel this is a serious manufacturer defect that should be taken care of immediately and is a potential serious danger, I have yet to contact corporate regarding this matter as I have been told they would not involve themselves by other Mitsubishi owners.

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 162005

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
2002 mits Lancer oz - brakes have gone out twice with only 38000 miles.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 012004

Lancer 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
2002 Mitsubishi Lancer ES. Have had four (4) accidents with this vehicle from date of purchase to present approximately 13 months in 2/2004 the automobile started stalling, and during the stall it would accelerate, and the brakes would not function during this. Also, the transmission made revving sounds periodically.I made an appointment at the Mitsubishi dealer "bellsouth Mitsubishi? in sayreville njin Feb 04? and explained the problem to the service dept.the put the car on a machine for tests and no errors were found. I then notified the sales person that sold me the car they requested me to leave it for 4 hours to run tests etc? they could not duplicate the problem. 12/17/04 when the vehicle stalled at a stop sign and accelerated into the truck ahead of me causing significant damage to the front, the bumper, and hood of my car. Since then the engine and transmission is making more loud revving sounds since that incident. It seems to be worsening.on 12/30/04 at a stop light the car accelerated while my foot was on the brakethe vehicle was in park?the motor revved up very loudly and the car shook for about 30seconds to a minute then went back to ?normal? I called the bell Mitsubishi in rahwaynj.immediately and they road tested the vehicle and could not duplicate the problem.12/31/04 I took the car back into bellsouthmitsubishi in sayreville, njthey put the car on a machine ?sorry the problem could not be duplicated"the vehicle also has a much extended stopping distance causing 2 separate accidents the car accelerates suddenly, takes long to slow down to a stop in 2/04 during a snow storm I was driving appx 25mph the brakes took to long to apply and I lost control of the the rain the car failed to stop again when brakes where applied and started to skid into the car in front of me. I tried turning the steering wheel away to avoid collision the steering was not responsive therfore resulting in collision. Airbags didn't deploy in any accident.

- West Orange , NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 222004


  • miles


While driving at unknown speed consumer depressed the brakes and heard a grinding noise. Consume inspected vehicle, and noticed black dust covering the rims. Vehicle was serviced by dealership six times. Technician replaced rotor cap, pins, shims, an dbrake pads.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,142 miles
The brakes wore out prematurely. The part was replaced three times, but the problem continued exists. The vehicle left black oil spots on the garage ground near all four tires the consumer was told it was from excess factory over coating. The brakes squealed continuously, the front brake pads wore out prematurely and a nail was in the sidewall of the rear tire and couldn't be repaired because to the front and rear struts needed to be replaced due to leakage, however the consumer was getting different opinions regarding the struts. The consumer felt that there was something wrong with the calipers and or brake design which caused the brakes to prematurely wear out. The consumer was told the tires needed to be replaced

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 182002

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving at speed limit applied brakes and there was no response. Consumer was involved in a collision.

- Springfiled, VA, USA

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