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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,314 miles

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer cooling system problems

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 042006

Lancer 4-cyl

  • 40,938 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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

problem #2

Mar 012005

Lancer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In October of 2003, a technical bulletin was issued on my car. The bulletin reads: 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer 02 - blower [part 138110] tsb no: 0355008 NHTSA id:, October 01, 2003 : replacement: Summary: Debris (such as leaves, etc) entering the front cowl area may clog the evaporator housing drain tube. If this occurs, the evaporator housing may fill up with condensation and overflow into the passenger compartment, and into the blower mot...in the first quarter of 2005, I paid my local Mitsubishi dealer $310.50 to replace my blower motor because debris had clogged the motor causing it to short out and resulting in leaving my passenger floor board under an inch of water. My car now, is out of warranty. However, if I had known there was a problem, I could have bought a filter to prevent this problem. My question is: At what point does NHTSA make technical service bulletins into recalls" it is absolutely absurd when my dealer informs me that tsb's are only fixed if a customer complains about the car. It's just plain wrong for Mitsubishi to know there is something potentially wrong with your car and not inform you of it. For instance there is another bulletin on the temperature control knob in my car. Now, I read these tsb's and it just so happened that Mitsubishi was aware of the problem when my car was under warranty. I had to replace the cv boot, the valve covers and seals, and when I got the blower motor replaced I had to replace the thermostat and redo my coolant. I'm also currently having a problem with my cruise control. Every time I crank my car up, my cruise control is already on. I turn the cruise control off, and turn my car back on, and the cruise control is on again. I was two days before paying $600 for the torque converter to be replaced, and finally a recall was issued, thank god! how many things have to go wrong with my car for it to be deemed a lemon and made to be sent back? lord, somebody please reply back to me and tell me what to do!"!

- Irmo, SC, USA

problem #1

Apr 062005

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,003 miles
I went into a ditch (was run off the road) passenger door hit a pole, air bag did not deploy and passenger fractured her collar bone. This happened in 2005. Also the blow motor has rusted and needs to be replaced, I found out through the internet that water flows into the motor through the wipers. It cost over $400. To replace the motor.

- Coram, NY, USA

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