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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,425 miles

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer miscellaneous problems

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 272003

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,700 miles


Paint is chipping in front. Paint all over the car is very easily chipped, scratched etc. I have never had a car with such a lousy paint job. Dealership says it driving conditions that are causing the paint chips in the front. But your fingernail can scratch the paint all over the car. It's worthless.

- Hilliard, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 012002

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Paint cracks and chips easily; tree sap and bird droppings eat the paint even if washed off the same day; paint is very thin.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 122002

(reported on)


  • miles
Paint chips easily on any panel.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 302002


  • miles

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

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