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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,750 miles

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 102004

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Left rear of car was making a intermittent noise that was faster with speed of car. Checked strut on left rear found it to be defective. While waiting for part to be shipped the strut on left rear came completely apart. This appears to be a significant safety issue due to complete separation of top and bottom of strut.

- Silver City, NM, USA

problem #3

Apr 192004

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Mitsubishi Lancer ES 2002, vehicle has been making an annoying squeeking sound coming from the rear ot the car. Three attempts have been made by the dealer to correct problem, to no avail. It seems that every time the vehicle is worked on the sound dissappears for several minutes (30 mns.) and than it returns. They claim to be stemming from the rear suspension system to poor bushings to lack of lubrication. They claim that alll of the above have been repair or replaced but not successfully.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Mar 042003

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I am having problems with the rear suspension of my 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer. Service tells me that they have received a bulletin from Mitsubishi regarding an issue with the control arm bushings. Apparently both are bad on my automobile. The recommended fix to this problem according to the service bulletin is a special lube, however after two attempts the problem has not been corrected. Although my car is under a full bumper-to-bumper warranty, service has made no attempt to repair the problem for over a month, despite numerous complaints and protests by me. They are instead "waiting for Mitsubishi to tell them how to correct the problem". in the meantime I am forced to drive a defective automobile.

- Ferndale, MI, USA

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