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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,507 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 transmission problems

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 152011

Lancer 4-cyl

  • 146,100 miles


My slave cylinder failed due to leakage from the transmission. As I was driving uphill and tried to shift into 2nd gear the clutch pedal just went straight to the floor and my car got stuck in neutral. Its costing me 1000 dollars to fix it. There is a tsb out on this problem and I don't understand why this hasn't been made a recall yet"?" it looks like a quite common problem for people and a costly one at that. Very unfair that we are having to pay for these repairs when this was a manufacturers defect.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #5

Jun 132010


  • 119,036 miles
The slave cylinder on my 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer went out while driving the car. I was driving on the freeway when this happen and I could no longer get my car to go into gear. I had to get over from the left lane of traffic to the shoulder of the right lane without being able to accelerate because my car would not go into gear. I had to cut other drivers off and almost caused an accident. The slave cylinder leaked brake fluid all over the clutch and now that has to be replaced too. Mitsubishi knew this was a problem because they changed the design in 2004. I have read about this same problem from others who have the same car.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #4

Jan 072009


  • 63,000 miles
Clutch slave cylinder went bad I was stock in the middle of the highway not able to shift into gears. Very costly repair forced me to replace clutch plus the cylinder.

- Cliffside Park, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 222007


  • 207,908 miles


1/ at about 207000 miles check engine light came on. Dealers diagnosis and 2 other repair shops : catalytic converter has to be replaced. Cost for this job: $ 1500. I did not replace catalytic converter and was performing normally. This happened first time in my life, that catalytic converter gives up during the life of the car. 2/ at 246,570 miles while vehicle was on, would not go into gear. Dealers diagnosis: Car needs clutch assembly and resurface flywheel and clutch slave cylinder. Cost for this repair: About 1,200 plus tax again 1st time happened to me that car needs clutch assembly work with slave cylinder during the live of the car. 4/ while they checked the car for gear problem they recommended to me to replace timing belt: Cost $ 723 plus tax and replacing valve cover gasket: Cost $ 264 plus tax I believe they ripping people off, because while replacing timing belt they have to remove valve cover and they should not charge 2X for removing valve cover. This was estimated by Mitsubishi-Mazda dealership in san bernardino, ca. I'm questioning their prices and ability to properly diagnose and do this repairs based on the statements they made and their prices. After every time this car is serviced at Mitsubishi dealer this car have more problems: Screws missing, broken parts, engine check light comes on. I need from Mitsubishi motor of North America Inc. List of good repair facilities where the car can be repaired not sabotaged, where they have knowledgeable technician not monkeys. I had a few cars, but never happened that catalytic converter or clutch needed to be replaced during the life of the car, or I had to spent few thousand of $$ for repairs while maintaining the car properly during it's life.

- Cathedral City, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 032008


  • 55,000 miles
I drive a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer oz rally and out of nowhere I lost all resistance in the clutch and was stranded with a blown slave cylinder. I did some research and it seems that this is a very common problem and I believe it should be recalled.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #1

May 152008


  • miles
Failure of the slave cylinder 5 times in my car twice in 2005 twice in 2006 to 2007 and once presently this part is unbelievable how many time do I have to change this one part and spoke to a Mitsubishi rep and said this isn't the first time. 2002 mitsubitshi Lancer oz edition.

- Kingshill, VI, USA

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