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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,007 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer miscellaneous problems

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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 112016


  • 20 miles


The temperature knob broke easily because it was hard to turn making the defroster impossible to use which is a safety hazard. Furthermore the cruise control was always faulty to begin with but now it isn't even usable. Automatic transmission also loves to lurch into 3rd gear while slowing down at the same time and then jumping back into the speed I was previously going. This issue usually happens at speeds lower than 50 mph.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 202012

Lancer 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Heater/ac knob broke off, unable to switch to heat, knob has been very difficult to turn, investigating problem and have found this to be a common event with Mitsubishi vehicles during this release. Wondering if Mitsubishi has issued a recall to correct the defect. Have found its going to be very pricey to fix, living on a fixed income and unable to afford the fix. Have had the car 14 years bought it in 2002 off the showroom floor not ready to give it up...

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #1

Oct 012010


  • 89,000 miles
The heating/ cooling knob will not turn to heat. Defrost is minimal, which obstructs view when driving in inclement weather. Heat in car is absent, requiring blanket to be used to keep driver warm in cold Chicago winters. Knob mechanism needs to be recalled. This is a mechanical design error. Materials involved are plastic and metal. Without heat for defrosting and maintaining a comfortable cabin temperature, driving safety is compromised. Please issue a recall, thank you.

- Park Forest, IL, USA

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