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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,034 miles

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2004 Mitsubishi Lancer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012005

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 44,367 miles


1. after driving vehicle for an hour or less (depending on atmospheric conditions) a spark/static discharge occurs between the external metal surface of the vehicle and the first occupant exiting vehicle. 2. this could potentially ignite fumes when the vehicle is refueling or in presence of other flammable gases/materials. Also potential could cause spark between the gas tank door and gas station fuel nozzle. This is as much of a danger as an annoyance due to the static discharge/spark is very strong. I do not experience this in other vehicles. 3. dealer fails to acknowledge and correct this issue.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #1

Apr 282004


  • 3,700 miles
Dashboard upper firewall support malfunctioned.

- Redding, CA, USA

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