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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,600 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.

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 192008


  • 21,000 miles


I have had several problems of which I have had my car in to the Mitsubishi dealer to check out to find out that they could find out nothing. The brakes gave out once and I had to use my emergency brake to stop. Thank god I did not hit anyone. They seemed to work afterwards. The car would not start and this would happen several time a week. I had the car checked out thoroughly and of course they found nothing out. Now I am dealing with a thumping noise when I am at a complete stop and I go to take off. This noise has been there since the first day I bought the car. It seems to only be heard when at a complete stop and you go to take off. Also the heater fan clicks off and on randomly. I never had this or heard this loud clicking on and off fan noise when I had a 2004 Lancer. I also had it check out and again they tell me that is normal. I do not think so.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer. Whenever the brake pedal is depressed, the contact hears a loud scrubbing sound coming from the rotors. When the vehicle is turned right or left, the front end of the vehicle makes a popping sound. The first time the vehicle was taken to the dealer they replaced the front driver's side wheel bearing due to a recall. The second time the vehicle was taken to the dealer regarding the front passenger side wheel bearing. On the third visit, the front passenger side wheel bearing was replaced and both front rotors were turned. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer approximately three times regarding this failure and it is gradually becoming worse. The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The current mileage was 7,333 and failure mileage was 6,800. Updated 10/14/08. Updated 10/16/08.

- Salem, SC, USA

problem #1

Jun 102008


  • 13,000 miles
My son was attempting to stop at a red light when the brakes started to pulse uncontrollably, and the brake pedal when down to the floor. Also the ABS light lit up. Unfortunately he could not stop in time and he hit the car in front of him. Three weeks later after the car was repaired, I went to go start the car and the car would not go into gear, the instrument panel lit up and some of my electric stop working. I had the car towed to the dealer. After two days of diagnostics they said there was a problem with a wiring harness due to the accident. I tried to explain to the dealer that the ABS was the reason we had the accident in the first place and that was when the electrical problem started. There was a bill for $423 that we had to pay because the dealer insisted the problem was due to the accident. I will be in touch with Mitsubishi to see if this can be rectified. Also I do hope someone will investigate this electrical problem. It was very unnerving to hit the brakes and the car would not stop.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

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