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7.5

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,807 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution clutch problems

clutch problem

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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #24

Jun 032004

Lancer Evolution

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Powertrain: Clutch assembly.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #23

Apr 162004

Lancer Evolution

  • miles
My clutch just goes out at 2K and Mitsubishi doesn't want to replace it because they say its burn.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

problem #22

Mar 312003

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I've had a throw out bearing metal to metal rubbing noise from the day I bought my 2003 Mitsubishi evolution viii. I went back to the dealer to ask if I should be concerned. I was straightforward told not to worry unless the noise gets worse. Since then my clutch has begun to chatter in cold weather violently, and occationally in warm or hot weather. My pedal throw has been very far from the floor from day one and I just assumed this was the nature of the car. I later found from a former employee of the exact same dealership that upon receiving the very first shipment of evolutions, both vehicles received were taken out and driven by all the managment and employees at the dealership and violently abused and pressed further then they were ment to be used for. I have two separate people with matching stories who worked at the same dealership tell me that my car was one of the two vehicles which they took out for a joy ride. So my clutch problem is either a: a defective design, or B: abuse fro mthe dealership.

- Turlock, CA, USA

problem #21

Jun 052004

Lancer Evolution 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,972 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Clutch failure.

- Lawton , OK, USA

problem #20

Dec 222003

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,250 miles
Clutch defective, went out at 9000 miles, had to replace with my own money as dealership said that they will not honor warrenty on my car, but provided no proof or reason why.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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problem #19

Jun 182004

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,800 miles
Slipping clutch with only 3500 miles.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #18

Sep 072003

Lancer Evolution

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Under the first few weeks of ownership of my 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer evolution, my clutch began to slip. I immediately notified my dealer and went in to have it inspected. I spoke directly with the district manager but before any questions he assumed I had abused the vehicle and said they would only check for problems if I paid to the cost of a teardown before anything. I explained that I was still in the "break-in" period and driving very carefully. He did not care and said many people abuse this car, so he still would not try to understand. Furthermore, while being at the dealer for other problems, someone had taken my car for 20 miles without any explaination. I let him know about this and he still insisted that I was abusing the clutch and would only allow an inspection if I paid the labor for a teardown first. Basically, the district manager of Mitsubishi was unreasonable and would not listen to my concerns.

- El Monte, CA, USA

problem #17

Nov 012003

Lancer Evolution 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I purchased the vehicle brand new with 26 miles. 6 months later and 17000 miles the clutch slipping and not ingauging. It was so bad that the car would not even move. The RPM would just raise, even all the way up to 6500 in first gear with the car not responding. The Mitsubishi dealer ship here in town would not even want to cover it or touch it.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #16

May 222004

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,853 miles
I have had problems with the clutch on this vehicle. I have only 7,000 miles on the vehicle. 5th gear synchros went bad. This is not acceptable. The dealership specifically advised they have had numerous complaints about this, and it should be recognized.

- Huntely, IL, USA

problem #15

Jun 162004

Lancer Evolution 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,174 miles
Clutch slipped.

- Ottsville, PA, USA

problem #14

Jun 102003

Lancer Evolution

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Clutch failure 2 times before 6000 miles. 2003 Lancer evolution.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #13

Jun 172004

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,380 miles
Clutch failed under acceleration while merging on freeway. Car has 6300 miles, 3 months old. Dealer quoted almost $1500 for replacement not under warranty.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #12

Nov 012003

Lancer Evolution

  • miles
My Mitsubishi evolution 8 clutch stopped working at approx. 12,000 miles. I took my car to my dealer and I was denied a warranty claim. I never done it hard or even took it to a race track.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #11

May 152004

Lancer Evolution 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Clutch failure at right around 10,000 miles.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #10

Jan 062004

Lancer Evolution 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,800 miles
Clutch started slipping after 4800 miles, had my clutch replaced, $1125.

- San Pedro, CA, USA

problem #9

May 282003

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,750 miles
I've owned my 03 mitsu evolution viii for 1 year and I have put 16,700 miles on the car. The clutch is slipping and it's not covered under warranty. This is ridiculous since it will require 8 hours of labor and a better clutch just to get it where it should have been in the first place. I have done everything with in reason to baby this thing. I just don't understand why it wasn't covered under warranty.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #8

Jan 152004

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Failure of clutch at around 6,000 miles on a 03' Mitsubishi Lancer evolution. Mitsunishi claims under warranty that it is covered up to 12,000 miles or 12 months. They wouldn't even look at the clutch or check to see if it was under warranty. I communicated with the head of service shop and he communicated that Mitsubishi motors had stated they would not cover problem. After numerous phone calls I didn't recieve any help and was forced to replace bad part myself for over $2000 w/labor. I have seen this in numerous evolutions with them even going out under 1000 miles. Out of 6 friends that own the same car 5 have had to replace clutch and all under 7000 miles.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #7

May 172004

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 400 miles
Premature clutch wear and failure. On my vehicle, a Mitsubishi Lancer evolution viii, the clutch started slipping at 5700 miles from purchase. The clutch failure occured from normal usage, and this behavior has been exhibited in other evolutions as well. This is unacceptable from a safety standpoint as it can lead to the vehicle becoming inoperable.

- Morganville, NJ, USA

problem #6

May 282004

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,500 miles
2003 Mitsubishi evolution clutch defective at 5500 miles. Also 3rd gear syncho is gone. Very weak clutch.

- Broadview Hts., OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 062004

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,600 miles
I had bought my car brand new on January 10th, 2004 with about 300 miles on the car already from the day I bought it from fred beans Mitsubishi. Since then I have not been hard on my car at all. But about 2,500 miles on the car, my clutch started to stick and I felt that something was wrong. I reported it to Mitsubishi and I was told that it was a normal thing these car's do. On March 6th 2004 I was driving normally down the boulevard, when out of nowhere when I am starting to pull away in my car, the clutch sticks down all the way and would not release back. I had to scoop my foot under it and manually pull it back. I barely got it home before the clutch totally died on me. I took it to Mitsubishi that following weekend and they told me that they will not cover the clutch because they say all of us youngsters abuse cars and that we will not warranty the part. So I had to go and spend nearly $800 to buy a new clutch and have it installed. I don't feel that I was treated right and for the car to have a clutch go that fast, it must of been a defect. But they just wanted my money.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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