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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,087 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution transmission problems

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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 152008

Lancer Evolution

  • 60,000 miles


The 5th gear syncro has failed on the car at 60,000 miles. This is a known defect to Mitsubishi and they have developed new, stronger parts as part of a tsb. However, Mitsubishi is refusing to repair the defect citing "abuse".

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #10

Nov 302006

Lancer Evolution 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles
- the contact stated that while parked and attempting to drive the 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer evolution he turned on the ignition while in neutral and the vehicle lunged forward and failed. The contact stated that the manufacturer stated everyone with the same vehicle had the same problem.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 052006

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles
3rd gear synro went bad after 32000 miles.

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #8

Jul 232005

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,300 miles


Failure of 5th gear. Mitsubishi has a current tsb released on this failure and denied repair under warranty. The warranty claim was denied due to the fact that an aftermarket clutch, of higher quality was installed on the vehicle after failure of manufacturer installed clutch.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 152004

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
1) I am in the military deployed to afghanistan... 1 month before I deployed my stock clutch was slipping. This is not covered by Mitsubishi's warranty. I was reading on my forums and there were at least 2 to 300 people experiencing the same problem all around 5000 miles on the car regardless of how the car was driven. I purchased a new clutch, $1300 and had the dealership install it for $800 figuring that they would warranty there work. I deployed to afghanistan, came back and about 2 months of driving the car my car was making a hi squealing noise. The problem was diagnosed as the clutch. Although they did no other inspection. I ordered a new clutch had them install it... same problem continued. So I paid another 700 for a new clutch for no reason. Then they rediagnosed the problem as the rear differential. They replaced that under warranty... problem was fixed. I was babying the car for a week or so because of the clutch break in period is suggested 1000 miles. While doing 60 mph on the highway the car noise came back just as bad as before... called Mitsubishi and they refused repair by order of the district rep. 2. the noise has progressively gotten worse and has caused my car to be sluggish now. I would like my drivetrain to have a thorough inspection and fixed where necessary. I would also like to be reimbursed for my clutch that I had to buy that wasn't faulty to begin with. I also think Mitsubishi needs to adhere to a warranty on there drivetrain. Regardless if you install an aftermarket clutch in your car, the drivetrain should be covered. Who in there right mind would pay for the installation of a new stock clutch and fly wheel if its just going to go bad at the same time you need your oil change.

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #6

Jun 102004

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,700 miles
My manual transmission in my Lancer evolution started to feel rough around 350 miles I thought in was normal since it was a new car. But around 1700 miles the problem got worse I took it to the attention of the dealer where I purchased it form but the mechanic said it was fine, so I took it home the way it was. I now have 5000 miles and my clutch is all worn out and my dealer refuses to fix the problem even though I have never abused of the car I am still trying to break it in. So I think it does not make since that I would have to change my clutch 20 times before my 100,000 miles. So I don't think the clutch went out under normal wear and tear there has to be something wrong with this car there have been to many complaints about the same problem.

- Watsonville, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 012004

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,700 miles


Mitsubishi Lancer evolution 8.

- Watsonville, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 082004

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles
I had 12000 miles on my car it is 7 months old. I am the original owner and iv been driving manual cars for over 8 years. Never had any transmission problems be for they had to replace some syncros because it would grind between fourth and fith gears at highway speeds. And they also made a comment on how worn my clutch is and that my fly wheel is scored. Every now and then when I start off I smell my clutch burning and smoke comes out of my exhaust and they say its from abuse when its not.

- Oxford, NJ, USA

problem #3

Nov 132003

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 13,000 miles
ECU registers P0300 (multiple cylinder misfire) obdii error code. Error code is thrown, ses light comes on, and car stumbles until throttle is released. This typically occurs at light throttle or cruising (steady) throttle. It can occur under load (acceleration) but never occurs on deceleration. Known facets of this problem thus far are: 1) Mitsubishi is aware of 2 issues: Sticky (dirty) injectors and a transmission harmonic resonance, which throws the knock sensor 2) the car is undriveable when this occurs until the throttle is released. 3) my vehicle in particular is almost 100% undriveable on the highway due to this problem recurring every 10-15 seconds during any sort of highway driving period. 4) it _is_ a safety issue as I have had this occur under light acceleration attempting to merge into traffic, only to be met with what feels like a wall when the error code is thrown and the ECU retards the timing because it is detecting knock (which is not actually occurring). 5) Mitsubishi (mmna) is apparently aware of an ECU reflash fix for this problem (the harmonic resonance issue, not the injector issue). They have claimed that the flash will be out "within 3-6 weeks" since November 2003, and it is still not out nor available. I have been told it is held up in epa certification. This problem has occurred for me literally hundreds of times, and no dealership has been able to fix it because Mitsubishi will not authorize any warranty work on my vehicle for this problem, citing that "a fix is already on the way, wait for it."

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Jul 202003

Lancer Evolution 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,400 miles
I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer evolution-8, and at approximately 2,400 miles I began having problems with my transmission, and no modifications had beed done to the car. It started out as a 4th to 5th gear shifting problem(grinding). It seems like it's RPM sensitive. I had the dealership look at it, and they said it wasn't bad enough need fixing, however, did aknowledge after they drove it that there was something "out of place" with my transmission and did experience the same problem that I was having. I have had the car in three times for this, but it is obvious that they have no desire to fix this. Then around 4,500 miles it started to have problems going into second gear, and third gear with a very notchy and rough engagement. I now have 12,500 miles on my car and the shifting is getting much worse. After browsing the internet, I found many letters and documents of people with the same transmission problems on this year and model of car with the end result being that the owner of the car is at fault and not the manufacturer/dealer. One reference # is 10063730 NHTSA complaint id: 464401 entered March 23, 2004.

- Westminster, CO, USA

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