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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,120 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.

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2001 Mitsubishi Mirage engine problems

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2001 Mitsubishi Mirage Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 202006

Mirage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,290 miles


I punched out from my job and got into my car. I drove approximately 8 minutes away.I was in my car waiting for the traffic light to change to green. There were about 4 or 5 cars ahead of me.I had my foot on the brake when my car took off like a race car (very fast).I applied my brake and it felt as though it didn't want to hold.I then applied both feet to the brake pedal in an almost standing up position trying to get the vehicle to eventually stopped. This incident happened either on December 20th or December 21st. The reason I didn't give a definitive date is that my receipt is in my car. This has never happened to me in my life, it happened at an inopportune time because I would have received over time that week; but due to my car not being finished (fixed) until 4:00 P.M. I lost a day of work. Very next morning I took my vehicle to Firestone on elvis presley blvd. I explained what happened to the manager and he said to me "maam we don't have anyone here that can fix that problem", the manager then said that he has read somewhere where that has happened to some vehicles. He said there maybe a recall and then advised me to take the vehicle to the dealer. I left his shop and went to gossett/Mitsubishi motors on covington pike; this is where I purchased my car from. I explained it to the woman who greeted me. I told her what the manager at Firestone revealed to me about the recall. She said that she will look into that. She said that the charge $105 just to look at the vehicle, but it will be applied towards the bill (as an offset). After they finished looking at my car she said that they don't know what caused that to happen and they don't know if it will or won't happen again. The lady said that I did have a little corrosion in my fuel injectors and this may be the problem. She also said that I need to have my timing/serpentine belts replaced. I paid for the fuel injectors there and I went to a second Firestone to have the 3 belts replaced.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #6

May 272006

Mirage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,988 miles
While I was parking and while applying little pressure to the gas pedal the automobile accelerated and surged forward crashing two other automobiles and a motocycle. This has caused significant economic damages and an emotional distress on me and my family.

- Juana Diaz, PR, USA

problem #5

Nov 012005

Mirage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
The contact stated while driving the instrument panel did not work properly. Also, the speedometer did not register how fast the vehicle was going, and the fuel gauge malfunctioned, the contact didn't know how much gas there was in the furl tank. In addition, the rpms did not register. The contact took the vehicle to the dealership to have it checked. And they determined the vehicle had a defective module. No repairs were made.

- Lake Bluff , IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 032003

Mirage 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,563 miles


On 9/3/03 my 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage would not idle and kept cutting out every time you came to a stop. I took it to rick case @ 18300 rockside road, bedford, oh 44146 because this is where I purchased the vehicle. The car had 30563 miles. They replaced the idle speed control motor and valve, fast idle air which was under warranty. Then on 10/6/04 the same exact thing happened to the car. This time the car only had 46013 miles. I had to pay for the same exact repair which cost me $520.39 which is outrageous. They say it was different but when I got the invoice both invoices have the same parts and same description on what they replaced. I have both receipts. I think I was ripped off and that they should have replaced it since it was the same problem. I bought a new car hoping I could at least get several years without headaches but that's all this car is and I will never purchase another Mitsubishi and especially from rick case in bedford Ohio. Also, on 6/11/03 I took the car in for front drivers and passengers door hinges to be replaced and the rear door belt molding to be replaced because it was coming off. Both door hinges were replaced but they kept my car for 3 days. Now its July 2005 and my drivers door won't shut and the door light stays on and the door is off alignment. The door hinge is gone again. I hate to take my car in again and be charged again and again. Shouldn't this be covered because they did the same exact work in 2003.

- Maple Hts, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 012002


  • miles
While driving vehicle will hesitate and suddenly accelerate.

- Linkwood, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 012002


  • miles
While driving vehicle will hesitate and surge forward unexpectedly.

- Linkwood, MD, USA

problem #1

May 142002


  • miles
When applying very little pressure to the gas pedal (such as when leaving or entering a parking space) the car accelerates and surges forward or backward depending on which gear it is in. This defect in my car has caused an accident that has resulted in costly damage and an increased premium on my insurance policy. Driving this car now is extremely stressful for me for the obvious reason that this malfunction will certainly happen again.

- Peekskill, NY, USA

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