hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
178,825 miles

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer miscellaneous problems

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #3

May 112016


  • 228,566 miles


Recall info: "the inside and outside surfaces of the front cross members used on certain vehicles if exposed long term to snow melt water and anti-freezing agents may corrode due to insufficient performance of the rust protection. Should corrosion occur, a lower control arm could become detached resulting in loss of vehicle control and potential collision. In May 2016 we had to have the lower control arm replaced along with the front sway bark link assembly." I believe this is all part of the corrosion mentioned above in the recall. Car was moving when lower control arm became detached. $285 to replace lower control arm & front sway bar link.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 052016


  • 100,000 miles
Slave cylinder internal and there should be a recall because there are several complaints about these internal slave cylinders in these model years before Mitsubishi realized they needed to make them external. Having to replace them is extremely expensive and requires new clutch, pressure plate and all other components because of the fluid the cylinder leaks all over the inside of the transmission. They should recall these if they expect people to continue buying their vehicles. I for one will not buy another Mitsubishi because the only recap they have actually sent me was for the control arms that I already replaced on my own because even though they sent me the recall they also noted on there that the parts were not available for any dealership at this point. Very aggravated with this company and think they should treat owners and our safety as a higher priority. This slave cylinder almost caused me to get into an accident because it would not come out of gear because all the fluid was being squirted into the rest of the clutch components. Very disappointed and wishing I would have never purchased this vehicle now. Take better care of your loyal customers and our safety Mitsubishi or you will keep losing them one by one. It is an easy fix for you to recall these internal junk slave cylinders and either replace them at the very least or even convert them to external like you did a year or two after you obviously realized your mistake and bad idea.

- Londonderry, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 222007


  • 207,908 miles
1/ at about 207000 miles check engine light came on. Dealers diagnosis and 2 other repair shops : catalytic converter has to be replaced. Cost for this job: $ 1500. I did not replace catalytic converter and was performing normally. This happened first time in my life, that catalytic converter gives up during the life of the car. 2/ at 246,570 miles while vehicle was on, would not go into gear. Dealers diagnosis: Car needs clutch assembly and resurface flywheel and clutch slave cylinder. Cost for this repair: About 1,200 plus tax again 1st time happened to me that car needs clutch assembly work with slave cylinder during the live of the car. 4/ while they checked the car for gear problem they recommended to me to replace timing belt: Cost $ 723 plus tax and replacing valve cover gasket: Cost $ 264 plus tax I believe they ripping people off, because while replacing timing belt they have to remove valve cover and they should not charge 2X for removing valve cover. This was estimated by Mitsubishi-Mazda dealership in san bernardino, ca. I'm questioning their prices and ability to properly diagnose and do this repairs based on the statements they made and their prices. After every time this car is serviced at Mitsubishi dealer this car have more problems: Screws missing, broken parts, engine check light comes on. I need from Mitsubishi motor of North America Inc. List of good repair facilities where the car can be repaired not sabotaged, where they have knowledgeable technician not monkeys. I had a few cars, but never happened that catalytic converter or clutch needed to be replaced during the life of the car, or I had to spent few thousand of $$ for repairs while maintaining the car properly during it's life.

- Cathedral City, CA, USA

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