really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,000 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 282002

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles


The paint job on my 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer ES is very poor. A very light contact makes a scratch on the paint. I have this car for about an year now but after the dealer washed my car for the first time, I can see the scratches on the hood. The dealer is not accepting the responsibility for this. I would say the car of this price should have much better paint and shouldn't scratch that easily.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 012003

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer owned a 2003 Lancer evolution viii and noticed very poor paint quality. On a car that cost as much, and was as exclusive as this one, one would think it wouldn't chip and scratch so easily.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 012003

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Poor paint quality on 2003 evolutions. After two months of ownership, I have found several paint chips on the left hand side of the car just before the rear wheel opening. In addition, there are scratches and chips on the front bumper and hood. The outside mirrors seem to not have been clear coated, since every time I wax the car, the paint color appears on the pad.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 012003

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have the 2003 oz rally Mitsubishi Lancer and have had a problem right away with small paint chips occurring with very little impact against the car, and scratches to the clearcoat are happening with little contact... if you barely brush against the car the clearcoat instantly develops a white scratch mark. This shouldn't happen to a car that is barely 2 months old.

- Milwaukie, OR, USA

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