2009 Mitsubishi Lancer drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,534 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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2009 Mitsubishi Lancer drivetrain problems

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2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 182016


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer. While idling, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The contact stated that a "slow down" error message and transmission indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure was persistent. The dealer diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Fairless, PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 152012


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer. While driving at approximately 70 mph, the slow down warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was undetermined; however, the technician informed the contact that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted and the vehicle failed to accelerate. The contact had to pull over and restart the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 302014

Lancer 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Shortly after starting the engine; take a turn left and then made; I turn on the ABS light shortly after engine light lit too and, days later, the ABS light went out. The next day I started the engine; running the car at 15 to 35 miles, sounds a hit; in the transmission and ABS light comes on again. This has been doing so far.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 072013


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph with the accelerator pedal engaged, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to locate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000. Updated 11/24/14

- Prescott, AZ, USA

problem #5

Aug 132013

Lancer 4-cyl

  • 79,885 miles
I was driving northbound on the ca is-15 North at approximately 5:55 pm pst between the exits of 138/wrightwood and the route 395/joshua street exit. I was traveling in the fast lane going about 68-72 mph. I got a "service required" error light flashing, then the "slow down" light came on with a picture of a thermometer. I checked the temperature gauge (which is displayed on the led screen by the speedometer, not the usual independent gauge) and the temperature showed that it was right in the middle, which should be working great. I slowed down to 50 mph as I merged from the #1 (fast) lane to the slow lane by the road shoulder and my engine lost power. Luckily I had enough power to get over to the should before the usual line of semi-trucks blew past me. I checked the coolant, oil, and ctv trans fluid levels, all were at capacity. This is the second time that I had experienced this issue. The first time was this same time last year (August, 2012). I had bought the car used in July 2012. The first time this occurred the dealership (victorville Mitsubishi) fixed it under tsb 10-23-005. At that point the car only had 46,000 miles on it. I plan to take the car back into the dealer this Saturday, provided I can make it back up the hill today and tomorrow. This is a really serious problem and I hope it becomes an official recall. Luckily I wasn't run off the road or rear ended and killed with the loss of power issue due to the faulty sensor.

- Victorville, CA, USA

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problem #4

Aug 062013


  • 58,923 miles
As I was driving up the I5 going up the grapevine in ca at 65-70mph my vehicle made a beeping noise and dash showed thermometer that said slow down. I slowed down to 60mph and went into the left lane or (slow lane where semi trucks drive). All of a sudden the car started to slow down more and more until a semi truck got extremely close and had to veer into a faster lane because my car was only going 40mph. I found an exit and exited the freeway. I came to a stop, when it was my turn to go, my car would not accelerate. The car was on and it was in drive but would not move. Fortunately a chp vehicle came along and stopped traffic long enough for my brother and 13 year old nephew to push the vehicle off the road. This was the second time this exact incident occurred in this vehicle. The first time I was with my mother and was on the same freeway, luckily that time we were closer to the exit and were able to get safely to the side of the road. Please investigate this issue because it is extremely unsafe to have these vehicles on the road suddenly slow down in front of semi trucks that are not equipped to stop at short distances.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 192013

Lancer 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles


I purchased my vehicle in 2009 from the Mitsubishi dealership in ga, brand new. I travel often and long distances so I have accumulated a lot of mileage on my vehicle within a short period of time. I maintain the vehicle with all the proper inspections and services and the suggestion times (oil change every 3K miles, brakes and tires at 50K, ...). I began having issues with my transmission in August 2012 with this whining noise everytime I accelerated. My "service engine soon" light came on shortly after the noise started. When I took the car to auto zone, they pulled a "failed shift solenoid" code. I had a transmission fluid flush done at around 70K miles with the proper cvt transmission fluid added to the vehicle. When I was traveling the highway for christmas from Missouri to Georgia, about halfway through the trip I saw this red signal on the dashboard that read "slow down!" with a thermostat above the warning. I read through the manual and google searched the warning and read that it meant that the transmission fluid was overheating. For the rest of the 13-hour drive, anytime I drove over 75 miles an hour for more than 30 minutes the light would come on. I tried to ignore it at one point and this caused my transmission to stop shifting (I have an automatic). I had to stop 4 times between the trip because of this light. I have a power-train warranty on my vehicle for 10 years/100K miles. While in savannah, I had the Mitsubishi dealer run a diagnostic in which the service technician indicated there was an internal transmission issue. They were unable to resolve the issue at the time because the dealership was closing. Now back in Missouri, the dealership is "unable to replicate the code" and is more bent on making me pay the diagnostic fee. Mitsubishi customer care isn't much help either. I feel like I'm going to be stuck on the side of the road soon. Somebody help!

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #2

Mar 022013


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer. The contact stated that while in reverse with the accelerator depressed, the vehicle became hesitant to respond. The vehicle would also hesitate to accelerate and jerk forward when driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- North Adams, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 122009


  • 16,000 miles
2009 Lancer Mitsubishi - brake failure & transmission failure while driving about 60 miles per hr. Ended up on the side of the road and the car caught on fire. Reported - inspected but unable to hold Mitsubishi liable because they did put out notice in may or June of the recall on the brake system.

- Morgan City, LA, USA

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