2011 Mitsubishi Lancer drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,833 miles

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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer drivetrain problems

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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 012014


  • 35,500 miles


The issue first presented itself as a flashing all wheel control indicator light at approximately 35,000 miles while on the highway. It was initially an intermittent issue that occurred only occasionally. I arrived home from my trip and was at the dealership at 36,200 miles. Their scanner indicated a C161E code which indicates an acd pump actuator lock. The dealership stated this can happen under aggressive driving conditions and was normal. However, after informing them the issue occurred while cruising on the highway and also when stopped at a light they informed me to return if the issue persisted. I returned a week later after I confirmed the issue occurred every time I drove the vehicle, but they were unable to read codes because their diagnostic tool had broken. At 37,000 miles the vehicle displayed a message indicating I needed to service the all wheel drive system. The nearby dealership's scanner was still broken. At 37,900 miles I arrived at a different dealership and they found the codes C161E and C161F which indicates an acd pump failure. During the time since the issue first began I also noticed the traction control didn't appear to function. In wet conditions when I lost traction I did not see the dash indicator for traction loss / traction control nor did I feel the system kick in to compensate. I believe this presents a potential safety issue. This appears to be a common and well documented issue, especially in areas of varying climate. The root cause in my scenario is most likely volatile local weather where winters involve heavily salted roads and temperatures that range from warm to below freezing in the same day. This can lead to premature pump failure due to a known issue with a pump seal and rust.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #2

Oct 012013

Lancer 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
I own a Mitsubishi Lancer evolution X gsr 2011. I purchased this vehicle on February 2013 brand new. By the end of September 2013 (7 months) I had about 15,000 miles on the vehicle and I started experiencing a problem with the acceleration of the vehicle. The gear was engaging properly but there was a delay on getting traction to the wheels. The engine ramped up several rpms before the car started accelerating in any gear. On October 2nd 2013 I took the vehicle to the Mitsubishi dealership and I was told that I have to replace the clutch because it was worn off. I could not believe this since the vehicle was fairly new and I have never experienced this problem before, all my previous vehicles have had manual transmission. I also got the vehicle checked with two local mechanics and they told me that the clutch was worn off beyond normal. The clutch is not under manufacturer's warranty because it's wear off depends on the driver according to Mitsubishi. The problem arises when I checked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website for recalls and I found out that in November 11 2013 there will be a recall noticed for my vehicle for the clutch master cylinder. After November 11 I called the dealership to confirm that my car is one of the cars affected and it was indeed. I got the clutch master cylinder replaced and the car is still having the same problem as before. My question is, and I need to know if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can do the research for me, what is the effect of a damaged clutch master cylinder on the wearing of a clutch" I now have to pay over $2,000 to the dealership to have the clutch replaced. If the clutch was damaged due to miss-function of the master cylinder wouldn't Mitsubishi have to cover repair cost for the early wearing of the clutch" please get back to me. Sincerely,

- North Arlington, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 182012


  • miles
Bought this car brand new only had it a little over a month, service engine light comes on, dealer told me it was misfiring and fixed. 2 weeks later service engine light comes on again, called and made appt. Next day I am driving down the highway and hear a loud grinding noise, transmission blew. And to top it off manufacture won't cover warranty because evidentially I was racing and doing burnouts, which wasn't the case at all. This car definitely has defects. Even if I was beating it and doing what I was accused of I highly doubt the trans would of blew that fast. I was never told why the service engine light came on the 2nd time but was told that the trans wouldn't make it come on which is untrue.

- Birdsboro, PA, USA

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