really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,448 miles

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problem #2

Dec 122005

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact stated while driving noticed smoke coming from underneath the front right panel. After he pulled over and exited the vehicle a fire erupted from the front right passenger door panel. The contact said it looked like a wire shorted out which caused the speaker to catch on fire. Upon inspection by the dealer, they concluded the fire was cause by a short in the wiring.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 112005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,895 miles
On 7-11-05 the vehicle caught on fire. Driver and passenger drove on and off all day. The front passenger door burst into flames. The doors automatically locked, and the windows rolled up and down on their own. Doors would not open. The driver was able to kick the door open. Both passengers exited through the driver's side. After exiting the vehicle the passenger got a gallon of water to put the fire out. When she poured water onto the passenger's door the fire went out, but there was still smoke coming from the door. The fire was coming from the front passenger's side area and smoke was coming from the heating vents. Prior to the fire, the vehicle overheated with the heater off. On the day of the incident when she got a cd out of the stereo it was too hot to hold. After the incident the cd in the stereo was wet. The driver was not injured. The passenger had to be hospitalized, and was under treatment for depression and anxiety. There was a court petition to have her hospitalized in the forensic ward. Police transported her to another hospital and had security guards escort her. The passenger sustained second degree burns on her leg. She contacted Mitsubishi and the insurance Agency.

- Jackson, MI, USA