really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,667 miles

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problem #3

Feb 012004

Lancer 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
2002 Mitsubishi Lancer ES. Have had four (4) accidents with this vehicle from date of purchase to present approximately 13 months in 2/2004 the automobile started stalling, and during the stall it would accelerate, and the brakes would not function during this. Also, the transmission made revving sounds periodically.I made an appointment at the Mitsubishi dealer "bellsouth Mitsubishi? in sayreville njin Feb 04? and explained the problem to the service dept.the put the car on a machine for tests and no errors were found. I then notified the sales person that sold me the car they requested me to leave it for 4 hours to run tests etc? they could not duplicate the problem. 12/17/04 when the vehicle stalled at a stop sign and accelerated into the truck ahead of me causing significant damage to the front, the bumper, and hood of my car. Since then the engine and transmission is making more loud revving sounds since that incident. It seems to be worsening.on 12/30/04 at a stop light the car accelerated while my foot was on the brakethe vehicle was in park?the motor revved up very loudly and the car shook for about 30seconds to a minute then went back to ?normal? I called the bell Mitsubishi in rahwaynj.immediately and they road tested the vehicle and could not duplicate the problem.12/31/04 I took the car back into bellsouthmitsubishi in sayreville, njthey put the car on a machine ?sorry the problem could not be duplicated"the vehicle also has a much extended stopping distance causing 2 separate accidents the car accelerates suddenly, takes long to slow down to a stop in 2/04 during a snow storm I was driving appx 25mph the brakes took to long to apply and I lost control of the car.in the rain the car failed to stop again when brakes where applied and started to skid into the car in front of me. I tried turning the steering wheel away to avoid collision the steering was not responsive therfore resulting in collision. Airbags didn't deploy in any accident.

- West Orange , NJ, USA

problem #2

May 112004

(reported on)


  • 20,000 miles
While sitting at an intersection vehicle suddenly surged out into traffic. Mechanic determined that transmission needed to be replaced.

- Spearfish, SD, USA

problem #1

Jan 272004

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Accelerator pedal or the transmission. I was backing up and the car revved really high and crashed me into a pole. I then tried to pull forwards and the car revved again and lunged forward, smashing into 2 cars. I did not even have my foot on the gas at the time. I had my foot on the brake and the only way that I could make the car stop was to put it in park. I had no damage to my own car but did cause quite a bit to the other cars. I had a friend who is a mechanic look at my car and he seems to think there is something wrong with the transmission. I only bought the car 7 months ago at a dealer and the transmission fluid is already dark brown. I'm not sure why this would be, I have had 3 oil changes on my car since I bought it and I've only put 9000 miles on it since I bought it 7 months ago. There should not be that kind of wear on the tranny after that little of use. I know that I did not accelerate so if the car is doing it on its own, I really don't want this to happen again.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA