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Feb 07, 2008 (10:24 pm)
good deal. If you don't need to deal now it sounds like you could get more in your Lancer GTS by waiting for the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. I just know that I love my '08 Lancer GTS just as much now as I did in March of 2007 when I was itching so bad to trade my '01 Sportage 4X4 in. Once I saw this beautiful car's exterior in all of its glorious detail I just set my sights on getting one and I was going to get one, that was all there is to it!
I am glad you have been struck by Mitsu Lancer fever lovethelancer. Very cool. Did you know that I rented a plain old white 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan in late 2004? It was an automatic transmission model and I needed it while my Sportage 4X4 got a new alternator. I was actually even impressed by the old-gen Lancer and I did not forget that. Manufacturer's need to keep in mind that when they sell to rental agencies its a great way to spread the word about their brand of cars. Someone like me rents their cars and then remembers that experience for later. I have been a Kia fan for the last 9 years and just got turned on to Mitsubishi about a year ago exactly. One year ago I was reading that autospies piece I linked to in here just recently and globbing on to anything and everything I could find about Mitsubishi. Everything I found was positive and these people and their pride for the Mitsubishi name and brand trademark is truly inspiring. I'll pop a link in here for you to read up on sometime. It is truly interesting. They take their carbuilding seriously, yes, but they take it many steps further. They enter their cars in the Dakar Rally races and they win them. Then they take this build information back to the engineering room and on to the manufacturing floor. That report by Bryan Arnett, Lancer Product Information Officer touches on this Dakar racing heritage and all the other racing history Mitsubishi builds in to their cars.
BTW-I took a turn from a frontage road on to a I-10 freeway onramp the other day and accelerated in to the turn in a large manner and freaked my wife out. I mean, we were stretching in to the turn and the Lancer GTS just ate it up and wanted more! You will love how your Lancer GTS handles!
One of the early reviews on the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS says that you will feel like you are driving an expensive European sports sedan costing twice what you'll pay for your Lancer GTS.
#446 of 639 More "pulling to the left" stories here...
Feb 09, 2008 (8:10 pm)
Lots of stories/issues, dating back to September 2007...and still going strong.
My 08' Lancer GTS still has the issue. It's gotten so bad that I'm starting to not drive the vehicle at all. I just had a 4 wheel rotation and balance, along with a 4 wheel tire rotation done at my local Mitsu delaer on 1/12/08 (6300 miles).
I was going to drive it to Las Vegas on Friday (I live about 2.5 hrs away) but I only got about 1 mile from my house and darn thing was pulling so badly and even the front-end of the car was shaking rather badly...and I was pretty ticked off. I turned around and just parked it back in my driveway and then took off again in my 07' Nissan Xterra - with no pulling or shaking whatsoever
I have my 2nd appointment at my nearest Mitsu dealer scheduled for Tuesday morning. It now has 6500 miles on it - same issue. We'll see what they come up with on this trip...but I'm not holding my breath for sure. After this, I'm contacting Mitsu directly and starting the "Dispute Resolution Process" if they don't fix it.
I really want to love this car..it just won't let me. It's definitely the most unhappy I have ever been with a new vehicle purchase that I have been involved in, and I have purchased many; 01 Nissan Pathfinder, 03 Nissan Pathfinder, 07 Nissan Armada, 07 Honda Fit, 07 Nissan Xterra. Guess I should have stayed with Nissan or Honda, huh? This is actually my wife's primary vehicle, and it's her first new car. She can't stand the pull either. I keep telling her it will get fixed...but I don't think she believes me
Again, I really want to love the car...it looks just incredible when it's all cleaned up...it's just that darned "pull to the left" that I have to compensate for each time I drive the vehicle (and now the shakes). It really takes away from my driving experience. And I'm sick of it! Hopefully Mitsu will help me out at some point - if they don't...I'll just take the hit financially and trade it in ASAP. Wish me luck!
#447 of 639 Re: More "pulling to the left" stories here... [mbunting]
Feb 10, 2008 (12:30 am)
Something to know...
We had a guy in another Lancer forum I read have a similar problem, and after taking it to the dealership 3 times, doing rotations and the like, it still wasn't fixed. The forth time he took it in he also made a call to Mitsu North America the same day. He later got a call from the service manager stating that Mitsu North America had called him and told him to replace the tires on the vehicle and that they would allow it to be covered under warranty terms on the vehicle. He chose to switch from the Dunlops to some performance Goodyear ones (not sure which off hand). When he picked the car up that evening, the pull was, for the most part, gone. He thinks that he still feels/thinks it pulls when it really doesn't after replacing the tires. Sort of like muscle memory or something like that. But, that is beside the point, the fact is that replacing the tires with another brand seemed to fix the problem for him. Maybe you can give this idea a shot and see if it works for you.
Feb 10, 2008 (9:57 am)
please look back as post 434 in this thread and see what that '08 Lancer owner did. The dealer decided to replace his Dunlop's with Goodyear tires, too. That is starting to look like a fix for this "pulling to the left" problem.
If my '08 Lancer GTS starts pulling to the left I'm gonna insist that they put Goodyear tires on mine, too. At no cost to me, mind y'all.
I'd check that solution out immediately at your dealer.
Feb 10, 2008 (10:04 am)
Yes, I have read that post (434) and if you read the link I provided...many Lancer owners have done just that and still have the pull to the left problem. It's been hit or miss for fixing the issue by replacing the stock tires with new ones (Goodyears' or whatever). I will definitely be asking them about it it for sure.
Some folks (at least have claimed) that Mitsubishi took back their car (lemon Law/Dispute process) and gave them a brand new one. And even the brand new was said to pull to the left (although "not as bad" as the original one).
I'll be trying everything...stay tuned...
Feb 10, 2008 (10:08 am)
I wasn't aware that the tire swap wasn't fixing the problem in each and every '08 Lancer case. Yikes.
Glad I don't have the problem but I do really want you to get a good result with yours, mbunting. Mitsubishi Engineering and Corporate ought to be working OT on this problem because as we all know they can't really weather a negativity storm of any sorts right now.
Watch and your problem oughta be solved very soon, me thinks. Please keep us all posted in here and good luck to you!
#451 of 639 GTS and winter driving
Feb 12, 2008 (12:47 pm)
ON saturday, i had to take my Lancer to the dealership with defective Relay switches. They drove me to a rental place in a GTS. After being in that car, i loved the drive of my ES, the GTS tires are terrible in winter. They sure dont hold onto a snow covered street well.
Now i know what issues i have when the car goes into creep mode and all you can get is 40k top speed.
#452 of 639 Re: Winter Driving
Feb 12, 2008 (6:29 pm)
I love how this is turning into a complain forum! Gosh! I guess when people are happy with their car they keep their mouth shut, but when something goes wrong with it, the whole world must know. Of course the GTS won't be as good in the snow! It has 18'' low-profile SPORT tires!! lol
#453 of 639 Re: solereclipz... [iluvmysephia1]
Feb 12, 2008 (10:45 pm)
Glad I found this Forum about that Hot azz looking Lancer 08! I hear you SolerClipz with jumping in and getting it right now, but honestly, I think the wait is gonna be worth it! that's what i'm hoping for atleast. I mean as far as i know, the Lancer 09 Ralliart edition is gonna blow out the competion!!! supposely it's gonna have AWD which the 08' GTS does not.. and 235 HP!! and going for about $25K, that's not bad at all?? u got the Civic SI and Vw GTI all with only about 200HP...and no AWD... I cant wait!! I'm trying to save save save!!!
#454 of 639 Re: solereclipz... [urbanstreets]
Feb 12, 2008 (11:21 pm)
Yes, the 09' Ralliart variant of the Lancer will have AWD (similar to the old Evo IX, but without the electronics for active adjustment if I read correctly) as well as the 4b11 I4 2.0L engine turboed to about 225 to 230 estimated HP for around $25K in price. The only thing I am not to thrilled about is, if only for the 09' model year, the Ralliart will only come with the SST dual clutch transmission found in the Evo X MR. I would have liked a 5 or 6 speed manual as I really want to get one to learn on before I get older and have a family where I need a more family friendly vehicle.
My thought though is about the new Hyundai Genisis Coupe coming fairly soon as well. It's suppose to be around that same price range as well, but with a newly designed V6 NA engine putting out closer to 300 estimated HP with 250 ft/lbs for torque. Granted, that will be RWD and not AWD, but I live in Houston, TX, so the worst I see is rain and flat pavement. Also, I am not to fond of the idea that if one tire has a puncture/blowout I may and probably will have to replace all four tires as most AWD vehicles have to. Add to that possibly a lighter weight overall and reg. octane gas for about the same or maybe better MPG instead of the premium the turbo will really need to run smoothly, and the Hyundai suddenly becomes a more attractive offer.
I am not buying a new vehicle until this time next year, so I got plently of time to watch some of these new models come out and be tested and compared against one another to see which will be worth the test drive and possible purchase for my next ride.