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Mitsubishi Lancer, Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback, Paint
#21 of 127 Re: Mitsubishi Lancer 2008 Paint Chips [courtneyh]
May 16, 2008 (12:38 pm)
If you have not called Mitsubishi yet...do so the more people that call then something will get done. 1-888-648-7820. They will take down the information and call you back. They told me it wasnt a paint warranty issure it was from road hazzard. They will send you paper work to fill out a dispute resolution. I juat received mine today and havent had a chance to read it over. My dealer told me it was a body style issure and their suprised MItsubishi wont fix it. He said if they keep having problems they will eventually do a recall. Let me know how you make out.
#22 of 127 Re: Mitsubishi Lancer 2008 Paint Chips [j_fifer_919]
May 16, 2008 (7:50 pm)
I have a silver 2008 GTS and have not yet seen this problem, however, I can tell you that the body of this car is very weak. The sheetmetal is so thin that I'm afraid to park anywhere. Take you finger and barely push on the door and you'll see. Tap on the sheetmetal and you'll hear how thin it is. This may be the underlying issue with the paint and rust issues. There is no body for the paint to hold on to. I would advise using a strong teflon type wax to deter small flying particles. It will help them to glide off the paint. If you are in traffic, especially rigs, try to stay clear. I was recently behind one and they were carrying sand. Behind the truck was a sand storm so strong that I hear it from closed windows. I stuck my hand outside and felt it being pricked like needles. Thank god I was not in the lancer otherwise, based on what you guys are saying, I would be looking at primer.
#23 of 127 Re: Mitsubishi Lancer 2008 Paint Chips [blu5092]
May 17, 2008 (2:39 am)
I read over the dispute resolution from Mitsubishi and It pretty much says that they wont even look at if it it has anything to do with the design of the car. So its going to have to be worded about the paint job. Thanks for the info on the weak body. They should of put a rock guard on it. I just traded my Endevor and it had rock guard on it. Why not the lancer?? My son has a 95 eclipse and dont have paint problems. Their just getting chep with everything they make now. Pretty depressing if nothing gets done about it. The value of the car just keeps going down.
#24 of 127 Re: Mitsubishi Lancer 2008 Paint Chips [ctrygirl66]
May 21, 2008 (5:39 pm)
This car was an attempt by Mitsu to get back into the market in a hurry. I think there wasn't much emphasis on the quality. There are some impressive toys in the vehicle like the Mitsu communication control/Nav and the 650W Rockford sys. These alone are worth lots. In my opinion however, they should have spent the money on the body. This car sits on a Dodge Caliber chassis, totally not it's own. While it is tighter than most sedans, I would have preferred that Mitsu come up with their own. It helps not be associated with another manufacturer. That explains why it's value is dropping. To explain how cheaply this car is made, I just had my windows tinted and it is ruined. The inside weather strip is made of plastic and has no felt, so it scratched my tint up and down both the passenger and driver sides.. I am taking it to the dealership and they will have to pay for my tint. I am not about to ruin a $180 tint job.
#25 of 127 Well this stinks
May 25, 2008 (8:57 am)
I have 1 small chip from a truck throwing a stone. Can't complain as most cars get this. BUT, if what you say is true, then I'll have to be proactive up here in Maine. Anyone one know how well Liquid Glass works for things like this? I've heard this stuff is good, but those are mostly rumors.
#26 of 127 I've never heard of Liquid Glass
May 26, 2008 (4:30 pm)
but it sounds interesting and something I would like to know more about. Do fill us in if you find out more, OK?
#27 of 127 also had issues with paint chips
May 27, 2008 (5:22 pm)
I would get paint chips right behind the back door on the edge where the door is and it flares out to the back tire. my vehicle is 98 % highway or city driving and still get paint chips. My dealership is covering the repairs for free. They are touching up the paint and putting strips of gravel guard on the car. Im happy with this..
#28 of 127 Re: also had issues with paint chips [mbcowboy]
May 28, 2008 (9:04 am)
May I ask what dealership you went through. It seems that everyone else has had their dealership tell them it is not a warranty issue. My dealer in Eugene, OR gave me a $2000 bill.
#29 of 127 Paint chips.....ugh!!!!
May 28, 2008 (8:30 pm)
I am sooooo glad to discover I am not the only person having trouble w/ paint chips in front of the rear tires and around the back doors of my 08 Lancer. My car is Electric Blue and all the chips and discoloration in those areas is very obvious. I took it to my dealer, where the service manager took pics and said he would have to talk to the Mitsu rep about it but from what I am reading it's not looking good. I don't drive on dirt roads and I have been making the same commute to work for over 5 years. I had a Hyundai Sonata and a Civic SI before the Lancer and never had this problem with either car. My dealer used the excuse that the body is shaped differently so that is what is causing it. I didn't pay over $20,000 for this vehicle for it to start looking like crap 6 months after buying it!!!!
May 31, 2008 (9:36 am)
I think what is helping us not get more paint chips is our 'Auto Butler' service. We bought it at the time of purchase from our dealer. It's cost was $400. It is a coating that is applied by the dealer every 6 months, for 5 years. I have two very small paint chips by the driver's side rear door. I have a tough-up stick that I bought for $9.95 from the dealer, in Rally Red color. I still have to touch up those two spots.
But my point is that I am not getting more paint chips and my wife and I have had two 'Auto Butler' treatments applied so far. They appear to be helping quite a bit.