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#44 of 127 Paint flaking on 2008 Lance
Nov 11, 2008 (11:38 am)
Glad to hear we're not the only ones with this issue. We leased a White 2008 Lancer GTS in October of 2007 for my wife. She loves the car, except for the paint. After a few thousand miles we noticed some paint was flaking and chipping on the fender flare in front of the rear tires. It got worse so we took it to the dealership at about 8000 miles to have it looked at. They took pictures and sent them into Mitsu for warranty approval. Long story short it took forever for them to get back to us. We took the car in a couple weeks ago, now with 12000 miles to follow up. We called today and we got the same story, not a paint issue, its from the road and there is nothing they can do. The paint on the leading edge of the hood is now doing the same thing. I called Mitsubishi and opened a claim today and they said they will get back to me by end of business tomorrow. I'm sure I will get the same song and dance as so many of you others have.
My Ford F-150 truck has a protective coating on the fender flairs to keep this from happening on it. It sees much worse driving conditions and after 37,000 miles the paint is pristine.
Why cant' they offer a simple solution such as touching up the paint and putting protective stripping on? Lack of a simple fix will cost Mitsubishi this repeat customer.
If they fail to fix it, as other have recommended I will buy some touch up paint and put some Rally Armor mud flaps on it.
#45 of 127 How warranty work should work
Nov 11, 2008 (11:45 am)
Took my 2006 F-150 in a few days ago for service and to have them investigate a potential exhaust leak and the passenger side window that had degraded weather stripping and was going up real slow.
The dealership called later that day and said exhaust manifold studs were broken and was a known issue with certain motor / exhaust manifold combinations. Said they would warrenty it but had to order the parts so it would not be done the same day. They also quoted me over $400 for the passenger side weather stripping and a new drive motor since it was smoked from binding on the weather stripping. I declined having them fix that, I just won't put the window down. Note that my 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warrenty has expired by almost a thousand miles.
The dealership called me each day to let me know status since it was taking longer than they thought.
I just got off with the phone them and it is all done. Oh, by the way, the service representative tells me that he pulled some strings and they covered the passenger side window and its all fixed.
I wonder if Ford will take my wife's Lancer (see above post) in on trade?
#46 of 127 My 08 Lancer also has a paint chip problem
Dec 06, 2008 (4:54 pm)
in the front and the rear end-to where you see some cracking in the paint (splicing).However, it has been in the body shop for repairs after a car accident so I'm not sure where the problem lies....a) manufaturing or b) poor repairs to the body. I am calling the 800 # listed in a response below and reporting the problem regardless as it is obvious (by reading this page that it is a common problem). They may recall it if enough people complain. Any thoughts,comments or suggestions are welcome.
#48 of 127 Re: Mitsubishi Lancer 2008 Paint Chips [j_fifer_919]
Jan 16, 2009 (1:34 am)
I'm REALLY PISSED about the design flaw in the new Lancer's too. I have an 2008 Lancer GTS that I bought 6 months ago and the rear door, dogleg on the quarter panel, and the end of the rocker molding all look like theyve been sand blasted! I can also relate to the window tint problem also, I have deep scratches in my passenger and drivers side tint. Im going to make a video about the problem in the morning, hopefully it will help spread the word and get Mitsubishi to do something about it!
Oh yea, dont buy any mud flaps for the car either, they dont work. I bought some Rally Armor mud flaps and they havent done anything to help the problem.
I took my Lancer on Route 22 in Blairsville, PA (they put Cinders (Rocks) on the ground here instead of salt) and I was driving in a straight line and I had my drivers mirror pointed towards the problem area, you can actually see the rocks hit that area!
I'll post the video link on here tomorrow, make sure to spread it around!
#49 of 127 going through the same w/ my 09
Mar 31, 2009 (7:22 am)
I'm glad that I found this site. I was treated like I had the plague by my dealer when I brought my 09 Lancer in with paint chipping and erosion in front of the rear wheels. They actually had the stones to look me straight in the eyes and tell me this is an isolated issue. I'll give it a little time, but based on what I've read here, and they're attitude I have a feeling I'm screwed. I live in the northeast and this section of the body will be a mess within 3 winters EASY. I'm not quite sure what I'll do if I don't get satisfaction. I will definitely file a complaint with the Attorney General and w/ the BBB, and I might even consider a class action lawsuit, a party to which you all will be welcomed. Even if they paint it, it will just happen the next winter. There needs to be a protective part added. I noticed that the upgrade model has a plastic rocker panel trim piece. yes, it's for style, but I can see how it would solve this issue. I asked if they were available and was looked at like I was from another planet. Anyways, I traded in my 02 Lancer w/ 120,000 care free miles on it. Now I'm wishing I kept it.
#50 of 127 Re: going through the same w/ my 09 [slider12]
Mar 31, 2009 (7:31 am)
oh, and front mud flaps will do nothing IMO. Stones are "popped" up from where the tire meets the road. Unless the flap was almost touching the ground I can't see what good it would do.
#51 of 127 Re: going through the same w/ my 09 [slider12]
Mar 31, 2009 (10:11 am)
FWIW...I just called a local auto paint shop to get some alternatives to this problem. They sell a Mylar product (clear) that is self adhesive and comes in 12' x 6" rolls and can be applied to rocker panels or wherever for stone damage protection. I know it won't look great, but I'm going to apply some to the flared problem area as a stop gap. I'm still ticked about this whole thing, but lately I've come to realize that customer service and backing up a product is a thing of the past. When it hits the fan, one has to fix things on their own.
My buddies Acura flares out like my Lancer and the paint is still there after many seasons. Bad paint...cheap, fun and good looking....hmmm just like the A6M. Is there a pattern here with this company?
#52 of 127 Re: going through the same w/ my 09 [slider12]
Mar 31, 2009 (12:37 pm)
We purchased an 08 Lancer EVO. Spent $37,000. Worst purchase EVER out of 28 cars we have bought! Paint chipping everywhere. We live in the Chicago area and completely agree that by next season out car will look like total crap! We just brought the car to the dealer today and I also phoned Mitsubishi direct. Since this is the third issue with the BRAND NEW CAR THAT HAS UNDER 3,000 MILES ON IT, they put it under "Lemon Law". We all need to get together on a class action, period!
#53 of 127 Re: going through the same w/ my 09 [yvettec]
Mar 31, 2009 (4:17 pm)
If I paid that much money and had this problem I would be insane. I've got the granny version of this car. I just wanted reliability and mileage, like my old Lancer. I thought the rocker panel trim pieces might help with this problem, but apparently not.