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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer



  • Actually there are two issues known to Mitsubishi when I spoke to the person managing my case number with them. The radio on some cars is fading in and out, supposedly a fix will be out in September. I'm still a bit annoyed at having to wait so long since I've had my car for a few months already. Also something about the Cam sometimes stalls (not a car person didn't totally understand) but they said there is an FYI out to the dealerships and that it fixes the problem.
  • Hi there
    I'm looking to buy an 08 gts lancer in the coming months, I just love the car, i've been researching it for past month and its just blows away the competition in my opinion. I'm hoping I can get some advice on buying a new one and get a rough idea for price as I'm aware car buying can be tricky.
    Options: Sun and sound, navigation and technology

    Thanks guys
  • ghoolooghooloo Posts: 2
    Hi everyone,

    I have owned a black 08 lancer GTS since it first came out in April. It was pretty exiting to own the one of the lancers in town. The car looks absolutely amazing for its price (ultimate chick vacume :)). Although I love the feel of the car I have been having some issues with it. The first issue was some clicking noise at very low speeds. The service department at my dealership swapped my drivershaft. However, the sound is still there. One of friends is a mechanic and he believes there is a minor issue with the suspension. I have been very unhappy with the service at my dealership since they are very unhappy to see me although it's them who can't fix the issue. It's also worth to note that when they swapped out my drivershaft they didn't put it back in place correctly which cuased the cover (according to them, may have metal) came off and I have to call for my car to be towed. The on road assistance is a joke as well. It took about 2 hours for a tow truck. This story is much longer but this was just a short sample. I hope things improve at the service end since I really love this car despite all the issues. Has anyone been experiencing similar issues?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,913
    nope, I haven't experienced that clicking noise at low speeds issue in my '08 Lancer GTS w/automatic CVT and Rally Red metallic paint. You are the first person that has mentioned that problem on the net(at least the first I've seen on the net).

    Your long wait for the roadside assistance is not very encouraging, either.

    We are at about 6,555 miles after almost 5 months of ownership and the only thing noteworthy to report on is our Lancer GTS needed to get the recall done on the rear window sash. It took an additional 1 1/2 hours on the same day our Lancer GTS was getting it's first Lube-Oil-Filter so not a big deal.

    No problems in performance to report at all and we're both loving our Lancer GTS and, man, I still love this car's bodystyle more than any other car's!

    Our front passenger door makes a clicking sound upon opening and shutting. I took a close look at the area and it's that gold apparatus that attaches the door to the frame at the front. It appears to be loose. My door doesn't make that noise at all. I will either grab one of my socket wrenches and just tighten it up and consider spraying a little WD-40 on the pivot/open and closure area and see if that doesn't quiet it up. If it doesn't I'll have my dealership's service center fix it under Warranty. Either way that sound will disappear soon.

    Still notice that this car responds to the accelerator a lot better if it's in the CVT mode w/paddle shift propulsion. Plenty of movement for me but I'm not an Earnhardt type of a dude anyway. I'm just so enamored with this car's looks and reliability and solid driving dynamics.

    Just as the information on the net from Mitsubishi talked about, the car responds well in to turns and always feels solid on the road and handles very well.

    Sorry to hear about your driveshaft and clicking issue and maybe you can get another place to look at it. Any Mitsubishi service center is obligated to fix any issues you may have with your Lancer GTS.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • My suggestion is take it to another service center. I know that Mitsubishi doesn't have quite the coverage as other dealers lately, but if you do have a second or third location within reasonable driving distance, it will give you and another mechanic who isn't "tired of seeing you" a second set of eyes to look and try to find the underlying issue.

    Another suggestion should another Mitsu dealer not be near by, take your car to a local mechanic shop and see if they can diagnose the problem. I have personally taken this method with my old 01' VW Jetta. When I was getting a popping noise, I took it on three different occasions to the local VW shop and after having my car for a day came back saying "we test drove your car and it preforms to spec...". I took it to a near by local repair shop of good standing reputation and paid them $50 to diagnose it, which turned out to be a some missing screws in the suspension and a bent front left strut. How a dealer mechanic could miss that I don't know, but that is beside the point. Sometimes it is just easier and better to get a non-judgmental view at the car, even if it cost a few bucks, and walk back into the dealer saying a competitor said "X" is causing it. Fix "X" as per the warranty Mitsu gave me with this car.

    Sorry to hear your trouble, but you are the first to report this problem and I float around several 08' Lancer threads talking with many current 08' lancer owners. Hopefully this helps to get it fixed and you begin to really enjoy it versus worry about it.

  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,913
    to take a look at one fantastic new rig for 2008! - - - - d=135&location=MW_L_2008_Mitsubishi_Lancer.flv

    I enjoyed all of the video's coverage of the car in action, right down to looking at that finely crafted taillight cluster and that handsome bodywork on the Lancer's rear end.

    It's the front of the car that just grabbed me by my facial hair and knocked me silly when I first saw it. Great bodystyling that I never tire of. I've said it at least once on Edmunds and I'll state it again: the 1965 Ford Mustang and this 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer are my favorite two bodystyles ever created. Ever. :D

    I'm now looking forward to vacuuming out it's interior and wiping down the hard interior surfaces. And then giving it a good bath-it's picked up way too much Arizona dust and a few too many insects on the front end. It will be a joy to clean it on my next day off.

    BTW-do any of you other '08 Mitsubishi Lancer owners have a deal with your Mitsu dealer called Auto Butler, where every 6 months they put on a protective coating over your car's paint? It doesn't cost anything extra-I remember asking the finance manager about it and she said it's included with your purchase. I just wonder about the rest of y'all and your Lancer' ya also get this program?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    I had heard about Bluetooth before, but wasn't sure exactly how it worked. My wife just bought a 2008 Lancer, and I was able to mate both our cell phones to the car's Bluetooth. It is awesome - what a great feature.

    P.S. I am not a techie guy, but was still able to figure it out.
  • ghoolooghooloo Posts: 2
    Hey guys
    I am also having another issue with this dealership. The day my drivershaft was replaced, I drove the car out of the lot and came back telling them it's not fixed. However, since it was late Friday they told me they will look at it the coming Tuesday due to long weekend in Canada. I took their word that the car will be okay even though I had travel out of town on 1000 km round trip. It turned out 2 hours later that I had to stop the car and ask for a tow truck since a piece of metal or plastic was hitting the ground. For the weekend I had to rent a car since I had hotel tickets and I couldn't get a hold of my dealer. Although this was the mechanic fault's of not putting the shaft in place properly my dealership's GM hasn't yet paid for the rental car. Isn't it their responsibility to do this?
  • Under the circumstances, yes. Most dealerships warrant any major repair or replacement of parts such as the drive shaft for a certain distance and time. It is not much, but it sounds like you were still well within that time frame. The way I would handle it would be to ask the dealership GM what is the policy for covering their work that their mechanics do. If you are within that time limit and warranty covers costs, then tell him to refund you asap. If that fails to get his/her attention, contact a local small claims lawyer to get options and then tell the dealership you are prepared to file suit. Most of the time, this scares them enough to make them "settle" and pay your small expenses. That way, you get reimbursement, but don't have to pay for a lawyer in small claims court. Remember, the worst thing a dealer (or any business) wants is to have an investigation/law suit that the media can get wind of. It is bad for business. They would rather pay a few hundred dollars, then lose thousands in business because the media makes their dealer look like a scam.

  • i just got my blue lancer gts!!! And i love it. The nav is so f'n sweet, and the fast key is cool too. I def recommend the nav & tech package.
  • Congratulations buddy. Hopefully I will be getting my Lancer within the next couple of months.

  • mirde98mirde98 Posts: 95
    Hello there! My roommate has a 08 Lancer GTS 5speed man, and we noticed that the sun roof looks rather misaligned and when it rains is leaking inside. The drops go to the water canal so theres no water in head liner or anything...but windows get fogged. And it leaks alot! We compared the weatherstrip around the glass panel of the 08 Lancer and my 06 Lancer SE and my Lancer weather-strip is thicker and stronger than the one on the new Lancer. We took it to the dealer and the used a water hose but no leak (of course). Seems only happens in the rain. Have anyone have this issue? Other than that we love our Lancer's
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Congrats! Hope you'll drop by the Dealer Ratings & Review section to let us know how the sales experience went for you.

    Enjoy your Lancer!!
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    Sounds like an adjustment is needed to the alignment of the sunroof. If it is really noticeable to the naked eye like you say, then the dealer should make an effort to fix the problem. Are there any other new Lancers on the dealer lot with a sunroof? Check them out.

    The sunroof in my 08 Lancer is flush with the surrounding steel portion when it is closed, and all edges are uniform. This is the first car I've owned where the sunroof doesn't look like an aftermarket hack job.

    We recently had massive rain storms come through the area with torrential downpours and my Lancer stayed dry inside. :)
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    In terms of the water leaking thru to the canal, that is normal- It is almost impossible to make a sunroof 100% water tight, so that is why that canal is there. That canal leads to a discharge tube somewhere (in a lot of cars, it is somewhere around the windshield, and the water is discharged from the vehicle). In other words this is normal. One of my other cars with a sunroof is designed the same way.

    In terms of the alignment issue, if it is visibly misaligned, that is what is often referred to as a "fit and finish" issue, and should be resolved under warranty. Your roommate could always find another Lancer on the dealer's lot that has a properly aligned sunroof, then compare that one to his to the service guy.

    P.S. - was this a factory sunroof (part of the "sun and sound" package), or a sunroof that the dealer had a sunroof shop install? The reason I ask, is that my local Mitsubishi dealer had about 15 Lancers on his lot. He showed me about 4 that they had a local shop install the sunroof in, and showed me a couple with the factory sunroof - there was a difference in the quality. For what its worth, they also had a couple of Lancers they had taken to a local upholstery shop, and had leather interior installed. A couple of Lancers also had rear spoilers, that were painted installed at a local body shop. I am not a fan of aftermarket things like this, but I have to admit that the custom spoiler looked better than the factory ,GTS spoiler.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932

    When I first started reading Edmunds years ago, I thought you were NUTS for trumpeting your Kia / Korean cars. But, after buying an '02 Elantra, back in '01, I saw you were right about the build quality / reliability. We still have the Hyundai, and it has 94,000 miles on it, and has been relatively trouble free.

    When the '08 Lancer came out, I was instantly in love with the looks (that front end is MEAN looking). I then read your glowing review of yours, so we decided to put it on our list.

    Last week, we decided to go test drive one, as a possible candidate for a new daily driver for my wife. She wasn't thrilled with the GTS' rear spoiler, fender flares, and stiffer ride from the 18' wheels. We ended up going with an ES, CVT (in desert sand with the khaki/black interior combo), added fog lights, bluetooth, appearance package (door sill scuff guards, exhaust finisher), side window deflectors, and a custom rear spoiler that is smaller than the GTS' spoiler that the dealership is having painted to match, and will install next week. I agree with you that the GTS is a lot of bang for the buck, but hey, if my wife doesn't like the looks, and it's her daily driver, there's not a lot I can do.

    Anyways, I hope the Lancer proves to be at least as reliable as the Hyundai has been, but it is a comfort to have that long haul warranty.

    P.S. - One thing I will never agree with you on is NBA basketball...just don't see the appeal.
  • krynskykrynsky Posts: 8
    I'm headed to pick up my lancer on Saturday!!

    Like lluv above I'm also getting an ES CVT with all of the added items I can get (fog lights, appearance package, S&S, bluetooth etc).

    I found the 18" wheels to be to stiff a ride and allowed too much road noise in the cabin. Also the sport seats just were not comfortable for me or the wife, especially the grippy fabric.

    Some of the GTS only options would have been nice like fast key and leather steering wheel, but the ES just seems more comfortable to drive on a day-to-day basis.

    I'll post picture of the car here next week! Hopefully it'll be useful for folks debating between the ES and GTS to see what an ES with full customization looks like. :D
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,913
    glad you like your 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer ES! Congratulations! Yeah, I noticed while driving my 1999 Kia Sephia that this little car is a ball to drive...with the 70,000 mile Yokohama radials and Konig Diva wheels the car really handled a lot better. But I only paid $7,995 for it and noticed that it was pinned together very, very well. That car started me on a journey in to Korean cars and the research of them. It is nice to know that one can go to Kia and/or Hyundai and get a great car with a great Warranty for less than their Japanese counterparts. And they are being built so well now...I never did get too hung up on the notion that the Japanese makes were better quality and reliability-wise. Glad your Elantra experience has went so well. There are now so many of us here in America that it's no longer an issue for those that have read up on the Japanese-South Korean car comparo.

    Now, I jumped ship to Japanese upon seeing this 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer on the internet around about September or October of 2006. Funny thing is, Mitsu only released teaser photos of the front end at that time. Then I saw a picture of the car from an angle but leaving out the rear end of it.

    Finally, around Feb. of 2007 they released photos of the entire car! Wow! That hindquarters was nearly as nice looking as the front. But the front is so sabre-cat tiger fighter looking, isn't it? I decided then that the 2007 Suzuki SX4 and the 2007 Kia Optima were nice rigs but that I needed a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer. At first I was gonna go for the ES but after researching it a lot more realized that I wanted all the things that the GTS had. And I love that bodykit...excellent design when you put the whole package together.

    Anyhow, yeah, as long as you all get '08 Lancer's you're doing fine. Whether it's the DE, ES or GTS just get '08 Lancer's and enjoy 'em. Although the GTS has Bluetooth capabilities my cell phone is not Bluetooth capable so another phone may be needed in the future, but that is not a big deal.

    If you're shopping for a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer now the rear window sash recall should already be picked up at the factory, I would think. Ask if you want about the build date and the recall. I got my recall work done about two months ago.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    My dealer had added the appearance package, side window visors, fog lights, and Bluetooth computer to our ES when it came in before they put it on their lot. Basically, it was perfectly equipped for our tastes - well, it will be perfect once they install that custom rear spoiler next week.

    They had even had leather interior added to a couple of ES Lancers on their lot. They told me this was done at an upholstery shop in town, and was warrantied by the shop. It looked good, but I wasn't comfortable with buying one of these leather equipped vehicles, knowing it wasn't done at the factory.

    Regarding the Bluetooth -
    My wife and I have Motorola Razr phones, and luckily they are Bluetooth capable. It took me about an hours worth of reading the car's manual, the phone's manual, plus a visit to the Mitsubishi website to gather the information to pair our phones to the car. It then took about 15 minutes to actually program the car and phones. What is wild is when you are driving down the road, and you make or receive a call, and you see your phone going thru the motions as if you are doing it by hand, but in actuality, the phone isn't even being touched.

    P.S. - I also thought about the Suzuki SX4, but the Lancer just looked too sharp to pass up.
  • mirde98mirde98 Posts: 95
    Yes the sunroof looks misaligned. Its a GTS with sun & sound package. All factory. No Mods. Thanks alot for the advice we will take it back and insist on a fix. Other than that the Lancer has been awesome and its a kick to drive!
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,913
    yeah, I was at work and took a break to go out and try my phone in my Lancer GTS' Bluetooth. I assumed that my phone was Bluetooth capable. I called Mitsubishi customer service and went on the internet to get the right codes and such. I took my boss' cell phone out to my car to talk to the Mitsu rep. and we went through the steps. Eventually we saw that my phone wasn't Bluetooth capable!

    Oh well. I'll get another phone later sometime that is. What I do now is put my cellphone in that little storage spot on the console, under the climate control knobs, way back under the dash. I'd like to use the Bluetooth and look forward to that feature.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • krynskykrynsky Posts: 8
    Well I had to cross state lines to get it, but got my Blue ES with Sun and Sound plus all the extras. I'm linking a few pictures so folks can take a look
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  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    That blue is a beautiful color! It was my first choice, but I ended up with the Graphite Gray Pearl:

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Rear Quarter

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Front Quarter

    Gotta love that jet fighter front end!
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,913
    the Rally Red and ended up with the Rally Red. That makes me a happy camper!

    Congratulations krynsky! Is that Arizona desert or California desert or Nevada desert or Utah desert or Idaho desert or New Mexico desert? Nice blue, it looks great.

    My '08 Lancer GTS is going in for it's 2nd L-O-F tomorrow morning early. I will ask them to look at the front passenger door hinge because it's creaking and appears to be loose. Needs a good old-fashioned dealer service tech. tightening and WD-40'ing, I would think. We took it on a road trip yesterday up to Show Low, AZ. Longer trip than we thought it was gonna be. We got home around 1:30 this morning. Once again, the Lancer GTS took the mountain twisties with fun and glee. We saw some bull elk, deer and a momma mountain goat and baby near the Morenci Phelps-Dodge mine. That is one huge mining operation at Morenci, AZ. Huge open pits all over that go from way up hillsides to way down below.

    The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer drove us in comfort and ease and returned 31.2mpg for the trip. Just what I bought the beautiful sedan for. :P

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    Does anyone know how to change the service interval that shows up on the display screen between the speedometer, and the tach? It comes from the factory with a 7500 mile, 5 month service interval pre-programmed. I am going to probably run full synthetic, and have my car serviced in 5,000 mile intervals instead. Anyone know how to change that diplay to reflect 5,000 mile intervals, instead of 7,500?

    Secondly, I took the car in for my dealer to install a custom rear spoiler yesterday. When I picked the car up, and first started it, I pressed that "Info" button on the dash to toggle between the screens (again, referring to the screen between the speeedometer and the tach). Well, when I pressed the button, it got stuck. The service manager looked at it and said he has seen this happen to a couple of Lancers. They pulled it into a service bay, and 20 minutes later, it was all fixed.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I would think it would just be the opposite...7500 miles with a synthetic oil seems very reasonable and 5000 miles on regular dino juice would also be fine. Or better yet, why not let the oil minder do it's job, as it's based on the particular driving style of the owner. I've got an oil minder on my Civic and I'm also thinking of going to synthetic once my freebie oil changes expire, and am wondering if it can be programmed for 7.5k intervals. Will have to inquire at the dealer this Friday when I go for my 2nd oil change.

    The Sandman :)
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    "I would think it would just be the opposite...7500 miles with a synthetic oil seems very reasonable and 5000 miles on regular dino juice would also be fine"

    Maybe, but oil changes are cheap insurance.

    "Or better yet, why not let the oil minder do it's job, as it's based on the particular driving style of the owner"

    It's not an oil minder. It is simply a "clock" so to speak that counts down 5 months, or 7500 mile increments.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    I heard that the new Lancer comes with the new "World Engine" which is built by Hyundai, Chrysler, and Mitsu. Is this correct??
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    Correct, but there are a few differences. For instance, and I will have to find a source to refer to for this, but I think Mitsubishi uses a different head on the engine for the Lancer than Hyundai uses in the Elantra - which is why the Lancer is rated at a higher horsepower than the Elantra.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,913
    no, I have not had my information center get stuck. I'm glad they fixed yours quickly, 1racefan.

    Question: I have not yet had my information center display an oil change reminder and I'm at 7,600. I just got my 2nd oil change Tuesday the 21st. Perhaps my service interval reminder is not turned on by the dealer or something? It's not a big deal because I keep very close track of service interval information on my own, constantly.

    Anyhow, all's well as my Lancer GTS passed Ideal Mitsubishi's 27-point service inspection with it's 2nd L-O-F and they fixed the loose nut/bolt on the front passenger door hinge.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

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