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Don't buy an evolution from Mitsubishi yet

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Before you consider buying an Evolution 10 model or and Mitsubishi product please read through this site first.  I have to start by saying I was a very happy owner of a 2006 Lancer Evolution IX that I bought brand new from Medina Mitsubishi in Northeast Ohio.  After Driving my Evo for 2 years and adding 40,000 miles I traded the car in for a new 2008 Evolution X.  This is where we start to have a long list of issues you can run through on this site.

 

The first major issue was the closing of the Medina Mitsubishi dealer.  Within 3 months of my purchase the dealership was closed for a multitude of issues ranging from unpaid taxes to unpaid amounts to Mitsubishi, this is somthing you can look up on your own as the details of this are not so important.  This closing did however impact my ability to have my car serviced under the Mitsubishi name.

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Evolution Problems #1 - Reccaro Seats Fall Apart

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OK, the first thing i noticed (actually my wife pointed out) is that the construction of my brand new Mitsubishi Evolution X seems a bit shabby.  As looking at the seat backs we saw staples barely holding the fabric on around the headrest slots for the 5 point harness.  I pushed them back into the seat and let that slide until I needed to get some service done on the car. 

 

Service, sounds like a simple item doesn't it?  Well no because in my area the Medina Mitsubishi dealer was the place to buy and service your Evolution.  Where do we go from here, to a new dealer of course.  I found my way to Rick Case Mitsubishi after getting a service card in the mail from them on my great new Evolution X.  After taking in the car to the Rick Case Service area I have a few items fixed under warranty along with an oil change.  One of these being the seat backs, I had to have the seats inspected then approved by a Mitsubishi Rep.  This all went smoothly and I got brand new seat backs, as well as a strange steel bracket under the seat that I have no Idea where it goes and a broken plastic rail cover on the passenger seat.

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Evo Problems Continue (buy a STI?) See the Light

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OK, Seats are OK, with some broken parts here and there but I am driving.  Another issue was a driving light burned out.  No biggie right?  Here is where I should have taken my car and ran.  The manager "TJ" tells me after waiting in the dealer waiting room a little over an hour as they remove the old bulb, "We don't have a replacement bulb, we have never seen an Evolution in here for service and we assumed it was a basic part.  We have to order the bulb and get back to you."  Now this quote is not 100% but it is the best of my memory. 

 

A new bulb.  I can take the long wait, I can even take the "we really should have checked we had one before we took it all apart" mistake.  What I can not take is the results after I get the new bulb in place. 

 

Driving home I'm happy my driving lights are in fact working.  Night time hits and I'm not real happy that the passenger side headlight now does not work.  A quick call to TJ explaining I now need a new headlight bulb as well turns into "We need to inspect the part as the HID lights should not go out that soon" and they let me know its another long trip to the dealer to have them check the issue and that they wont otder a new bulb until they in fact insure its bad.  Well they got that right, the bulb was not bad, it was not connected correctly after they fixed the driving light.  Woo!  now i have all working lights, at least until it gets dark.  Yest the light worked in the shop but after driving the car home thats out the window now.  I simply turn on the lights and i get a strobe light show from the passenger side of the car, sweet for disco nights or halloween driving but this is not a good thing to have every day, and the strobe only lasts about a second and the light goes out. 

 

This time I just drive the car back to my new found dealer Rick Case Mitsubishi.  I ask the girl at the service desk to have the light looked at, so she comes outside and looks down where the harness is.  After a few minutes she said the problem is the light is just hanging there,  not properly inserted into the headlight assembly.  (funny as it was OK when i bought the car?) So after she fiddles for a while we need the real Mitsubishi Tech on this job.  Good thing to because he knew to remove the water reservoir to get to the back of the headlight assembly.  15 minutes later and I got all working lights once again!  Oh, until it gets dark

 

OK at this point I'm irate and call TJ once more.  I decide ill drive the car with one light until i need another oil change as I'm just sick of driving into the Rick Case Service Center every day.  He agrees and assures me they will go over it and insure the light is correct when i leave the next time.

 

Here comes next time, At this point I am getting my 40,000 oil change, Yes that is 4,000 miles out of warranty but hey they broke the headlight correct?  Well if you ever do somthing like I did with the wait until I come back deal be sure to get it all in writing as I'm told the headlight is out of warranty and well get you an estimate on replacing it because all we replaced before was a driving light.  Steam starts to slowly eject from my eyes and ears and I calmly ask that we gather TJ, The girl and the Mitsubishi Tech together in one room before I go bullistic.  After a short conversation we resolve the root cause and they agree to repair the light.

 

Two hours later and I get a final resolution!  The wiring harness was broken (a single pin in the plug) so they replaced the pin and the light works!  The Light works still, even in the dark!  I cant tell you how happy I am my Evolution headlight now works!

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There is More! More Lancer Evolution Problems

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Look at the right side, I have even more issues with my 2008 Mitsu Evolution.

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New broken Item, S-AWD Pump Failure

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Whoo here is another $1700 fix that many people are having to buy, some are doing this MULTIPLE times.  Read about it on my crappy S-AWD Pump Failure page.

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Evolution X Timing Chain Strech

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 OK, new item that I diod not expect.  You remember the timing belt 60K replacement if you have been a DSM driver for any length of time.  Well Mitsubishi did away with this issue by replacing the timing belt with a chain in the 2008 Evolution, and to this point still use a timing chain in 2013 models of the evo X.  Now this is great because there is NO maintinace or replacement interval for this!  Its a chain so it wont break.  Well they do strech, and the do strech fast.  

 

In 2008 they used a lower quality chain than they do now, but there are reports still of new ones jumping.  I mean these strech a FULL LINK longer sometimes under 35K!  Mine did not jump until 76K, just long enough to break out of my 60K powertrain coverage.  Thanks Mitsubishi for reducing it from my EVO IX (much better car reliability wise).  So they knew this EVO X would be a disaster after 50K+ and they don't care.  Multiple calls just say we are adding this to the list.

 

 

So at this point the dealer wants $1100 to replace the chain, and then I am sure ill have some valve reconstruction costs so I am looking at about $2500 total.  If this changes I will once again update the Lancer Evolution Issues page.

 

 

I think I am goung with an Audi real soon once this thing is rolling again.

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