Mitsubishi Lancer - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Mitsubishi Lancer owners have reported a total of 1,303 problems for their cars built in the 17 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Mitsubishi Lancer. The 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer cars have the most problems reported (341 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Mitsubishi Lancer

  Common problems of Mitsubishi Lancer

The following chart shows the 24 most common problems for Mitsubishi Lancer cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (293 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's visibility (142 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Mitsubishi Lancer

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
293
  Visibility
142
  Engine And Engine Cooling
141
  Air Bag
108
  Equipment
83
  Electrical System
82
  Service Brakes
68
  Suspension
62
  Structure
49
  Steering
47
   
  Vehicle Speed Control
43
  Electronic Stability Control
42
  Unknown Or Other
28
  Exterior Lighting
28
  Seat Belt
20
  Gasoline Fuel System
17
  Tire
16
  Other Fuel System
13
  Wheel
9
  Seats
5
  Air Brake
3
  Child Seat
2
  Interior Lighting
1
  Latches/locks/linkage
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Mitsubishi Lancer of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Lancer model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Mitsubishi Lancer model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Lancer Model Years

Lancer
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2016 49,8593    
0.14
  2015 2918,4594    
0.39
  2014 2814,8955    
0.38
  2013 512,1666    
0.07
  2012 2111,4957    
0.26
  2011 5623,0948    
0.30
  2010 10022,8569    
0.49
  2009 12736,44210    
0.35
  2008 17139,22011    
0.40
  2007 32,35112    
0.11
  2006 7536,24613    
0.16
  2005 4627,09514    
0.12
  2004 11237,64315    
0.20
  2003 34168,95116    
0.31
  2002 18374,22117    
0.15

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Mitsubishi Lancer is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2015 Lancer
3
  2014 Lancer
6
  2012 Lancer
3
  2011 Lancer
2
  2010 Lancer
2
  2009 Lancer
15
  2008 Lancer
30
  2006 Lancer
1
  2005 Lancer
7
  2004 Lancer
7
  2003 Lancer
48
  2002 Lancer
22


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