Mitsubishi Lancer 2004 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mitsubishi Lancer 2004 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Does my 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan run a timing belt or a timing chain?

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Feb 2021

Your Lancer uses a timing belt which is made from a rubber compound and drives the camshaft. This makes for a cheaper engine to build and potentially quieter running, but it also means that the belt has to be changed periodically to prevent it snapping in service.

Mitsubishi recommends a belt-change interval of 100,000km. The advice of most mechanics it to replace the water pump at the same time since this part of the engine will be apart to change the belt anyway. It’s a lot cheaper to do both things at once, rather than open the engine a second time to change a water pump at a later date.

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Mitsubishi Lancer 2004: What is a fair valuation?

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Oct 2017

It sounds like a nice car. The trade values it at $2500-$3900, but that’s with an odometer reading of 200,000-300,000 km. With such a low odometer reading yours should be worth more. I would suggest $4000-$5000 as a private sale.

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Mitsubishi Lancer adds to Takata airbag recall

Mitsubishi Lancer adds to Takata airbag recall

1 Oct 2015 · by Fabian Cotter

Lancer and Evolution models are now being recalled as a precautionary measure by Mitsubishi because of Takata airbag shrapnel risk.

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Mitsubishi Lancer 2004: Timing belt replacement?

Answered by CarsGuide 25 Sep 2015

It would be wise. Belts are usually changed either by reaching a specified mileage, or at a specified time limit. Your car hasn't yet reached the mileage, but it has passed the time limit. It's not worth taking a risk on the belt and potentially suffering major engine damage.

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Mitsubishi Lancer: Roof rust warranty claim

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Aug 2012

Consult an expert in the field to get an independent opinion and   then submit a full report expressing your disappointment with the   company, that rust is unacceptable in a car in this day and age and   that you believed Mitsubishi was a better corporate citizen than it   appears to be. For an expert try Graeme Cuthbert on 0422 444 335.

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