• May 6, 2008
Click above for a few more pics of this EVO's severed limb

...your accelerator pedal breaks clean off. Actually, the owner of this 2008 Mitsubishi EVO X GSR swears he wasn't caning the car excessively hard when his go pedal snapped in two. Posted on the evolutionm.net forums by 'DRAG', these pictures show the severed pedal in question. DRAG claims he was at a stoplight at the time (in front of some STI owners, no less) when he started to leave the light with a little "enthusiasm". As he pushed the GSR's accelerator to the floorboards, the thing's plastic arm broke off clean. Clearly frustrated with his $40,000+ automobile, DRAG called the dealer and waited for some roadside assistance that never came. To make a long story short, Mitsubishi refused to replace the pedal under warranty, but the dealership decided to pick up the tab anyway. Hopefully Mitsubishi doesn't view this case as an isolated incident caused by someone pushing their EVO too hard, because A) you should be able to push an EVO really hard and B) EVOs have been pushed to their limits while being tested by members of the automotive press and we've never heard of anything like this happening. Take a peek at some more pics of the completely cracked pedal in the gallery below. Thanks for the tip, thedriver!

UPDATE:
It was actually the accelerator pedal, not the clutch pedal as originally stated. Post above has been corrected.


[Source: evolutionm.net]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I keep telling you guys/gals, "Japanese Junk", that's the problem! Buy American with an American name tag on it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      He could just replace it with a Logitech pedal and it would be an improvement.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hahahahahahahaha
      • 6 Years Ago
      So Evo's are 40K+ now? Since when? As stated, GSR starts in the low 30's, just like the Evo IX before it. The DOT requires that the brake pedal be metal, and it is in the Mitsu, the clutch pedal is also metal because it is a mechanical/hydraulic system. That being said, I hope this isn't some sort of epidemic and they come up with a stronger pedal made out of thicker plastic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cheap plastic for an accelerator pedal...

      Wonder what Mitsu paddle shifters are made of...cardboard(?!)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Magnesium actually.
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol great so the paddles are made of a "magnesium" product, while the more important gas pedal/clutch/brake are/could be made of CHEAP plastic. i think mitsu got it switched. if anything you dont need magnesium paddle shifters...plastic would do just fine
      • 6 Years Ago
      On a serious note, these comments are annoying. Now, believe it or not mitsu haters, this isnt the only evo sold (worldwide). and this is an isolated case.

      Plastic, because of advances in modern technology, can be quite strong, and i believe is suitable for use in a pedal. bumpers are plastic, and when u crash they break....want toyota to fix that under warrantee? Autoblog themselves state these cars are pushed by enthusiasts all over the world and have been for DECADES, and again , this is an isolated case. ive read much more demeaning 'isolated' cases from more 'upstanding' (in the american market) automakers, with much less, and much less demeaning comments.

      This is just a classic case of mitsu-hate. i actually saw one today in person (in Jamaica) and was taken aback. its design is beatifully craftes, its speed is par none, its control/handling is nothing short of revolutionary, and one pedal breakiing off one evo in one part of history! is enough to deter someone from an evo to say.....a corrolla? in sr or watever sport trim???

      tsk tsk
      • 6 Years Ago
      What happens when that extra testosterone kicks in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Let's see: all-wheel-drive system, Active Center Differential (ACD), Active Yaw Control (AYC), Active Stability Control (ASC). S-AWC active suspension, active braking ABS and DUEL CLUCH, etc., these guys have nannies that take care of nannies and you mean they don't make a "nanny" to cover a simple case of a snapped pedal on a $40,000 EVO...shame!

      When you see these guys on the track all the driver does is point them, press the gas and paddle shift...the nannies take care of the lack of talent issues.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The clutches fight each other?

        I jest, I jest.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Most gas pedals today aren't hooked to anything more than a spring and a position sensor anyways, so yes most are plastic. What a gaudy design on the pad though. Time for some black spray paint!

      I wonder if he has different floor mats or something. I am used to a fully depressed pedal laying flat against the floorboard such that pressing any harder just pushes against the body of the car without twisting the pedal any.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would they still hinge it like a mechanical pedal? To try to fool people? Hinged from the bottom this never would have broken.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow, less and less i am wanting to get one now... especially if mitsubishi won't even honor the warranty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi's downfall in my area (DC Metro), seems to be the dealer network / service to deal with breakdowns in quality.

      About 10 years ago I had a 95 Eclipse GST. The car was more fun they anything else around, but there was always something wrong with it. Power lock issues, radio issues, etc etc etc. When it was working though, its fun to cost ratio was fantastic.

      None of them would have been tragic except that every trip to the dealer turned into multiple trips to get it fixed correctly.

      I'm willing to deal with high fun factor and break downs IF I can get decient service. But questionable quality + poor dealer network = fail. I dropped that car as soon as the extended warrenty ran out, probably caught fire on the dealer's lot where I traded it in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At least it was not he brake pedal, that would of been worse.
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