Mitsubishi will be recalling over 10,000 Lancer Evolutions built between December 12, 2007 and March 5, 2013, covering model years 2008 to 2013. The recall only affects cars with manual transmissions, though, so if you opted for a Lancer Evo with a quick-shifting SST, this recall doesn't apply to you.

If you're one of the 10,474 people that has a Lancer Evo X GSR, which is the only way into a manual-trans Evo X, you need to plan a trip to your local dealer. The recall relates to a failure in the clutch master cylinder, making shifting in and out of gear difficult. Consequently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that this could increase the odds of crashing.

Mitsu will notify owners of the affected cars, and these Evo models will be repaired, free of charge, at dealerships. The recall is slated to begin around November 11. Scroll down for the full bulletin from the NHTSA.


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      harold007
      • 2 Months Ago

      hi guys, can i ask for advice? i have a evo x gsr 2014, and its almost 5 months old, and has 14k on it. im from edmonton canada, the problem is the clutch is already gone, and the dealership wont cover it and they are charging me for 2800 dollars. can you give me an advice about this? i dont know wat to do. thankyou 

      harold007
      • 2 Months Ago

      hi guys, can i ask for advice? i have a evo x gsr 2014, and its almost 5 months old, and has 14k on it. im from edmonton canada, the problem is the clutch is already gone, and the dealership wont cover it and they are charging me for 2800 dollars. can you give me an advice about this? i dont know wat to do. thankyou 

      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      I still like these, even though they are junk. Kinda like an Aston. Sorta.
        Chayil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        There are really only two areas where the car is weak: One has been the CMC and the other is the AYC/ACD pump located at the right rear of the passenger side of the car where it receives a constant splashing of salt and sand during the winter. Thus, the pumps fail massively after about 2 years of ownership. Mine went out with 23K miles and it is a 2011. Mitsubishi will void an owners power train warranty if the engine mapping has been changed in any way, even if the pumps are failing because of salt corrosion and have nothing to do with engine performance. The car itself is rock solid. It is just that Mitsubishi is an evil company to deal with when it comes to warranty work, sometimes even on stock Evo X's. However, once you buy one, you will be grinning from ear to ear. It is simply is one of the most amazing cars I have ever driven. Makes even an average driver look like a pro. And, when modified, they go like stink.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
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          chrismcfreely
          • 1 Year Ago
          Just overall Mitsubishi reliability problems consistently over the decades. Recalls don't equal unreliability.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        Some Mitsubishis are crap and others are solid. I would not call the Delica, Pajero, Lancer, or Evo junk. Galant and Eclipse? Another story, but these were not even made in Japan.
      Chayil
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, I am one of them to receive a new clutch master cylinder. See, Mitsubishi went with a plastic CMC rather than the metal one than had been used on the Evo IX. When a heavier duty clutch and pressure plate are used the CMC falls apart. People have been retrofitting Evo IX units produced from Magnus or AMS. This btw is a labor intensive job because the transmission has to be removed. Up to 13 hours in some cases. I am planning to go big on the turbo and internals on the 4B11T engine and was planning to upgrade the CMC, clutch and pressure plate. Now, there will be one less thing to deal with, so I am happy. Now if NHTSA would also recall all Evo X's that have suffered catastrophic damage to Active Yaw Control/Active Center Differential pumps because of salt corrosion, I would jump for joy. Mine cost about $2800 out of pocket because Mitsubishi will not cover them if the engine mapping has been changed in any way. Imagine that, on a stock X, the warranty applies to AYC pump replacement and Mitsubishi admits they are failing because of sever salt corrosion, yet, if the tune has been changed, there is an instant voiding of the powertrain warranty. Ask any Evo owner about Corporate Mitsubishi and warranty work and they will roll their eyes. They are the worst company I have ever dealt with. Stay away from an Evo if you plan on modifying your car.
        Jmaister
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chayil
        most useful comment here.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chayil
        Didn't Mitsubishi spy on Internet chat forums to find Lancer Evolution owners getting replacement clutches under warranty after they misused their cars back in 2004?
          Chayil
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Greg
          Doesn't matter. My power train warranty was voided when I had to go in for service on the AYC pump which failed because of severe salt corrosion. The dealer tried to help, but Corporate Mitsubishi now wants pics of the engine bay and any codes thrown. Mine had a CVN code which means that the engine mapping had been changed resulting in an instant voiding of my warranty. This is on a 2 year old car with 23K miles. So, I am on my own now. I hope that Mitsubishi is checking this site out because they need to step up and face their horrible warranty work. They make a solid product but owners are SOL when they need their cars fixed.
        Jerry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chayil
        Who makes the stock CMC? FTE? I know GM had a hell of a time with plastic CMCs from FTE a couple years ago.
        fabulous71
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chayil
        Should have bought a IX : )
        RKT SHIP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chayil
        Thats why you keep a stock rom handy to reflash when you have to take the car in.
        Discover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chayil
        What I hate about this kind of owners is that they always modify their cars and spend a lot of money, and start crying as a little girl when they need to pay to fix their mistakes. Chayil, BE A MAN! FIX IT YOURSELF!
          RKT SHIP
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Discover
          There are a few things I dont agree with you on this. One is if its a warranty failed part and its happening on stock and modified cars it should be validated especially on a AYC unit that is known to have issues. Also the plastic master cylinder was having issues on stock cars as well but Mitsu is just seeing it even though big name tuner companies had already figured out a way to fix the problem with the plastic units. Really thats it. I do all my own work bt if a part is known to have issues why should I have to pay for it. If my aftermarket parts had issues id send them in for warranty.
      mikemaj82
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll never stray away from my automatics :)
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikemaj82
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          mikemaj82
          • 1 Year Ago
          No because they are garbage and constantly break down. When was the last time you saw an article on AB about an automatic transmission being recalled for anything?
      CaddyV8
      • 1 Year Ago
      People still buy these.....????
        D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CaddyV8
        Lol buddy, with some bolt-ons and a proper tune, Evo's will run most V8's all day long.
      Discover
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chayil Every manufacturer will refuse to do a warranty job if you modified your car because there is thousand of "smarts" who tried to fix their own mistakes. DO NOT MODIFY IF YOU WANT TO KEEP A WARRANTY.
        Chayil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Discover
        Sorry, but you are way off base. According to the Magnusson Moss Act, there has to be a causal relationship between a part that needs to be repaired/replaced and the aftermarket part in question. Just to illustrate, it would ridiculous to deny warranty coverage on a door seal because an engine had been modified. Your analogy falls short. The AYC pump is located at the extreme rear of the car and they have been failing because of salt corrosion, NOT because the engine has been modified. The pumps are failing on bone stock cars and modified cars. And when I say, "modified", it could be as simple as an intake or exhaust. Also, I have had modified cars that have received warranty coverage, notably Infiniti and Honda. In both cases, I had just about every bolt on part known to mankind, yet both had their warranties fully intact and these were on their performance versions. Only Mitsubishi is so anal that any modification at all can result in a total powertrain warranty voidance. Again, you are totally wrong in you assessment of the situation.
          Discover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chayil
          Because of a lot of ******** who wants to fix their modifies by manufacturer expenses the Mitsubishi refuses to fix your problem. Why don't you go to the court with independent appraisal which states that there is no relationship by your modifications and the AYC pump? I have a Lancer GTS with a lot of modification except suspension. However, few weeks ago I went to a dealership and told them that there is something wrong with the front suspension. They fixed it under warranty with no questions asked. After that I cannot say about Mitsubishi that they are "anal". Maybe that is you.
          fabulous71
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chayil
          I've had several items replaced by my dealer on my 06 Evo IX under warranty and I have mild mods on my car. Its all how you communicate and deal with the dealer, and of course, the dealer themselves. We all know not all dealers are as good as others.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ahem...oh the irony! Fueltothefire, where art thou? So $47k for a similarly specced EVO or a BMW 2er, what is a better buying decision?
        Chayil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        I have two Evo X's. One went out the door for 32.5 thousand. The other was 33 thousand. Both are GSR's. You can pick up a new GSR for around 34-35K . The MR is more expensive and they will go from about 38 to 45K depending on options. Both are great cars. One you stir the gearbox while the other you paddle. Your choice.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        The Evo has much bigger issues than a bad clutch to keep it from being a luxury sports car.
          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          The Evo has never ever been a luxury sports car. It's a Sports Compact. I also would not call the 2 Series a Luxury Sports Car. It's more a compact Sports Sedan.
          RGT881
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          Oh guys I know Evo and 2-series aren't in same league, but according to the goofball fueltothefire, they are. It stems back from a BMW 2er thread couple days ago.
      Discover
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chayil, BE A MAN! FIX IT YOURSELF!
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      What?! See, they should never mess around with this newfangled stuff like... what? wait... it was the manual? Oh, stuff even goes wrong with proven technology?
      Arpad
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have 2 as well... both 2003 VIII, both around 800awhp. You can buy a 7 or 800awhp VIII for ~$20k. Absolutely most fun car I've ever driven, amongst TT Gallardos, modified M3, 911T, modified GTRs, Ferraris, modified Supras and Vettes, etc. Only the modded GTR and TT Gallardo were about as fun, but with the cost of maintenance, repairs, and modifications, I would always be worried even if I hit the lottery. EVOs are so easy to work on, parts and modifications are affordable, and they're reliable in stock form, and if you modify it properly. The stock handling is good, but after a few inexpensive upgrades it becomes phenomenal.
      Jazzor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yaaaaaaay! Just when I was about to replace it myself for something NOT PLASTIC!!! >_< Phew...
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