Car: 2007 2.2 ES Whistler Silver
Join Date: 14th January 2011
Location: Central Scotland UK
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Many moons ago I had a Mitsubishi Lancer Gti 16v. The car went into Perth Mitsubishi for 50k service. I asked about the cam belt change and was told it was required at 60k. My car "only" had 48k on it. Well, two days later, on Edingurgh City Bypass, going on holiday to Berwick-on-Tweed, you guessed it the f**ker snapped! Had Green Flag recovery, so car taken to Western Mitsubishi in Edinburgh. Mechanic confirmed the belt had snapped. So, it had to be left. Now, car was fully loaded plus a roofbox. Had get a lift to Edinburgh Airport to hire an Astra estate to take us on holiday, car hire £350... On the Lancer, out of 16 valves, 14 were bent. Three rocker shafts had snapped plus the roller bearings had dropped down into the engine. Total cost of repair was £1005... in 1994! And that was with "discounts on parts" To say I was a tad angry was an understatement. After a bit of digging, I discovered that Hyundai used the same engine in their Elantra and recommended changing the belt at 36000 miles! Mitsubishi, after I threatened to go to the motoring press with a strongly worded letter I had written, refunded £350 as a good will gesture! I was made to get rid of the car a month after this as my wife didn't trust it any more. The bad news is, I ended up with a 1.8 Cavalier, which lasted a year(far too long), as she said it was "the most boring car I had ever owned!" So, if you're being charged that, take it!