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My Mitsubishi Colt automatic started to judder 2 weeks ago and then broke down as gears would not engage. My dealer did a diagnostic check, said the problem was sorted and charged me £95 +vat, also did a service and the car also passed MOT which was due-total cost £320!! The garage had my car for a week and only 2 days after collecting, the juddering started again and had done it for several days. I did not consider it safe to drive and it is now back with my Mitsubishi DEALER who I have used for years. They now inform me that 5 fault codes are showing up and they are 98% sure the clutch is sticking on the actuator.They say they need to strip the gearbox and replace the 3 part clutch which is going to cost me a massive £1,140 which is their latest estimate. I previously had a COLT JUNE 07 REG which I had for 6 years with no trouble whatsover until some idiot smashed into me 12 months ago and caused my car to be written-off. I bought my present colt from a different garage just over 12 months ago-it is 2 years younger,SEPT 59 REG and has only done 26,000 miles-I use it mainly for local motoring and the furthest I have driven in one trip is only 40 miles-I have only done 6000 miles since buying it. I would have thought a clutch system would last a lot longer than 26,000 miles and am very worried about this large bill that I now face and will have to find a kind relative to help me. Surely Mitsubishi should design their cars to last a bit longer than this. Your thoughts would be much appreciated. Regards, ***** ***** Manchester *****@******.***
Hi Shantal, Thanks for your reply. I still need some advice from one of your experts and am happy to wait for another reply.
Hi Greg, Sorry for delay in responding. I have today got my Colt back from my dealer after repairs-Still trying to recover from the shock of a massive £1.140 bill. !! £490 of this is for parts and the rest £650 seems to be the labour charge which I think is quite excessive.
On my invoice there are just 4 fault codes showing as follows:- p1842, p1710, p1705-clutch sticking, and p1830-actuator and drum fault. Hope this info is sufficient to complete your investigations for me, as I would obviously value your second opinion. Regards, Robert.
Hi Greg, Thanks for the info. I am hopping mad at the moment-the dealers assured me that everything was now OK and indeed they took my car on a*****test after the repairs and said there was no problem. After delivery back this morning I drove to my local barber's shop for haircut-about half a mile in each direction-no problem. Then this evening I drove about 2 miles to my evening job, and as I was parking up, the orange diagnostic light came on and the auto display on the dashboard went off briefly, as it had done before. On returning to my car about 2 hours later the light was still on and the car juddered again for about a minute-thankfully I got it home without further difficulty although the orange light stayed on all the way.. Having just spent over £1,100 I did not expect this to happen the same day the car was returned after the garage having it for over a week!!! I will be expressing my annoyance with the dealership in the morning and certainly do not want to be paying out more money for something that has still not been fully rectified. Your further comments would be appreciated as I am very rapidly losing confidence with Mitsubishi!!!
Sorry for the delay in replying. My dealer confirmed that when the car went back for the 3rd time, they discovered that the actuator was now showing as faulty-following my complaints to Head Office, Mitsubishi supplied a new one free of charge and the garage agreed to fit it for free which in all was a saving of £197 + VAT + labour.
In view of all my problems Head Office also agreed to discount the parts cost for the previous repair and now my dealership have also refunded me £230, which has helped to relieve my annoyance a little. The Service Manager says that I have been extremely unlucky and the majority of Colts are very reliable. I have now come to the conclusion that possibly cars with a semi-automatic system are not as good a purchase as those with fully automatic systems-would you agree??
My vehicle was delivered back to me last Monday, and thankfully at last it is behaving itself. I would like to thank you for your assistance and will be rating your help as "Excellent" very shortly.
Kind Regards, Robert.