2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical system and brake issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Consumers looking for a low-cost SUV often gravitate toward the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. After all, it boasts of plenty of style and many advanced safety features. The automaker even claims that the new lineup helps to make “boundaries redefined,” but most people aren’t happy with the ways it is redefining driving. From the faulty electrical system to the defective service brakes and malfunctioning fuel system, this SUV ranks as one of the biggest lemons.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Air Bags
Electrical System
Unknown Or Other
Electrical System:wiring
Electronic Stability Control
Seat Belts
Service Brakes

Problems with the Electrical System

The heart of the electrical system begins with the battery and alternator, but it goes beyond that. Nearly every feature in a modern vehicle relies on a properly functioning electrical system.

One Edmunds user discusses frustration with the Mirage G4. “I love my car but I have problems I have been back to my dealer five times about my radio it keeps turning off and won’t come back on. The apple car play made my phone shut off and my phone won’t come back on. My radio has been replaced twice I have only had my car for five months. So every month I have to drive almost two hours to get them to fix it.”

This isn’t just annoying, but also time-consuming. Sadly, the company has admitted to even larger electrical concerns. Service Bulletin #TSB-18-13-003 talks to dealers about the Check Engine Light coming on in failsafe mode or when the engine doesn’t restart after a short trip. Both of these instances appear to be most prevalent after driving in cold weather. No matter how low the price is on any car, these are issues that shouldn’t be occurring. While the automaker claims it is “designed for colorful driving,” reviews prove that this car shouldn’t be driven anywhere.

Problems with the Air Bags

Air bags function to keep occupants safe. Even on the most basic vehicle models, this system is designed to protect, but can also malfunction.

One such example is found on the NHTSA website. “On November 18, 2019, I was in a motor vehicle accident, hitting a buck going 60 miles an hour. My air bags did not deploy and my seat belt failed to lock on impact.”

It’s clear that Mitsubishi is dealing with air bag related concerns. In fact, NHTSA Campaign Number 19V330000 states that over 26,000 vehicles might have defective air bags, which don’t deploy during a collision. The trouble stems from an internal acceleration sensor inside the ECU and SRS that misinterprets vibrations as a reason to disable the air bag. What’s left is countless occupants who are left without the protection they assume is in place. In fact, stacked up pillows would do a better job than these air bags.

Problems with the Brakes

Furthermore, the braking system is also in place to keep everyone on the road safe, but the Mirage G4 fails in this department as well.

One Edmunds comment states “So I got the car 2017 Dec and by the first 4 months I had to take back and get the rear brakes readjusted 2 times then about April they needed to be done again the guy from the dealership refused to readjusted them again till my next oil change so I kept driving then by September 10 I was going 45mph seen a car stopped to make a left turn so I hit the brakes my brakes completely failed I could not stop hit the rear end of the other car somehow ended up in the center of the road and got T-boned back side of the driver’s it knocked the back door all the way to the center console knocked me out in the accident and Broke my right femur bone and had to have a rod placed in my leg after the accident  overall I think and truly believe the safety needs to be looked at again all the way around before it gets bad and someone dies I’ve had a lot of people look at the photos and tell me I’m lucky to be alive someone even asked if the car caught on fire as bad as it was.”

Unfortunately, there are no manufacturer communications regarding the braking system at all. Instead, Mitsubishi feels that it has acknowledged too much already, and probably doesn’t want any more liability. Sure, the Mirage G4 is low-priced, but what is the cost that owners end up paying? It could be their lives.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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