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    Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    Ok, my wife's got an '06 EVO IX MR. Bone Stock.
    This morning, it starts acting up. Hit the gas, and no boost...no boost.... still no boost.. (dont even hear it spooling)... then all of a sudden... *WHAM* tons and tons of boost

    Now, this is FAR from normal for the car. I'm thinking maybe the wastegate is sticking open. Does this sound right to you guys? And if so, anyone know how to fix it?
    '06 Lotus Elise, '07 Saturn Sky Redline

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    Ok, my wife's got an '06 EVO IX MR. Bone Stock.
    This morning, it starts acting up. Hit the gas, and no boost...no boost.... still no boost.. (dont even hear it spooling)... then all of a sudden... *WHAM* tons and tons of boost

    Now, this is FAR from normal for the car. I'm thinking maybe the wastegate is sticking open. Does this sound right to you guys? And if so, anyone know how to fix it?
    Yes - sell it!

    Seriously ... early EVOos (and Mitsubishis of that era generally) are notorious for falling apart after the warranty's expired (sometimes, sooner). The EVO, especially, is problem-plagued because it's so strung out. A hopped-up econo-box can be tons of fun -but it's important to remember that fundamentally, it's a low-cost (hence, compromised) design that isn't likely to live long when subjected to stresses far beyond the envelope of the original design.

    How many miles on that thing, by the way? If it's over 50k.... I'd be worried....

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    uhh
    it's a brand-new 2006
    so, 7500 miles
    '06 Lotus Elise, '07 Saturn Sky Redline

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    In that case, it's covered under the warranty and you don't have a problem.

    Oh, and the answer if they say, "They all do that."

    "Then they're all broken, and you're going to have to fix them all, so you might as well start with this one."

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    lol yeah, but you know mitsubishi
    they're famous for trying to screw you out of your warranty
    '06 Lotus Elise, '07 Saturn Sky Redline

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    lol yeah, but you know mitsubishi
    they're famous for trying to screw you out of your warranty
    Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act. Know those words, and use them.

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    that only applies to aftermarket parts/modifications/work
    since we havent done anything to the car at all, that wouldnt apply in this case, if I'm not mistaken

    but they COULD try to void it for any other number of completely BS reasons (depending on how much of a tattletale the computer it - if they plug it in and it shows the wife over-revving a few times, they could try to claim that we voided it there)
    '06 Lotus Elise, '07 Saturn Sky Redline

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    that only applies to aftermarket parts/modifications/work
    since we havent done anything to the car at all, that wouldnt apply in this case, if I'm not mistaken

    but they COULD try to void it for any other number of completely BS reasons (depending on how much of a tattletale the computer it - if they plug it in and it shows the wife over-revving a few times, they could try to claim that we voided it there)
    No, the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act was specifically written for weasely dealers who would try to put you off, etc. Just thinking you know about it is usually enough to scare them into action. The punishments are VERY big.

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    uhh
    it's a brand-new 2006
    so, 7500 miles
    Going on two years old.... and once it's out of warranty I wouldn't want to stand too close!

    Hey, I like EVOs (and Mitsubishis in general). But their track record for reliability is way below average.... so watch out.

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    only purchased (new) in january of '07, so I think we're still good on the warranty
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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    only purchased (new) in january of '07, so I think we're still good on the warranty
    Hope so!

    As an aside, I have a couple of friends/colleagues who are magazine guys (so they attend the "long lead" media events) and they tell me the new EVO is much better than the old one... in every way. As you probably know, it's an extensive redesign; the car's no longer a souped-up econobox; it's now a ground-up machine - and likely to be far better, long term, than the old one... .

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    I'm just not sure how I feel about changing the engine
    that 4g6e (right? I can never get those damn codes) was pretty well developed at this point
    '06 Lotus Elise, '07 Saturn Sky Redline

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    So is the car still screwing up? Have you talked to the dealer yet?

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    yes it is still acting up
    I have not spoken to the dealer, as I'm trying to make the wife do it (the car is in her name, after all)
    but she doesnt want to for some strange reason

    she seems content for us to pay someone to fix it, rather than having it fixed for free under warranty

    I think she might be slightly insane

    edit: correction, she seems content to ignore it until it becomes a much worse problem, rather than getting it fixed now free under warranty
    '06 Lotus Elise, '07 Saturn Sky Redline

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    update:
    we dropped it off at Mitsubishi last night
    we should find out today what's wrong with it

    oh, and I love my wife. She said if they pull any BS about the warranty, she's going to tell them to cancel/refund her extended warranty, not have them fix it, and use the money to upgrade the whole turbo system
    '06 Lotus Elise, '07 Saturn Sky Redline

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    update:
    we dropped it off at Mitsubishi last night
    we should find out today what's wrong with it

    oh, and I love my wife. She said if they pull any BS about the warranty, she's going to tell them to cancel/refund her extended warranty, not have them fix it, and use the money to upgrade the whole turbo system
    Sounds like you chose well!

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    wow
    ok, so the dealership says it is the clutch
    that the clutch is slipping into neutral, and that is causing the problem
    and of course, that isnt covered by the warranty

    not sure what our plan is
    '06 Lotus Elise, '07 Saturn Sky Redline

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    uhh
    it's a brand-new 2006
    so, 7500 miles
    Warranty aside it's an electrical thing if the boost suddenly come on but may be a simple thing I hope you have good mechanics looking at it, enthusiasts,
    The US way of always being enemies might be your wife's way of a faulty toaster, but it may not apply to a car.

    Evos are not designed to be shopping baskets.. this about the clutch sounds like BS.

    Try to get to the mechanic who is 'fixing' the car. Ask if he reckons it's electrical or major. If it is major he will have to go quiet, or maybe say, "I reckon it's a b or c". If they won't let you look at your car and explain what they are doing, just get the free coffee.

    This is a superb piece of engineering

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    Quote Originally Posted by damen
    wow
    ok, so the dealership says it is the clutch
    that the clutch is slipping into neutral, and that is causing the problem
    and of course, that isnt covered by the warranty

    not sure what our plan is
    Can you tell us what engine trans [like manual auto etc] Mitsi put out various turbos and EVOs were mostly hand-written electrcal settings.
    Have you owned the car from new? Have you changed anything, like a big exhaust, bigger intercooler...?

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    Re: Here's a good one: boost weirdness in the Evo

    6sp
    owned from new
    bone-stock
    not even a swapped out head unit
    '06 Lotus Elise, '07 Saturn Sky Redline

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