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I purchased my Endeavor in 2004, and it has been garage kept since then. This past year I noticed the paint fading really bad on the hood and on top. My dealership nearby where I take my car to get serviced quite frequently for oil changes, told me they would check to see if there was a recall on black Endeavors. I have always had good service and never had a call back. He was going to check to see if they could re-paint or touch-up my car. I'm very upset due to the fact that I paid a lot of money for my car and I'm losing all the paint which is ridiculous. I want Mitsubishi to either pay me to have it painted, or for them to paint it. I want to know who I need to speak to. Thanks, Marlene Munoz

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  • sistimarat Feb 25, 2009

    I too own a Mitsubishi 2004 Endevor Silver and have the same paint problems. I have one large faded paint spot with several smaller ones on the hood as well as the roof of the car. It looks horrible for a car that is only this old. My milage is 67800 and the Glendale Mitsubish Regional manager says it's not covered by the warranty. I am waiting to hear from the main headquarters now.
    Please let me know if there is anything else I can do?



  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    I noticed the same problem with my 2004 black Endeavor, and just before the warranty expired, they repainted my roof. Of course, since the warranty expired, it has begun happening on every other area of the car. Now my hood and tailgate look absolutely terrible, and it is also happening on all the doors. The problem just gets worse over time, and my car has also been kept in a garage nearly the whole time. I agree that Mitsubishi should foot the bill for a new paint job...with the same thing happening to every other 2004 black Endeavor, it's obvious that the manufacturer is at fault.

  • ejsoto May 01, 2009

    I have a 2004 black Mitsubishi Endeavor which was new at the time of purchase and am extremely disappointed at the level and speed of deterioration of the paint. Unfortunately, both my local car dealer as well as their headquarters have used the same party line "the car is no longer under warranty." When I initially discussed the issue with my dealer, 2 years after purchasing my vehicle, they were extremely dismissive and I was told that perhaps the hood of the car had too much sun exposure. I thought it was odd that someone representing the dealer would have such a response, but hoped it would not get worst -- well it did. Today, May 1, 2009, Mitsubishi's position is that it is no longer under warranty, therefore, their "good will" policy does not apply. There has to be a way where we as consumers can report such fraudulence and be heard by politicians, the general public as well as Mitsubishi competitors. This is not acceptable.

    Evelyn Soto
    New York

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I have a 2004 Black Mitsubishi Endeavor with the exact same problem and of course the paint is no longer under warranty. I called 1-888-MITSU2009 (Mon-Fri 8-7 central time). The woman (Mariam) told me to take it to a local Mitsubishi dealer to have the paint inspected. She said they should be able to advise me from there, but if not, call Mitsubishi back and let them know what the dealer said regarding the inspection. I took it to a dealer and had to talk to several different people before they got me to the right one. He looked at it and said it was definitely bad paint. I got a bit lucky because there happened to be a regional Mitsubishi rep. there that day, who also looked at it and said, right there on the spot, that they would take care of it. This was a Friday just a few weeks ago and the following Monday my truck was in a body shop being painted ($4,000 paint job). The Mitsubishi representative told me this seems to be a problem with both black and silver mitsubishi's in and around 2004. Apparantly they are looking at these paint issues case by case, however, I think that is wrong. If you google "bad paint 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor", which I did, you'll be shocked at the number of people with this problem and Mitsubishi hasn't issued some kind of recall. But, they fixed mine. Mileage seems to be a factor, if there is a ton of miles on it they may not cover it. I have 68,700 miles and it was OK. The mitsu rep. also said if it were 1 year older, it probably wouldn't be covered.

Anyway, call the number I posted for you and start there. Its worth the effort - I was ready to get rid of mine, but I like it for one, and wouldn't get much in a trade because of the paint. I also looked into getting it painted - It just looked horrible - all over the hood, roof, down the back lift gate, and some down the doors - horrible. Definitely worth the effort trying with Mitsubishi - saved me $4,000.

Good Luck to You!

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Uh Oh, better get Maaco! That's what I did for about $1000 for the highest paint & clearcoat, w/warranty; here in Seattle at the Westlake outlet. Now I'm happy to drive it again : )

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