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2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,445 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 062016

Outlander

  • 220,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander. The contact stated that the rear cross member fractured due to corrosion while the vehicle was parked at the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V458000 (suspension); however, the recall only covered the front cross member. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and instructed that the repairs would not be performed per a recall. The failure mileage was approximately 220,000.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 072008

Outlander

  • 23,000 miles
I took my vehicle in to the dealer twice in 2006 about a "squeak" that I heard from the rear passenger side while driving. The first time a service tech drove the around the neighborhood, but couldn't hear anything. The second time...the same and your service department did not check it out on my request. The problem is that I wasn't simply that I was hearing things. At this point, the squeak is so pronounced that it can be heard from the inside and from the outside of the vehicle. I followed due diligence, so to speak, and sought help during the warranty period, but was not helped nor satisfied. On a recent brake inspection at sears, I was told that the suspension was the culprit. I suspected this all along. To date I have again visited my Mitsubishi dealer and they have arrived at a cost to repair and replace the rear upper control arms and both lower bushings. The dealer should have taking care of this a long time ago rather than telling me that they didn't hear anything. On my visit today, I was told that it isn't really a safety issue. In my view, when a vehicle squeaks as though something is coming apart....it is a safety issue. On a recent brake inspection at sears, I was told that the suspension was the culprit. I suspected this all along. To date I have again visited my Mitsubishi dealer and they have arrived at a cost to repair and replace the rear upper control arms and both lower bushings. The dealer should have taking care of this a long time ago rather than telling me that they didn't hear anything. On my visit today, I was told that it isn't really a safety issue. In my view, when a vehicle squeaks as though something is coming apart....it is a safety issue.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #3

Nov 262007

Outlander 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,225 miles
When car was first purchased told dealer it felt like back end was kickin out on wet roads, took it dealer was told they could find nothing. Several days later car spun out on way to work due to blow out. Had vehicle towed to dealer were upper and lower lats. Were replaced.(no old parts not available) car seemed ok for several months at which point it began to feel like it was sliding around in rear end again. Again dealer checked found nothing.. my husband threw a fit with dealer at which point a ball joint was replaced(part not available), in my opinion only to pacify us. The car has still never felt right. At which point the warranty has expired and the dealership refuses to even talk to us about this. Now four months after having four new tires mounted and balanced I have two rear tires so worn and damaged the belts are coming through them. I have taken the car to a private tech.to try to find anything that may be wrong. I am scared for myself and my family everytime I have to drive this car!

- Hemlock, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 122007

Outlander 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
- contact owns a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander, for which he had to replace the rear lower suspension arm 4 times. First time it was at 30,000 miles, second time at 48,000 miles, and the third time at 89,000 miles, and currently at 106,000 miles. The contact took vehicle to the same dealership, arnold automotive group in roseville, mi 4 times, and they stated that they didn't know why the part kept going bad. The contact the current mileage was 106000. The left rear seat betl would not retract. The sway bar were replaced and the lower control arm was worn. Updated 03/30/07.

- Emmett, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 152003

Outlander

  • miles
Car bushing had to be replaced with only 6000 miles.. why? dealer couldnt explain. Also, twice car has accelerated when coasting on flat road.

- Gretna, NE, USA

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