hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,667 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander accessories - exterior problems

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 272012


  • 95,000 miles


Temperature knob broke off after getting stuck. Sounds like this happens quite frequently. I got an estimate to fix it from the dealer. Over $2000. Major issue in the winter for defrost/heat.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #2

Nov 052010

Outlander 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
I own a Mitsubishi 2003 Outlander - the heating cooling knob is very hard to turn and eventually broke off - I spent over $300 to fix it - they installed a $150 part but said I would need a more extensive fix to get the knob to turn from heating to cooling. That would cost over $1500 also to turn it I have to get down on the floor and push on a part under the heating system - this is dangerous with a risk of burns because it gets hot down there. I feel that the company should recall these cars - not realistic to have such an expensivefix for what should be a simple problem with a tight cable. They know about it - others have complained.

- Spearfish, SD, USA

problem #1

Jan 202009


  • miles
The temperature knob on the Mitsubishi Outlander 2003 is very difficult to turn on for heat. Sometimes I can't get it to move at all, and I have to drive in the cold. I suffer from arthritis, and this makes it very difficult for me to drive as my fingers freeze-up in the cold weather.

- Oregon House, CA, USA

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