hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,125 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander cooling system problems

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 092009


  • 67,500 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander. One year after purchasing the vehicle she had to replace the engine, radiator, gaskets, and water pump. She is currently unable to drive the vehicle. The manufacturer advised her that the coolant fan was replaced twice per the recall with the previous owner. They also stated that since the warranty expired she could not receive a free remedy. None of the repairs have remedied the failure. The failure mileage was 67,500.

- Windsormill, MD, USA

problem #3

Jun 162009


  • 57,000 miles
There have been no repair issues with this 2003 Outlander. There have been no coolant or any fluid leaks with this car. The car suddenly filled with smoke on the passenger's side; smoke poured from the engine; prior to that - five minutes earlier the check engine light went on and acceleration was difficult; there was an odd odor as well as a metal on metal type sound. 911 was called as the smoke was heavy. The dealership was asked by Mitsubishi Corp. To pull the engine to determine if it was the engine - warrantied or our fault- a radiator issue. This was a 400$ cost to us unless they found in our favor..this was in addition to the 80$ diagnostic fee to begin the process. They are saying that there is a crack in the radiator where the engine connects by a hose to the radiator and that it is "normal" wear. There is nothing normal about this. It was immediate and catastrophic. They want to charge us $3600 to replace the engine. I am arguing that this is obviously a defect - we have 100,000/7 year warranty on the drivetrain. My car only has 57,000 miles and has run perfectly fine up to last week. I have asked Mitsubishi to reconsider and have been promised an answer by a case manager by close of business tomorrow -6/25. I hold little hope that they will cover the cost of an engine yet I feel that the way in which the engine overheated and then died is not all normal for a car with such low mileage and one which has no history of repairs. We never received a recall notice on a radiator fan control part and wonder if that is what caused this series of events to occur. If so, are they not responsible for the repair? I currently have only four payments left on the car for a total of a bit under 2000$. the dealership told me that without replacing the engine, they could only give me 500$ toward a trade! I would appreciate your intervention and help.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #2

May 162008

Outlander 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I was stuck in traffic for 45 minutes and my vehicle (2003 Mitsubishi Outlander) overheated. As a result of this I blew the seal in the radiator. I was never notified that there was a recall on the cooling fans but the dealership had my address and did not notify me. When I contacted the dealership, they stated that the notices are mailed from Mitsubishi and not their dealership.

- Cuddebackville, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 172008

Outlander 4-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
I purchased a mitshbishi Outlander in 2003. It recently overheated and I took to my regular auto shop. He changed the radiator because of the heating damage however, when he checked the fan system, he realized that the power motor was burnt out. He looked the vehicle up and notified me that there was a dealer recal L on the 2003-2006, cooling fan system. Because he had already worked on the car, I paid him ~$400 (I can't recall the exact amount at this time). I took the car to Mitsubishi and they did inform me of the recall however, stated that they needed headquarters approval for the repair. Several days I was contacted and the repairs were not approved because, they stated that I was sent a recall notice in 2007. I explained that I never received such notice but they still refused to assist with any repairs, or any reimbursement for repairs. I think this is unfair and would greatly appreciate your assistance.

- Bellflower, CA, USA

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