hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,000 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 282008


  • 100,000 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) my name is [xxx]. contact number is [xxx]. I own a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander. A little over 2 years ago the car started to vibrate violently between 30 and 50 miles per hour. I looked under the car and saw that the boots on the cv joints were cracked and had leaked out the grease inside the boots. I assumed this was the problem. I bought new axles and replaced them. During the installation while removing the axle bracket on the passenger side I found that one of the 2 bolts holding the bracket inplace had sheared off from the vibration. If the second bolt had broken as well the axle would have broken away from the engine block and surely caused complete lose of control of the car and a potential life threatening accident. I replaced the axles and the bracket bolts and thought that was the end of it. I test drove the car after the repairs and to my dismay the violent vibration was still there. I took the car to a professional shop for further diagnosis at which time the technician confirmed the vibration and was stumped by it's origin. He ran a search on alldata and come to find out you've know about a problem know as torque converter vibration in these Mitsubishi's since 10/2003 and that it goes back to models as early as 1997 per your no. Tsb-03-23-006. So why haven't you done anything about it" you continue to allow Mitsubishi to put defective and dangerous cars on the road that could endanger the safety and well being of the driver and the public in general if the axle broke loose and the drive lost control of the vehicle. What do you have to say for yourselves" why does someone have to die before you'll do anything about these dangerous defects. I'd like an explanation. I can be reached at the number above or by email at [xxx].

- Norcross, GA, USA

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