hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,000 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander electrical problems

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 152014


  • 206,000 miles


The contact owned a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander. While the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed sparks emitting near the radio. The contact also stated that there was smoke and suddenly the interior front of the vehicle caught fire. A police and fire report were filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 206,000.

- Downey , CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 152009


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander. The contact stated that while parked the contact noticed the temperature control knob was difficult to turn. The cotact mentioned that after some time the knob detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #3

Jan 042003


  • 5,000 miles
I had the cooling fan controller replaced two times/fans coming on immediately when starting the car/ I had to replace the third one on my dime/ now its cutting out @ certain speeds/ I have replaced the mass air flow meter/both coils /spark plugs/ plug wires still the problem continues.

- Orange Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 202007


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander. While driving approximately 30 mph on normal road conditions, the rear brake lights activated without the brake pedal being depressed. The failure occurred spontaneously whenever the vehicle was in operation. In addition, the SRS warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and remained lit until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and they stated that the failure was related to the electrical system. The vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 03V194000 (electrical system;wiring, interior/under dash); however, the recall remedy did not correct the failure. On a separate occasion, the instrument cluster failed and the contact noticed a burning smell inside the passenger compartment. Also, the accelerator pedal would become stuck without warning when it was depressed and the front driver's side seat belt retractor was inoperative. The webbing failed to extract. The failure mileage was 82,000 and current mileage was 99,000.

- Princeton, ME, USA

problem #1

Oct 232003

Outlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The engine has started on its own w/out the key in the ignition. You cannot turn the engine off w/ the key, after some time it will turn itself off. This problem has occurred twice. The first time the dealership replaced the ignition. The second time the dealership stated it is impossible, and did not find a problem.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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