NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander engine problems

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 152008

Outlander 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


On 12/21/07 I had my car serviced for the 75,000 mile service at the dealer. Then on 2/14/08 I was driving home from work when all of a sudden my Mitsubishi Outlander starting shaking and the service engine light came on. I immediately telephoned the dealer to see what they recommend I was asked to bring the car first thing in the morning. The very next day I barely made it to dealer which is only 7minutes away from my home (in the same town). As soon as I pulled into the dealership the car turned off. I was told that the heating coil burned out which caused my spark plugs to burn out and the car to misfire. I am being told that I may need to replace the engine if any of the pistons were damaged if not then I only have to replace the parts which were damaged. What I don't understand is how can this happen to a vehicle which has had every recommended service performed to it on or before the recommended mileage?!

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #2

Jul 092003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer called complaining about engine problems. Stated that vehicle will not have enough power. Manufacturer was contacted, and had fixed it a couple of times.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 212003

(reported on)


  • miles
The consumer made a left turn and the engine had run away. The vehicle was taken to four dealerships and was told they are unable to duplicate. The wipers did not clear the windows or operate on high speed, the keyless remote system did not operate with the key in the ignition, there was a burning smell coming from the engine, and the fuel cap did not lock. Recall#03V0S8000-the PCM was reprogrammed. Mr scc

- Madison, OH, USA

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