really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,681 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander engine problems

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 272009


  • 44,725 miles


This pertains to my 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander (current mileage 44732) and was our first encounter with this potentially dangerous problem. My wife went to the post office in town to mail a package. After stopping in the parking spot, the car surged (accelerated) before she could shift into park and struck the landscaping wall at the post office. Fortunately, no one was walking on the sidewalk between the front of the car and a hedge in front of the wall. Also, fortunately, only damage was done to the car. An incident report has been filed with the local police, Mitsubishi, and 21st century insurance. The car is currently in my garage.

- Beaumont, CA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Jan 152003


  • miles
Car bushing had to be replaced with only 6000 miles.. why? dealer couldnt explain. Also, twice car has accelerated when coasting on flat road.

- Gretna, NE, 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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