fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,396 miles

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2004 Mitsubishi Outlander engine problems

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2004 Mitsubishi Outlander Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 152009


  • 29,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander. When the engine is turned off it remained on for approximately one minute. The dealer has not diagnosed the failure. The contact is aware of the safety risk. The current and failure mileages were 29,000. Updated 09/16/09 updated 09/17/09.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #3

Sep 132007

Outlander 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,084 miles
I have always changed my oil well within the required maintenance schedule; I noticed an engine ticking noise around 15K miles, and signs of overheating (low level in the coolant overflow container). Dealer checked, found no problems. Driving to work on 9/13/07, engine ticking noise got 10 times louder. A local repair shop said it should be towed to dealer, which it was. Dealer said timing belt slipped; when replaced the belt, loud noise still existed. Removed engine cover, inspection showed valve damage. Technician inspected further, shows oil burned onto engine parts. Mistubishi denying repair under warranty, although all maintenance records meet required standard and car only has 24,000 miles. Never had any warning lights for overheating or low oil. Mitsubishi says wrong oil filter used by valvoline instant oil change site. I removed the oil filter, sent for testing. Awaiting results. Engine needs replacing due to damage, and mitsu is denying to cover the repairs. Filed complaint with state attorney general, in process. Three weeks without a vehicle now, going on 4.

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 032006

Outlander 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is a number of complaints with this vehicle. The first is engine noise (loud "ticking, " clicking" noise) this all the time. It was taken in a number of times and every time something was changed and I was told it was fixed. The noise is still there! the keyless entry module was replaced for erratic lock and light function, however it has not fixed the problem. The vehicle pulls to the right and "scuffs" the tires ( we have rotated the tires at about every 1500 miles to try to prevent this). I have taken it in for service and was told alignment was ok, and there was nothing wrong with the vehicle! there is also a constant "thumping, clunking" noise from front end over bumps(was told unable to fix or duplicate). Lastly, this vehicle has a intermittent severe hesitation or sometimes no power. I was told "unable to duplicate" and every thing was ok with the vehicle. All the work was done by the dealer were I purchased it, and I believe they are tired of seeing me!

- Batesland, SD, USA

problem #1

Jun 012004

Outlander 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
Upon light acceleration, without engaging a gear change, engine? will lose compression/power, tach fall 500-700 rps as speedometer rises. Engine ticks. Intermittent wipers speed decreases when vehicle at stop, air circulation fan speed decreases when vehicle at stop, brakes making noise. Despite repeated attempts to contact dealership and manufacturer, no one returns my call.

- Salisbury , MD, USA

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