hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,658 miles

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2004 Mitsubishi Outlander suspension problems

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2004 Mitsubishi Outlander Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 092016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander. While driving 30 mph, the contact heard a loud noise from the front driver's side of the contact's vehicle. The vehicle stalled and was unable to be driven. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not repaired. The dealer diagnosed that the front cross members fractured and needed replacement. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V458000 (suspension). The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Hyde Park, MA, USA

problem #9

Oct 052016


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander. While the vehicle was being remedied per NHTSA campaign number: 16V458000 (suspension), the dealer observed that the rear cross member was severely corroded and created holes. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000.

- Smallwood, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 052014


  • miles
I've experienced a creaking, loose-rusty-bucket squeak in the rear end of my vehicle. The noise is mostly heard from a stop to accelerating < 20mph or driving over uneven payment. The sound is just embarassing from the outside and annoying on the inside of the vehicle. I wouldn't call the noise a hazardous problem because it has been driving fine, but I'm not a mechanic and itnoticed much to concern a def

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #7

Oct 092016


  • 74,000 miles


NHTSA recall number: Opens new window takes away from VIN lookup section> 16V458 recall date: August 19, 2016 manufacturer recall number: Sr-16-003 summary: The inside and outside surfaces of the front cross members used on certain vehicles, if exposed long term to snow melt water and anti-freezing agents, may corrode due to insufficient performance of the rust protection. Should significant corrosion occur over time, a lower control arm could eventually become detached resulting in loss of vehicle control and a potential collision. Safety risk: Should significant corrosion occur over time, a lower control arm could eventually become detached resulting in loss of vehicle control and a potential collision. Remedy: Repair not yet available. Recall status: Recall incomplete. Remedy not yet available.

- Montague, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jun 222016


  • 96,484 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander. While driving approximately 35 mph approaching a stop light, the front end of the vehicle gave way and disconnected the front driver side wheel. The vehicle became immobilized in traffic without warning. The police arrived and assisted the contact. The vehicle was towed to a tow yard and was later towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the undercarriage of the vehicle was corroded. The failure caused the lower control arm to fracture. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V458000 (suspension). The failure mileage was 96,484.

- Penfield, NY, USA

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problem #5

Aug 242016


  • 143,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle and noted that there is a loud squeaky sound worsens when driving from the back with alot of rust and not breaking properly.

- Riverside, RI, USA

problem #4

Jul 102015


  • 92,000 miles


Sub frame broke in half

- Southwick, MA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Jan 272004

Outlander 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
When driving in the snow, the consumer lost power steering, which made it difficult to control the vehicle. The consumer contacted the dealer, however the dealer could not duplicate the problem. The vehicle would drift to the left or right with little movement of the steering wheel.

- Darien, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 102003

Outlander 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
The Outlander has the tendency to drift to the left. A quick check on the website revealed many car owners faced the same problem. It is identified to the actuator latch mechanism of the steering mechanism. This problem us well known to Japan & asia. I am extremely surprised that it is not known to us at all. All the time, I have to turn the steering wheel slightly to the right to keep the SUV straight!!!

- Wexford, PA, USA

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