2008 Mitsubishi Outlander drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,667 miles

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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 032014

Outlander 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles


We have a 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander that we purchased in 2010. I was following my wife down the road and noticed that when she applied the brakes the brake lights sometimes did not come on. This is a huge safety problem. When we got home I tested it and found that about 20% of the time no brake lights would illuminate. I did some research online to see how difficult it would be to fix and discovered this is a very common problem with several recalls associated with it. It also effects the shift interlock which prevents shifting the car out of park even when the brake pedal is depressed. My wife confirmed she has had this problem too. We have owned the car since 2010 and have never received a recall notice. I called our local Mitsubishi dealer to find out if this was part of a recall. They said the recall had been performed on our car in 2009 and if it needed replacement again it would be at our expense since it had been more than a year since the work was done. This makes no sense to me. The car was recalled while still under warranty to have a defective part replaced. Now the part has proven to be defective again. The dealer contacted Mitsubishi to see if they would cover the replacement part but they have declined.

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #2

Aug 232013


  • 51,000 miles
After turning the car on, it will get stuck in park and is a struggle to switch the gears from park to drive. This has been a problem.

- Shakopee , MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 032013


  • 49,000 miles
July 3, at approximately 10:30 pm we came home and parked the car in the driveway which is at a slight incline. I got out of the vehicle to unload items from the back, and as I came around on the passenger side the car made a loud pop sound and the car began to roll backwards and was making an audible clicking noise. In an instant I was worried that the vehicle was going to run over one of my kids who were outside as I unloaded the vehicle so I managed to climb in and as I reached over to turn off the ignition, the car bumped over where the driveway and street meet knocking me off balance. As I fell from the car, my right leg got jammed in the passenger door, my head whacked the bottom frame of the door, and right before the car rolled to a stop, the front passenger tire started to run over my left leg as I tried to keep the leg out of the path of the wheel. I sustained multiple injuries including a head injury, concussion, sprained knee, cuts and bruises.

- Shakopee , MN, USA

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