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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander

2003 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Problems

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) temperature control knob may be hard to turn. Mitsubishi Motors has released a service bulletin out outlining the necessary repairs. Repairs involve installing a new air blend door lever and link, lubing the blend door track, and installing a filter on top of the blower motor housing to prevent entry of dirt and debris. If the temperature control assembly has been damaged it will require replacement ...

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

Erratic HVAC blower motor operation may be caused by a failed blower motor and/or blower motor resistor. Our technicians tell us that if the blower motor resistor fails the blower motor should be checked. If the blower motor fails its functional test in should be replaced along with the failed blower motor resistor.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

An engine overheating condition may develop due to a failed radiator cooling fan controller. The failed controller should be replaced to correct this issue.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The AC may not blow cold air due to a failed pressure switch. A failed switch will require replacement to restore proper AC operation.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate with a stored code P0181. Our technicians tell us the fuel level sensor may be at fault requiring replacement.

2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Questions and Answers

donwilk8, 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander, Sacramento, CA

Does this include changing the water pump and tensioner while the cover is off for that price or is that extra?

phillips44, 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander, Fort Pierce, FL

How do I remove and replace the handle on the back seat that folds the seat down?

hobobob, 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Murrells Inlet, SC

drum has a shroud around it preventing me from using the 'typical' drum puller which has 'fingers' that hook around the back of the drum. is there another type of puller for th...

sol00, 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander, Bondsville, MA

I have just had my cam belt replaced and now my car makes a load screetching noise when reversing? Is this to do with the cam belt or would it be another problem?

outlander girl, 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Louisville, KY

The gauges are not working. I can hit the dash and they will come on sometimes. I'm not sure if it's the gauge cluster or wiring...whats the best way to troubleshoot? If I replace the ...

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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Reviews

I have 264K miles on mine. I had my first breakdown, on the road last summer. Water Pump. Amazing vehicle. Smooth ride, no rattle or shakes yet. 6 sets of tires, 2 radiator fans (squirrels chewed 1st replacement) The only issue is the heater switch and it just broke off a month ago. Need to fix that this spring. It's been the best car ever.

I bought my Mitsubishi Outlander with 39,000 miles on it from a dealer. It's one of the best vehicles I have ever owned and I've owned many. The only thing I had to replace aside from maintainence (Brakes, Tires) was the radiator. Other than that, it has 125,000 miles on it now. BUT the blower motor just stopped working. I have yet to see why. Checked all of the fuses and they are all good.

The best thing about my Outlander is the all wheel drive handling in the ice and snow. The body is cheap and was badly damged in hail storm where by Buick recived little noticable damage. The vehicle is developing bad rust underneith and is kept inside. The fuel econ stinks, the transmission is geared too low and the small engine is over worked. The best fuel econ is 24 mpg but you have to drive 45 mph, at 65 mph the engine runs over 3000 rpm. The vehicle has no power. The exhaust rusted off at about 50k miles, at least was replaced under warranty. The cooling fan module has been replaced three times under warranty. The ac condenser drain cloggs every 6 months. The temp contol has problem with the cable and door, which will require me removing the complete dash to repiar. The head lamp lenses are fogged up and will require replacement. Over all the vehicle stinks, but I love it every time it snows.

Just passed 100k miles and still running strong.
The only thing that has gone wrong is the air conditioning stopped working ( at 80k).
We have driven all over the place in many conditions from blazing heat of the desert to blistering cold of the mountains (at high altitude this baby out preformed our ford truck).
Off the line she is a bit slow, but she hits passing speeds rather well, and yes she does go over 100 mph.
We will be looking for another one of these as soon as this one weakens,... likely long before.

I have owned this car since it was new - nothing abnormal with regard to operations or service costs until 63,000 miles. Now, the rear suspension is bad and will cost a significant amount to repair including a new set of rear tires. This should not happen with an automobile with so few miles and that has been driven mostly on Interstate highways.

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