2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander
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2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Problems
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 also.
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.
An engine overheating condition may develop due to a failed radiator cooling fan controller. The failed controller should be replaced to correct this issue.
2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Questions
Have a small leak code now. Before I replaced the tank and fill neck had a large leak issue. Someone cobbed it together instead of fixing it. Currently over the past 2 fill ups since repair the car lurches, loses idle rpm, shuts off when stopped. Last tank it stopped lurching at 3/4 of a tank...
882.00 plus parts. These are prices from the dealer. Also needs rear axle bearings and 2 tires. this has been the most expensive car I have ever owned. Bought new, always dealer serviced now has 94k. Should I just replace the engine with a rebuilt? or fix it with the possibility of main bearings...
The under hood fans keep running but the compressor clutch does not engage.
2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Recalls
Water may leak into the vehicle through the side sills near the dash panel and cause damage to vehicle wiring. Dealers will inspect the side sills for water leaks and seal any openings, repairing any affected wiring harness issues at the same time free of charge to resolve the concern.
The engine throttle valve may stick due to ice build up. This can cause the accelerator to stick and allow continued acceleration when not desired. Dealers will reprogram the engine control computer to eliminate this condition free of charge to resolve the concern.
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.
I bought the first generation of this model and have had it for 5.5 years and have not done anything beyond routine maintenance on it so far.