Car Review: 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander
March 02, 2012, 05:31 PM
I bouught the 2WD 2003 Outlander in June, 2011, with 123,250 miles on it. It had decent handling, and enough power. Within a month in the hot weather the AC didn't perform. The shop said the compressor was bad and had to be replaced-about a $1,000.00 repair. He said it was not uncommon for Mitsu's. The condensor had metal debris loaded in it from the failed compressor. Make sure the condenser gets flushed when the compressor is replaced. I drove a 4WD version but found it noisier and underpowered compared to the 2WD. The 2004 model had an engine upgrade from 140 hp to 160 hp. Despite these problems , I like this small SUV for local trips, less so on the highway, when the steering needs consant correction for staight-line driving-maybe some rack and pinion gear wear at over 100k miles. It did need a good set of treads for winter driving because it tends to slide in snow more than the '94Camry, '00 Accord and '96 Taurus I have driven.