by cm0805 on Aug 28, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander LS Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
I didn't know when I traded that the same motor that was in my Gallant is also in the Outlander.
Good motor, but the Outlander is heavier so it has no get up an go.
It also doesn't track well, feels top heavy in the curves.
Inside is not plush, but looked good when new.
Both Gallant and Outlander had the same problems: after a couple yrs the A/C goes out and the temp control knob (the cheapest design I've seen) breaks off.
The good news: 10yrs, 260k mi and still running like a top.
Oil changes and a timing belt is all I've had to do.
My Gallant was the reason I stayed with this brand... 340k, oil changes and 1 water pump.
by btotherich06 on Sep 22, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
I bought this car just recently with just under 76,000 miles, and am very impressed so far. Only major defect I had was the moonroof motor was falling apart, which happened five days after I bought it. Thankfully my auto broker paid for the repair. Even though I have only had this car for almost a month, I can picture myself driving this car until well over 200k miles!
by molly on Sep 13, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
I have driven my Outlander all over the country, in Massachusetts snowstorms, New Mexico's wind storms, Pennsylvania's pelting rain, and Arizona's searing heat, and it has never let me down. It handles really, really well in the snow. I have not had to do anything other than routine maintenance. The original battery lasted for 7 years, and the paint still looks great. It has a few idiosyncrasies: It makes a strange chirping sound in cool, humid climates (in San Francisco, in particular). As others have noted, it's not the peppiest. It drags on steep hills (like the big one in Camarillo, CA, on the 101 southbound), and I have to stick to the slow lane. All in all, I've been very pleased.