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Mitsubishi Outlander Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 140 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander

  • All the basics, including comfort, confident handling and unique style, are in place, but the Outlander needs more power to keep up with its rivals.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Roomy and comfortable ride, peppy around town, solid handling.

  • Cons

    Lacks punch for passing, distracting audio controls.

  • What's New for 2003

    Mitsubishi jumps into the mini-SUV battle with the Outlander, which offers different styling but little else to separate it from the likes of the Subaru Forester or Honda CR-V.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
/
  • 23
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Traded my gallant for this???

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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. Awesome!



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Great car thus far

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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!




Handles all weather

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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.




Old reliable

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this car because the year-end price was too good to refuse (despite not being crazy about the ext styling), but am amazed at the reliability. Almost 80k miles on it and only oil changes/checks & recall replacements. Now needs a new battery. Roomy interior, comfortable on a 2k mile trip. Gas mileage better than expected (average 23-24MPG overall).




Solid car - very pleased

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

We purchased our car 1 year used with about 12000 miles on it. We've been very happy with it. Like any car that is now 6 or so years old, it has a few rattles and such, but not many. It has not had any major issues (regular maintenance only), other than a known issue with the dash AC/Heat selector. Now I must switch from AC to heat from under the dash or pay to fix it (around $1500, so I won't do it). Mileage is right around 20mpg for mix of around town and highway. It's very comfortable to drive and ride in - we regularly make 8+ hour treks in the car and find it very comfy. The car has held up well over the years. Very happy with it.




Great buy

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander LS AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this car in 2005, needed a larger car for our new baby. It has been such a great buy! It is super reliable, nothing has ever broken down on it and it runs like a champ. It has almost 90,000 miles on it now and is still running as great as the day I bought it. It is awesome in the snow, when we had a huge storm here 2 years ago, I was passing up every other SUV and truck left and right as they all got stuck or slid down a the hill. I would recommend this car to anyone, it has been great for us!



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Full 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

What's New for 2003

Mitsubishi jumps into the mini-SUV battle with the Outlander, which offers different styling but little else to separate it from the likes of the Subaru Forester or Honda CR-V.

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Talk About The 2003 Outlander

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wb2o15
wb2o15
03-05-2014
Hi all...I'm thinking of buying a 2003 Outlander, but have a hard time finding online info about such an old model. Do some of you know of the general reputation for this model?...


batman47
batman47
01-28-2008
The 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 2.4L 4cyl CVT has an option F3 Accessory Fog Lights., which means that this car comes without front fog light/lamp in the USA at least for the above named model, howev...


vahe53
vahe53
09-08-2009
I have a Mitsubishi outlander 2003. Recently I am having a lots of problem with the cooling fans. When I am stocked in heavy traffic the fan does not kick in, therefor the temp. gage rises to red, whi...



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