2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor Consumer Review: 105,000 miles - Major Problems

2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor - Consumer Review

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LS 4dr SUV (3.8L V6 AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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105,000 miles - Major Problems About to Hit?
By endeav04awd on


2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor New LS AWD 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


I bought this SUV in 2006 with 14,000 miles on it.
Enjoyed the comfort, the power, the visibility, and the price.
Mileage is average - about what I would expect for the body design and an AWD drivetrain.
The AWD has done wonders for tire ware - very even with quality tires.
Early on, had the classic water pouring into the passenger and/or driver side floor; 2 trips to the dealership to fix . I get maintenance done regularly. But, engine oil every 3k - 5k with synth oil, & @80K engine started to develop cam/lifter clatter upon startup (goes away once engine warms up).

Best Features

Love the seats. Tall guy fits comfortably for lock trips. Great lumbar adjust for my frame in driver's seat. Plenty of room for 2 kids in back. But, cargo area not great, unless the split seat is down. Like the view - no blind spots. Great big r-view mirrors and lots of glass make me feel very aware of what's around me in city traffic. Has pep when you step on the gas - there's a nice looking throw shifter, but you can't use it comfortably when the center console lid is down. Like the cupholders and 12V accessory plugs. Room for wife & my phone charger, the kids game system/DVDs in back seat. And the A/C does a good job of cooling the interior (even w/out rear vents).

Worst Features

Plastic parts - suck. Broken d-side interior door panel (35kmiles). Pass side frt outside door handle snapped off on wife's hand 2 weeks ago (105k). I've had lots of cars and never seen this. Mitsu has lots of tech bulletins on this model year - but the dealers aren't going to volunteer this info very often, and rarely want to fix teh problem while you're under warranty. Had to insist on a number of a fixes, while they were happy as larks to do minor body fixes. If i fill with anything <91 octane, she pings audibly, with sluggish acceleration. Front brake rotors warp, even with pads replaced on time. I read reviews, and wonder at >100k - What's next? Transmission? Drive shaft
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