really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,303 miles

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problem #10

Aug 292021


  • miles
Our 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander has several rotted out holes the size of half dollar coins in our crossmember which is connected to the control arms and it is making a loud banging sound when we hit any bumps.

- North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 082019


  • 98,000 miles
Left front of vehicle is vibrating/ jerking steering wheel side to side with what sounds like something rubbing hard enough to jerk car side to side. Making a banging noise when turning as though front suspension is broken. I see there is a recall for this issue. I purchased the Outlander from a dealership used and was told fixing the recalls wasn't their problem after signing paperwork. Unknown history as I was lied to about issues and salesman was fired. I believe this is a recall issue.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 302019


  • 123,000 miles
Mechanic said my axle boot lock and strut spring broke and I need a new passenger front axle coil spring. Loud bang woke us up while car was in driveway. Related to recall NHTSA campaign id: 16V458000? also power steering leaking every time we fill it, that also might have a recall from what I saw. Mitsubishi dealer said there are no recalls for my car but seeing similarities with what is wrong with my car. Car was just sitting in my driveway when it anpped

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #7

Apr 092019


  • 160,000 miles
My son only weeks ago was given his mother's 2007 Outlander as an upgrade to his former vehicle. Days ago, he found pieces of the sub frame breaking off underneath after hearing an odd noise during operation. This vehicle was purchased new in 2007 in omaha, ne. Mitsubishi's recall for sub frame corrosion does not include vehicles purchased in Nebraska as it isn't in the narrowly defined "salt belt" (although Iowa is included). If you have never been to omaha, ne during the winter you would know that the city puts as much salt and salt brine on the roads as anywhere else in the nation--winter weather, I.e. snow and ice-- in omaha is severe. Vehicles that are operated regularly in the omaha area rust prematurely and that is a fact. This vehicle is now unsafe to drive and the value is probably near zero but Mitsubishi will not cover the cost to repair. The NHTSA should extend the sub frame recall to other states where the use of road salt is extensive I.e. Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, etc...this is a travesty and should be rectified immediately before someone is severely injured or killed driving these vehicles.

- Grapeveiw, WA, USA

problem #6

Mar 232019


  • 233,000 miles
Took my 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS V-6 to dealership for several recalls including recall no. 16V-458 / sr-16-003 on May 05, 2018. I picked up my vehicle and was told it did not require the cross member replacement and the anti corrosion spray was performed. Around 7:00 pm edt Saturday, March 23, 2019 while entering a exit lane on us 119 northbound at the green road exit, my car made a loud grinding sound and starting pulling very hard to the left and came to an abrupt stop after approximately 10-15 feet. Fortunately, I was entering the turn lane and was slowing down or it could have easily force me into the medium divider or even into oncoming traffic. I could not move the vehicle forward and put my emergency flashers on to avoid being rear ended by oncoming traffic. I was very concerned as I had my 3 year old grand daughter with me and it is a very congested area. I tried to exit the vehicle to see if I could determine what was wrong. The driver door had to be forced open as I later discovered after exiting the vehicle that the from left fender had been pushed back into the door area by the front tire. After a quick inspection it appeared the control arm broke. After removing the tire, it was evident that the cross member had separated from the vehicle due to extreme corrosion causing the loss of control and abrupt stop. This is the exact problem I had taken it into the dealership for the recall and was told mine did not need replaced. I am attaching pictures of the vehicle to show the missing and broken cross member. There is no way this corroded to the failure point since the recall repair was allegedly completed. Further more, if treating the area was supposedly sufficient to prevent further corrosion (as opposed to the replacement of the cross member), this failure should not have taken place. Therefore, every cross member should be replaced!

- South Charleston, WV, USA

problem #5

Dec 102018


  • 124,500 miles
I crashed my car due to the rotting away of my sub frame and control arms, Mitsubishi is not taking responsibility. The car has been sitting at crown Mitsubishi and they only jwant to fix the recall

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 222017


  • 81,000 miles
Recall issued August 2016 for possible corrosion on cross member. Vehicle taken to dealer, inspected, anti rust agent applied to cross member. On subsequent visits to two independent garages for service we were advised of severe corrosion of under carriage, steering parts, and suspension. The first visit was in October 2016, second visit in February, 2017. It is evident the work done by the dealer was unsatisfactory. The cross member and related parts affected by this corrosion need to be replaced. And steering, supension

- Lititz, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 152016


  • 120,000 miles
I was driving at approximately 5mph braking to take a left hand turn when I heard a loud clunk and came to an abrupt stop. After existing the vehicle it appears my front suspension had snapped and my drivers side tire was pushed into the quarter panel hindering my drivers side door and my passenger tire was pointing to the right. After getting it towed to the nearest auto body place, I was informed that the front sub frame snapped due to rust. I am the original owner who has performed all maintenance items, it has been garage kept for 7 out of the 9 years of owning the vehicle. I would hate to see how fast this vehicle would have failed if I did not perform any maintenance on it. What is very troubling is the car is only 9 years old and the night before I was traveling on the highway at 70mph with my 4 kids in the vehicle. If this would have snapped on the highway we would have been lucky to survive because I had zero steering capabilities.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 202015

Outlander 6-cyl

  • 57,534 miles
The yoke that is part of the frame that holds up the front steering assembly rusted through and does not support the steering assembly the way it should. The car is only 7-1/2 years old and this should not have failed. There were only two replacements to be found in the country. One was a used one from the"South" somewhere, and the second a new one from a Mitsubishi warehouse in California. The estimate for repair is about $1400. The dealer I purchased the car from was no help. It seems that since there are very few replacement parts in the U.S. this may be a wide spread problem for these vehicle. The replacement part is used on several model years of this vehicle.

- Garfield Hts, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 012013

Outlander 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
The steering column area of my 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander ls makes clicking noises when driven during warm temperatures (only during warm or hot weather, not during the winter). Noises occur when the steering wheel is turned and the dealer indicated that this sounds like a clock spring problem.

- Hawthorne, NJ, USA