2004 Mitsubishi Outlander LS from North America


Definitely a great value for what you get


The only thing I have had go wrong with the car is some rear control arm bushing. It just made the back end squeak. The dealers gave me no problem fixing it, and I have had no problems since.

General Comments:

I really didn't think I liked this car when I first bought it. I had never driven Mitsubishi before so I was an adjustment for me. Now that I have had it about 6 months I really do love it. It has great pick up, and I like that it doesn't feel like a big SUV or a Mini Van. The seats are very comfortable and I have had to do some traveling for work. The only thing is that the cargo area in the back is kind of squat so if you buy a big chair, its not going to fit in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2005

20th Jul 2006, 14:20

I am having lots of problems with that rear arm bushing, this will be my 5th time in for service, I want out of my lease. I have 12 months left and I want out of it...


Robin Boyles

12th Nov 2006, 18:46

I'm having similar problems with rear upper control arm bushing failing. 80000KM and I'm on my third set. Luckily they are not expensive or hard to replace. Aside from this manufacture (faux pas) my Outlander has been a great vehicle.

8th Aug 2008, 12:44

Great car in the snow if you have good snow tires. A little underpowered but still a great car. Can handle up to a foot of snow.

2004 Mitsubishi Outlander xls 2.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Excellent value, comfortable, pleasing to drive


No faults or problems experienced to date.

General Comments:

For a year after taking redundancy I drove around in my 1980 XJ6, which had been a hobby project for several years.

When I started to get regular contract work, the kms started to pile up.

The XJ6 is thirsty, requires regular expensive servicing, so I leased a car.

I was looking for economy, comfort and reliability.

Looked at a Magna, which because of MMMAL problems is not selling well here in Melbourne (plus the car is in desperate need of a major update to complete in the fashion stakes). Whilst in the local dealers, looked at an Outlander.

I had driven a 2002 Honda CRV, but was put off by its hard ride and general agriculture nature, plus even at 50,000 kms it was almost Aud$30K! Briefly looked at an X-Trail and Rav-4, but both too expensive.

Test drove the Outlander and was impressed. Was even more impressed with the $33.8K on the road price. This with sunroof, tinted windows, a/c, power windows, four air bags, alloy wheels, cruise control, electrical mirrors, fog lights etc.

Now into my six month of ownership and just turned the clock over to 21,000 kms. Returns 10.5 l/100 kms (about 28mpg UK). Uses no oil. Is comfortable and easily to use.

Nicely weighted steering, good handling and sufficient power to be competitive in the rat race we call the rush hour.

My family has owned 1 x Lancer, 1 x Magna, 2 x Verada (high level Magna) and now the Outlander. We barrack for Mitsubishi!

Previously daily drive was a company provided Toyota Viente (?) high level 3.0L Camry. Nice car, dead steering and over an hour in the driver's seat gave me aches in my back and knees.

The Outlander never causes such problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2004

31st Jan 2007, 05:03

Update on this post - 101,000 kms at the 2 yrs 8 mths mark. Apart from front drivers side disc problem - metal to metal when the pad failed to last to the next service - no problems. Still very comfortable and a pleasure to drive. Wish it was better on the gas - 11 litres / 100 kms is typical, which means that the range is < 500 kms.