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2004 Mitsubishi Outlander consumer reviews

$18,449–$20,249 MSRP range
side view of 2004 Outlander Mitsubishi
87% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.5
Explore the 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander

Good first/all rounder car.

This was and still is my very first car I've owned. I'm almost 19, and have had this for over 2 years. I haven't had many issues with this car, but I'll start with interior. Mitsubishi interiors kind of suck, and this isn't really all too much of an exception. The seat colors look stained, even when they're not, the door panels rattle at a HINT of audio bass, and the cup holders are located RIGHt behind the shifter, which becomes an annoyance when you need to use it while you have drinks. Besides that, the interior is ok. Decent leg room, pretty spacious, amazing sound system, good storage locations, overall decent. The exterior looks.. funky. SUVs of this era commonly had this weird grille shape, and matched with the thin and long design of the Outlander, it looks stretched. Parking kinda sucks since it's hard to see where the nose ends. Besides this, good design. I prefer it without the roof racks, as it gives it a more sporty, kind of hatchback look. Now with performance... meh, again. 2004 introduced the 4g69, which had an extra 20hp than the previous year. It also has MIVEC, which is VTEC but with mitsubishi in the name. With the weight of the car being around 3,400lb, it won't really win much (if any) 0-60 times. It's a drive train that does its job. Almost 200k miles and the engine still feels peppy, crazy what basic maintenance can do for a car. Now.. who's this car for? When it was released, Mitsubishi advertised it as a car you could go off-roading with during the weekend, but still use as a daily driver to and from work. It's a jack of all trades, master of none, "beginners" car. It's a serviceable first car for today. It's a small SUV, big hatchback. It's a good all-rounder, which is something I greatly appreciate as I can't afford several cars. All in all, I would recommend it to someone who just wants to have a spacious, compact, reliable yet affordable car. I find myself ragging on it a lot, but as long as you don't compare it to cars of today, you'll learn just how versatile it is.


Very comfortable and reliable.

Did an excellent job of meeting my needs. While moving I found I was able to transport an amazing amount of furniture in it including large items of furniture. Fold down the back seats and there’s an amazing amount of room. The mileage is not quite as good as advertised, but the acceleration is great. I guess that’s an expected trade off. All in all I’ve been very happy with it.


Perfect size little SUV

Currently has 200,000 miles and running strong. Bought used with 190,000. I have done no repairs other than oil change, sparks, ball joints, brakes, the normal stuff. I like the size, decent on gas mileage. AWD is good, I just wished it had steering wheel controls and power seats.


Very high class n reliable.

The 04 Outlander won me over im happy I chose this car, havnt had any problems with it. My next car will be a newest Outlander.


Car in a pinch

Reasonable price and condition for a back and forth to work car. If I were the original owner of this car, I would still be the owner of this car.


Most reliable car I've ever owned

The car met all my needs. Was very reliable, most reliable car I ever owned. Comfortable drive and ride. Plenty of room to haul stuff.


Excellent car

Bought the car used with 160k miles. A year and a half later the car still runs and looks like new (fantastic engine, and amazing paint). Amazing 4wd system. Great off road.


Mitsubishi Outlander

The SUV is not a bad car for the price I paid. Its comfortable and the gas mileage is not to bad either. It runs like a champ, and I would recommend this kind of car to everyone, if you want a reliable vehicle.


Love the car, getting parts is difficult

Have enjoyed having and driving this car--bought it used some years ago--but now it's getting more challenging as suspension parts are rusting and needing replacement, and getting parts and having a Mitsubishi dealer (now 2 hours away) do the safety recall work. I'm sad to say I will not get another Mitsubishi automobile with the distance I have to travel to get to a dealer.


Have owned one since 2004 and still love it.

Have owned one since 2004. Love this vehicle. Very reliable and has never let us down. Regular maint. keeps it going. Best I've ever owned.