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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

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  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    That's why I got the Mitsu hitch when I bought mine. I didn't have plans to use it but wanted one just in case.

    I also picked up a tow strap last year so if I have to pull anyone out of a snowbank in winter I have a convenient place to hook it up withough having to crawl under the car. I keep the strap & a pair of gloves stowed in the cargo area on the right-hand side in the access hatch that stores the jack.
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    Tow Hitch

    Although it is not immediately apparent a town hitch takes away about 2 inches of the Outlander ground clearance (i.e. 8.5 inches without a town hitch). A clearance of 6.5 inches degrades the SUV/Crossover capability of the Outlander out tarmac.
  • Hi, where did you find out about the build month regarding the roof not having any mounting points? And how would you know which 2010 GT does or does not have it? I ask this coz I was thinking of getting the yakima rack system which would enable me to install it flush on the rail points. It would look like these http://www.yakima.com/shop/baserack/control-tower. I can't recall which thread/website Ive read it but they say that under the black trim that covers the supposedly rails on the GT that there are fixed mounting points.

    Btw, your outie looks great! Hows the sunroof deflector like? I have the window in-channel deflectors and it has been very usefull.

    -jay">
  • I believed GT's sold from Jan - May 2010 does not have mounting points. Its actually pretty easy to know if your GT does have mounting points, just check your roof railings, there should be Four removable mounting 'square' plastic covers. If your GT doesnt have this plastic covers, then your out of luck, just like me :)
  • Good point.
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    Roof Rack Kit

    As it was said in this forum the Outlander 2010 (late) and Outlander 2011 have accommodation for the installation of a roof rack kit accessory (MZ314455). This kit includes the base + the crossbar (aerobar) at a price of $300.00. This kit has the Mitsubishi badge/logo and it was sold for Outlanders (e.g. GT) with roof accommodation (i.e. sockets).

    What in reality is the meaning of “Plug-In Thule Roof Carrier Accommodation”? Does it mean just the sockets on the roof of the car or the sockets + a Thule base that plugs into these sockets + roof rack crossbar? According to the information I have, it appears that the term “Plug-in Thule Roof Carrier Accommodation” encompasses just the roof rack base made by Thule which will plug-in into the sockets that come with the vehicle from Japan. The assemblage doesn’t come with a roof rack crossbar; therefore MNNA offers an accessory “Accessory Roof Rack Cross Bar” at a price of $250.

    Why MMNA decided to use the services of Thule is not clear at the moment because there is a Mitsubishi Roof Rack Kit on offer, and indeed it was utilized to provide the GT with a roof rack + crossbar configuration. The plausible reason could be that MMNA is being paid to advertise the Thule brand. The roof rack crossbar will also be Thule.

    In summary the Mitsubishi Roof Rack Kit (MZ314455) at a price of $300 will be replaced by a Thule base + a Thule roof rack kit cross bar aero (Option at a price $250). It appears that every GT will come with a Thule roof rack base. If you want to have roof rack base + crossbar + Mitsubishi badge you will need to disassemble the Thule roof rack base from the 2012 GT (if it comes with one) and replaced it by the Mitsubishi kit (MZ314455) at a price of $300.

    The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Accessory Catalogue announces the following:
    Roof Rack Kit-aerobar (For vehicles with factory roof rails) MZ314015
    Roof Rack Kit-square bar (For vehicles with factory roof rails) MZ314013
    Roof Rack Kit (For vehicles with roof accommodation, XLS and GT) MZ314455
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    I sent the following email to a Mitsubishi dealer without reply so far:

    I have received an email from your dealership where he indicates that part# MZ314455 ($300) can be accommodated into the 2012 Outlander GT roof (i.e. accommodation sockets (from factory) + roof rack base (Thule or Mitsubishi) + roof rack crossbar (Thule or Mitsubishi)). The part# MZ314455 encompasses the roof rack base (Mitsubishi) + roof rack crossbar (Mitsubishi).

    The Outlander 2012 GT as well as the late 2011 GT has plug roof carrier accommodation. What is the meaning of “Plug-in Thule roof carrier accommodation”? Does it mean that the 2012 GT will have just roof sockets where a Thule roof carrier product may be installed? Or will the 2012 GT come from factory with a Thule roof carrier base already installed (without roof rack cross bar)?

    The confusion arises because the 2012 GT has an accessory “Accessory Roof Rack Cross Bar” at a price of $250 which may imply that the 2012 GT will come with a roof rack base made by Thule.

    I will much appreciate it if you could clarify my uncertainty.
  • The problem with Hitch Rack 'IN MY CASE/SITUATION' it cannot accomodate my other toys...IE 11 footer SUP (stand up paddle) board, 5'10, 6,0 & 6'11 surfboards, 153cm & 155cm snowboards, and my wife's skis.

    So having a roof rack makes more sense in my case. I can rack mountain bikes, sup board, surfboards, snowboards, and skis.

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    Here's a day that I went surfing and mountain biking on same day. As you can see the only way Hitch rack will for me is... I will have both...roof rack for boards and hitch rack for bikes.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    .. or a small trailer you can tow bikes, surfboards, and everything else with.

    Anyway, I'm not saying roof racks are bad. They're certainly the best option for skis. But in general racks are an alternative that doesn't work well for my family.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    Although it is not immediately apparent a town hitch takes away about 2 inches of the Outlander ground clearance (i.e. 8.5 inches without a town hitch).

    My hitch doesn't. I just measured with my GT on level concrete (my garage) and below the tube is 11" of clearance & below the side beam on the hitch is 10.5". It comes just slightly below the spare tire.

    That said, it does extend out the rear of the vehicle a few inches so if you're rock crawling or doing other serious off-roading the rear overhang is a few inches longer.

    I have the OEM hitch, part # MZ313809. You can see it some here: http://mitsupartsworld.com/145-mitsubishi-outlander-trailer-hitch-towing-kit.htm- l (If you use the curvy ball mount then the lower tailgate won't open fully.)
  • The official Outlander GT ground clearance is 8.5 inches. Perhaps 11 inches of ground clearance is without any weight. Try with 2 sand bags of 150 pounds each. By experience, I may said, the Outlander ground clearance is reduced considerably when the car is fully loaded (about 2 inches +).
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    My numbers were the measured ground clearance at the hitch, unencumbered, not the minimum ground clearance of the car itself. I just wanted to point out that the hitch itself doesn't reduce the car's effective ground clearance.
  • Recently I have seen a TV program (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0153h6s/Worlds_Most_Dangerous_Roads_Peru/- ) Because we did not have a photographer and a cameraman with us we could not capture in-vivo the experiences of our adventure in South America with our 2010 Outlander GT. A few photos of our GT adventure have been deleted from this forum for reasons that I do not know. The objective was to demonstrate the goodness of this Outlander that with very few exceptions never let us down. Why to have a car with all the technology and not use it and test in-situ the capability of this car. I am a great fan of this car and that is why I have ordered a new 2012 GT Outlander. I will have this car in February 2012.

    Please watch the above TV program in your laptop and we can tell you that our GT did all what these two (English) people did on the road. The GT managed to prevail over road’s hairpin curves and condition of roads similar to what you may see on the TV program. Gelatinous mud and clay covered roads, trails with big potholes, soft and deep gravel roads, snow, ice, deep flooding tracks, and heavy fog, you name it, all was sorted by our Outlander GT. The amount of punishment this car has undergone (sometimes at low gear for more than 5-hours) is amazing. The result of all this punishment are: chipped windscreen, two-big scratches and indentation on the side of the driver front and rear (product of collision with motorcycle taxis in Peru), broken driver mirror, broken fog lights (made deliberately by vandals), one of the petrol tanks squashed but not leaking, numerous scratches in the cargo area, indented exhaust pipes, and the engine compartment full of dry mud everywhere.

    In 2010 we took our Outlander to Chile and from there we make our way to the south of Chile where roads are hardly driveable; from there we entered Argentina (non tarmac) and went down to the very bottom of the continent (Ushuaia-Argentina). We returned up to Peru and crossed the Atacama Desert in Chile at more than 15K feet. Here was the first time we noted the GT engine was struggling to climb at speed. In Peru we took our GT from Trujillo on the coast to Pucallpa in the jungle (3K miles return) with the sheer topography Andes in the middle. We saw complete sections of road washed away by the Mantaro River and the provisional mudded emergency road had to be passed one car at a time. We also visited Ecuador and reached a village where people live above the 100-years. It is a geriatric village and there is even a research institute to find out why people live so long in this place. I wonder why I saw many elderly Americans there. We visited Tarapoto in Peru and we drove many miles of uncharted roads just to witnesses a few very high waterfalls in the region.

    My next adventure will be the West and Eastern Europe. I will ship my 2012 GT to Europe next year. My maxim is: “money has only meaning if it helps you to reach your dearest dreams before you drop dead”
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    The other day my 2010 Outlander GT passed it's second anniversary in my garage. It has just over 20K miles. Total repair cost: $0. Maintenance has been 3 oil changes & 2 tire rotations. The only other maintenance is that I replaced the OEM engine air filter with a K&N (which I use for better cost over the life of the car).

    The 4th oil change will occur tomorrow and Mitsu emailed me a "Happy anniversary" free oil change coupon.

    A couple of days ago the TPMS went off, signaling that the colder weather around here has had the anticipated effect on air pressure. This happened last year as well so I guess it'll be an annual tradition. Which is fine since I basically never check the tire pressure on my own any more.

    A few weeks back it did throw a "P0" error code. Basically a misfire but the cylinder wasn't specified. Given the timing & lack of specific cylinder, the dealer said it was likely due to the weather combined with the changeover to winter blend gas. It hasn't happened again so I'm agreeing and calling it random chance.

    There have been no other problems or issues to report. Tires, battery, cabin filter, etc. are all original.

    Lifetime MPG is 21.2. It hauls all the cargo I can come up with; space has never been a problem. Comfort is good. The navi + Rockford Fosgate continue to be error-free. Everything just works as expected.
  • My 2007 XLS 4WD has just turned 65K...Other than tires, there have been no repair costs as yet....I will replace the original battery next April before I make my annual trip up to Colorado for the summer....When it turns 100K I will definitely get another Outtie... :)
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    I have ordered an Outlander GT 2012 with these specifications and options:
    1- Protection package ($345)
    2- LED illumination package ($380)
    3- Interior sport package ($250)
    4- Rear parking assist sensors ($335)
    5- All weather floor mats (4) ($95)
    6- Body side moldings ($110)
    I did not order the
    7- Touring package ($2,900)
    Leather can be a nuisance. It needs permanent care and deforms easily with continuous use, the stitches are not firm and easily loosen with continuous use..
    Rockford is not useful for me because I am not in the music league. I am not a music lover.
    Very rarely I have used the sun roof in my previous outlander although that is not to say that I have never used it. I also think that a hole in the roof will weaken the physical structure of the car.
    8- Navigation with rear view camera ($2,000)
    It can be of great help in USA & Canada but outside these 2-countries the usefulness is very limited. I found to my surprise that a Garmin GPS is very much cheaper and powerful like the Mitsubishi stuff, especially if you adventure outside the USA & Canada. The annoying thing is that the rear camera attached at the rear gets dusty very soon and it becomes useless without a permanent cleaning with a water spray. The camera did not prevent me, while reversing, from to hitting a wall painted green the first 12 inches from the ground which I confused as being just normal grass. I am hoping that rear sensors will prevent me to hit any walls painted green at the base.
    9- Entertainment package ($1695)
    Kids at the back should enjoy the scenery, landscape and the countryside while travelling instead of taking a piece of their room into the adventure.
    10- Towing package ($395)
    I have deliberated and thought a lot about this option but I have opted to leave it out because I am not a farmer and because the car I am buying is a GT. I may order at a later stage but at this moment I do not see when I would use it.
    11- Roof rack crossbar ($295)
    This option has also needed a lot of thinking but I have opted to leave it out because I may order it later on when the need arises. At the moment I do not see a need for it. Fortunately the GT comes with the facilities to attach a roof box once the crossbar is in place.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 581
    i agree with you on the navigation. the navigation part in my 07 has not been upgraded. i don't want to spend $100+ for a map update. Instead now, I use my iPhone with iGO Primo. $35 including lifetime maps. much cheaper than having to upgrade the nav map. usually i let them run both.if the POI is not on the MMCS, i use google local search to locate the spot and put the coordinates manually in my MMCS. But on the other hand I don't think I can live without an entertainment center in my dash.what I'm saying is, if I didn't get the Navi back in 06, I would have bought a 3rd party chinese GPS.at that time back in 06, the MMCS GPS was crucial because I just migrated to the US, and i need to find my way around. back then a 4" standalone GPS still sells at around $300, but nowadays they're dirt cheap.
  • I'm out of luck too! That sucks. My GT doesn't have any. When I tried to run and pry the plastic strip on the rail to see what's inside, I just saw 3 pairs of something that looks like flat tabs that you can hook something into.

    Anyway, I'm wondering if even though we don't have the pre-existing holes can it be modified by drilling into it or not? I already have the Yakima landing pads and the control arms. I just followed what the Yakima website said.:(

    Any help regarding to this dilemma would greatly be appreciated.
  • You don't want to drill holes on your Outtie.
  • I'll take a picture when there's better lighting outside tomorrow to show you what I'm talking about. The drilling of the hole wont actually go into the roof itself. There's an elevated "sort of mounting point" which is riveted into the rain gutter channel.

    The next step that I just need to consider is how to take off the plastic rain gutter trim piece to easily work on the mounting point modification.
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