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New Mitsubishi Outlander Owners Give us your report

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  • mcollismcollis Posts: 25
    Just noticed over the weekend that the flared plastic piece along the side bottom (the piece that seems to be responsible for the sandblasting and paint chipping) has been reconfigured on the NEWEST 2008 Outlanders. (i.e., there are 2008 Outlanders with the original flared piece, and now 2008 Outlanders with the newly configured straight piece). Seems as though Mitsubishi has made a correction for the paint-chipping/sand-blasting problems that we've been reporting (which seemed to fall on deaf ears, for the most part). I sure wish they'd recall the piece and replace it with the newly designed piece! Wishful thinking, eh?

    Anyone else notice this? Drive by your dealer and you'll see what I mean!
  • mcollismcollis Posts: 25
    Here's a link to some photos of the newly designed piece on the latest 2008 Outlanders:

    http://allcarsreview.com/2007/12/05/2008-mitsubishi-outlander/

    Noticed it at my dealer over the weekend. Calls shall be made to Mitsubishi.
  • psychogunpsychogun Posts: 120
    Maybe someone can go to a dealer and take pics and then provide shots of their own vehicle showing the sand-blasting. This would permit for an accurate comparison.

    No photochops, please. :-P
  • mcollismcollis Posts: 25
    I realize that, but it's how the new 2008 US versions look now (with the new configuration along the bottom sides.) No more flare at rear wheel. Saw it myself at my dealer this weekend.
  • psychogunpsychogun Posts: 120
    I'll try to see if I can head down to a dealer and find a recent-build 08 to take pics similar in perspective to yours. That will give prospective buyers an idea whether or not they may run into the chipping issue you are unfortunately experiencing.
    I know it's of little consolation to you. You are helping others, though, so the good karma will hopefully come full circle. :-)
  • mcollismcollis Posts: 25
    Did a little more research and believe that the new (straight) trim appears to be found on the Outlander SE (new model?) only. I have an XLS and have to wonder why this improvement is offered on only one (lesser) model.
  • duncan4uduncan4u Posts: 5
    I also have this problem with the chipping. I took it to the dealer and they said this was a problem due to the flairs. The said to put a protective film and mud flaps on for almost $500. If this is a problem and the know about it why are we responsible for this? Can anyone answer that.
  • duncan4uduncan4u Posts: 5
    I have filled out a complaint also waiting to hear back. I live in Alberta Canada and we use sand but no salt. I have never bin off road in it just normal city driving.
    If I can't get this resolved from Mitsubishi the local news consumer report watch dog will get a call. My wife said to wear my army uniform and say how they siff a soldier that faught in Afghanistan. It's all how You play the press!!!!!
  • biscuit_xlsbiscuit_xls Posts: 194
    It's damage from rocks hitting paint, you're not going to be on 60 Minutes. If you drive in rocky/sandy conditions you need to add extra protection. Get some mud flaps for under $100.
  • jvainejvaine Posts: 34
    why would anybody need AWD if you can't use the vehicle in winter or on dirt roads. I can use 2WD in rain if thats the reason you've got one. I've spent over $2,500 to fix & repaint this piece of crap, and you think thats acceptable because your in love with outlander. what make's you so sure somebody wont be on 60 minutes.mitsubishi has a problem it's not right to dump it on the consumer like you believe.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 581
    If it's a piece of crap why do you still own it? How does it feel riding on crap everyday? Fact is ANY car will get road hazard damage over time if not adequately protected. Do you also complain when you get sunburn when you had the option to wear sunblock?
  • jvainejvaine Posts: 34
    If it's such a great vehicle why do so few of you feel it so necessary to protect it.as for road hazard the key word's are (over time) not the first month.by the way are selling sun blocker too? now lets just move on you have your opinion I have mine.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 581
    If it's such a great vehicle why do so few of you feel it so necessary to protect it.as for road hazard the key word's are (over time) not the first month.

    Few of "us"? Who's "us"?, and do you even have figures to show how many Outlander owners bought mudguards for their car? It doesn't take a genius to figure out the paintwork with get damaged by gravel so I had mine protected early on.

    Why did you even buy the Outlander in the first place? Look at Edmund's owner's reviews for the 07 and 08 Outlanders. Ever wonder why it is being independently rated so highly (9.1) by its owners? Now, that doesn't sound consistent with a vehicle you call "crap".
  • mcollismcollis Posts: 25
    This IS a legitimate issue for those of us who live where roads are treated for winter driving. Every local Outlander I've looked at displays the same pattern of "sandblasting" and paint chipping. It's a design issue particular to the Outlander because I've driven numerous other vehicles (including 1998 Beetle) on the same treated roads with no such damage. The flaired design + treated roads = sand blasting/chipped paint on the Outlander. Sure killed the "new car buzz." Why do I still own the vehicle? Why would I immediately trade-in a new vehicle for a loss of $$? I'll drive it for a few years, but no more Mitsubishi. Not so much because of the problem, but because of the unwillingness of Mitsubishi to achknowledge and correct. I've added mud flaps and running boards (my expense) and had the back doors repainted (dealer's expense), so maybe we've corrected the problem, but this isn't a great experience no matter how you slice it. Not an issue for you? That's great, but for those of us affected, not so great.
  • busta4busta4 Posts: 35
    There is a fair amount of denial on this board about Outlander issues especially by those who are on the Mitsubishi payroll representing themselves as happy go lucky Outlander owners. I have said it before: When you spend just shy of thirty THOUSAND dollars (fully loaded) on a vehicle, a person tends to have expectations.
    When I first started to post my problems with the car I got a few folks who said they doubted I even owned the car, now that is funny. :)
  • jvainejvaine Posts: 34
    (Amen) to that. takes all the fun out of owning it.How did you get the dealer to do anything. The running board's work no problem's last winter.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 581
    There is a fair amount of denial on this board about Outlander issues especially by those who are on the Mitsubishi payroll representing themselves as happy go lucky Outlander owners. I have said it before: When you spend just shy of thirty THOUSAND dollars (fully loaded) on a vehicle, a person tends to have expectations.

    Such an unfair and generalized statement. You think people who seem to be happy with their Outlanders are denying it? On the payroll? :D You must be smoking some heavy stuff. Well, MAYBE some people in this board doesn't have your problems in the first place. Have you asked yourself that? You make it sound all the problems you're experiencing are present in all Outlanders, which is obviously not the case. When the first crop of Outlanders was having the front end knock issue, I was one of the first few owners who discussed it in great length on this board, until the issue was addressed.

    If you have problems with your vehicle,included in your manual is a dispute resolution process you can take to have your issues addressed. How far have you gone through that?
  • jvainejvaine Posts: 34
    because some ahole at mitsubishi put the wheel bearings in backward so the dealer said,so I would think they would have to address the problem.That's what they did to mine dec 06.
  • piastpiast Posts: 269
    How about stone which would hit and crack your windshield (hint- crappy Mitsubishi design, or glass too thin) the second month you own it? How about nail in your tire? Yes, you got it – crappy design, rubber of a poor quality, too soft, you name it. And we all already know, what would be the reason for the scratches on your bumper.
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