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Mitsubishi Outlander Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • I love this car! I read the reviews before I bought it and I also read the reviews and test drove some of the competition. The outlander has everything I was looking for: a v6 w/more than 200 hp, a navigation system, roomy interior, and heated leather seats. The bonus is the 3rd row emergency seat. It came with the luxury package and for my family, its more useful than the extra storage space offered in the other trims. I also really love the 650 watt stereo as do my young adult children. The sub really bumps and the 30 gig hard drive will be great to use instead of my ipod. We've Never had a sunroof before and my husband fell in love with it. He hates to run the ac; so the sunroof is a great compromise. The bluetooth is great. Now we don't have to worry about getting tickets and are less likely to have car accidents.
    I bought the Outlander after driving Chevy Astro vans for the last 21 years. I love all of the new technology, and its a real step up from what I am accoustomed to having in my van. This car is a lot of fun. In fact,I rarely get to drive it. Whenever I want to go out, my daughters (21 & 24) are fighting over who gets to drive me around. (Ask me how I know the back seat is comfortable :) )I think I've only been able to put 10 miles on it so far. The hard plastic reviewers are complaining about does not bother me one bit. Less to worry about getting ripped or torn. The interior is nice and both front and 2nd row seats are very comfortable. We've had both daughter's 6' boyfriends in the back seat and they have plenty of leg room because the seats can be adjusted.
    I really think that with the Outlander you get a lot of car for your money. Those people who want more luxury can pay the luxury price for padded doors, etc. However, this car has more than enough amenities for me and my family.
    From some of the reviews in Motor Trend and Consumer Guide, I agree the reviewers are being very biased. If they were conducting blind brand tests like the coke vs/ pepsi, I bet the reviews would be different. The Outlander outsells both RAV4 and CRV in Japan.
    As for the competition, I didn't like the seats in the RAV4 because the headrests hit in the back unless they were raised. I also did not want to put in an after market navi and I did not like the side opening tailgate or spare tire on the back. It also cost more and you get less and the seats were not as comfortable. You read some of the reviewer's comments re: cheap interior and yet it still scores higher than the Outlander (because its a Toyota). The grill on the CRV is ugly and it only has a 4 cyl, 166 hp engine. Not enough power.
    The Grand Vitara is nice but also at 185 hp v6 - not enough power and no nav. /great turn radius. In Consumer Guide they ranked it a value pick and scored it a 9; yet I think the 06 model scored less than 5. Interesting since the 07 is the same car as the 06.
    The Mazda CX7 felt claustrophobic, costs more, and uses premium gas. Rear window visibility was also poor.
    The outlander drives so much smoother than my 95 van and it has more hp (astro 190 hp.) As you can see from the age of my van (which I still have), I keep my cars forever. So, resale value is not an important issue for me. Although this is my 1st Mitsubishi, I have friends who have driven them for years (Galant/Monteros)and they have never had any problems. From other consumer reviews, most people seem very happy with mitsu vehicles from a reliability standpoint.
    We all are looking for different things and what is important to me might not matter to someone else. For example, I told a coworker that I was somewhat disappointed that the Outlander remote does not make a beep when you lock the car like my dughter's altima does. This is nice when we are inside the house and want to make sure the car is locked but are too lazy to go outside and check. My co worker told me she hates the beep. So, read the reviews but do go out and test drive the Outlander and judge this car based on your needs and wants. Best of luck & happy shopping.
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    Thanks for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. I would say it's better and more credible than some of the "expert" reviews.
    In regards to the remote control issue. Did you try to push the LOCK button on the remote twice, 1-2 seconds apart?
    This is how it works in my Mazda3: push once -the doors lock with no sound just lights flash; push second time (within 2 seconds) and the horn honks and lights flash to confirm that the alarm is armed.
    Perhaps you could check the manual too.
  • http://www.mitsubishi-motors.ca/2007Outlander.aspx?lng=2

    Finally they posted at least something on Canadian Mitsu Site. Still no word on how much $$$ and when it will be available in Canada. Dealer says Feb of 2007.
  • Well it is a start...would have liked to see an option for the 4-cyl sold elsewhere. Looks like we will just get what is being sold stateside...this probably means no red but aqua :P

    I would also rather have the option of xls with no third row.

    Toronto Auto Show will probably be the first chance to see it without crosing the border.
  • It's a slow start... :) I do not see any ads on TV or else where about Mitsubishi. Only my local paper mentions Mitsubishi, but they use extra fine font so nobody can notice their ad... Anyway, i am not interested in 4cyl, it's weak for this CUV. I test drove 2006 model 3-4 times and can tell you that engine is noisy during acceleration (not as bad as RAV4 4cyl though). I am on the same page with you on third row - i do not need no minivan :). The Red color would be nice to have, but you would probably have to pay extra $800 dollars for it. I just what to see damn car before making up my mind (2006 vs 2007). The interest rate could be 7.25% on 2007 one, which will make it very expensive buy.
  • Today I made another attempt to purchase an Outlander 2006 Limited. Sales manager said that with my offer he will make only $400.00. He wanted to make at least $864.00. I walked away, telling him that he can call me if he changes his mind. Maybe i am doing something wrong? Everybody says we should aim for Invoice price, but why i am getting such resistance on 2006 model that a. will be discontinued, B, This is almost end of the year. In few weeks technically this car will be 1 year old. I would appreciate your thoughts on this matter. :confuse:
  • sbuhlersbuhler Posts: 100
    You should be able to get that vehicle for invoice (or slightly below) with 0% for 60 months. If you don't want to get the 0% for 60 mos you should be able to get it for about $1500 under invoice. I was able to get an 06 Outlander LS Auto for around $200 under invoice with 0% for 60 mos in August. Do you have any other Mitsu dealerships in your area?
  • Lucky you! $200 under invoice! We got three dealerships in my area. They want to make anywhere from $864 to $1700 dollars. One of them actually told me that it is normal to make 1700 on a car like this one (Limited addition 2006 Outlander)! Besides, how do I know what is Invoice price for that model? You are talking about Invoice, not MSRP right? Did you get LS 2WD or 4wd, did it come with Security package? People of ONTARIO... what is Invoice Price for Outlander 2006 Limited? :) And how can you get it from the dealer for invoice price?! Why would they do that?!

    Sbuhler, do you like your car so far? Did you consider SE or Limited?
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    I've seen the Outlander's ad on TBS few times. The full list with the TV stations that would air the ad is at media.mitsubishicars.com. I don't think that the financing rate would be ridiculous. The highest rate they have in Canada on new models is 4.8% for 48 mo. I think someone in the States got 3.8% for 48 mo. Why would you pay $800 for RED? First it looks like it's not available in the US and second, Mitsu is not BMW. MITSUBISHI...I WANT A RED OUTLANDER !!!!.... CAN YOU HEAR ME?....
    In regards to the Canadian pricing, I looked at the relative price of the Outlander compared to RAV4 in the US and I think the Outlander LS will be about 30-31K CAD and the XLS 32-33K CAD. I hope Mitsu will go closer to the min. in order to remain competitive with the Santa Fe as well. It also looks like Mitsu uses lower exchange than Toyota and Honda.
  • Canadian Rate is 5.8 6.8% for 60months on 2007 models. Once again: where can i find out Invoice price for 2006 2006 2006 Outlander limited (sorry but now after looking at 2007 model... it looks like a minivan... I do not like it anymore). However, Red color is nice on 2007. Why $800? Because it's metalic paint =at least $800 IMHO.
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    You can purchase the invoice price from carcostcanada.com. It's about $40CAD and it gives you about 7 invoice prices if I not mistaken.
    $800 CAD for metalic paint is madness in an Mitsubishi. I paid $105 for my Mazda. Like I said, $800 CAD is the matalic paint for a BMW. In the US, Mitsubishi does not charge extra for any paint options.
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    Yeah, I would the XLS no 3rd row too. I would like to have an option for 17" on the LS. 18" will make the ride too bumpy on less than perfect GTA roads. However,they look better.
  • sbuhlersbuhler Posts: 100
    I have the 2006 LS 2WD. I was able to get it for a little more than $200 under the invoice price. Of course if I would have taken the $1500 rebate instead of the 0% for 60 mos I would have been $1700 under invoice. I am located in the suburbs of New Orleans and did not have any trouble getting them to negotiate. The Outlanders they had in stock had been sitting on the lot for over 4 months.

    The car has been almost flawless since I bought it. The only thing I have recently noticed is a little rattle when I make a hard turn to the left. I will have them look at it when I bring it in for service.

    I did not consider the SE or Limited because I always buy base models (don't need any additional frills). For example, my wife has a base model Honda Odyssey (LX). No power sliding doors to break!

    It seems you might be located in Canada and Mitsubishi might sell more cars in your area.
  • Yup, I am from up North... Not too many Mitsubishi cars on the road around here, but number is increasing. We are not going to see a new 2007 Outlander until Feb of 2007. Why? I do not know. Maybe be they still got too many of 2006 models unsold? 2006 Outlander Limited with 0% will cost you $39000 CDN. Not exactly free. I might wait for 2-3 months to see the new ones. Maybe a base 2007 model will be cheaper, but with interest rate 5-6% it will cost about same $$$ as 2006 Limited. Here is a link from e-bay. There are lots of pictures, and from what i see 2007 Outlander is a MINIVAN with ugly/cheap plastic interior (just take a look at the door panel)... Maybe I will drive to USA and take it for a test drive to see if it's worth waiting.. Have you tested new 2007 model? Big différence?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mitsubishi-Outlander-ES-2wd-2007-MITSUBISHI-OUTLA- NDER-graphite-NEW-tiptronic_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ6355QQihZ005QQitemZ150056- 275534QQrdZ1
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    2007 Outlander IT IS NOT a MINIVAN by any definition. IT IS NOT a TALL WAGON either like 2006 Outlander. IT IS a COMPACT SUV.
    Interior wise, this topic was extensively discussed on this forum - it seems to be on par with RAV4 and CRV. It's adequate for what it is - an entry level compact SUV. If you do not like the interior design, this is a different story.
    I was concerned with the interior quality as well (hard plastic door panels). I had a friend of mine who lives in the States to go check it out until I get to see it myself. He reported back that the interior is nice and it does not feel cheap; he said it is comparable (quality wise) with the 2007 Honda CRV he was considering for himself. This may not tell much, but it is encouraging for me.
    Canadian pricing - I don't know, but I hope the prices will follow the US trend - cheaper than the comparable Toyota RAV4. Financing rate - I hope for a 4.8% for 48 months, top.
    I hope Mitsubishi Canada will make wise decisions to get Canadians behind the wheel of the 2007 Outlander. We'll have to wait and see.
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    7 passengers, huge rear :) ... give it up... it's a MINIVAN :mad: ">
  • This is SUV / CUV:
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  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    Well, you can call a motorcycle a Minivan too if you want to. I guess everyone is entitled to his opinion. :shades:
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    I respect your "naming convention", but I don't really have anything to give up. I will go with the rest of the world's definition of CUV, SUV and MINIVAN.
  • Maybe at least a little bit like a MINIVAN? Eh?
    :confuse:
  • abangabang Posts: 44
    Picked up an XLS 4WD in graphite gray. Got it for $500 under invoice for a total of $23702 along with the 5 year 4.9% financing. Now I'm also trying to find out if I can qualify for the Education Edge rebate of $500 since I graduated from college last year. Did not know of this until after buying the car.

    Started the buying process by visiting the Mitsubishi web site. Located a dealer in my area that had a couple of the '07 Outlanders in stock. Selected the model I was interested in and sent my contact info in. Got an email back the next day with a price. After a week of thinking it over, decided to buy the car.

    And the buying process was so smooth. Low key, no pressure and took less than an hour to leave the dealership. Did not have to talk to a parade of clowns, everything was handled by one person, the internet sales manager who had responded to my email. Total contrast to the multitude of sleazy sales people I had to deal with at the Hyundai dealership when I attempted to check out the Santa Fe. :D
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    Did I almost miss it? Mitsu is now offering a 3.9% APR financing for 48mos ($22.53/$1000 financed) on all 07 Outlander for qualified buyers. :)

    A few banks I've visited are offering anywhere from 5-7% APR, so this is a little bit of good news.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    Big congratulations dude!! So cool, I'm actually looking to buy the same color. Wow, 500 below invoice! Now I have an idea what a good deal is! :D You will most likely qualify for the rebate. I just checked out the Special Offers section and I found a new financing rate for the 07 Outlander. 4.9% for 60mos is a good deal IMO. By the way, did you do the math how much that would be per 1000$ financed? So we can have a sort of idea how much more it will be compared to the 3.9% APR they're offering. ( I'm assuming that it's financed by Mitsu)

    Way cool dude. How about some pics? :P
  • I live in San Francisco and just checked out the Outlander and found the same adjustment. I couldn't believe it. I was prepared to seriously consider this car, but their pricing is ridiculous (not what is on Edmunds) but what the dealers start with. They said they had to have it because it's a popular car. It makes it more expensive than the competition.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    I hope somebody from Mitsubishi (MMSA) is monitoring these forums. The dealers are the cause of Mitsubishi demise. Why would you pay the extra "adjustment" when somebody just paid 500$ below invoice?
  • piastpiast Posts: 269
    Just ignore it. They can put any sticker on the window they want, but you are the one signing cheks. Send emails to few dealers in your area with your offer ( below invoice) and tell them you are serious about purchase from whoever give you that. Then just wait. If you don't have to buy now, wait till spring.
  • Congratulations! I am glad your purchase went smoothly and I hope you will enjoy your new outlander as much as I do mine. Sounds like you got a great deal. Did you get any of the extra packages? I also got the 4.9% financing for 5 yrs.
  • abangabang Posts: 44
    No, I did not get any of the extra packages. I wanted the leather and power seat (luxury package) but I'd have to wait two months for Mitsu to build one with no guarantee that 4.9% interest rate would still be available.
  • abangabang Posts: 44
    I don't know how much it would be per $1000 financed. Should be easy to figure out using one of the finance calculators available on Edmunds website. I'll be glad to post some pics when it stops raining long enough for me to go out with my camera. :)
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    "Picked up an XLS 4WD in graphite gray. Got it for $500 under invoice for a total of $23702 along with the 5 year 4.9% financing."

    Are taxes title and license already included in the $23702 price?
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