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Mitsubishi Outlander Navigation and Electronics

We're consolidating related discussions into a single topic including, e.g. radios, stereos, navigation, communication and so on. Enjoy!

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  • My salesman said it could be done so I could play my I-Pod directly into the radio. I pre-paid the addition, but the parts people are unsure which part will work. Does anyone have any experience with this mod, or know the correct part #?
  • rjxgrjxg Posts: 5
    I use a Sansa mp3 player, which uses a 3.5mm jack. I have the Navi and Rockford Fosgate stereo. The dealer may have another/better solution but here is what worked for me.

    I purchased a special retractable cable (3.5mm to 2 RCA jacks). If you put the Navi unit on AUX, it will take the infeed from the RCA jacks located behind the middle arm rest (in the rear passenger foot area). just use your mp3 player as normal.-it will not display any info on the head unit. The name of the jack is th Zip-Linq compact audio 3.5 mm M-RCA, I got it at Its not a perfect solution, but works for now. I am in awe at why a 3.5mm jack wasn't built into the system?
  • I may be wrong on this, but in another forum there is a picture when the navi screen is open to access the cd player. On the bottom of the screen is a jack. Looks like a jack to plug in an ipod or mp3 player. I don't have an Outlander so I can't check and I am just going off a picture.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 581
    if ghettofabulous still visits this forum, i know he/she has some info about the ipod jack.
  • rjxgrjxg Posts: 5
    I tried that with a 3.5mm to 3.5mm jack while the unit was down in the load cd position and in AUX and it didn't work. I had to leave the head of the unit down to fit the jack in. The clearance won't allow for the jack to be in place when the unit is in normal position. Maybe there is a flat adapter, but looking at the clearance it would have to be very thin.
  • mucoolmucool Posts: 24
    I have an iriver clix mp3 player and I have tried both things , the jack at the bottom of the nav screen and the RCA video input below the middle arm rest, couldn't get it to work either ways :( . I am wondering if its mp3 player dependent (if Sansa worked). Was confused with the "Full Test" review on edmunds "Jack for portable MP3 playback is hidden behind head unit. Dealer can hook it up for a fee or, if you're handy, you can figure it out yourself".
  • You can't use a component hookup to get your IRiver to work? I bought a component adapter (one of those with the red, white, and blue ends) to hook up into the backside of the middle arm-rest section. This hooks right up to my IPod and plays through the stero. Hopefully that made sense?
  • mucoolmucool Posts: 24
    Nope. Doesn't seem to work for me. I am using the following audio cable (Featured Accessories).Should've been straightforward! Need to spend some more time figuring this out :confuse:
  • The jack on the bottom of the open navi screen does not work. This is not the place to plug in for the ipod. The aux jacks are located at the bottom of the center console in the back seat. I used cables from Best Buy. See link: product&cp=1&id=1051384698297
    Ipod also sells Ipod AV cables which are "compatible with all ipod models with color display." We plugged an "old skool" mini ipod in with these cables and it also worked. After you plug in the cables and connect to the earphone jack in your ipod, be sure to touch "aux" on the navi screen. You will not see the music on the screen. You have to control music selection through the ipod.

    I hope this helps. :)
  • mucoolmucool Posts: 24
    Seems like the link does not work in my last post(if it does not work this time too, my apologies):

    Nope. Doesn't seem to work for me. I am using the following audio cable.Should've been straightforward! Need to spend some more time figuring this out
  • The link still didn't work. Try what Ghetto suggested above. That is how I play my MP3 Player in my Outlander and it works fine. I'm guessing it should work the same with an iRiver player.
  • mucoolmucool Posts: 24
    I borrowed a friend's mini IPOD and that worked just fine with the setup outlined by ghettofab (including my audio cables). I had to turn up the volume a bit on the audio system. I wonder if my Iriver not working was just a volume mismatch!! I will check that again. But it works~~ maybe just time to change my mp3 player :)! Thanks for the help here folks!
  • As an audiophile and former MECP installer (6yrs), this problem has been driving me up the wall lately. The radio will decrease the higher frequency (treble) and then fade back into being crystal clear. The SUV doesn't even have to be moving for it to do it.

    For example:

    I'm listening to a rock song. The song is crystal clear with the "highs" sounding crisp and clean. Then all of a sudden, the "highs" will decrease and the sound is now dulled and crappy sounding. The volume remains the same, but the clarity is gone. It sounds like the radio is automatically turing the treble all the way to the negative, and then back up...every 20-30 seconds!!!

    I've tried every setting in the book, remained parked, moving, etc... It doesn't matter which stations, FM/AM, etc...

    This only occurs while listening to the radio (am/fm) and does NOT occur while listening to the HDD or CD system.

    Please listen to your radio and tell me you're experiencing the same thing!!! This problem needs to be fixed! Do I HAVE to go back to the dealer?

    Concerned in Chicago,

  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 581
    On my side, I don't have that problem. I am 100% totally satisfied with the sound system. Can you reproduce the problem with Sirius?
  • Yup, I have the exact same problem on my LS. It's driving me crazy. Just like you, I only have the issue with the radio, not the CD. Sounds like someone hits a muffle button or something. It does this both when the radio's speed volume control is on or off. I was afriad mine was an isolated incident. At least now it seems like it may be a production problem with some of the radios so maybe Mitsubishi will get a service bulletin out on it.

    I did bring mine to the dealer. They tested the speakers and found them to be in working order. I took it for a test drive with them and was able to reproduce the problem. They suggested waiting to see if a service bulletin came out before they started pulling the sound system apart tying to locate the problem.

    I'm going to write Mitsubishi informing them of the problem.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 581
    From both of your complaints I figured this might be an issue with the radio head unit. Mine came with the Navi, so this might a different model. The good thing about writing direct to Mitsu is that they can call your dealership and give them technical info on how to go about diagnosing your car. So that's way faster than waiting for a service bulletin.
  • I have the base radio system with the six disk cd deck.
    I use an Ipod. I bought an Monster IcarPlay FM Transmitter/charger. I plug it into the power outlet upfront, under the dash. It works great! The sound quality is very close to using a cd. I can't tell the difference myself but I'm not a audiophile. I like the fact that it charges my Ipod as well as letting me listen. Monster makes differt models for your type of Ipod. It interfaces thru the USB port on my Ipod, I dont have to connect anything to the audio jack. I got mine for $17.00 on plus shipping.
  • I have the same problem. I have taken to the dealer three times already. They have only replaced the antenna on the back of the vehicle and this has done nothing. They have admitted that other dealerships have seen the problem and they don't have a fix. Ah, sounds like they need to upgrade me to the nav system :). I will be calling them again tomorrow.
  • I am having the same problem as well.
    I thought it was just a reception problem but I guess it is more.

    I haven't spoken to the dealer about it yet.

    Has anyone noticed any problems with Satellite?
  • One more sidebar, I see that some of the other manufactures are making FM transmitters with RDS that will allow you to see the track and artist info on the radio or nav screen. I can't vouch for this one but here is a link.
    If anyone is using one with RDS please post, I'm wondering if it will work as good as the Monster brand did in my Outlander!
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