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2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed
2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch
Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs
Almost bought a 2014 Outlander Sport SE with the Rockford Fosgate killer stereo but the dealer let me walk because I wouldn't drive it off the lot that day instead of the next one...I bought on December 1st and planned to drive it home the 2nd. We agreed on a price with door edge guards and a pinstripe plus my '06 Civic and I gave them my credit card but they let me walk when I would not take it that day. My salesmen walked me next door to the Hyundai store where I made the same exact deal on a Tuscon SE and drove it off on the 2nd with them taking $5k on my Amex card. They tried to play games but once they saw me pack up my stuff, they agreed to my deal.
Am very happy with my Tuscon but if the Mitsu general manager had let me take it home on my terms, I'd have the Outlander SE in my garage right now. My question is did Hyundai/Kia buy Mitsubishi or a stake in the company? They seem to have many of the same things I noticed. I think if they were bought out it would bode well for the company overall.
sandman - nope, Mitsubishi Motors of Japan is still their own company. Oh, BTW, they're not leaving the U.S. market. Sales of the Outlander, Outlander Sport, Lancer and also the new Mirage hatchback are doing better than in early 2013. So my buddies are doing fine. They won't leave, anyway, but I thought I should mention that sales are up.
As for the great Long-Haul Warranty being the Kia/Hyundai-similar 10 years and 100,000 miles on the powertrain and 60,000 miles bumper-ta-bumper...a certain CEO by the name of Finbarr O'Neill left Hyundai for Mitsubishi in the early 2000's IIRC. With him he took the great Warranty to Mitsubishi. He was the American Mitsubishi CEO. I don't think he's even with Mitsubishi anymore.
Being bought out by another car company comes up in automotive discussions now and then but as far as I know there's nothing even remotely in the works along those lines going on right now.
Glad to hear that Mitsubishi is still a viable company in the United States and seriously, I'd have one right now in my garage if their general manager hadn't been such a jerk about things! I have never ever taken a vehicle home the same day I've bought one...ever! I always pick it up the next or 2 days days down the line...I would have thought that a deposit on my credit card would be good enough to hold the vehicle for me. All I asked for was a pin stripe and delivery to be made the next afternoon but he refused...dumb [non-permissible content removed]! The salesman brought me next door to the Hyundai dealer where I did the exact same deal on a Tuscon but they said I could take it home "when I wanted to"! They took my Amex card and put the deposit on that and the next afternoon, I came and drove off in my new Tuscon. The Mitsu manager was stupid really and let me slip right through his fingers because I had my credit card ready to make the deal to...crazy!!
Truth be told, either vehicle would have worked for me so really a toss up here. I got a small crossover so all is good here. Besides the sucky gas mileage, I am a happy camper right now. Am adding a few foodies to personalize it for me and then, I'm done.
Regardless of brand or store, it always stinks when a bad sales experience ruins your potential to enjoy a product.
While I have an Outlander (my 2nd Mitsu), my wife has an Elantra (her 2nd Elantra). With both of the newer cars the sales experience was simple & efficient. I'll admit I'm not the best negotiator but we got good enough deals that all parties were satisfied.
I'll say that I'm far happier with my Mitsu dealer's service staff than my wife is with her Hyundai dealer's service folks. The Mitsu dealer's service staff are always friendly and they give me whatever coupon discounts they're currently offering even if I don't have the coups. I did just replace my battery & the service writer gave me 15% off without me even asking for it. They make the effort to earn my loyalty and it works. The Hyundai service folks seem like they just don't care that much. Attention to detail is lacking. Maybe they're overworked due to Hyundai's rising popularity but still, the dealership could hire another body or two to manage it better.
All I know is that our Hyundai dealer has a great service department and the one warranty issue we had with the kids Accent...in and out within 2 hours...was handled very professionally and I look forward to the same great service in the future. But I would've been happy buying either the Tuscon or the Outlander Sport as they are pretty similar except that the Mitsu had 18" tires as compared to the 17"er's I got on the Tuscon...saved myself some green on the smaller replacement rubber in the future. They both drove very easily and if the general manager at the Mitsu store had said yes to me, I'd have that in the garage right now!
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