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Mitsubishi Outlander Maintenance and Repair



  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    It sounds like rcpax got its fixed and he was one of the first ones to post about this issue on this forum. I would try his recipe and write a letter to Mitsu. In general, the dealers are useless, when it comes to new issues or information in general. Do your homework before you go in.
  • jod3jod3 Posts: 18
    That sounds about right, which I seen this information before purchase. It is interesting how quickly the dealer turns from friendly and help to obnoxious and useless at the first smell of a problem.
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    If it makes you feel better, Toyota RAV4 had a similar problem with a rattling side mirror.

  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    However, the dash issue is indeed more problematic, and for me it would be hard to live with. I guess I will have to thoroughly inspect the vehicle before delivery

    I honestly don't see an issue with the dash. Reviews on the Outlander's dash are mixed, people either like it or don't like it. People complain it's made of cheap plastic, but even Honda and Toyota uses plastic for the dash too. What I see as a difference though is how the plastic were molded, bottomline it all about design. So yes, that would be correct for you to take a good hard look at the dash, as what a good buyer would do, and take time to sit inside and feel if everything is OK with you. In my case I did that, 3 visits to different dealerships, and have seen all trims before deciding I wanted the XLS.
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    Agreed. However, I think the point in the previous postings is that the dash is falling apart. Sure, the design and materials are easy to evaluate before you make the purchase and you are free to decide if you like it or not. If you think the interior is cheap and you don't like it, don't buy the car. The idea is how well the fit and finish is in your car and how well it holds up over time. This is where you do not have the control and you only expect that the manufacturer did its job.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    I have yet to see how worse that "dash falling apart" thing, because I have 1700 mi on my car and I can't find anything not fitting well in the dash. So far after 2mos and 1700mi everything seemed intact in the dash. Although I can't speak for other's experience.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    I Hate the fact that MItsubishi sent this car to production with a pretty big front end issue, a somewhat loud interior, wind noises on the driverside mirror and especially the hard, easy to scratch cheap, cheap, cheap plastic in the interior. for close to 30,000 thousand we as consumers should demand more.

    I don't know of any other make that offers so much for that price. Perhaps if you find a better alternative with that much features you can also post it here for others to know.
    If you think the interiors were made of cheap plastic then why did you buy it? Let me state it again that the front end knock and side mirror wind noise are only in a small percentage of cars, as I was told by the Mitsu, and they made steps to address the issue. Now if you are not willing to bring your car in to have it fixed, that's another story.

    Lets you and I agree to disagree and stop posting to each other. we can both give our objective opinions to the folks and let them decide for themselves.

    Let's be clear I'm not picking up an argument here. If we keep on reporting objectively, and not exaggerating things, that would be good. :shades:
  • An 07 Outlander in my country(Singapore) costs about USD58K ! And I have test drive it twice, yet I did not notice or shall I say,not paying enough attention to these noises and 'CHEAP' plastic. Guess I will have to test drive again and look closely on the dashboard for any lousy fitting.
    BTW, I like this car very much and intend to get one next month.
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    For fit and finish problems you should check out your own car at delivery. It seems like this is not an issue with every car so you may not see it in the demo.
  • busta4busta4 Posts: 35
    sorry, here is the full post:

    I bought the car because they are all made of cheap plastic these days. for the money the outlander offered the most in its class. I do not have to be happy about it's faults. I can post about these faults in any way I choose. I said my dash was falling apart, because after 1000 miles there is some rise and separation going on. I conceded the phrase falling apart was an exaggeration. You then turn around and call me a liar ???

    when you do not believe what someone is writing, and then state that they are a liar, it is Clear you are picking an argument.

    I do not know who gave you the hall monitoring pass in this forum but like I said before, please stop posting to my posts. you are kind of a freak AND YOU ARE RUIINING MY FORUM EXPERIENCE. IT is bad enough I am disappointed with some of the outlanders issues, do I have to be disappointed about the outlander forum as well??

    objective >adjective 1 not influenced by personal feelings or opinions

    one more thing, please use the word objective properly. if I was reviewing the car along with several others(for say, a car magazine) i could give my objective opinion. but since i OWN the car, any opinion I give would be naturally be a bias one!

    are you sure it is not you who owns stock in mitsu?? such an over the top defense of these outlander issues. perhaps you are the exaggerating, nonobjective lying freak?? just a thought.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    It's easy to misunderstand stuff in a written forum, even with emotorcons, so let's just try to stick to the pros and cons of the Mitsu and avoid making personal assumptions about each other. That's not the topic anyway. Thanks.
  • jod3jod3 Posts: 18
    I called the company today about the mirror rattle and wind noise problem. They suggested that they never heard of the problem before. Can that be? Anyone speak to them and have same names to follow up with? Thanks for the help.
  • Agreed with you. Showroom and demo car is always in tiptop condition, nicely polished, engine tuned almost every now and then.
    Anyway, will check out the "noise" that has been troubling this forum.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    are you sure it is not you who owns stock in mitsu?? such an over the top defense of these outlander issues. perhaps you are the exaggerating, nonobjective lying freak?? just a thought.

    You might want to check my postings on the front end knock issue and the left mirror noise before making that comment.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    Some of the conditions I think might help you verify the mirror noise issue.
    1. Turn off the radio when doing the test drive
    2. Choose a flat road to minimize noise, if you can, do the drive test in an open space, or one with moderate to high wind velocity, and on a road where you can go as fast as 100km/h
    3. Pay close attention if you can hear a rattling sound on the mirror on the driver's side.

    If you can't hear it, then you're good. This issue is only on a handful of vehicles, and as of posting time, Mitsu might have taken steps to correct it at the level of the assembly line, so your car might not be affected at all. Congrats on your purchase ;)
  • Test drive in my country is always done in a rather restricted condition.
    1. The test drive route is predetermine by the dealer.
    2. Hard to find windy road condition, in fact it hardy exist.
    3. As the test route is planned by dealer, no way we can drive up to 100km/h, not unless we venture into highway,and again the route does not include highway driving. Usually, city road which is flat but heavy traffic.

    I really hope the coming test drive does not have the noise problems cause I really like this "sickening" car very much. Moreover, to pay USD58K for it and get those " noise problems" will definitely ruined my driving experience.
  • gene_vgene_v Posts: 235
    Over on the Honda CR-V Thread they are talking about a differential problem withthe CR-V.
    Talk about a recall.
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    Yep. This is a hot issue on the hondasuv forum. Most of the owners with this issue ended up having the rear differential replaced. There is a discussion there about wind noise too.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    If in the event that the mirror noise is present during your test drive, that would at least give you time to think about your options. You can leave without buying the Outlander, and choose another make, or you have the option to let the dealer do a quick fix for the wind noise before you ink the deal. Here's my post on the fix for the mirror noise: rcpax, "Left front door rattle - 07 Outlander" #25, 22 Jan 2007 6:30 pm

    When I bought mine, I did not have enough information what to watch out for during the test drive. Being one of the early buyers of this SUV, I had to discover these issues by myself and later confirmed by other owners here. Looking back, if the car I'm interested in had these issues, I would have asked the dealer for another car. At that point during my purchase, just finding a car of the exact specs was already much of challenge, so I doubt I would have had the option to ask for another Outlander without the issues. I can't wait any longer either because I need a car badly since I'm starting on my job. If you ask me, these issues would not have affected my purchasing decision even if I knew about it from the start, and more so if I knew there is a free fix for it. The features, handling, and competitive pricing of the Outlander is just too good to pass. What I will regret though is buying a CR-V or a RAV-4 at the same price as a fully loaded Outlander XLS but without the perks, and only to discover that these cars too have mirror noise issues and differential problems. That would have been a major regret.
  • Yes I have read your post on the solution for mirror noise. Look like a small,trivial ,easy to fit noise problem. Again, would love if the new car is "noisy free" on the mirrors,doors or even the front engine knocks. Hope the mitsu has rectified all those concerns bought up by this forum in the new production batch.
    I put the my money on 07 Outlander during my very first test drive. Why? This was how I make up my mind:

    Test drives three new model crossover SUVs within one hour.
    First, I test drove the Rav4, then Outlander followed by CRV. The 07 Outlander caught my heart with its appearance,handling and responsiveness. Here, we get the 2.4L engine petrol version same as the Japanese market which has two model: M and G grade. The M grade is USD58K and USD62K for the G grade. And guess what, the G grade,in term of specs and features and perks, it is no where near your XLS! No cruise control, no navigation system, no blue tooth for phone and the most important not a V6 engine.!!
    So, price wise kind of a high side.
    To be fair, it is indeed a nice car to have.
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    If the Oulander is so expensive and decontented in Singapore, I wonder how the RAV4 and CRV are?
    Geez, take your money and go to US to buy a car - you could get into a luxury SUV for that kind of money- BMW/MB/Audi/Volvo/Lexus/Acura/Infinity. You pick... :confuse:
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    I just breezed thru the brochure, and the Singapore Outlander actually has an automatic xenon headlight that turns auto-off when it's bright and auto-on when it's dark. I thought I remembered you asked about it in the HID of the US XLS :)

    @carkaki: Do you have a link for the pricing for the Singapore Outlander? I can't seem to find the pricing at Mitsu SG website.
  • You are right! No price information from the Singapore mitsu website. But you can try
    (under new cars)

    Cars in Singapore are one of the world most expensive to own. BMW X5 - USD180K, Audi Q7 USD200K , RAV4 57K and CRV 59K . So, I really envy you guys that can get cars on invoice price.
  • piastpiast Posts: 269
    "It does look like all the car companies are using this low grade plastic, shame on us consumers for putting up with it"
    Not all, have you checked Lexus or Audi before you made your decision? All in this price range - yes. Rav4 is even worse (check review from any source), by your definition it looks 4X cheap (since for Outlander you repeated it three times). Many people (including me) think it actually looks good, and it is same quality as CRV, Santa Fe or CX7.
    Now, all those issues with your new car. Our brand new (then) 2004 top of the line Accord had paint bubble on a door (door had to be re painted, so left alone), cracked leather on a driver seat(replaced seat), hanging head liner in the back (repaired), and bad heater switch (repaired). No problems since, and guess what, we still love it and will buy another one (maybe with better styling next time). So if you are really unhappy just trade it in and get yourself underpowered, overpriced, not so pretty but "H" signed CRV.
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    So if you are really unhappy just trade it in and get yourself underpowered, overpriced, not so pretty but "H" signed CRV.
    .... Plus, with potential for similar or bigger problems as per CRV forums ...
    One way to increase the chances for less initial quality issues would be to wait for the second production year if you could afford it. Other than that it comes down to luck.
  • I called my local dealer at the end of last week and my parts will be in this week to do the repairs to stop the knock. He said that Mitsu has issued a service bulletin to the dealers now and are going around and speaking w/ the service depts on the issue. So it is acknowledged by Mitsu now. Just FYI
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    Great news. One issue down, one more to go. Hopefully they will put out a TSB for the side mirror rattle too. And fix both on the production line as well.
  • mictramictra Posts: 11
    I just picked up my car and found out by reading this forum I'm going mental trying to listen for noises. My wife thinks I'm nuts. I heard a noise yesterday by the passenger seat. I had my wife going nuts trying to locate it. Well all she did was move the stuff around in the glove box and the noise was gone. I have to relax and enjoy the car. Fortunately I have not herd any of the multiple noises some have been experiencing YET!
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    Don't go looking for defects in a perfectly fine car. :D The issues are only in a handful of vehicles, so the issues might not be in your Outlander at all.
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