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#173 of 585 Very Poor Mileage (2003 AWD XLS OUTLANDER)
Jan 08, 2004 (12:53 pm)
I've been getting about 16-18mpg on my 2003 Outlander. It has 20,000 mile son it and the milage keeps getting worse. The dealer says the car is fine and it's not a problem. Their currently checking with the distric manger to see what cna be done. Mitsubishi Tech line says there are no adjustments either. Anyone here have this problem and gotten it fixed? Any ideas? We've checked tire pressure and air filter. No computer error codes are present and the dealer did a full diagnostic test to check for errors. They are claiming it's due to gas or altitude, we're at 5,500ft. But I doubt that 7mpgs of the advertised could be due to anything other then a mechanical/technical problem since my 97 Subaru is getting around 26-30mpg. Any help would be great. You can email me at dickie_chowmyway.com ..........Thanks
Jan 08, 2004 (2:29 pm)
You can email me at ...
That kind of defeats the purpose of a message board and would deprive the rest of us of useful information. Stick around!
#175 of 585 Poor gas milage...
Jan 08, 2004 (5:10 pm)
Has anything changed about your driving habits, or who is at the wheel? I'd be interested to know why your milage is so off. Am considering buying an 04 and lousy gas milage is a turn-off.
Has anyone else on this board who owns an Outlander experienced similar poor gas milage?
#176 of 585 Poor Gas Mileage
Jan 09, 2004 (3:09 am)
I've had my 2wd XLS Outlander for about 8 months now and average between 20 and 22 MPG. This is in mixed driving. I think you can expect a little less with the AWD but 16-18 does sound a little low.
Jan 09, 2004 (8:54 am)
The car has been driven the same, by the same people, since day one. My wife and I drive it and 90% or more is highway driving. Rated for the AWD is 25mpg, we're off by around 7mpg. Usually the rating is lower then what you actually get on the highway, at least with my previous vehicles. Maybe Mitsu is using the marketing system of measurement instead of reality?
#178 of 585 Poor Gas Mileage
Jan 10, 2004 (2:20 am)
In regard to the poor gas milage that is reported on this board, I find that I am averaging between 22 to 24 miles per gallon with my 2003 AWD Outlander. So far, knock on wood the car has been great. It has been completely trouble free. I have about 5,000 miles on it. If I had to do it over again, I would certainly buy the same car again. On another note,I find that the AWD has been very helpfull navigating through the snow we have had here in Mass. during this past Christmas holiday.
#179 of 585 AWD Outlander in Snow & Remote Car Starter
Jan 11, 2004 (7:23 pm)
So far in Massachusetts we have had this past winter two (2) bad snowstorms (12 in +). My AWD Outlander has performed extremely well. I have a steep driveway and was able to get the car in the garage without any problems.
On another topic, this past weekend a Viper 160XV deluxe remote car starter was installed. So far so good. No problems encountered.
#180 of 585 Drivng Experience with Forester, CR-V,Outlander
Jan 11, 2004 (7:38 pm)
Got a chance to test drive the Forester, CR-V and Outlander 03 and 04 on last Saturday. Outland definitely rode slightly better than CR-V and Forester. Outland 04 can go faster than CR-V. Forester definitely has more power. I was quite impressed by the Outlander until I looked into Mitsubishi pricing structure. To get ABS, I must upgrade to the more expensive model and get a whole bunch of other add-ons that I don't really want. This would be around $3,500 more.This added expenses put it in the same price range of the CR-V.
Without the add-ons, the base Outlander would be selling around $15,500-$16,000. Some dealer might even give another $1,000 for current Mitsubishi owner as loyalty rebate.
Jan 12, 2004 (8:55 am)
We just got ours and put 275 miles on her. We filled her up new and drove 200 miles before the thing was almost on E. Thats sucky - not sure but I estimate about 17 in around town driving not beating on it. You do have to wind it to get it to move and the AWD xls should be a little heavier and harder on gas with this drivetrain but wow...hope it gets better.
The #1 issue would be lack of torque and the new motor in the 04 is prob using more gas to make up for it with higher end HP. Great car but its a good thing we dont go far.
Jan 12, 2004 (1:22 pm)
I probably should not jump in on the mileage thread just yet but I have a hint of how things might go and I'm not disappointed....Yet. Bought a new Outlander a couple of weeks ago...'04 LS AWD with the appearance package. Was not really ready to buy but the thing was just too cheap to pass up. Especially with the 10yrs on the PT. Anyway when I picked it up the tank was full...I figured a "dealer fill" which is always shy..LOL!..Drove it 75 mi home and put it in the garage and forgot about it. When I saw all the bad mileage comments I got concerned and went out to see how much gas I had used on the drive home. For what its worth (maybe nothing) the needle is still on the full mark. So far this is just like my old Expo. Comes off the full at 100mi. The Expo gets about 210mi at the 1/2 and averages out about 27-28MPG in mainly country highway driving. I think a big thing is tire pressure? I always run 36PSI. I checked the Outlander and it had 35PSI from the factory/dealer. Also I watch the tach. Keep it under 2500RPM and use the cruise...I would almost bet I can best the Gov't number of 26MPG by 1MPG. I won't know until Spring though cause it will sit in the garage until Winter departs. I test drove a Forester too but it just did not feel as solid as the OL. Power felt about the same. OL was a better buy $1000 less OTD..Plus it had auto (+-?) and a MUCH better warranty. In the meantime the Expo lives on!