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Mitsubishi Outlander, SUV
#537 of 695 NEW DESIGN: 2008 Outlander
Apr 14, 2008 (8:48 am)
Just noticed over the weekend that the flared plastic piece along the side bottom (the piece that seems to be responsible for the sandblasting and paint chipping) has been reconfigured on the NEWEST 2008 Outlanders. (i.e., there are 2008 Outlanders with the original flared piece, and now 2008 Outlanders with the newly configured straight piece). Seems as though Mitsubishi has made a correction for the paint-chipping/sand-blasting problems that we've been reporting (which seemed to fall on deaf ears, for the most part). I sure wish they'd recall the piece and replace it with the newly designed piece! Wishful thinking, eh?
Anyone else notice this? Drive by your dealer and you'll see what I mean!
#539 of 695 That's the Australian version of the Outlander
Apr 14, 2008 (8:35 pm)
Maybe someone can go to a dealer and take pics and then provide shots of their own vehicle showing the sand-blasting. This would permit for an accurate comparison.
No photochops, please.
#540 of 695 Re: That's the Australian version of the Outlander [psychogun]
Apr 15, 2008 (8:47 am)
I realize that, but it's how the new 2008 US versions look now (with the new configuration along the bottom sides.) No more flare at rear wheel. Saw it myself at my dealer this weekend.
#542 of 695 Thank you for the link
Apr 15, 2008 (1:12 pm)
I'll try to see if I can head down to a dealer and find a recent-build 08 to take pics similar in perspective to yours. That will give prospective buyers an idea whether or not they may run into the chipping issue you are unfortunately experiencing.
I know it's of little consolation to you. You are helping others, though, so the good karma will hopefully come full circle.
Apr 15, 2008 (1:29 pm)
Did a little more research and believe that the new (straight) trim appears to be found on the Outlander SE (new model?) only. I have an XLS and have to wonder why this improvement is offered on only one (lesser) model.
#544 of 695 Re: NEW DESIGN: 2008 Outlander [mcollis]
Apr 30, 2008 (7:55 pm)
I also have this problem with the chipping. I took it to the dealer and they said this was a problem due to the flairs. The said to put a protective film and mud flaps on for almost $500. If this is a problem and the know about it why are we responsible for this? Can anyone answer that.
#545 of 695 Re: Paint Chipping Issues [20vcq]
Apr 30, 2008 (8:29 pm)
I have filled out a complaint also waiting to hear back. I live in Alberta Canada and we use sand but no salt. I have never bin off road in it just normal city driving.
If I can't get this resolved from Mitsubishi the local news consumer report watch dog will get a call. My wife said to wear my army uniform and say how they siff a soldier that faught in Afghanistan. It's all how You play the press!!!!!
#546 of 695 Re: Paint Chipping Issues [duncan4u]
May 01, 2008 (7:47 am)
It's damage from rocks hitting paint, you're not going to be on 60 Minutes. If you drive in rocky/sandy conditions you need to add extra protection. Get some mud flaps for under $100.