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Mitsubishi Outlander, SUV
May 27, 2008 (7:18 am)
I too had expectations from this automobile and, for the most part, am totally satisfied with my purchase. EVERY car maker leaves a few things out of their cars and I think the Outlander happens to fit the bill - for me at least. As to the design of the car and the paint chipping problems many of you are having, I have to say I believe you. It's been rainy here lately in Texas and whenever it's time to wash my car the rear door and wheel bulge area are ALWAYS filthy. More so than any other part of the car. A slightly bigger lower step up would probably fix this, but like many of you said - will Mitsubishi foot the bill? On my 2008 diamond white XLS - I found a strange paint anomaly right beneath the front grill on the bumper. It looks like there was a small fragment of something trapped in the paint and the people at the factory tried to slightly sand it out. Too bad they didn't re-clear coat the surface - - Perhaps I will try the mentioned polishing paste and then super wax the area.
Don't get upset people, there is truly power in numbers. Just keep writing and emailing - eventually something will happen.
#601 of 695 Re: More Mudflats [bubbawilly]
May 27, 2008 (10:26 am)
"They may reduce the sandblasting on the rear fender flares, but what about the front flares, hood, roof, doors and virutally every other painted metal surface?"
So far that is the only area affected. Any damage on the rest of the car I would really blame on road hazard, not design. I don't have any problems with the paint.
May 27, 2008 (12:55 pm)
Some say it's paint, some say it's bad design. All point to the same solution: let's blame Mitsubishi for it.
As customers you have every right to do so. And included in your manual is a dispute resolution process just in case you don't get anything out of complaining. And they say there is strength in numbers so why not gather up as a group and do a class action suit or something like that.
Complaining will only get your problem heard on this forum, but it won't really go far as to get your paint problem solved.
As for me, I have the daily swirls and occasional cart and door dings. I didn't have chips because I put on long mudflaps. So mudflaps did save my paint work.
May 29, 2008 (9:01 am)
I just got my '08 Outlander XLS. The brochure and website clearly state that the XLS comes standard with fog lights. The lights are there, and they work as DRLs. There is no switch for the fog lights, though. The fog light icon is missing from the headlight switch where the manual says it should be.
I am in contact with my dealer, and he said something about the fog lights work with the parking lights on the XLS and Xenon headlights. Why would they only work with the parking lights?
Anyone else out there have this problem?
#604 of 695 Re: XLS Fog Lights? [beargator56]
May 29, 2008 (11:57 am)
I purchased the factory fog light kit for my '07 LS as it did not come with fogs as standard equipment. There is a new steering wheel stalk with an additional switch you get to replace the stock one that does not support fogs. It's a momentary switch you twist once to turn them on and again to turn them off and it only works with low beams (nothing to do with parking lights). I cannot see why it would be different on an XLS, but possibly things could change for an '08 model (but I highly doubt it). BTW: I had to have the dealer program the fog light function as the alternate instructions without the programming device didn't work.(strange procedure where you turn on the key and open/close the drivers door 5 times)
#605 of 695 Re: XLS Fog Lights? [beargator56]
May 29, 2008 (12:42 pm)
I have standard fog lights and switch for it on XLS. Also, I have DRL (daytime running lights). In your case, with HIDs, fog lights are use as DRL, to save expensive HID bulbs, so with this package, you don't have fog lights.
#606 of 695 Re: XLS Fog Lights? [piast]
May 29, 2008 (3:56 pm)
This really makes no sense for Mitsu to design it like that. There's no mention of it in any material they have out. Why would you not offer fog lights just because of HID headlamps? I had a '05 Land Rover LR3 that had working fog lights with HID. I'd be willing to bet that almost all cars with HID don't disable fog lights
#607 of 695 Re: XLS Fog Lights? [beargator56]
May 29, 2008 (6:26 pm)
"I'd be willing to bet that almost all cars with HID don't disable fog lights"
Most likely, but do they have those HIDs on all the time? I don't recall seeing to many cars with those lights on during the day.
#608 of 695 Re: XLS Fog Lights? [piast]
May 29, 2008 (7:05 pm)
My HIDs aren't on all the time. When they're on (at night or rain), the DRLs are off. When the lights are off, the DRLs are on.
I usually had my fogs on at night with my HID headlights on the LR3. I prefer the extra light it gives near the ground.
Either way, Mitsu shouldn't be advertising their premier version of a car with something "standard" if you can't get the car with it.
#609 of 695 Re: XLS Fog Lights? [beargator56]
May 29, 2008 (8:09 pm)
"My HIDs aren't on all the time. When they're on (at night or rain), the DRLs are off. When the lights are off, the DRLs are on. "
Exactly. That is the point. Other cars with HIDs don't have DRL. Fog lights are standard on XLS. You upgraded standard lights (as on mine) with HID, at a cost of loosing fog lights. I would probably prefer to keep them and loose DRL, but for now this is the way.