Last post on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM
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Mitsubishi Outlander, SUV
#682 of 695 Re: paint chipping prob [batman47]
Mar 18, 2012 (8:36 am)
While I am the one that started this string - In a small defence of Mitsu paint - the "new" water based paints are less resilliant and the '07 I am told was the first to use it. All new autos now receive this type of paint.
No excuse for the lousy support from Mitsubishi Canada i.m.o.
Mud flaps / mud guards - english term vs. N.A. term i believe - and they are available at Canadian Mitsu dealers you can find reference to them here:
As to buying another one? Probably not for me - they are simply to noisy on the highway compared to competitors vehicles. But mine has been trouble free. The only annoyance has been the suspension noises caused by the rubber bushings - and getting them to make the noises when at the dealer!!
Apparently a common problem on the east coast salty roads but as I own one of only 4 '07 Outlanders sold at the then new dealership - they do not have the volume of returns some eastern dealers record. And of course Mitsu Canada will once again not acknowledge this as a problem.
#683 of 695 Re: paint chipping prob [batman47]
Mar 18, 2012 (9:51 am)
"Flying stones are also produced by trucks and cars at high speed travelling in both directions to you. These stones can chip not only your car paint but also lacerate your wind screen. No car paint can sustain this punishment regardless of car make. "
Perhaps you didn't read my post completely. 2 cars and 4 full winters later (the Mits didn't roll off the showroom floor until January), and no chips on either car. Same roads, same flying stones, gravel, sand, and magnesium chloride. 3 years more on one car, and 3 months more on the other. No sand blast effect, no chips. Windshields need to be replaced almost annually here in Colorado, but not paint. There is clearly a significant difference in the application and/or quality of the paint (also waterbased). Either there is more paint, more clear coat, or both are higher quality, or all of the above. The Mits would have had no paint remaining by now. There isn't a mud flap big enough. It would have had to cover the entire car. Pity is correct. As another poster said, use your common sense. Based on my direct experience that would be not buying a Mits. Sorry!
#684 of 695 Re: paint chipping prob
Mar 18, 2012 (1:01 pm)
thank you for all your input on this. not much help from the u. s. mitsubishi motors either. please keep us aprised of any new info, an we will do the same
#685 of 695 Re: paint chipping prob [bubbawilly]
Mar 18, 2012 (3:09 pm)
indeed. i mean if you're worried too much about your car's paint getting damage by road debris, might as well not buy a car. i consider road debris as normal wear and tear.more in some locations than others.what can i say?people say i wont buy another mitsubishi.that's fine.that's your opinion.maybe if you had bought a toyota or a honda then your car's paint would stay chip-free and no stripping from road debris?
#686 of 695 Re: use your common sense [rcpax]
Mar 18, 2012 (8:08 pm)
2010 Outlander, black, no mudflaps, no gravel roads, no paint chips.
#687 of 695 Re: paint chipping prob [bubbawilly]
Mar 19, 2012 (1:11 pm)
I think it is a matter of perception. I will never personally buy a car based purely on whether the carís paint fragments easily or the carís paint hardly chips. What matters are the drivability / manoeuvrability and the sense of safety whilst driving the Outlander on hostile terrain. The difference at the end between cars is the number of paint spots covered with touch paint.
The Mitsubishi undoubtedly will have more paint spots if I do not take care at the very beginning to protect the paint of my car. For many owners the numbers of scars are synonymous of battles performed or gained against the aggressive terrain.
Not any comparable (BMW, Audi, etc) cars as far as the number of differentials (which are responsibly for your safety) equal the Outlander GT performance. So if I care about my safety a few more paint chips are worth having.
If you have relatives in Australia you may request front mudflaps: These mudflaps, as I said, help to protect your Outlanderís body work from paint chips caused from stones and other obstacles that are flung out from beneath the tires.
#688 of 695 Re: paint chipping prob [batman47]
Mar 21, 2012 (4:25 pm)
My '07's been through 5 Wisconsin winters, no mud flaps. There are some chips on the rear door, nothing major. I touch them up each spring, paint and interior quality could be better on this car, mechanically it's been excellent.
#689 of 695 2008 XLS to 2012 GT
Jul 09, 2012 (11:42 am)
I just traded in my 2008 that had 72k miles on it for a 2012 GT. Both are FWD V-6, and both have sunroof, navigation, leather, and Rockford Fosgate stereo.
There's not a lot of difference between the cars, honestly. Performance is virtually identical, other than MPGs suffering right now. More than likely, that's due to the break-in period.
Things I like:
-Color info center
-Navigation with traffic
-Soft feel application on doors and dash, although they should have done the whole dash
-More aggressive styling
Things I miss:
-The "secret" compartment in the middle of the dash.
-The 5 spoke 18" wheels. Much sportier than the 7 spoke
-The 110 volt outlet in the arm rest
Things I still dislike:
-The Goodyear tires. Same exact ones I got 28k miles out of the first time. I'll start saving up for the Michelins now.
Things that need work:
-The arm rest on the driver's door needs thicker material. At 4 years, the 2008 developed a hole from my elbow.
#690 of 695 Re: 2008 XLS to 2012 GT [beargator56]
Jul 09, 2012 (11:55 am)
you don't wanna wait for the 2013 model in the fall? I think they will be releasing a plugin hybrid version of it as well.
#691 of 695 Re: 2008 XLS to 2012 GT [rcpax]
Jul 10, 2012 (1:08 pm)
I'm anticipating the plugin version as well but am cautious as it might bring with it a $3-9K price premium and there's no info yet if that'll be offset by a tax break.