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#1 of 128 Why NOT to buy a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS
May 07, 2007 (6:22 am)
BUYERS BEWARE! I used to be a Honda owner but one month ago I decided to buy a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS with Navigation and Sun and Sound Package (i.e. top of the line). I could not be more disappointed in this vehicle. After one month it already has the rattles and wind noise you would expect from a vehicle after a couple of years. Adding insult to injury, the vehicle's 2007 navigation package comes with software from mid 2005. A new update for the map database will not be available for another 15 months thereby keeping you driving through 2009 with 2005 map software! (yes, not a typo, I said 2009!) Of course, this wasn't disclosed to me by the dealership. This fact has been confirmed with the Navigation manufacturer (NAVTEQ) and Mitsubishi Corporate. Mitsubishi Corporate pretty much said "you'll have to take that up with the dealership. That is not our issue.". What a company! Spend the couple of extra bucks and go with a Toyota RAV4 or a Honda CRV - I wish I did!
#2 of 128 Re: Why NOT to buy a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS [djbderwood]
May 07, 2007 (6:29 am)
Beware! The Outlander must be making inroads into Honda for a basher to come on like this.
#3 of 128 Re: Why NOT to buy a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS [djbderwood]
May 07, 2007 (7:47 am)
Have you checked with the dealer regarding rattles? Apparently there is a fix for it. You should read this: dodo2, "Lexus RX 350 vs. Mitsubishi Outlander XLS" #16, 25 Apr 2007 1:03 pm!keywords=allin%3Amsgtext%20limit%3A.f0d6490%20rattle
I could not be more disappointed in this vehicle.
As a rule of thumb, things could always be worse.
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#4 of 128 Re: Why NOT to buy a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS [gene_v]
May 07, 2007 (8:01 am)
Gene, I am not a Mitsubishi "basher" for purposes of promoting Honda. I am just using this forum to let others know of my disappointment. I mentioned both Toyota and Honda as those are the manufactures I compared my Outlander to before making a purchase selection. I, in fact, traded in a Ford F150 for the purchase of the Outlander. If you are an avid Mitsubishi purchases then all the more power to you.
#5 of 128 Re: Why NOT to buy a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS [tidester]
May 07, 2007 (8:08 am)
Thank you very much for this information as the Mitusbishi service department (at the local dealer level) has not been very helpful. They are obviously "learning" about this car and may not even be aware of this fix. I will mention it on my next service date with them and hopefully it will take them in the right direction for some possible noise reduction. regards,
#6 of 128 Re: Why NOT to buy a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS [djbderwood]
May 07, 2007 (10:24 am)
I got my XLS 3 weeks ago, with the same options as yours. The car is absolutely quiet and rattle free. In fact, it is more silent than my other car, a more expensive ML320. As far as the navigation goes, It also runs circles around my MB's cluncky navigation system but I will check in with my local dealer (Huntington Beach, CA) about the update schedule.
#7 of 128 Re: Why NOT to buy a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS [djbderwood]
May 07, 2007 (10:27 am)
yes, the noise level is pretty bad. esp the wind noise.
Once I came back from a long drive and once back, I decided not to take it again.
Then I got some weatherstripping from a local autozone and put it next/around the door seals. It reduced the wind noise to some extend, still it is not good. And it is not good looking also.
anyway, i am going to take it to the dealer and ask him to do a better and clean weatherstripping. If it does not satisfy me, I am going to look at the option for Lemon Law. any suggestions?
#8 of 128 Re: Why NOT to buy a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS [disappointed12]
May 07, 2007 (11:01 am)
I bought my Outlander XLS a couple of weeks ago and I love and I absolutely have no complaints about anything including noise: my former car was Camry, which is considered very quiet car. But if you are not happy as consumer, you should exploit all options available: I am not sure what's the Lemon Law.
#9 of 128 Re: Why NOT to buy a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS [djbderwood]
May 07, 2007 (11:17 am)
I've had my 07 Outlander for 3,000 miles now and absolutely love it. Once I did the mod to the mirror the wind noise went down to very normal levels. I have not noticed any rattles, and I'm sensitive to that kind of thing. Elaborate, maybe we can help.
My Nav has functioned perfectly from the start. Quick and accurate information for me. I haven't found any need for a software update yet.
#10 of 128 Re: Why NOT to buy a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS [disappointed12]
May 07, 2007 (4:01 pm)
"If it does not satisfy me, I am going to look at the option for Lemon Law. any suggestions? "
You keep coming back with the same questions over and over.
I think you already know, but let me say it again:
1. SUV are more noisy on windy days on highway speeds than more aerodynamic cars, because of their shape, bigger mirrors and roof racks
2. No, there is no fix for it just turn your radio back on and enjoy the ride
3. Starting multiple treads on the problem still won't help
4. Trade it in, like you were planning months ago, there is no Lemon Law for tire, road, wind noise, uncomfortable seats, too small cup holders or not bright enough map light.
"If anyone, anyone has any suggestions or fixes for this problem, please let me know. Else sooner or later, I will have to cut my loses and trade-in for something else."
Just do it.