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#51 of 82 Re: 2008 Vs. 2009 [solowalker]
Oct 07, 2008 (10:30 pm)
Thanks for the feedback, Solowalker. I agree. Mitsubishis are great cars with a great tradition which is little known in North America. Their SUVs are sought after in many parts of the world for their reliability and ability to drive through almost any conditions mother nature can conjure up. I have a 2001 Montero with 120K miles which has never been in the shop except for routine maintenance. It has safely driven my family and I through snow blizzards, flashfloods and 130 degree desert heat. It still drives like a new car. I'd still take it on a road trip through the Rockys during the winter over a brand new Range Rover which could break down on you any moment. It's a shame Monteros are not sold in North America anymore. I only hope that Outlanders continue the tradition.
p.s. Outlander is one of the few SUVs recommended by the Consumer Report.
#52 of 82 Re: 2008 Vs. 2009 [cyrus1000]
Oct 09, 2008 (9:38 pm)
While you can't buy the newest Montero in the U.S. or Canada, you can buy it in Mexico (not to mention that our friends south of the border also get the Grandis MPV).
#53 of 82 Re: 2008 Vs. 2009 [cyrus1000]
Oct 12, 2008 (6:33 pm)
What a coincidence.. I'm looking for the exact car as well.. I'm about to give up on the 4WD and thinking of just getting 2WD instead w/ all the package. A used 2008 Outie XLS 4WD w/ 9K miles for $21K sounds like a pretty good deal considering the MSRP is almost $31K. Is that out the door price or plus TTL?
#54 of 82 Re: 2008 Vs. 2009 [joxong]
Oct 18, 2008 (7:11 pm)
After I went to the dealership and saw the car, I changed my mind. The car had multiple scratches and little dings on the exterior, and the interior in the cargo area was all scratched up. It was a corporate car, and clearly was not taken care of. If they had a 2009 or a clean 2008 I would have bought it on the spot. They had a few 2WD XLS Outies, but I definitely wanted the 4WD. I happened to test drive a Subaru Forester and bought one. It's a great car. I am still keeping my Montero though.
#55 of 82 Re: 2008 Vs. 2009 [cyrus1000]
Oct 20, 2008 (6:13 pm)
Thanks for the reply. I think I saw that same car that you saw, and was definitely turned off by it. The front bumper was coming out a little bit already. Some other dealer say they can still get a fully loaded 2008 4WD, so I'm holding out on that.
Just like you, I really want a 4WD for my next car as well. I'm looking at the 2008 Forrester as well for backup, but I'm really liking the Outlander and can't seem to let go yet. I really like the split tailgate & Xenon. No other CUV seems to have that option.
#56 of 82 Re: 2008 Vs. 2009 [joxong]
Oct 20, 2008 (8:19 pm)
Mitsubishi makes great cars, but somehow their customer service and marketing in North America, to put it bluntly, sucks! Right now they are losing potential customers like you and I because they are not maintaining adequate supply of their popular models. The dealer I went to in Orange County said he checked all the dealers in California and could not find a fully loaded 2008 XLS 4WD. Most car manufacturers already have their 2009 models out, but you still cannot find a 2009 Outlander in the showrooms?!! There are lots of discussion boards comparing and contrasting the Forester and Outlander. Both are excellent choices, but I think you get better bang for your buck with the Outlander. Hopefully, youíll find one soon. I just didnít want to wait so I went with the Forester.
#57 of 82 Anyone towing +3000# w/ Outy?
Nov 06, 2008 (6:18 am)
My boat comes in at around 3000# and am looking for a smaller suv that can tow it periodically on shorter, +one hour trips (Dad has Chevy turbo-diesel for longer trips). Is anyone towing anything around this weight with the Outlander ? How is it? Thanks!
#58 of 82 Re: Anyone towing +3000# w/ Outy? [ckone0814]
Nov 06, 2008 (7:13 am)
Best I can tell you is my '07 LS V6 tows my sled trailer just fine (1800 to 2000 lbs at the very most). I think 3000 lbs would be OK. I did notice that gas mileage when towing was only a little bit better than my old Dakota V8 (11-13 mpg depending on headwinds, etc) whereas the non towing mpg doubles in the Outlander while the Dakota only rose a little when not towing. This is fine with me (I don't pay the price of having to have a big tow vehicle all the time for my winter sled towing needs). I would say you'll definitely need trailer brakes when towing that much (weight being towed approaching the weight of the tow vehicle)
#59 of 82 Re: Anyone towing +3000# w/ Outy? [comem47]
Nov 06, 2008 (7:17 am)
Thanks. Trailer does have brakes.