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#9 of 18 Re: 4WD concerns w/2007XLS [olliexls2007]
Mar 13, 2009 (8:12 am)
So far so good on my '07 LS V6 4WD. I agree that they don't explicitly say to not use the 4WD on less than slippery surfaces (it's supposed to be a full time 4WD). I typically use it in 2WD to save whatever fuel I can on dry roads, but leave it in 4WD when it chimes about being close to freezing or rainy days. I'd say except for the inconvenience of losing the car for a while you're covered under the warranty and should get it fixed if you suspect the tranny is toast.
#10 of 18 Re: 4WD concerns w/2007XLS [comem47]
Mar 13, 2009 (1:54 pm)
I hope 4WD won't damage the tranny. I probably run 4WD 50% of the time from Dec.-March.
#11 of 18 Re: 4WD concerns w/2007XLS [toomanyfumes]
Mar 13, 2009 (6:12 pm)
Head mechanic told me not to use it unless absolutely necessary.... Deep snow, ice, "sugar sand"..... Said the "car" has ACS, etc and that should take care of most of the problems... It rains hard and a LOT here in the summer months & I liked to use the 4WD every time it rained to be on the safe side ...but not any more.
See what your shop "guy" says re: 4WD where you live and let us know.
#12 of 18 Re: 4WD concerns w/2007XLS [olliexls2007]
Mar 14, 2009 (4:19 pm)
I have a free oil change to use before the end of March, I'll ask him while I'm there.
#13 of 18 Nav Backfit
Mar 15, 2009 (1:52 pm)
I am looking at purchasing a used 07 XLS. The dealer said that the factory Nav can be installed in place of the radio by the dealer. Does anyone know if this is true or not? Don't trust dealers....
#14 of 18 Re: Nav Backfit [tkraft]
Mar 15, 2009 (2:35 pm)
Don't know the answer, but you might just wish to go with an aftermarket Nav unit. The factory unit is only map updated infrequently from what I hear and it cost a lot compared to say a Garmin, etc. (and if I remember correctly the map update process is a pain(search under nav unit and read). I have the Rockford Fosgate radio unit (not NAV), and love the sound, but not the fact the red leds wash out in sunlight. IMHO I'd bag the Nav and go for the radio.
#15 of 18 Can Any Outlander Owner Recommend Service??
Mar 16, 2009 (5:39 pm)
I am an 2007 Outlander Owner and I really like my SUV but I need a recommendation for a good service dept in the Clearwater florida area.
There are three dealerships in the area but I can't seem to find anyone who can recommend one?? My current service dept in New Port Richey is not acceptable.
I work in Largo area so anything in the Pinellas county could work??
#16 of 18 Re: 4WD concerns w/2007XLS [olliexls2007]
Aug 11, 2009 (6:06 am)
I posted this on another thread:
The Outlander is currently on my short list for a new small suv but I have some concerns about the awd system.
I took this from another forum from a guy who got stuck in a snow storm:
Originally Posted by armymen
yesturday i was like stock in the snow, i was in 4WD lock.
the problem, only my Front left side and my back Right side where spinning.
are my system is defect ???
I got this from another thread:
[quote=chenarm;234450]This is taken out of the Outlander service manual
"As the vehicle is intended for on-road use, long-time driving on a sandy or slushy road must be avoided. When the vehicle is driven on a sandy or slushy road for a long time, the fail-safe function of the electronic control 4WD system tends to enter the protective control mode which switches the control from 4WD to 2WD gradually in order to protect the drive system, and the indicators ("4WD" and "LOCK") tends to illuminate"
So what time frame is meant by long-time? I live in the northeast and sometimes driving to the ski resort from the city can take up to 3 hrs in a snowstorm. Will this system hold up well? (of course keeping in mind one will have dedicated snow tires).
Anyone experience this problem?
I contacted Mitsu Canada about this who in turn told me to call my local dealer. The service manager there said that he has not heard of this problem coming in.
I want to get a good all around small suv, and the current outlander seems to fit the bill, but if the awd system goes against it's intented purpose than that's a big problem.
#17 of 18 Re: 4WD concerns w/2007XLS [noey8]
Aug 11, 2009 (3:55 pm)
I've left mine (2007 LS AWD) in 4WD auto for weeks at a time during our Wisconsin winters and have had no issues. Even in 4WD lock, there is no locking differential, so you might have only one wheel per axle spinning. I think it's the same in any CUV. My friend has a FJ cruiser and it has switches to lock the axles. It's meant for more serious off-roading.
#18 of 18 Re: 4WD concerns w/2007XLS [noey8]
Aug 12, 2009 (12:30 pm)
I too have an 07 V6 4WD outtie....Got 34,000 on the clock and I spend most of my time in Colorado using 4WD AUTO....I've never gotten stuck in snow or loose gravel heading up to the trailheads...
I keep it in 4WD AUTO all the time...even on the Interstate....I traded in my 2000 Forester for this outtie so I like full time all wheel/4WD.
I've had no problems....
These other posts about limiting the use of 4WD I suspect are bull&#t. There is nothing my operator's manual about limiting the use of 4WD...