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#120 of 341 The dreadful paint chip has returned.
Feb 19, 2010 (6:59 pm)
My Outlander GT has 5,500 miles at the moment and I have been driving 100% only on Tarmac and I havenít adventure to drive on any other road that this.
After washing my car a few weeks ago I felt nauseous when I saw 100 to 200 little paint chips (spots) caused by a combination of little stones flying from the front tires to the rear of the car and the little stones flying in opposite direction from the rear tires. The result was paint chips precisely located at the bottom of both rear doors and back panels (next message will follow with photo).
My previous 2008 Outlander XLS came with some transparent protection film exactly located in the same place where my GT got the paint chips. Mitsubishi engineers got it wrong again by thinking that a wider mud guard in the front tires and extra chrome extension than runs just under the doors (front and rear) will prevent paint chips on the car. Yes it prevented paint chips at the bottom of the front doors but unfortunately they didnít put on the protective transparent plastic film on the bottom of the rear doors close to the rear wheel arches.
I wonder if I can put a claim (warranty) for re-painting both areas. Reading previous forum members complaints it appears some dealers were willing to repaint it and others refused to do it. Will some members comment on this? I was told that the District manager or Mitsubishi District (Zone or Area) manager usually visits dealerships only one time per month and that I have to wait 20-days because the manager was in this particular dealership one week ago for his monthly visit! I have also been told that a reputable body shop will commonly charge $3000 to $4000 for a re-paint to eliminate the hundreds of little pain chips in both rear doors at the bottom side of the vehicle.
Feb 19, 2010 (7:01 pm)
I have collapsed the second-row of seats in order to have a temporary extra cargo space. To my disquiet, after the car started to move, the effect of having the rear seats collapsed produced an indescribable number of rattles (at least 3 different sources of noises) from only the event of collapsing the seats. The noises stopped after the seats were put back in their normal and usual seating position.
Will some members of this forum do a similar experiment of collapsing the seats and report in this forum a similar experience if any?
#122 of 341 Front driver cover leather seats defective
Feb 19, 2010 (7:05 pm)
The dealer order a new back driver cover seat when he saw that 3 stitches (sutures) have become loose from the driver seat cover. The parts department ordered the leather cover by using the VIN# of my car. To the disappointments of the service people the cover was a very dark black that doesnít match the original color of my imported Japanese car which I believe is a charcoal color (not a deep black). So the technician didnít do the replacement. The parts department has insisted that in the USA there are only 2-colors being sold: beige and black. This is scary because I did have a very disappointing experience when I ordered a new alloy wheel. The alloy wheel for the 2010 Outlander is made in the USA and its inside design differs from the Japanese wheel siblings.
It appears that a numbers of parts for the Outlander sold in the USA donít match those of the Japanese market (site where the cars are manufactured) and MMNA doesnít bring those parts because MMNA thinks that those parts can be covered with products locally made in the USA by USA companies or subsidiaries. The results are, for example, leather color mismatch, inside wheel design mismatch, oil filter mismatch, jack mismatch, etc.
I have asked the dealer to take the original seat cover to a reputable upholster to re-stitch it and put it back on my car.
Furthermore, the bezel leather combination meter one edge protrudes out because the fastener clip will not clip properly as there is too much leather at this edge. The technician cannot put it right (the end finish doesnít look right). It appears when the car was in Japan the driver right air vent edges and the leather bezel combination meter edges donít fit evenly producing an ugly look that I wasnít aware when I bought the car. The Dealer has asked for a new bezel combination meter cover. However I am afraid that the USA color may not match the original (charcoal) color of my car.
#123 of 341 Re: The dreadful paint chip has returned. [batman47]
Feb 21, 2010 (10:46 pm)
Ah so looks like my investment in clear bra protection in that area will be well worth it. I feel your pain, batman. When I went a trip to the slopes and went back home, I noticed that those rear quarter panels got quite dirty. It is an area that I didn't think would take a beating because of the way the car is shaped. Good thing I don't have a degree in aerodynamics. HA.
Thankfully no rocks chipped that area, but I went to my local clear film specialist. He added some nice rear quarter panel protection there. BTW, I do not have mud guards.
#124 of 341 Re: Rattles [batman47]
Feb 21, 2010 (10:54 pm)
I only notice rattles from the 3rd row seats. I will have to try to recreate the 2nd row seats. Its probably rattling because of the latch is not very snug with the locks.
In regards to the 3rd row, the rattles do go away if you have something moderately heavy on top of them. I have some folded up blankets back there.
#126 of 341 Re: Edmunds review [fushigi]
Mar 04, 2010 (3:39 pm)
That review stated "Inside, there's a new LCD gauge display". Does that mean the former LED radio display or only the gauges through the steering wheel? The radio display really needed to be changed (washes out in sunlight) the other gauges were OK.
#127 of 341 Re: Edmunds review [comem47]
Mar 04, 2010 (6:56 pm)
Was the display between the speedometer & tach color prior to '10? My GT's is full color but I know some older Mitsu's had a red display.
As to the navi screen, I have no idea if it was upgraded or not. It can get a little washed out but so far hasn't been a problem for me. But then my first months of ownership have been through a somewhat dreary winter; ask me again in July.
#128 of 341 Re: Edmunds review [fushigi]
Mar 05, 2010 (9:57 am)
Yes, the display for engine,etc functions is between the tach and speedo on my '07. The display is normally red, but warnings like icing road conditions and low fuel come up with a yellow display. As I mentioned before I have no problem with this one(visible all times of the day) but the radio display(non-navi or music sever, just AM/FM/CD/Sirius with Rockford Fosgate) is totally useless in daylight. That and the fact the steering wheel program button for next channel means next in the spectrum, not programmed favorite next are my 2 biggest beefs with the vehicle . Otherwise I'm a pretty happy camper.
#129 of 341 Re: Edmunds review [comem47]
Mar 05, 2010 (1:32 pm)
Well the red/yellow is now full color and the steering wheel controls do jump from favorite to favorite on AM/FM and by track on a playlist or CD. Haven't tried it on the satellite.
IIRC there is a brightness control for the nav screen; I seem to recall seeing that in the first days of ownership. If the screen does wash out I'll have to see if it can compensate. There just aren't that may screens that can overcome daylight so it may not be able to.