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#292 of 341 Re: Maintenance Severe or Regular? [jonox]
Aug 22, 2010 (8:42 am)
The main reason for using synthetic oil was that it has allowed me to extend the oil change from 3.5 K miles to 7.5 miles or more. The oil change was done by me and I didnít want to be messing changing the oil outside populated areas where hotels or shelters werenít available. The extension of the land between towns was not less than 100 miles plus the inclemency of the weather itself (cold and very windy). Also I had to unload the car, so the GT could be lifted, and crawl under the car to remove the oil and filter. However, to be on the safe side I didnít wait for the 7.5 K miles and I changed the oil at 5K miles.
The best criterion to change the oil was its degree of darkness or blackness regardless of the miles performed. This is a very subjective measure but made me feel OK (the good feeling factor) and I did have the oil and filter at hand (part of our cargo). The average cost of doing an oil change + filter + gasket without using the services of a garage is about $30 (synthetic oil used). The benefits of periodical oil changes in your GT take precedence over the cost of the materials used.
#293 of 341 Outlander XLS noise level on HWY ?
Aug 22, 2010 (6:34 pm)
Does the Outlander run quiet on hwy ?
How did it perform in the winter in snow mode ? has anyone test it in snow mode ?
#294 of 341 Re: Outlander XLS noise level on HWY ? [picard12]
Aug 24, 2010 (1:12 pm)
The first time I tested the GT on snow was in December 2009 in the South West (California, Arizona, and Utah). Tarmac was cover with 3-4 inches of snow with patches of pure ice on the way. It was a pleasant experience. After being at the end of the world Ushuaia (Argentina) on my return to the North we were subjected to severe snow fall for 2-consecutive days on Route 40 that runs parallel to the Andes. Route 40 was closed by the traffic police but after firm deliberation with the officer responsible we managed to convince him that we had a special vehicle that can perform well on the snow. We even invited the officer to check the knob selection (i.e. snow) to confirm our willingness to proceed with our journey in spite of the snow. After 20 minutes of driving we couldnít distinguish properly the edges of the road because the fallen snow had practically wiped away any vestiges of road boundary. We were the only one on this road and our GT tire trail was the only one left on the road for more than 50 miles. It was a frightening experience. The following day the snow started to become iced (patches), road boundaries were again visible, and we rushed in our GT to the next town 200 miles farther to get shelter.
Our GT did everything we asked of it. The noise of pieces of ice hitting underneath the car was so deafening but we had to drive fast in order to reach our destination before it became too dark and we didnít want to get lost.
I think the success of the GT rests on its front differential that prevents the car sliding off course by controlling the rpm of each front wheel.
The Outlander isnít known for being a quiet car; wind noise is very noticeable on highways. The tire groove design may diminish the HW noise for example the Outlander stock tires are less noisy than the Yokohama All Terrain A/T-S which have a groove design more aggressive than the stock Goodyear tires. In summary the Outlander is above average on the noise scale compared to other makes in the same league.
#295 of 341 Re: thank you [ermal1]
Aug 24, 2010 (4:59 pm)
I'm thinking of upgrading my wheels/rims to '19 245/50/19 or 20 245/45/20 this should be ok setup for driving to ski resorts we don't really get lots of snow here in the east coast. If it doesn't fit guess have to go with 245/45/19 or 245/40/20.
#296 of 341 Re: thank you [noeffectx]
Aug 25, 2010 (11:51 am)
Experts recommend staying within 3% of the diameter of the original (stock) tire. Any more than this and you face the risk of brake failure. The set of 245/50R19 has 3.15 % diameter difference and the 245/45R20 has 3.28% diameter difference.
#297 of 341 Re: thank you [batman47]
Aug 25, 2010 (5:17 pm)
Batman47 - I should be safe within the range of 245/50/19 or 245/45/20 ?
#298 of 341 Re: thank you [noeffectx]
Aug 25, 2010 (9:10 pm)
To each their own but going to 19" is something I would not do. If you increase the tire size the speedometer may be off. If you shrink the profile to keep the same diameter on the larger 19" rim the sidewall will be so thin the first pothole will destroy your wheel. If anything on a CUV I would go the other way to get as large a sidewall as possible for some energy absorbtion over potholes, etc. I have a 2007 LS and it has the 16" wheels and I chose this over the XLS for that reason and lower price. We aren't talking about a sports car. Tiger Woods proved it (look at front tire) but if you want to keep replacing expensive wheels go have at it!
Sep 16, 2010 (12:23 pm)
I am new to this site so any help is appreciated. I have leased Gallants for 12 years and my current lease is up in March. Wife & I are moving to Syracuse from NYC in March and I am looking to turn in the car early for a AWD SUV-crossover.
I was also thinking of the Nissan Rogue as an option but have been scared off by several Posts on this site. A few questions:
1. Do you think Mitsubishi will continue to have a presence in the USA? obviously this is important for service reasons.
2. Does anyone reccomend the Outlander SE (i get confused I am looking at one step up from the base model which I think is the ES).
Would like to stay with Mitsubishi because I have been happy with the Gallant, they offer a $1,000 loyalty discount and my end-of-lease should go easier.
Please help! I go for a test drive this Saturday so any input will be greatly appreciated.
#300 of 341 Re: 2010 Outlander [westernone]
Sep 16, 2010 (1:57 pm)
Sounds as though you have plenty of experience with Mitsu's service standards if it's been positive the Outlander would seem to be a good fit. I've had a 2010 ES for two months. It's fun to drive and well equipped with state of the art drive train and AWD.
Mitsu are doing serious marketing in North America currently and have a great looking product line up but it would be interesting to know who Mitsu owners might turn to for service if a poor business climate did cause them to leave.
#301 of 341 Re: 2010 Outlander [jonox]
Sep 16, 2010 (6:02 pm)
Even if they would leave US, they would be required by law to pass warranty responsibilities to other network of shops/dealers. But it is unlikely that they would leave one of the biggest car markets in the world.