Last post on Jul 24, 2010 at 12:55 PM
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Mitsubishi Outlander, SUV
#4 of 13 Re: [qdogg29]
Jun 28, 2010 (12:52 pm)
for me it was an easy decision up front. I bought my V6 2007 LS 4X4 with a low finance rate over 4 yrs. I always drive my cars into the ground (several years use anyway) and figured the Mitsu warranty matched up nicely. I believe the user manual says the timing belt calls for a change at 106K -which works out nice for the 10yr/100k power train warranty. I didn't know the V6 changed to a chain (a bit surprised.) I got the Sight and Sound package figuring I'd have good sound over the life of the vehicle. (As I've said many times I love the RF sound, but hate the red LED display that can't be read in daylight...teach me next time when to view radio packages!!!) So far no cost to me. I had the recall on the brake switch and replacement of a front strut for a broken spring at around 20K miles (it suddenly was pulling to one side and making noises over bumps when I went out one morning) Service was great with dealer courtesy van ride from/to when I had to leave it for the overnight part shipment of the strut. (initially thought maybe the tie rod bent on a pothole or some such and the Tech found the defective spring instead.)
#5 of 13 Re: [qdogg29]
Jun 28, 2010 (1:38 pm)
To put your mind at ease I'd suggest test driving the 2010 I4 to see if you could live with it. After all, in vehicles with both 4 & 6 cyl options, usually 80-90% of the sales are I4s. They are adequately powered. Of course, adequate probably won't be exciting but I4 engines do have benefits, including they use less gas and overall are a little cheaper to maintain.
In the long run, though, I think the better solution is to buy your current car, maintain it well, and run it for at least two years after it's paid off. During those two years, keep making payments but make them to a savings account and when you're ready for the 2017 Outlander you'll have a decent down payment saved up with no budget hardship.
#6 of 13 Re: [comem47]
Jun 28, 2010 (1:49 pm)
Hmm, I may be wrong on the timing belt. I'll have to check my manual but the Edmunds maintenance guide is showing a replacement at 105K. If that's the case I'll be mildly annoyed as I thought it had a chain. But at least the replacement interval is nearly twice that of my Galant, which wanted a new one every 60K.
As to the LED display, I hear you. I've seen that disp[lay in the Lancer and wasn't too overly fond of it. Seemed functional but a bit busy. My GT has the navi so the LEDs are replaced with a screen (pics 2, 9, and 11 at http://www.mitsubishicars.com/MMNA/jsp/outlander/10/index.do?loc=en-us#/?page=in- terior_gallery ). The RF stereo is awesome. It's the first factory unit I've heard where I actually can't stand it with the volume all the way up.
I also drive mine into the ground. Cars are an expense, not an investment, so it's best to get the most out of them before you move on to the next great thing.
BTW, does the '07 require or just recommend Premium? On the '10 it's recommended but not required so I burn midgrade.
My dealer offers courtesy rides if I can't stay wait while a service is performed, including just for oil changes. But they now have free WiFi so I just bring my laptop for short stays.
Jun 28, 2010 (2:35 pm)
Thanks for the responses! As far as I'm concerned, premium is not recommended with my V6, well, at the very least, I know that regular is fine. I'm leaning heavily towards buying my car out of the lease. Although it would be nice to have clean seats for a change, but I can't imagine a periodic shampooing would be that costly. My car also smells faintly of Beer, McDonalds, and BO, and some weirdo at the gas station with a stethoscope slung around his neck admonished me that car trees are carcinogenic. A red '10 looks mighty stylish, but I can't harp on trifling matters, all things considered.
#8 of 13 Re: [qdogg29]
Jun 28, 2010 (9:21 pm)
I believe the change to recommend premium on the V6 is only since the power increase of the 2010. I know my '07 is regular and using premium gains you nothing (as opposed to with the '10 you can run regular, but lose some HP when doing that).Yup, I put up with the LED display for the sound quality of the RF sound system. I rarely crank it up, but appreciate the very clean base of the sub-woofer (vs very boomy of some speaker systems). My '07 is just right for me in the big picture trade off (price paid and features for an economical V6 4X4 that I can live with for several more years and a warranty that won't expire till way past my loan payoff date)
#9 of 13 Re: [comem47]
Jun 29, 2010 (3:30 am)
ooops make that bass, not base. (funny how the fingers type one thing while thinking another altogether as our brains age to mush!!!)
#10 of 13 Re: [comem47]
Jun 29, 2010 (7:39 am)
All your bass are belong to us.
I proofread my posts but things like that still get through on occasion.
#11 of 13 Re: [qdogg29]
Jun 29, 2010 (7:49 am)
Give your interior a good cleaning. Use upholstery shampoo. You can get some in a can that has a scrub brush on the lid. That'll work on the seats. Spot Shot ( http://www.spotshot.com/ ) might get up stains that the upholstery cleaner can't; we use it and it works wonders for pet accidents & spilled drinks. For the carpets & mats, a portable carpet cleaner like the Green Machine ( http://www.bissell.com/little-green-deep-cleaner/ ) does wonders. Buy it or something similar. You can use it on indoor carpet stains & to clean other stuff so it's got a lot of uses beyond the car. Again, use Spot Shot on what the shampooer misses. Once everything's dry, use some Febreeze to get remaining odors.
Clean the doors, dash, and hard surfaces as well. You can buy fancy cleaners but in the end Windex + a couple of rags will probably do everything you need. Plastic absorbs smells so just cleaning your upholstery & carpets might not get everything. Besides, I'm sure there's dirt on the center console & window edges where you rest your arms. There always is on my cars after a while.
After a thorough cleaning, you'll feel good about your car again. It won't feel so much like you've been living in it the past three years and should make it easier to live with the decision to keep it.
Of course, you can pay a shop to detail it for you but they don't have a vested interest in doing as complete a job as you would yourself. And there's a sense of satisfaction from doing it yourself that will bolster your "pride in your ride".
Jul 24, 2010 (12:55 pm)
I can relate to that Seinfeld clip. A few years back I used to pass a hippie looking guy hitchhiking as I went to work every day. One day in the summer it was raining and I felt sorry for him walking in the rain, looking bummed, with his finger out.
I had a standard cab Ranger at the time, I picked him up, the BO was so bad it was intolerable. I drove him maybe a mile, told him I had to go the other way, and dropped him off. My truck stunk for days, my wife and I finially scubbed the interior to get the odor out.