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#116 of 127 Outlander parts from Japan and Australia
Mar 31, 2012 (7:12 am)
There are many OEM parts (accessories, options, and parts) that now can be ordered from the USA directly from Japan. I assume many members have the money to buy, but are unable to order / buy them in the USA market. Usually dealers (part departments) are reluctant to help.
Here is a tentative way to get stuff for your Outlander from Japan:
1- Download the latest catalogue (PDF file) of the Outlander in Japan. Ways to do this have been given in this forum (There are 2-files. One file is concerned with the Outlander itself and the second file is concerned with accessories and options)
2- Part numbers in the Japanese PDF file have the same format as in the US, easy to read and the prices are in yens. Approximately 100 yens is one US dollar
3- Access web page: nst-auto.com/outlander. The page is in Japanese but use google translate to have the page in English. You may order on line but you can request your stuff by telephone, as I did.
4- If you decide to phone introduce yourself and ask for the item or items you would like to order (i.e. part numbers)
5- Give your personal data and address in the US where the goods are going to be sent. Better ask for an email address where you can write an email text with all your stuff.
6- You will be given the price of the product and price of shipping (usually air) to your home
7- If you agree, He/she will ask for your Debit/Credit card details
8- Your goods will arrive to your home in 2-weeks or less
Part number MZ531375 (mudflaps) and 2-japanese oil filter (MD360935) have arrived at my home from Japan for my 2012 Outlander GT.
Equally, you may order from Australia some stuff. For example Mitsubishi Australia accessories catalogue exhibit front seat (MR935441) and rear seat (MR935442) cover kits that appear they are not sold in any other place on the planet. The seat cover has the logo of Outlander scribbled on it. I think they are cute. Furthermore, they also sell One-touch sunshade (MZ518059EX) that fit neatly on the Outlander interior windscreen.
You may access carpenterautomotive.com.au and fill a request part form online. You may telephone there and ask to talk with the part department man. The process to order and payment is similar to the Japanese order.
I have seen also a Mitsubishi windshield-banner-decal 4” x 38” ($15) at which in my opinion gives the Outlander a very nice distinction that features the perception of robustness of a rally car. Although this is not to everybody’s taste I will definitely order one. Access the eBay (USA) web page and enter in the search field: Mitsubishi windshield-banner-decal 4” x 38”. The banner can be ordered from a sample of 5-colors. You may pay with your PayPal facilities.
#117 of 127 Re: 2.5 year ownership report [fushigi]
Jun 10, 2012 (8:12 am)
I bought my '10 Outlander GT in December '09 so it is now 2.5 years or 30 months old.
Lifetime fuel economy: 21.2 MPG
Total repair cost: insurance deductible for a replacement windshield
Maintenance: oil changes every 6 months, tire rotations every year, and I previously mentioned replacing the air filter with a K&N (which I do to save money, not for better power/economy)
The next oil change will be on Tuesday. That will also include the "30K maintenance" work since the book notes it as 24 months or 30K miles. I'm in between that: shorter 24K miles but longer 30 months so I figured I'd do it now to make sure the warranty is maintained in case I need it later on. With the added work this maintenance will be the first one to top $100.
There's really nothing new to report. Everything works. It hauls my cargo. The heat & heated seats kept up with an admittedly mild Chicagoland winter and the AC is keeping up just fine with our 90+ degree days in late spring/early summer.
The P0 error I mentioned in my previous update has not recurred.
I work from home mostly so the miles aren't piling on very fast.
We visit friends in far-suburban-Chicago and with the roads & traffic we wind up maintaining 40-45 MPH speeds. At that speed the instant economy gauge floats between 30 & 50 MPG. Too bad I'm generally too impatient to drive that slow for long stretches.
While I maintain strong interest in the plug-in hybrid Outlander that Mitsu is promising to release here in 2013, truth be told I don't see myself upgrading this car anytime soon unless my commute changes. I already sometimes go 3 weeks or more between fillups and because my miles driven is low, that aspect of operating cost is insignificant compared to the payment. And a hybrid/plug-in certainly isn't going to help on that front.
#118 of 127 GT roof rack
Jun 18, 2012 (3:14 pm)
Does anyone know why the GT doesn't come with the roof rack standard like the lower models.
Instead it says Thule plug in mount point but does not explain how it works or how much.
How difficult is it to install or uninstall the roof cross bars on the GT? I won't use it all the time but want to know the difference between the GT/Thule system and the SE side rails where you throw the mitsu cross bar ($250) on.
#119 of 127 Re: noeffectx... [fushigi]
Nov 13, 2012 (1:01 am)
Did you install the OEM tow hitch (#MZ313809) yourself or was it installed by a Mitsubishi technician?
I have ordered the part and it is very heavy. The installation instructions imply taking off the exhaust and the gas emission canister before assembling the tow hitch.
If you did the installation job could you provide some hints of how to do it without lifting the car with a hydraulic ramp? Is it possible to do the job with my back on the floor and the car lifted with jacks?
Also is it still possible to access the spare tire easily when the tow hitch is in place?
Help much appreciated.
#120 of 127 Re: noeffectx... [batman47]
Nov 14, 2012 (7:38 am)
I haven't followed the changes in Outlanders over the years, but installing the factory tow hitch on my 2007 was no big deal and the spare tire lowers just fine with that hitch. I don't remember jacking it up off the ground either. I think I used a floor jack to hold it up in position while I fastened the frame bolts.
#121 of 127 Re: GT roof rack [fastgst]
Nov 14, 2012 (4:14 pm)
I bought and installed the OEM Roof Rack Kit (MZ314455 $300, GT).
You will have to follow the installation instructions step by step. The kit comes without the paint protection film, so you need to buy it separately. The part number for this item is not easily available so I bought a 3M paint protection tape/film for the occasion.
My wife helped me to follow the instructions carefully. There are 4-keys that need to be inserted in the right order at the end of the procedure to click nicely. We spent a bit of time here to fit the keys in their proper order.
The installation of a Yakima roof box was straightforward.
#122 of 127 Re: noeffectx... [comem47]
Nov 14, 2012 (4:52 pm)
The OEM tow hitch is still applicable for the Outlander 2007-2012.
The steps of the installation instructions are as follow:
1-Unscrew the 3-bolts that join the muffler to the rear exhaust pipe
2-Detach the exhaust muffler from its rubber holders (2 of 3)
3-Detach the gas emission canister situated at the left rear of the car
4-Install the tow hitch class II by screwing 10-bolts (5-each side) . Torque to specifications
5-Connect the 2-rubber muffler holders
6-Attach the muffler to the exhaust pipe (3-bolts). Torque to specification
7-Attach the emission canister back to its place (3-bolts). Torque to specification.
8-Plug the 2.5”drawbar in the hitch receiver
The above, in my opinion, does not look an easy task especially when the tow hitch weight is around 80 pounds and without help to hold one side while working with the other. Thanks anyway for your comments.
#123 of 127 Love a Toyota
Nov 15, 2012 (5:22 am)
Majority of US drivers love to own a Toyota car and this is fully impregnate in the mind of the Americans in spite of the fact of so many re-calls for faulty Toyota car models. We Americans still keep buying Toyota cars. This is the last re-call:
“Toyota Wednesday November 14th, 2012 said it will recall 2.77 million vehicles worldwide due to steering wheel and water pump defects”
You see in this forum people asking you not to buy Mitsubishi cars because paint chips problems due to flying stones.
#124 of 127 Re: noeffectx... [batman47]
Nov 15, 2012 (7:18 am)
Well this is all from memory but my tow hitch was class 3 (not 2) and I seem to remember 3 frame bolts per side as per the video below. The one I have has the factory S shaped ball. (not well thought out IMHO) There was also a wiring harness to be installed for the trailer lights plug. 80 lbs doesn't sound right and this installation tech hardly looks like a bodybuilder type doing the install solo. (I believe I used floor jack to assist in some way but he rests one side on the muffler)
#125 of 127 Re: noeffectx... [comem47]
Nov 15, 2012 (1:25 pm)
Most probably the trailer hitch you installed in your car was not the OEM (#MZ313809). My trailer hitch was ordered from a Mitsubishi dealer that will fit neatly to my Outlander GT 2012. The total weight of the box is 75 pounds (included the drawbar & ball).
You may see the Outlander trailer hitch (not the Sport Outlander) at:
The trailer hitch for the Outlander Sport is Type III.
This may be the main reason that your installation instructions do not match those of the OEM trailer hitch which accompany the OEM trailer hitch box. The video you show is for an aftermarket trailer hitch, which does not require to unscrew (3-bolts) that join the exhaust muffler from the exhaust pipe.
After market trailer hitch is useful when there is no way to unscrew the muffler from the exhaust pipe due to the fact that the 3-bolts are practically welded (heat) to the joint (muffler + exhaust pipe). I think that after 3-years this separation is not possible. The muffler can be separated just by cutting or drilling the bolts.