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I bought my '04 outlander & enjoying it for 7yrs now! I did all the scheduled maintenance myself(oil and filter changed every 3000, air filter, brake pads, and fluid checks, & using fuel and engine cleaner/treatment additive often to keep the engine new) never had any mechanical problems! I replaced the battery once but that's just normal. The engine is strong and transmission feels like new & 1st ride always. The 1st smog result is like never been driven! WOW! I AM telling you about it! GET 1
Pros: Interior comfort.
Cons: Doesn't have automatic climate control.
Advice: Spend the extra and get the XLS AWD version - it is worth it.I purchased my 2004 XLS AWD on New Year's Eve and have already put 7,000 miles on it! It is the best vehicle that I have driven in a long time. AWD made a huge difference this winter in the snow, as I drive long distances each day. And the heated leather seats aren't too bad either! A very sound vehicle on the highway that loves to be driven at 80 mph.
Pros: Body design and front grill. Back hatch is very easy to open.
Cons: Factory stereo system.
Advice: Try this one. You'll be impressed.It is quite a peppy little SUV. Very cute. Unique. Everyone on the road right now drives a CR-V. The front grill design makes this one stick out in the crowd. Resale isn't as nice as the Honda, but I don't care because I plan on owning this for several years. Back hatch is much lighter to open that the CR-V. Great for loading baby gear. Leary about buying a Japanese-made car. I traded off a Ford Mustang convertible for this cutie because of the baby. No regrets.
Pros: waranty and styling
Cons: uncomfortable interior and engine noise
Advice: definatly test drive other cars in same class before buyingits not so much that this is a poor quality vechile at first glance or test drive,so much as it compares rather poorly to its competitors such as the honda crv.after test driving the outlander first and being ready to buy on appearances alone,i test drove the crv and realized what a huge diffrence there is in road handling,smoothness and over all quality of the materials inside the car.the crv was much quiter and deffinatly worth the extra money.i decided to pass on the styling and the long warranty and chose comfort and quality instead.
Pros: Style, comfort, and the Sun & Sound package
Cons: A bigger fuel tank would be nice!
Advice: Try the Outlander first and then test drive the competition. You'll fall for the Outlander in no time!I test drove the Outlander first without knowing anything about it. We were hesitant to buy Mitsubishi, so I test drove the Xterra, Rav4, Libety, and Ford Explorer Sport. None of them compared to the Outlander! I ended up purchasing the 2004 Outlander XLS with the sun & sound package and I absolutely love it. What's even better is it stands out from all the Rav4's, Xterra's, and Liberty's on the road. Check it out - you won't be disappointed.
Pros: Sportronic transmission
Cons: Door side pockets a little to narrow.
Advice: Have salesman explain sportronic transmission & use it in traffic on test drive.We drove two other popular models - Toyota Rav4 & Subaru Outback before purchasing the Mitsubishi Outlander. While all the vehicles were nice it seemed that the Mitsubishi slightly beat them in every catagory we considered important. The Outlander was much quieter when driving,especially then the Rav4, it had more power then both & the interior layout gave it much more space & comfort, the ride was much smoother also. The best feature though, was the Sportronic transmission which we use in the city for more rapid acceleration plus you can slow the vehicle down using the engine instead of the brakes. Great idea that works perfectly! While other cars might have more re-sale value that it not our primary reason to purchase a particular brand. We plan on keeping our Mitsubishi for a long time. Try it first, before you buy anything else.
Pros: Interior and exterior design/appearance.
Cons: Limited rear cargo area
Advice: Test drive it. Try accelerating quickly, you won't be dissappointed!I bought the Outlander a month ago and absolutely love it. The roadways around here are polluted with Rav4s and CR-Vs and it is so cool driving my much better looking Outlander around and having so many people ask about it. My AWD Outlander handles great , has more than enough power, and the interior is practical and stylish. I cannot say enough about the quality of this car!