Mitsubishi Outlander 2005: The Weekly Driver Review

Written by James Raia

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For all of its less-than-spectacular features,repparttar Outlander rebounds in several areas.

Fromrepparttar 102743 driver's seat, visibility is good. The vehicle's leather seats are comfortable and front and rear seat access is spacious. Despiterepparttar 102744 Outlander's compact SUV status, there's plenty of cargo space behindrepparttar 102745 rear seat. Andrepparttar 102746 rear lift gate is nicely designed and functions with ease.

The Outlander's best feature, though, is its vast array of standard features, particularly inrepparttar 102747 limited edition. Consider: air-conditioning, cruise control a 210-watt Infinity AM/FM stereo (six-disc CD and MP3 features), power doors, windows and sunroof, remote keyless entry, leather seats, heated front seats, a 10-way adjustable driver's seat, dual visor vanity mirrors, integrated fog lights, a nicely designed roof rail, a 60-40 split reclining rear seatback and daytime running lamps.

Still,repparttar 102748 Outlander doesn't haverepparttar 102749 workmanship of other vehicles in its class and its resale value can't matchrepparttar 102750 more well-recognized SUVs offered by Ford, Honda and Subaru. Further,repparttar 102751 Outlander is an SUV with an underpowered engine. Isn't that a contradiction?

2005 Mitsubishi Outlander

Safety features -- Dual front and front side airbags, antilock brakes, daytime running lamps.

Fuel Mileage (estimates) -- 21 mpg (city), 25 mpg (highway).

Warranty -- Bumper to bumper, 5 years/60,000 miles; Powertrain, 10 years/100,000 miles; Corrosion, 7 years/100,000 miles; Roadside assistance, 5 years, unlimited miles.

Base price range -- $25,179.00.

James Raia, a journalist in Sacramento, Calif., syndicates the column, The Weekly Driver Review and is co-author of the e-book How To Buy A Car Without Getting Ripped Off

Recreational Vehicle Buyers Guide

Written by Jason Odom

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Mechanical Leaks - Look for ANY signs of leaks, particularly from Automatic Transmissions. Some Allison transmissions used in diesel motor homes have wimpy front seals and leak constantly whenrepparttar transmission gets too hot. Don't buy an RV with a leaky transmission. A replacement Allison can cost $3,000 parts and labor to replace. Leaking brake components or hydraulic systems can be expensive to repair also.

Leaky radiators can be expensive to repair or replace on larger coaches especially ifrepparttar 102742 labor to pull them involves pulling a lot of other items. Same goes for leaky dash air-conditioning systems.

Body Style - Check outrepparttar 102743 visibility differences. The entrance door positions vary as well. The rear pusher buses offer a quieter ride. Fifth Wheels usually do not have flat foors inside and almost universally offerrepparttar 102744 "split level".

Transmissions - Get an automatic unless you really likerepparttar 102745 absolute control of a standard and never intend to resell it. Standard shifts are MUCH harder to sell as conversions because retirees arerepparttar 102746 most common motor home buyers and they don't like to shift. Allison makesrepparttar 102747 best transmission systems inrepparttar 102748 world. Many older gas RV's were mated to inferior transmissions that just cannot handlerepparttar 102749 extra weight and pull issue.

Some RV's have engine/transmission setups that are so underpowered you will never be able to afford to use them. These transmissions are forever blowing seals, leaking, overheating, and breaking down. Buy a replacement transmission and guess what? Your only option may be a rebuilt version ofrepparttar 102750 problematic transmission you already own.

Engine - If you are going to be traveling through mountainous areas regularly getrepparttar 102751 biggest engine you can afford. There is NO substitute for size (raw cubic inches) I don't care whatrepparttar 102752 ads say. My car has a 440 in it. Why would you buy a 34' RV with a 318 in it? Check carefully how many miles onrepparttar 102753 engine or sincerepparttar 102754 engine rebuild. Gas engines last about 60 -100,000 miles, depending on whether they are driven stop and go inrepparttar 102755 mountains or over long stretches of flat highway. Diesels can often approach 200,000 miles before needing much of anything with proper maintenance.

If economy is a major concern, look for a good affordable coach with a great miserly engine/transmission combination. I bought such a coach with a Cummins 190 HP 6 cylinder diesel engine mated to an Allison 4 speed automatic transmission. Overrepparttar 102756 course of our 31 day, 7,980 mile trip, in mixed traffic, tough mountain and city driving, we averaged 10.6 MPG in our 34 foot fully loaded class A liveaboard coach with 4 people and 2 kayaks.

NOTE: After evaluatingrepparttar 102757 information above on SPECIFIC issues related to this particular platform you may findrepparttar 102758 prepurchase checklist found at helpful. It covers GENERAL issues you should be aware of for ALL platforms. It will serve as a very valuable resource to assist you in evaluating a bus, motor home, or RV for purchase. Take a copy of it with you when shopping.

Jason Odom wrote as a complete website full of bus and Rv buying information including the advantages and disadvantages of each type, make and model. Jason Odom has 14 Years in the business of assisting people in finding the Bus or RV that meets their needs.

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