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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander - Reliable?

I want to get 2015 - 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Gt. Is it a reliable? Can the engine last for along time

Reliable ? Just like all vehicles some are and some are not . Engine life ? Same deal , it might and it might not . No one can predict these things . That is why you pay a shop to inspect it to give you are better chance of spending your money wisely.

How well was it maintained by the previous owner ?
How hard was it driven by the previous owner ?

How well will you keep up on the maintenance ?
How hard will you drive it ?

What does the Consumer Reports Used Car Guide say?

I currently just have their new car guide in front of me but the 16 is just average with brakes,body hardware,paint worse than average and electronics as average. Slightly above average for minor engine problems.

Personally I probably see a hundred CRV’s or Rav4’s for every Outlander in town. But it’s now a 95 mile round trip to get to the nearest dealer.

Also, says CR, the 2015 was the last year of a design that started in 2014. It has a well below average reliability record. The current edition started in 2016; wolyrobb above gives its data.

The 2017 and 2018 have much better than average reliability. That could mean problems with the new 2016 design were worked out pretty well, pretty quickly. It could also mean the vehicle does not age well in the reliability aspect.

When the show was still on the air, the guys used that logic to suggest that an Accord was preferable to a Galant. Bear in mind that the reason you see more old CR-Vs and RAV4s is that Honda and Toyota sell more vehicles new. I’d be more concerned about access to parts. If there’s a Mitsubishi dealer reasonably close there shouldn’t be a problem.

For many of us, “reasonably close” might be problematic. Within ~20 miles from my house, there are dealerships for Lexus, Jaguar, Mercedes, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati, Land Rover and–of course–all of the more “plebeian” makes. The closest Mitsubishi dealership is at least 50 miles away, as a result of the closure of so many Mitsu dealerships.

“Reasonably close” is for the OP to decide. As long as he or his mechanic has access to a dealership-which, as you point out, he might not–he’ll be fine.

Even if there is a dealership reasonably close. What are the odds that the dealership will remain open for the foreseeable future. Mitsubishi has been scaling back it’s U.S. presence significantly over the past decade or so. I would not be shocked if they pull out of the U.S. market entirely sometime in the next decade.


The weakest point in these cars are the CVT transmission. The reliability records are not very valid IMO since they don’t sell enough of these cars. The only reason to buy one would be if you get a pretty good discount on one. Otherwise I would stick to the more popular makes/models.

So then the OP trades it in or otherwise gets rid of it, just like any other vehicle you can’t get parts for. The Mrs. had to replace a 92 Escort, which was not an obscure vehicle, because it needed a fuel rail Ford no longer made.

In that call Ray also felt that the Honda and Toyota’s held up better after 100,000 miles than the Mitsubishi’s he saw in the shop.

In my area, on a daily basis, I typically see more late-model Porsches and Teslas than Mitsubishis, and on some days I see more Maseratis than Mitsubishis.
When cars for the wealthy are outselling cars for “the masses”, it is not a promising sign for the company selling mass-market cars.

We may be remembering different shows. In the one I recall, he said, “You don’t see as many old Galants as you do old Accords.” There’s one obvious reason for that: In 2014, the last year the Mitsubishi Galant sold in significant numbers, Honda sold 388k Accords in the US while Mitsubishi sold 13k Galants. That’s about 30:1. It’s even worse when you compare the Galant to Toyota’s Camry, which sold 428k units, a ratio of 33:1! More to the point for the OP, in 2018, Honda sold 379k CR-Vs in the US while Mitsubishi sold fewer than 42k Outlanders, about 9:1. The same year, Toyota sold 427k RAV4s, a ratio of 10:1. Given those numbers, is it any wonder why you see fewer Outlanders on the road? Or Mitsubishis in general?

And you suppose it has NOTHING to do with the probability that an Accord or Camry is a better car than a Galant, and not only that, also holds its value better . . . ?!

An old Galant may be worth much less, and when a major repair is due, it might not make sense to repair it

See where I’m going . . .

I see where you’re going but I’m not sure it’s the right destination. An Accord or Camry might well be a “better” car–or it might not. The point I’m attempting to make is that sales figures affect how many of a particular car are on the road in 10 years.

There have also been domestic vehicles that were best sellers . . . yet they rapidly decreased in value and weren’t on the road very long in meaningful numbers

Sorry, but my mind is made up on this one :smiley:

I’m sure it is but here’s one more comparison. In 2012, Honda sold about 330k Accords. Meanwhile, BMW sold fewer than 100k 3 series (in subsequent years, the 3 and 4 series sales are lumped together). It stands to reason that today there ought to be fewer BMWs on the road than Hondas. Does that mean BMWs suck compared to Hondas? I wouldn’t think so.

No offense, but I don’t follow your logic at all. This is in regards to your latest post

Let’s just forget it . . . this appears to be going nowhere fast

I’m going to continue to recommend against buying that Mitsubishi Outlander that op was interested in

You can argue the opposite if you’d like to