Regular or Severe Service? - 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Regular or Severe Service?

November 18, 2010


As editor Erin noted, the "Routine Maintenance Required" message popped up during her trip to Vegas in our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander. So out of curiosity I looked up what sort of service our Mitsu was requiring.

According to the Edmunds Maintenance Guide, we should have gotten the Mitsu serviced earlier at the 7,500-mile mark. We were at about 8,500 when the messaged popped up. But looks like we're just due for an oil and filter change as well as wheel/tire rotation.

However, just for the heck of it, I checked the list of conditions of whether our Mitsu should follow the regular or severe service schedule. Since we live in sunny SoCal, don't use our Outlander for towing and don't really drive up mountains, I figured we're good to go with the regular schedule but...

Looking at this list on Mitsubishi's Owners site a couple of conditions gave me pause.

  • 50% of driving is done in heavy city traffic during hot weather.
  • Extensive idling and/or low speed operations (stop-and-go traffic).
  • Extended use of brakes while driving (stop-and-go traffic).
  • Repeated short trips with engine not fully warmed up, especially in freezing temperatures.
  • Dusty, rough, muddy, sandy, or salt-spread roads.
  • Vehicle is used for towing.

I'd say our Outlander has to deal with the second and third ones on a regular basis, but then does that mean every Angeleno has to follow the severe schedule?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 8,916 miles

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