2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Going the Distance
June 27, 2011
Somewhere past Grapevine traveling southbound to LA...
"How many miles till 20?" I ask Senior Video Specialist John Adolph from the passenger seat. "We got about another 17 miles or so." There is silence. We've been traveling in the car for eight hours so far that day. The day before we had done 10 hours. We're a little brain dead and tired.
"So what do you think about the Dodgers going bankrupt?" I ask John, a die-hard blue blood. John is a little mad about the situation. We talk for a while until "CRAP!" John exclaimed as he looks closely at the instrument panel. "We're at 15 over!"
We searched for a safe place to pull over, about another three miles down the road. We're a little worn out, so I guess it's forgivable. And to be honest, the Outlander hasn't helped much.
It's getting warm in SoCal, so from the moment we left from Johns house in Glendale we'd been pumping the AC. Except it wasn't blowing cold. We had it on max and it blew lukewarm. It was only 88 degrees out, so it wasn't like it was being overwhelmed. It seems awfully suspicious for a recharge to be necessary under 20k. We did notice on the way back, when it was much warmer than 88 degrees out, that if we lowered the fan, by a lot, it did blow noticeably cooler. Just not the 64 we had asked for.
Also, we got the dead butt. The kind of uncomfortable feeling you get on your back side from sitting in an uncomfortable seat for too long. We started squirming a little over an hour into the drives. Not the best comfort or support.
On the whole I'm still a fan of the Outlander. I think I'm being fairly critical on the Outlander now because I was uncomfortable over the long haul. Maybe there is something up with the AC so that might be forgivable, but now I know the seats aren't the best for road trips. Next road trip I think I might try for one of our minivans.
Scott Jacobs, Sr Mgr, Photography