2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Consumer Review: CVT sucks

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander - Consumer Review

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SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)

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CVT sucks
By germanwolf41 on


2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT)


My CVT transmission seized at 137,500 miles.
NO mention to change the fluid in the owners manual, just check fluid every 30k miles.
Mitsubishi also fails to tell you they expect you to have the MIVEC motor valves to be adjusted every 30k miles (a $400-ish job)
Due to limited Mitsubishi dealers I'd advise against buying any Mitsubishi.
Also, the CVT fluid is $19.50 per quart, 6qt roughly to change fluid once.
The ONLY place you can get the Diaqueen J4 tranny fluid IS at Mitsubishi.
NOT worth the hassle.
Odd size for the 18" wheels, hard to find & expensive to replace tires. Only 4 choices

Best Features

Decent mileage for such a big vehicle, nice interior, nice stereo, nice exterior look

Worst Features

add 2nd hood latch (1 on each side), hood flexes bad when on highway, ditch CVT, offer manual tranny, 3rd row is chinsy, keep the split rear hatch (the flip down part is neat)
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By a1owner
on 02/15/14 12:07 PM (PST)

I'm curious, how did you put 137,500 miles on this car in one year? That's a little less than 400 miles everyday for a whole year, Sunday's, Saturday, 4-5 hours on the freeway everyday, or many mores hours a day driving at variable speeds (different road types). The next question I have are you blaming the owners manual for not telling you to change your transmission fluid before 137,500 miles?

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