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Date Registered: 07-2008
Location: Perth, WA
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Congratulations Chris - I hope to pick mine up next Wed. Delay due to a few extras that have to be fitted including an integrated satnav/DVD/bluetooth Kenwood system. I am also having the driving light harness fitted & when I asked the dealer if he would mount my Cibies, he promptly said that will be another $110. I'll do it myself! Vehicle broker I used though has been excellent - all paperwork including rego, insurance finalised & I have not had any bugging phone calls from dealers.

Maybe we can catch up and compare notes once you get yours.

John

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Date Registered: 07-2008
Location: Victoria Park, WA, AU
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Thanks John, although it's still not a certainty yet, but pretty close. Going to take some of the competition for a spin tomorrow, but we really want a diesel car, and Japanese or Euro made... which pretty much leaves the X-trail, Tiguan and Suziki GV. Tiguan is too small, and has a space saver tire, and the Suziki TD GV is constantly rated poorly by most reviewers.

Going to take the Outlander and Forrester for a spin tomorrow, but both are petrol of course which means that they'll have to be extra specially good to beat the TL X-trail.

<rant> Sorry, what is it with all these car makers (Nissan excluded), selling 4wd cars that have space saver tires? Mitsubishi, VW should be slamed for selling a 4wd with a space saver.. whats the point? </rant>

Is the Sat Nav system an option, or an aftermarket product?

Definitely, if(when) we get ours, would love to catch up and compare.... I think our car will be pretty much stock for awhile, probably add bits and pieces as we go.

Cheers,

Chris.



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Date Registered: 07-2008
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Full Goauto review...

Goauto

Cheers,

Chris.


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The satnav/dvd/rev camera/bluetooth and some controls integrated back to the steering wheel is a Kenwood unit - not cheap but I spend a lot of time on the road.

I agree with the space saver tyre - rubbish. With my VW Bora V6, they reckon they had to fit a space saver because of the Haldex 4WD system - I ended up purchasing a spare full size rim/tyre for country trips.

The bash plate has arrived - thanks Jalal so cannot wait now to take delivery of the vehicle.

Had a chat with the dealer today and asked him about running in of the diesel and he mentioned no heavy loads/towing for the first 1,000kms but country cruising at 110km/hr is OK. However he mentioned a 1,000km service which perhaps someone can let me know whether being a diesel is essential - i think an oil change at about 7,500 should be fine.

John

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Good and detailed review there Chris. Thanks for the link.

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Date Registered: 07-2008
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No worries, thought you might like that one....

If I find any more, I'll post them up.

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No worries Chris.

I see that you and John are still posting replies in the other review, which is good and I like the way you both are responding, especially this comment by John:

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Realise the limitations and enjoy the capability.



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I still can't post a reply on that website and am not sure why emoticon

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Date Registered: 07-2008
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Yep, got to have my two cents worth..

The one problem with Car advice is that there are a few "know it alls" on there that really don't know it all...

Doesn't matter what the review or news is, you'll always get someone on there saying "that cars crap" or "only fords are good..."

Still it's a good site, and most of the people on there are fine.

Have you tried removing the link to AusXtrail in your post?

Cheers,

Chris.


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I forgot to mention that a Mitsubishi contact mentioned to me that the Outlander will be out in diesel soon. However having driven a friend's Outlander (2.4 CVT), I think the Xtrail has a better driving position, though the Outlander acquitted itself pretty well. It also has reasonably good third row seating and a flip down section of the rear tailgate, which reminded me of my old XC Falcon days. Not sure if a manual will be available.

John

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Thanks for that John, might do some research.... did you contact say when by any chance?

Drove the Outlander VRX and Forrester XS today. Outlander wasn't bad, had lots of power and was a nice ride but was missing one critical thing, WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor), the misses didn't like it very much... she reckoned it was tinny and cheap looking inside (she's right).
I really like the rear tailgate of the outlander...
The outlander VRX are 50K, and depreciate like buckleys... Theres a 2007 VRX lux model, at John Hughes Mitsubishi for 40K, done 23,000Kms... that 20% in one year!

Forrester was ok, but the manual gearbox is pretty crap compared to the X-trail, it was really notchy. Also the engine really lacked any grunt and was quite noisy. Still, the ride and handling were nice. Almost drove like my Mazda 3, except for nippyness of the 3.

I think we've pretty much decided now on the X-Trail. Probably will go the TL man, but we will take the TI out to compare the petrol vs the diesel.

Cheers,

Chris.



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2008 TL Manual Precision Grey
Nudge Bar, Roof Bars, Tow Bar, Parking Sensors, Cargo Tray, Rubber Mats, Tint, Paint Protection, Rust Protection, Leather Protection, and a scratch from some w**ker in the IKEA car park..
:(:(
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