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Used Mitsubishi Outlander review: 2006-2009

The Mitsubishi engines need regular servicing in the form of oil and filter changes to keep them in good health.

AS NEW

There wasn't a lot to like about the first Outlander, Mitsubishi's opening play in the booming compact SUV market. It wasn't that it was a bad car, it just plain ugly. Thankfully the second model, the ZG introduced in 2006, was much more appealing to the eye.

The company's stylists made a much better fist of the ZG than they did with the earlier model when they gave it a much more muscular andchiselled look. This one was a good looking unit.

The ZG Outlander boasted a larger footprint than its predecessor; it had a longer wheelbase and wider track, which became evident on the road with its poise and stability. In its base form it had a five-seat cabin, which was also bigger, and brighter than the old model; it also had a larger boot, which was accessed through a practical double tailgate.

If you needed more accommodation there was the option of seven seats with a third seat at the rear, but be warned it was only for kids, and tackers at that. The interior is nicely styled with an attractive dash, and an array of useful storage options in the form of cup holders, a centre console, and there was a choice of cloth and leather trim depending on the model you chose.

Keyless entry and start was standard on all but the base model. Two engines were offered, a 2.4-litre four-cylinder and a 3.0-litre V6. The four was no fireball in the weighty wagon, but the V6 had pretty decent performance if you were prepared to cop the fuel consumption that came with it.

A choice of automatic and CVT transmissions was offered, and the final drive was delivered via a new selectable all-wheel drive system, with which the driver could choose between 2WD, auto-AWD and 4WD lock. Electronic stability control became standard in 2007, making the later models more appealing from a safety perspective.

NOW

Mechanics tell us that the ZG Outlander doesn't have any serious flaws; in fact they say it's proving to be quite reliable. The engines, transmissions and drivelines all tend to be solid and give little, if any, trouble. Like all modern engines the Mitsubishi engines need regular servicing in the form of oil and filter changes to keep them in good health, so it's vital that you check for a service record. 

Beyond that there's little to be concerned about. The four-cylinder engine in the ZG has a timing chain so there's no need for servicing in that area as there is on engines with belts. The V6, on the other hand, does have a cam-timing belt and it requires changing at 105,000 km intervals.

There have been a few reports of water pump and thermo fan problems, but they're not widespread and nothing to be alarmed about at the moment. When road testing a car equipped with the CVT transmission prior to purchase carefully listen for any odd noises coming from the transmission and note any shuddering or hesitation on take-off, or vibrations while underway.

While CVTs are likely to be more common in the future because of their fuel consumption benefits they are still something of an unknown quantity and there have been a number of costly issues with them, although not necessarily in Mitsubishi vehicles. Inspect for uneven tyre wear, which if found, could indicate a wheel alignment is needed. Also check for evidence of off-road use, although it's fair to say that most Outlanders never leave the blacktop.

SMITHY SAYS

A solid and reliable all-rounder that's worth considering for family transport. 4 stars

Mitsubishi Outlander ZG 2006-2009

Price new: $31,990 to $44,490
Engines: 2.4-litre 4-cyl petrol, 125 kW/226 Nm; 3.0-litre V6, 162kW/276Nm
Transmissions: 6-speed auto, 6-speed CVT, 4WD
Economy: 9.5 L/100 km (2.4L), 10.9 L/100 km (V6)
Body: 4-door wagon
Variants: LS, XLS, VR, VR-X
Safety: 4-star ANCAP


 

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2009 $5,500 $13,310
2008 $4,400 $12,870
2007 $3,700 $11,440
2006 $2,800 $7,040

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Pricing guides

$7,499
Based on 32 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$3,999
Highest Price
$11,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Activ 2.4L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $3,100 – 5,280 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander 2006 Activ Pricing and Specs
LS 2.4L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $2,800 – 4,840 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander 2006 LS Pricing and Specs
VR 3.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $3,900 – 6,270 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander 2006 VR Pricing and Specs
VR-X 3.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $4,400 – 7,040 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander 2006 VR-X Pricing and Specs
Graham Smith
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