Recently I found out that the Outlander PHEV is apparently not made to use offroad. Not even on grass.
The problem began when I found myself on a grassy and very wet spot. So in order not to get stuck I pressed the “Twin motor 4WD Lock” button and turn off the Traction control. And could without a problem drive out of it, creating a bit of mud flying. I though, what a great car, I’m never gonna get stuck again.
Then the burning smell came. Faint at first, but after a while it smelled as if someone was right beside the car burning leaves and grass. So I stopped and got out of the car. And noticed that there was smoke coming from the other side of the car. I went round and this is what I saw.
There was something burning under the car. So right after this I got into the car and remembered that I had passed a big pool of water. As it was pouring down outside and everything was soaking wet. I managed to put the fire out.
But the burning smell returned, as there was some mud and grass stuck on the exhaust, right behind the right wheel.
I was of course curious of why this could happen. There seems to be a design fault with the fitting of the battery pack. The battery is placed in the middle, and the exhaust takes quite a steep turn very early and is placed very close to the right wheel arch. To adress the problem of mud or other things hitting the exhaust the have fitted a 5 cm tall piece of rubber here. Obviously this does not work very well.
When I asked Mitsubishi if this was normal, and if they could not fix this by fitting better mudguards, they replied “It is normal that mud gets on the exhaust and getting a bit warm, this car is not meant to be driving on that kind of ground.”
So the Outlander PHEV 4wd Suv is not meant to be Off-road. Or even on grass or mud, as it could risk catching fire..
This upset me a bit as the dealer billed me about 100 € for this information.
Now the second problem and the reason I am writing this post. About 2 weeks ago the heat just disappeared in the car. This was annoying at first but as it is getting colder here in Sweden it became more than an annoyance. I went to a local Mitsubishi dealer and after an examination it appeared that the electric water pump had died. This was strange as the car was 2 months old.
So they would order the new parts and fix the car the next week, this thursday. Today they called telling me that the part has been replaced by a new article number, and that part is not in stock and won’t be available in a couple of weeks.
My questions are, what am I going to do with a new car that I can’t use. And why has the part been replaced by a newer one. Was there something wrong with the old one, and why was this new part not fitted to the car before selling it to me?
I have asked Mitsubishi the same questions and are waiting for their reply.