Solid (dependable), handles well, not too exciting - extremely reliable
Regular wear and tear (keep in mind, I used it as a taxi).
- Ball joint.
- U-joint (only all wheel drive models have these).
- Wheel bearings.
- End links (connects sway bar to suspension)
- Brake pads.
The first week of ownership, I drove it up a black diamond ski run (the hill was closed at the time)... This vehicle is great in snow!
I bought this car new because I needed a reliable car for taxiing. It lived up to my expectations and did not cause any problems at all. Since most of the 148,000 km on this car (or 92,500 miles) were city driving, it is not surprising that I was required to change the above-mentioned parts. All these parts, with the exception of brake pads, only needed to be replaced after 100,000 km (62,500 miles). The brake pads went at about 75,000 km.
You really have to keep in mind that it was a taxi, carrying heavy people and luggage, constantly starting and stopping with hard cornering and acceleration to not waste time (time is money with a taxi). Not to mention the endless hours of idling the engine to stay warm/cool.
Also, where I live, the yearly inspections are extremely thorough and the parts mentioned above are expected to be in "as tight as new" shape. So I could have gotten away with not replacing them for longer had I lived elsewhere if I were not responsible for the safety of thousands of people (both passengers and other drivers/pedestrians/cyclists).
This car does not have great acceleration, but handles extremely well for an SUV (or CUV). As a taxi driver, safety came first when transporting customers, so I got really good winter tires for winter driving (Bridgestone Blizzak - highly recommended). I only got stuck once because I was lazy and did not shovel my driveway after working 14+ hours in a snow storm (I was one of the few taxis on the road). I got stuck only because the car was on top of the snow and the tires were no longer touching solid ground. I had to shovel the snow out from under the car and it dropped down every once in a while til it finally "landed".
This reminds me of one complaint - the only one I have with this car. Be very careful when stopping in slippery conditions (this may sound obvious). If the ABS kicks in, the car seems to have a hard time stopping. Luckily, I had the common sense to pull the emergency brake in close situations.
Other than that, I highly recommend this vehicle. It has treated me well. I have moved on from taxi driving to office work and am now enjoying my Outlander more. Now it's a just pleasure to drive as opposed to strictly business.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th August, 2010