Check Out These 5 Things to Do in Bartlett This Fall

There are plenty of ways to spend your free time this season, right here in Bartlett, Illinois. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or a food-lover, your options are endless. To give you some ideas, here’s a short list of 5 things to do in Bartlett this fall:

  • Go to the Park – With the leaves turning shades of red and orange and the weather still warm enough, there’s no better time of year than fall to enjoy your local park. Break a chair, a book, and a snack, and simply relax.
  • Kickstand Classic Bike Race – This bike race is for bikers of all ages using any type of bike. The race itself will cover 19 miles and will be followed up by a festival. For more information, visit the official website.
  • Go to a Pumpkin Patch – As Halloween approaches, it’s time to go to your local pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin! Be sure to carve it safely with the appropriate tools and you’re sure to have a spooky good time.
  • Dine-Around for the Arts – This event offers you an opportunity to eat great food while giving back to Arts in Bartlett. What more could you ask for? See here for more information.
  • Prepare Your Car for Winter – Lastly, before the cold months of winter set in, be sure to prepare your car for the upcoming season. Get up to date on any routine maintenance, and consider a once-over from a professional.

And of course, if you’re in the area, visit us anytime at Biggers Mitsubishi!

NHTSA Awards a Four Star Mitsubishi Lancer Safety Rating for 2017 Model

The NHTSA gave the Mitsubishi Lancer Saftey Rating a thumbs up.

Now coming with a standard rearview camera, the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has reached a new level.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has earned a four star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), making it one of the safest new sedans on the road, adding to a long list of reasons why the new Lancer is an excellent option for any driver.

The NHTSA gave the new Lancer four stars in the front, side, and rollover tests, which simulate the cars response in the event of a collision. With these three tests, the NHTSA can accurately predict how a driver or passenger would fare if such an event would occur.

The new Mitsubishi Lancer comes standard with an impressive list of safety features, including seven airbags, a driver-side knee airbag, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control. And best of all, the model now comes standard with a rearview camera for all trim levels.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the new Mitsubishi Lancer yet, but it’s safe to assume that their Mitsubishi Lancer safety rating will be similar to that of the NHTSA.

While we eagerly await the 2017 Lancer to arrive here at Biggers Mitsubishi, head over to our website and to learn more about the safety features on the current 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer? Contact us or visit us anytime at Biggers Mitsubishi to take one out on a test drive.

Oil Changes Explained: Regular Service is a Must

Do you want oil changes explained? You've come to the right place.

Oil is the lifeblood of your car.

For many car owners, changing the oil is simply something you do. Like brushing your teeth or paying taxes, many people don’t even question the reasons why oil changes are important. However, if you are thinking about skipping your next oil change, it might be time to consider the reasons to get service. Read on to see oil changes explained.

It’s become a worn-out phrase to claim that “oil is the lifeblood of your car.” In reality, anatomy students would say this isn’t really accurate. Oil is used to lubricate the engine, to remove dirt and particles, and to move heat away from working parts. Experts recommend changing oil every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. If you use the more expensive synthetic oils, you may skip to every 5,000 miles or five months.

According to Cars.com, regular oil changes drastically extend the life of your car and prevent future breakdowns. When parts are lubricated and running smoothly, you won’t have problems with the engine. However, if oil gets dirty it loses its properties. Oil can also degrade and break down, which is why it is important to replace oil every 3 to 5 months, even if you don’t exceed the mileage suggestions.

What happens if you don’t change my oil? You won’t be happy. It might not happen at first, but carbon residue will build up on internal parts like camshafts and valves, the crank case, pistons, and more. Any auto mechanic will tell you these aren’t cheap to clean or replace. If you wait really long, oil can actually turn to sludge and stop the engine parts from moving—an explosion waiting to happen.

It’s simple. A quick oil and filter change can keep your car working in prime condition for years to come. It’s highly affordable and much less stressful than major repairs. Think twice next time you want to save a few bucks by skipping regular service.

Road Trip Destinations in Illinois: Take a Ride in the Mirage G4

The new Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is great for road trips, with a sleek exterior, comfortable interior, and unparalleled gas mileage. Check out of these road trip destinations in Illinois to get the best out of your new G4. You’ll be surprised by the world of possibilities this intelligent car opens up.

Stop by Aurora, Illinois. This Chicago suburb is known for being the second largest city in the state, with a great view of the Fox River, as well as landmarks like the Paramount Theatre. Originally known for its manufacturing, Aurora is now a cultural center in the Midwest.

Chicago is a no-brainer for anyone in Illinois. This massive city is one of the largest in the US, known for its modern and working-class feel. Writers like Carl Sandburg have made this city an American icon, with a unique atmosphere and history you just can’t find elsewhere. Road Trip USA suggests visiting the Art Institute, Navy Pier, or the Willis Tower (formerly called the Sears Tower).

Chrystal Lake is known for its clear lake and small-city feel. With just 40,000 residents, you can easily find your way around this quaint town. Crystal Lake is part of the Chicago metro area, but it has a unique history, including some truly stunning buildings. If you visit this town, stop by the nearby lake, also called Chrystal Lake.

Finally, the Mirage G4 can easily get you to Rockford. As the third largest city in the state, Rockford is known for high-quality furniture and its beautiful scenery. Called the Forest City, Rockford is home to the Burpee Museum of Natural History and the Anderson Japanese Gardens.

These are just some of the many places to visit in your Mirage G4. You’ll have plenty of gas in the tank after you visit each of these locations, just one reason so many can’t leave the driver’s seat of this new model.

Take Your Mitsubishi Mirage to These 5 Best Illinois Vacation Spots

These are the best Illinois vacation spots for you and your Mitsubishi Mirage.

With an EPA-estimated 40 MPG, you can afford to get far away for “vaycay.”

Behind the wheel of the frugal 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, you will save so much gasoline money that you can afford to go almost anywhere. In fact, the new Mitsubishi Mirage gets an EPA-estimated 40 miles per gallon combined.

Not sure where to go with all that extra cash? Here’s a short list of our 5 favorite Illinois vacation spots to help steer you along:

  • Chicago: There’s really no end to the list of things you can do during a trip to Chi-Town, but we recommend the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is totally free.
  • Oakwood: Alternatively, you may want to check out Oakwood, home to the Kickapoo State Recreation Area, which offers wonderful hiking, fishing, and camping opportunities.
  • Springfield: If museums are more your style, head to Springfield, where you’ll find the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, one of the most famous in the country.
  • Lake Michigan: Why not take a trip to the lake? Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and plenty of water!
  • Arlington Heights: Lastly, if you’re travelling with little ones, they will be thrilled to explore the LEGOLAND Discovery Center of Chicago in Arlington Heights.

To learn more about the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, contact us or visit us anytime at Biggers Mitsubishi!

Nissan Rescuing Mitsubishi with a Staggering $2.2 Billion Purchase

Learn more about Nissan rescuing Mitsubishi Motors on our blog.

Mitsubishi Motors has found an ally in Nissan.

Mitsubishi Motors has been struggling a bit lately, due almost entirely to a fuel economy stats “mishap” that caused the automaker’s shares to plummet in the Japanese market. But fear not: Nissan is here to save the day.

Nissan has purchased 506.6 million shares in Mitsubishi Motors, totaling at around $2.2 billion and essentially making Nissan the controlling stakeholder of the company, with 34 percent of Mitsubishi’s stock.

Though Mitsubishi’s struggles are unfortunate, Nissan rescuing Mitsubishi is actually a huge victory for both companies. Mitsubishi is getting a much-needed influx of cash and Nissan now has another popular line of automobiles to sell.

In fact, this is enormous news for Mitsubishi dealerships here in the United States, which could have found themselves closing doors if the automaker decided to scale back internationally. Now, it’s safe to say that Mitsubishi is here to stay.

With a scandal behind it and a new major stockholder supporting it, Mitsubishi Motors is getting back on its feet and will be stronger than ever.

Things to Do Near Chicago

Things to do near Chicago

Explore the Elgin, IL Area

With a new Outlander Sport, you can explore the Elgin and Chicago areas. Whether you are looking for some fine dining, special events, or other activities, there are always things to do near Chicago. Check out the events listed below.

According to the City of Elgin website, you can spend the Fourth of July at the local parade beginning at 9:00am at Slade and Douglas. This patriotic event will last roughly two hours, and the theme for this year is “Go for the Gold.” Whether you are sitting along the route for the day or simply stopping by for a moment, this event is fun for both adults and kids.

For those who love beer and wine, the Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl is held on September 23 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. However, be sure to get a designated driver, then come downtown to enjoy some of the best drinks around. This is a great way to support local businesses and to see what’s new in the area.

Though not until October 29 to November 12, the Chicago Humanities Festival is one event you don’t want to miss. Special guests include renowned feminist theorist Gloria Steinem, TV host Trevor Noah, author Yaa Gyasi, architect Marshall Brown, and New York Times writer Thomas Friedman.

These are just some of the many events this summer and fall. So get out and explore the Elgin and Chicago areas in your new Outlander Sport.

History of the Cubs and White Sox

history of the Cubs and White Sox

A Crosstown Rivalry

Baseball is America’s pastime, offering fun for both players and spectators. The history of the Cubs and White Sox is also a history of Chicago, representing the Windy City’s past. That’s why we’ve put together a post about two of the most iconic teams in the country.

The Chicago Cubs are one of the oldest teams around, according to the MLB, first starting in 1870 as part of the National Association. As a charter member of the National League, the Cubs are synonymous with Chicago history. This team was in the championship for the following years: 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945.  With two wins, the Cubs are in the top 10 teams for all-time championship appearances.

The Chicago White Sox are a little younger than the Cubs, first playing in 1901. This American League team has one of the most celebrated histories in the Major League, with a truly unique past. Starting as the Sioux City Cornhuskers in the minor leagues, the White Sox (formerly “White Stockings”) had some of the most famous players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson and Lefty Williams. From 1918 to 1920 there were rumors of illegal gambling, and several players were banned from the sport for life, a period referred to as the Black Sox Scandal.

The White Sox appeared in the championship in 1906, 1917, 1919, 1959, and 2005. Chicago baseball fans will recognize that in 1906 the White Sox and Cubs saw each other at the championship, one of the only instances of interleague play for nearly a century. Now, the Crosstown Classic is an exciting series of games that showcases two of the greatest teams in the league.

Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs World Championship

Most large cities only have one baseball team to root for. Here in Chicago, we have two: the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. Both of these teams face a number of different team on the field during the baseball season. However, sometimes the two teams face off against each other. In fact, that is precisely what happened during the biggest games in baseball 110 years ago.

In 1906, the World Championship came down to the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. In one of the biggest upsets in baseball history, the Chicago White Sox won the championship over the Cubs. The White Sox went on to win championships in 1917 and 2005, while the Cubs came out on top during 1907 and 1908.

For over a century, fans of both teams have been eagerly waiting for a rematch. So what are the chances of a Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs World Championship this year? Follow the career of both teams this season to find out! And be sure to book your tickets for the series that begins July 25th at U.S. Cellular Field!

Great Chicago Places to Drive to in the Mitsubishi Outlander

The city of Chicago is great during any time of the year. However, Chicago is at it loveliest during the months of summer. Likewise, there is no better time to drive a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander than during the summer. So what better way to celebrate the summer than by exploring Chicago in your Outlander? Here are great Chicago places to drive to in the Mitsubishi Outlander this summer.

  1. The Navy Pier

The Navy Pier is more than just a lovely place to take a stroll. It is also lined with fantastic attractions, which are made even better during the summer.

  1. Lake Michigan

While on the subject of the lakeside, one of the best ways to use your Mitsubishi Outlander in Chicago is by taking a relaxing drive along the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago.

  1. The Lincoln Park Zoo

When the weather is nice during the summer, be sure to make the drive down to one of Chicago’s wildest and most popular attractions: the Lincoln Park Zoo. There you will encounter some truly amazing animals.