Get These Winter Accessories for Your Car

Here in Illinois, winter is the harshest time of year, which is why you should be prepared with these winter accessories for your car.

Winter Tire

Remote Starter

Get your car warm and ready before you step inside with a remote starter. Just a few minutes of warming up and you’ll be ready to go.

Seat Warmers

If your car doesn’t already come with them, consider getting some seat warmers. They range in price from $20-$100 per seat, but can make your commute so much cozier.

Winter Tires

Winter tires are entirely different than all-season tires. They are made with a unique rubber compound that helps them stay soft and pliable even under frigid conditions. In addition, they have unique tread patterns designed to cut through snow and slush.

Heated Wiper Blades

While they may cost more than $100 per set, they won’t get clogged with frozen snow and ice. You won’t have to pull over anymore just to maintain your visibility.

All Season Floor Mats

These heavy-duty rubber mats will help keep your carpeting clean when you’re dragging in all the snow, ice, and salt on your shoes. You can clean them easily with a simple hose down.

If you’re in the market for any of these winter accessories for your car, stop by our parts department here at Biggers Mitsubishi and we can help you out.

New Mitsubishi SUV to Debut in Geneva

At the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, to be held March 7th through 19th in Geneva, Switzerland, Mitsubishi has plans to unveil a brand new addition to its lineup. This new Mitsubishi SUV will join the Outlander Sport, Outlander, and Outlander PHEV SUV models currently sold by Mitsubishi.

New Mitsubishi SUV

Design

Mitsubishi has announced that the new vehicle will be a compact model that will have sharp styling characteristics. These will include a wedge-shaped belt line, a steeply raked rear window, a long wheelbase, and a strong character line running along the side. Together these features will give the new SUV a sort of coupe design with an active, athletic feel.

We got a glimpse of this design through a shadowy teaser image Mitsubishi previously released. But Mitsubishi didn’t announce where the new model would sit in the lineup. However, many in the industry suspect it will come in below the Outlander Sport to compete with models like the Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V.

Name

As for its name, Mitsubishi hasn’t announced that either. Autoblog suspects it could wear the Eclipse name, which was last seen on the sporty compact car in 2012.

 

Here at Biggers Mitsubishi, we are excited to see a new model coming to the Mitsubishi lineup! We can’t wait to learn even more about it when it makes its debut next month.

Innovative 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety Features Earn ‘Top Safety Pick+’

Once again, Mitsubishi has raised the bar for vehicle safety with the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, which was just named a “Top Safety Pick+” vehicle by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The new Mitsubishi Outlander Touring Package specifically earned the title, honoring the popular Outlander for the fourth year in a row. In its standard form, the new Outlander is equipped with Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring, and much more. So no matter where you go and who’s in tow, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety Features will keep you covered every time.

Safe Family in 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

If you upgrade to the Touring Package, you will find a long list of active safety features – from Adaptive Cruise Control to Lane Departure Warning – that continue to keep drivers safe even when they do not recognize their own danger.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety Features

Keep in mind that IIHS standards are higher than ever with new, rigorous testing standards that include the evaluation of headlights and much more. The new Mitsubishi Outlander scored nearly perfectly in every category.

When it comes to choosing your next vehicle, perhaps no factor is as important as safety. Thankfully, Mitsubishi has you covered, with the seven-passenger 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander.

Want to learn more about the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander safety features? To take the vehicle out on a test drive, contact us or visit us any time, here at Biggers Mitsubishi.

Kids Riding In 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

Tips for Winter Driving in Chicago

Check out our tips for winter driving in Chicago.

Roads can be most dangerous in the winter.

Winter can be an extremely difficult time of the year for driving. Even vehicles like the Mitsubishi Outlander can experience problems on the icy roads. Meanwhile, Chicago is a city well-known for its extreme weather conditions. Therefore, you can only imagine how difficult it is to drive in the Windy City during the winter months! In order to help winter driving a little bit easier, be sure to follow these tips for winter driving in Chicago.

  1. Avoid Cruise Control. Usually when you get a chance to use Cruise Control in a heavily congested city like Chicago, it is quite the fortuitous occasion. However, you may want to rely upon your own ability to speed up or slow down during the winter months, especially if there is a wintry mix on the ground.
  2. Do Not Stop on Hills. Your commute may involve having to ascend or descend a few hills throughout the city. If you cannot avoid this, make sure you avoid stopping while climbing up the hill if possible, as your car could start to descend that hill backwards.
  3. Keep Gas at Least Half Full. Here at Biggers Mitsubishi, we are a group of glass half full sort of people, so we are optimistic about driving this winter. Nevertheless, you may want to keep your gas tank at least half full at all times, just in case you need an extra heat source on the road if you become stranded.

Chicago Cubs Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas seems to have come early this year for Chicago Cubs fans. After all, the Cubs have won the World Series in the first time in over a century! That is quite the momentous occasion, so in order to help the Cubs fanatic in your life celebrate, consider giving them one of these Chicago Cubs Christmas gift ideas:

  1. A Chicago Cubs Jersey. One of the best ways to show your support for your team is by wearing a replica of your favorite player’s jersey. With so many talented players in the Chicago Cubs roster, there are plenty of great jerseys to choose from.
  2. An Autographed Baseball. An autograph from a Chicago Cubs player is a highly sought after item. One of the easiest ways to obtain one of those autographs is by purchasing a baseball that has been signed by one of the Chicago Cubs superstars!
  3. World Series Champions Gear. The Chicago Cubs have made history by once again winning the World Series. Help the Cubs fan in your life capture a piece of this historical moment by purchasing Chicago Cubs World Series Champions memorabilia, with anything from t-shirts to banners and everything in between.

It’s a great year to be a Chicago Cubs fan, especially during the holiday season.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse: Top 5 Models for Mitsubishi’s Lost Car

Mitsubishi Eclipse through the years

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

Over the course of its production, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was one of the most popular sport coupes in the industry. With its sleek styling, powerful engine options, and an affordable price tag, the Eclipse was perfect for the American market. While it is no longer sold by the Japanese carmaker, who is focusing more on producing crossovers and SUV models, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is still worthy of remembering. Here is an overview of each Eclipse generation and what makes each model year so special.

1990-1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse

When the Eclipse first debuted back in the 1990 model year, it was part of a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Chrysler called Diamond Star Motors. It quickly became one of the best affordable sport coupes available with its turbocharged engines and pop-up headlights. The high-end trim even came with an available four-wheel-drive option, which made it especially appealing.

1995-1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The second-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse took the previous generation’s popularity and built upon it, coming back with a sleeker, more elongated style. This more athletic body style was a hit, as was the newly diversified trim lineup, which offered consumers more options than ever before.

2000-2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse

For the third generation, Mitsubishi decided to give the Eclipse an overhaul. The 2000 model was released as a completely new car based on the Mitsubishi Galant platform. It came with the choice of four gasoline-powered engines and the all-wheel-drive option was dropped from the available features.

2005-2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Based on the popularity of the second-generation’s sporty style, Mitsubishi decided to make the fourth-generation Eclipse even more athletic. It gave the sports coupe a hatchback body style and only two engine options to choose from—a 2.4-liter that put out 162 horsepower and a 3.8-liter V6 that generates 263 hp. With three trim levels, this model gave consumers better standard equipment, which included air conditioning, power windows, and a CD player.

2009-2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The last and final generation of the Mitsubishi Eclipse started with an October 2009 facelift. This update gave the GT trim a larger rear spoiler, HID headlamps, and Active Stability Control. It also gave the Eclipse a new GST Sport trim level, which offered sportier styling, too.

To learn more about the Mitsubishi Eclipse;s history, head on over to our website at biggersmitsubishi.com.

Breakthrough Mind & Body: Dreaming Big to Move Forward

Breakthrough Mind & Body is the business of Lori Streator.

When you dream big, you can also drive big dreams on four wheels.

Last month, we had the privilege of assisting a customer on her car search. Her car search was like many others. She wisely browsed several car dealerships in the area and spoke with salesmen about her automotive needs. Her journey for a new vehicle though lead to the purchase of an Outlander Sport here at Biggers Mitsubishi. While we were glad to give her a pleasant, helpful car purchase experience, what was even more important to us was getting to know our customer, Lori Streator, a Chicago health and wellness professional.

Lori is a positive-thinking person, which only qualifies her even more for the business and practice she owns and runs – Breakthrough Mind & Body – as a way to provide effective tools and principles for people to help them let go of fear, inspire to be the person they always wanted to be, and live a healthy life mentally and physically.

Streator was a licensed clinical professional counselor for many years before she gave birth to her son at the beginning of 2011. It was then she realized that there was more to health than just diving and kickboxing.

In an interview with Holistic Entrepreneur Association International, Streator mentioned that health is not just physical, but it is emotional as well. “What we eat, how we move and how we think all play a significant role in our health & well-being, which is why I don’t discount any of them when creating programs or working with clients,” she said.

On her website, Lori states that she believes “in dreaming big, thinking bigger and helping you lead the happy, healthy life you deserve!” That happy, healthy life starts in the here and now.

Here at Biggers Mitsubishi, we encourage you to sign up for a free Mind Body Guide and weekly updates from Lori via email by visiting here website at the second link above.

Make sure you follow her business on Facebook as well!

Fall Service Tips: Keep Up with Your Car’s Maintenance

Here are some Fall Service Tips for you when checking your car.

Check your tires. Test your brakes.

As the crisp breeze begins to roll off the shores of Lake Michigan, the leaves aren’t the only thing changing—your vehicle’s maintenance needs are changing, too. Lower temperatures bring about a variety of new routine maintenance that should be done before the snow begins to fall. To ensure your vehicle runs smoothly throughout the seasons, here are some fall service tips to keep in mind.

Check your tires. The low temperatures can cause a big dip in tire pressure, since cold temperatures condense air. To ensure your vehicle is running well, check your tire pressure monthly. Also, check the condition of your tires. Look for tears, holes, and tread wear. Getting a tire rotation and wheel alignment is a good idea before cold winter weather sets in.

Top off your fluids. Look into your records to see if it’s time for your car’s routine oil change. Get this done and top off any fluids that may need to be filled after a hot summer, including coolant levels.

Test your brakes. Worn-down brake pads, clogs in the brake line, and low brake fluid are all common problems as the seasons change. It’s important to keep an eye on your brakes, since they are literally a life-saving component of your vehicle.

Replace your battery. Like your tires, the performance of your battery can be affected by low temperatures. If your battery is older than five years, it’s likely time to replace it. After all, no one wants to be stranded due to a dead battery when it’s freezing out.

For any service questions—or to schedule your routine maintenance appointment—don’t forget to contact Biggers Mitsubishi’s Service Center today.

Mitsubishi Sells the Last Lancer Evolution on eBay for Charity

When Mitsubishi announced that they would be discontinuing the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution line, we knew that its final days were upon us. What we didn’t know is exactly how Mitsubishi would sell the last unit of the vehicle: on eBay.

That’s right; Mitsubishi sold the very last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution on eBay, via their auction format, ultimately selling it for $76,400. That is certainly a high price for a Lancer Evo model, but is it a high price for the last one ever? Not to one lucky collector.

The model itself was a special “Final Edition” version of the vehicle, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and producing up to 303 horsepower.  Though it may not be the most powerful vehicle on the road, it’s arguably one of the closest to unique.

The best part of Mitsubishi’s decision was their concept of giving the proceeds to charity, with the proceeds from the eBay auction going to Feeding America and the Second Harvest Food Bank, in respect to Hunger Action Month.

Though the last Lancer Evolution has now been sold, we know that Mitsubishi will create many more brilliant models in the years ahead. To see what Mitsubishi currently has in store, contact us or visit us anytime at Biggers Mitsubishi.

2016 Chicago Bears Season

Chicago Bears fans are some of the most dedicated fan in the NFL. No matter how rough the season may be, we never lose faith or give up on our favorite team. The 2016 Chicago Bears season is already in progress and we’ve had a few ups and down.

The first three games of the season were a bit rough. Chicago lost 21-14 to the Texans, then 29-14 at home to the Eagles, and 31-17 in Dallas to the Cowboys. However, in the fourth game of the season, our beloved Bears got their first win at home against the Lions.

Chicago brought home a 17-14 victory with two touchdown passes from quarterback Brian Hoyer. He threw for 302 yards that game. Kicker Conner Barth finished off the game with a 25-yard field goal.

The Bears then lost 23-29 against the Indianapolis Colts, though they put up a good fight.

While we don’t have the strongest team this year, the Bears have some chances to capture a few more wins. They have a good chance to win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers, and the Washington Redskins.

Here at Biggers Mitsubishi, we love the Chicago Bears and can’t wait to see how the rest of the season goes. Which game are you looking forward to the most this season?