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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.