Local Fall Festivals Around Elgin, IL

Fall Festival

Fall is one of our favorite times of year here at Biggers Mitsubishi. It’s full of fun festivals, pumpkin picking, tasty treats, and family-friendly activities. Read on to learn about a few fall festivals that we recommend around Elgin.

Scarecrow Festival

Visit St. Charles on the weekend of Oct. 5-7 for the 33rd Annual Scarecrow Fest. This festival is bursting with family-friendly activities. You can make your own scarecrow, vote on your favorite scarecrow of the festival, and marvel at the over 100 handmade and mechanical scarecrows on display. You can also browse the arts and crafts show, enjoy live musical entertainment, and take a spin on some carnival rides. Admission is free, so you won’t want to miss out!

Naperville Oktoberfest

The Naperville Oktoberfest attracts tons of visitors year after year for its unique Oktoberfest experience and celebration of the community’s heritage and history. The festival will run Oct. 5-6 and feature live music (including classic German oompah music), German beer, and German cuisine.

Batavia Oktoberfest

The very same weekend — Oct. 5-7 — the Batavia Oktoberfest will take place. Located on North River Street within the beautiful river community of Batavia, Batavia Oktoberfest will feature authentic German food, beer, music, and entertainment. Oct. 7 is Oktoberfest Family Day, so head to the festival then for a full day of family fun!

Oil Changes Explained: Regular Service is a Must

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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.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Named KBB Best Buy Award Finalist

KBB Best Buy Award
The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander was recently given the KBB Best Buy Award!

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander was named a KBB Best Buy Award finalist last month, joining 48 other vehicles narrowed down from an initial list of 300. Kelley Blue Book’s annual Best Buy Awards determine the best new models in various segments and proclaim one vehicle the ultimate Best Buy. A KBB Best Buy Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the auto industry.

The KBB Best Buy Awards consist of a year-long evaluation by a panel of experts that takes into account pricing, how much the car costs to own over a five-year period including depreciation and maintenance, sales information, and reviews from drivers. The finalists, which will now be subject to these rigorous tests, were determined based on overall vehicle quality and value.

Mitsubishi is excited to see that the Outlander has made the list of finalists, citing the over 100 improvements from the 2015 model year to 2016 and saying that the Outlander is “the beginning of a new direction for the Mitsubishi brand.”

DIY Maintenance Tips: How to Flush a Radiator

how to flush a radiator

If you go to put coolant in your car and find that there’s gunk floating in your fluids or if you turn on the heat and only cold air comes out, your radiator might need flushed. If you want to try it at home, follow these steps on how to flush a radiator.

Before you start working, make sure your engine is completely cooled down. Don’t try to flush the radiator unless your car has been sitting for at least two hours.

Once the car is cooled off, jack up the front so it’s easier to do work underneath. Then you’ll pop the hood and look for the radiator, located near the engine. If you can, use soapy water to clean off any grime on the radiator, and then check for damage like rust or leaks.

After that, put a drain pan under the radiator’s drainage valve under the car, unscrew the bolt, and let the coolant drain out, then replace the plug. Back under the hood, use a hose to flush the radiator with water and turn the car on for ten minutes. Turn it off, let it cool, drain the water, add new coolant, and you’re done!

Rare Japanese GTO Is One Of A Kind

About eight years ago, car enthusiast Matt De Mangos of California imported a strange vehicle from across the Pacific – Strange not only in the U.S.A, but in its native homeland of Japan.

The Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO is a rare Japanese GTO no matter what part of the world it’s in. It was Japan’s response in the early 1970s to the wild popularity of Italian racers and American muscle, but, unfortunately for Mitsubishi and fortunately for future lovers of unique vehicles, the Colt Galant GTO never exploded the way it was meant to.

De Mangos’ Colt Galant GTO is specifically a GSR, meaning Grand Sport Racer. This extra specification makes it an even sweeter grab for the West Coast collector.

GTOs originated in Italy in the auto-magic factories of Ferrari. They spread to the States when Pontiac introduced its answer to Ferrari, the legendary Pontiac GTO, in 1964.

So, what do you think of this rare Japanese GTO? Did you ever expect to hear those words together in that order? But we’re not complaining. Looks like Mitsubishi did a real nice job honoring the Italian/American GTO tradition with its Colt Galant.

Extra kudos to De Mangos for his expert restoration.

Best Fall Getaways in the Midwest

fall getaways in the Midwest

If you need a break but don’t want to take time off from work, have no fear! There are plenty of awesome weekend getaways right here around Illinois that are perfect for a little fall trip.

Here’s a few of the best fall getaways in the Midwest:

Elkhart Lake, WI

Just about an hour north of Milwaukee sits Elkhart Lake, a spot of year-round natural beauty, but in the fall it’s really something to see. Whatever you’re looking for, be it going to the spa, hiking, golfing, shopping, and more, there’s something for you at Elkhart Lake.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Let Lake Michigan soothe you this season at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. There’s so much to do here, it’s truly impossible to list. Try horseback riding. Go bird-watching. Fish for a day. Plan a picnic. Let nature relax you at Indiana Dunes this fall!

Mackinac, MI

This portion of Northern Michigan is packed with tourists during the summer, but in the fall things become more relaxed at Mackinac Island. Take a classic carriage tour of the island, or do-it-yourself with a bike rental. Whatever your taste, there’s something fun at Mackinac for you!

These are just some of the best fall getaways in the Midwest. There’s plenty to do in the autumn, and all within a few hours from home.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show

Outlander PHEV in Frankfurt
The 2016 Mitsubishi PHEV was revealed this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Frankfurt International Motor Show was the platform chosen by Mitsubishi to debut its new Outlander PHEV. It was previously known that the SUV’s appearance carried over most of the base Outlander’s design. However, the redesigned front fascia, along with a few other minor changed elements, gives the car a personality that is dynamic and powerful despite its status as a PHEV, and the car’s SUV title was not forgotten during the Outlander PHEV debut in Frankfurt.

In addition to the fascia improvements, other Outlander PHEV appearance changes will include exclusive two-tone 18-inch wheels and LED lights. The use of LED technology will both give the SUVs a modern look, in addition to reducing battery drainage. The Outlander PHEV will also provide drivers and passengers with a quieter and more comfortable ride due to the use of sound-proof insulation, padded doors, and brown leather interiors, among other things – Mitsubishi took the time to make 30 improvements to the car to ensure consumer satisfaction.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV makes use of two separate engines to power both the front and back wheels, but in this latest rendition of the car, Mitsubishi has reduced engine friction to cut emissions even further. V2H, or Vehicle to Home, technology is also at work in the car, allowing car owners to plug the Outlander PHEV into their home while charging to use as a backup power generator. Though a lot was already known about the car, it was still exciting to see the Outlander PHEV in Frankfurt.

Third-Generation Mitsubishi Montero Sport Debut to Happen Soon

The Montero Sport may soon be racing other Mitsubishi products, like the Lancer above, on American roads.
The Montero Sport may soon be racing other Mitsubishi products, like the Lancer above, on American roads.

We might soon be seeing an SUV on American roads again that hasn’t been seen here since 2006. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport was a good-looking, robust, and accommodating SUV back then. It looks like it’s going to be even better this time around.

As Automotive News reports, the Montero Sport is “built on the frame from the L200 pickup.” The L200 pickup truck isn’t sold in the States, but it’s extremely popular overseas. Basing the Montero Sport on a truck gives it better response and handling in places where the road conditions can be rough, Automotive News says.

The third-generation Mitsubishi Montero Sport debut will occur at the Bangkok Auto Show on August 1st. Makes sense since the SUV will likely be manufactured in Thailand. From there, Mitsubishi will export it around the world.

Will it make to the United States and if so, when? The Montero Sport might not make it to United States “anytime soon”, says Automotive News.

Lancer Evo Final Edition Limited to Japan

Mitsubishi is putting the final nail in the coffin of its one-of-a-kind performance car. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo is heading off lots for good. The good news is that the automaker is offering 1,000 of a special Final Edition model. The bad news is that the model isn’t going to see United States shores, not from the automaker at least.

There’s no replacement planned for the Evo, undeniably one of Mitsubishi’s most recognizable cars. After the announcement of the Final Edition model, Mitsubishi followed up by announcing it won’t be offered in the United States. The Evo Final Edition limited to Japan doesn’t have many changes under the hood but the car itself looks and rides better than ever.

The Final Edition will see the normal 291 hp 2L turbocharged inline engine with the only difference being sodium filled exhaust valves. The car rides on Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, and BBS alloys. Upgraded Brembo brakes are also a part of the package. Inside is a plaque with the vehicle’s serial number on it, identifying it as one of a kind.

Oddly enough, Australia will see a few of the Final Edition model heading its way.

While we here at Biggers Mitsubishi aren’t happy to see the Lancer Evo go, we’re sure Mitsubishi will come up with something even better in the future.

A Range of New Mitsubishi Products Are Coming Our Way

Following the global financial crisis, auto manufacturers nationwide have struggled to make a comeback. This year, for the first time since that crisis, Mitsubishi will see a profit in its North American market. This comes as no surprise based on this year’s remarkable sales and the company’s fast-growing momentum.

Along with the auto maker’s success comes the promise for new Mitsubishi products. CEO Osamu Masuko pledges to roll out several new products, with two of them coming as early as next year.

Additions to the Mitsubishi lineup include the long-awaited Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid crossover and a sedan version of the Mirage subcompact hatchback. Following those, Masuko told Automotive News we can expect to see Mitsubishi step up its electric vehicle push with plug-in hybrid versions of the next-generation Outlander Sport.

Mitsubishi will also likely bring back the full-size Montero SUV, which had previously been phased out in 2008. The automaker introduced the next-generation Montero with its GC-PHEV concept at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, and will offer gasoline and plug-in versions sometime after April, 2016.

The bottom line? Mitsubishi isn’t going anywhere. “We are trying to introduce new vehicles,” Masuko said. “We aren’t thinking of withdrawing whatsoever.”

Check in with Biggers Mitsubishi often. We’ll keep you updated with all the latest information on future models!