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Old 01-06-2008, 09:41 PM   #1
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I have a 2007 Outlook and very much enjoy it. Since this is the first winter with it, I am noticing a couple things that have been annoying me. The first thing is with the back liftgate. When it is cold out, and it has been so far this winter, the door will not fully open and I end up smashing my head of the door. I don't have the power liftgate option. I have had a couple other SUV's and have never had this problem. Its like the 2 door arms can't cope with the cold weather, I have to end up pushing it the rest of the way up.
The other thing is the position of the windshield vent. It is located right in the middle of the dash and I find the last place it reaches is in front of the drivers window. I wish they had extended that vent a bit more.
Other than these 2 things, I really love the Outlook.
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I have a 2007 Outlook and very much enjoy it. Since this is the first winter with it, I am noticing a couple things that have been annoying me. The first thing is with the back liftgate. When it is cold out, and it has been so far this winter, the door will not fully open and I end up smashing my head of the door. I don't have the power liftgate option. I have had a couple other SUV's and have never had this problem. Its like the 2 door arms can't cope with the cold weather, I have to end up pushing it the rest of the way up.
The other thing is the position of the windshield vent. It is located right in the middle of the dash and I find the last place it reaches is in front of the drivers window. I wish they had extended that vent a bit more.
Other than these 2 things, I really love the Outlook.
Try lubricating the top hinges and the ball joints on the lift struts. This may give them a little help to lift the liftgate. Otherwise GM needs to come out with a more powerful strut.

I don't know of a fix for the defroster...
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:39 PM   #3
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I have had the exact same strut issue with my '06 Vue. The dealer told me nothing can be done and live with it. Minor annoyance, I know......
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Old 01-06-2008, 11:12 PM   #4
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Wear your helmet! This has been an issue with every liftgate that I have ever had.

That is disappointing about the windshield defroster. That too will bother me once I get mine.
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Interesting about the defrost vent for the windshield. Living in the Pacific NorthWest, we get our fair share of rain and cold weather which leads to fogged windows. I've never dealt with an issue of the winshield not defogging completely. I find it works quickly and very well.
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:24 AM   #6
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The first thing is with the back liftgate. When it is cold out, and it has been so far this winter, the door will not fully open and I end up smashing my head of the door.
This has been a problem with every liftgate I've ever owned, even wimpy compact hatchbacks . It's simple physics, unfortunately; when it's cold, the pressure inside the gas-lift cylinders is reduced. It's the same reason you have to add air to your tires in the winter.

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It is located right in the middle of the dash and I find the last place it reaches is in front of the drivers window. I wish they had extended that vent a bit more.
I haven't checked the Outlook for this, but on my older cars you had to leave the A/C engaged, even in winter. The A/C helps the car blow *dry* air against the window, so that it de-fogs faster.
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