I apologize for bringing this topic up again. I have tried searching the previous threads for an exact answer to some of my questions but can't seem to quite get them.
Here is my situation:
2018 model purchased and driven in upstate NY. Basically, one of the big reasons I purchased the Outlander was the EV button. I knew that PHEVs love to turn on the ice in cold weather. From reading the EV button description, it seemed logical that if I did not use cabin heat and did not mash the accelerator, I could drive the Outlander in my weather without the ICE.
It seemed as though this was true when I first got it. If I preheated the car and held down EV and put it in ECO and didn't use the cabin heater, I could go without ICE even in freezing temperatures. Then something changed. Now, if it is anywhere near 40 degrees F, the ICE can not wait to fire up. If I preheat the car for 20 minutes, I can get it to not start the ICE at start up or when I back out of the driveway. However, as soon as I get up to about 10 mph, ICE kicks on. I am as gentle as is humanly possible with the gas pedal.
What changed? Was something reprogrammed or does some switch start to wear and make it more likely to switch on the ICE?
I can see no sense in starting the ICE when I am driving at 30 mph and it is clearly not doing it to heat the car (if it did that, it would just start immediately and, again, I'm not trying to heat the car). At 30 mph, I would not want the ICE to help with acceleration anyway to avoid an accident so I wouldn't be asking for it to fire up without warming up. If Mitsu is trying to save the ICE, what would do more damage? 100 unneeded startups during the winter or one highly unlikely demand of the ICE to accelerate quickly?
I see there is a highly technical and invasive fix being worked on in another thread. I don't want to get into something like that that will void my warranty. However, if Mitsu could reprogram my car or replace a bad part so that I can reasonably drive this thing in EV in cold weather, that would be great.
Right now, on most of my trips, I drive for two miles with the ICE running the whole time doing absolutely nothing of benefit, park, return to a cold ICE which starts up again for the two mile return trip serving no purpose. I now basically has a gas car for four months a year!