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Mitsubishi Montero



  • sbeachsbeach Posts: 15
    On any used 4-wheel drive vehicle I personally would drain the transfer case and then smell and examine the fluid and the metal shavings. If the fluid smells burnt or has a strange color or the shavings are the lease bit angular I would walk away because you may be asking for some major problems. Most people have a tendency to not change their fluids on a regular basis (especially the transfer case fluid) and this leads to problems in an older vehicle.
  • sbeachsbeach Posts: 15
    I have an 02 Montero and the cover barely made it a year before it started to separate. I have not seen a single Montero in Houston without some amount of separation. I took mine back to the dealer and they replaced with an 04 cover. I think the separation is probably a defect but I could never get them to admit to it. Nice thing about the 04 cover is the screws are attached unlike my 02 cover. Those screws had a tendency to roll around in the most amazing places. Lost one one time on the road - guess I just did not have it tightened enough. Anyhow, I would press the manager at the dealership if they balk at replacing the cover.
  • vik66vik66 Posts: 10
    there are bunch of 2004 Montero on the lots.

    I am thinking to buy one, who can tell what price i can get right now? and what price diference should be between 2004 and 2005 models? I would like to go as low as possable.. -:)

    Thank you
  • sbeachsbeach Posts: 15
    43,000 miles on the montero and the check engine light just came on. Most likely an o2 sensor. I believe there are 4 sensors on the Montero but I have not crawled under the vehicle to check. Can anyone tell me how to tell if an o2 sensor is functioning properly since I don't want to replace all the units until they go bad because of the cost? Thanks for the info.
  • makayemakaye Posts: 81
    O2 Sensors: Some auto parts shops - Checker, AutoZone, etc.. will check your check engine light for free. Or, starting about $100 - $200 you can get a OBDII reader that plugs into the diagnostic port and you can read it yourself.

    Clear Separation: I wonder if it is due to the black tire under the cover absorbing extra heat and cooking the paint? Is the separation around where the tread of the tire is??? Or more on the body of the cover???
  • sbeachsbeach Posts: 15
    Thanks for the info on the O2 sensors. The separation of the clear membrane material happened on top of the tire cover. Most of the ones I see are also on top only, although I have seen one or two that the separation was on the side. Don't think I have seen a cover that the separation has occurred on the front. Others may know better.


    The separation started for me after I had taken the cover off to replace a flat tire. I think the tire cover is more flexible than the clear membrane so the membrane ends up cracking and then peeling but this is just my idea. Since replacing with a new cover I now carry an under-inflated spare. One problem with my old cover was that it fit so tightly over the spare that it was difficult to remove without really tugging on it, thus causing damage to the clear membrane. By carring a slighly under-inflated spare I no longer have that problem. I have had two flats since replacing my old cover and have not had a problem yet with the clear membrane on my new cover. I carry a foot pump with me to inflate the spare up to the recommended pressure if it needs to be used.
  • We love our truck and have had no problems, but for the last 15k miles we have had the truck to the dealer 4 times for the brakes. At 32k we had a full brake job and it performed well. 8k later they developed a pull in the front and the dealer cleaned the caliper slides and replaced and aligned the shims. 4k later the same problem on the drivers side and once agin the slides were cleaned and the shims adjusted. 2k later the rear brakes began to modulate and it was clear that the rotars were warped. As a result they were turned and at my dime as the warranty expired on the replaced part. Now 16k after the first brake job the truck is having problems again. Did I get a bad brake job? Any TSB's on brakes? I just find it odd that I got 32K on the orginal brakes and half that on the replacements done by the dealer. Should I take it to a different dealer(there are 3 in my area) or go to Midas? I love this truck but these brake issues are driving me nuts!
  • vik66vik66 Posts: 10
    Can somebody tell me how Montero handles off-road?

    in reveiws everybody says: excellebt off-road ability, but avybody did actually take that vehicle off-road? How was it?

    I like Montero, but there is no way to check how it handles off-road untill you buy one and it can be too late after that...

    please, advice...

    Thank you
  • It's not a body-on-frame, rock-crawler it used to be and the body will flex if pushed too hard. The independent suspension that works great on the highway or in the Dakar desert, doesn't help in hard terrain either.


    The following review will paint a decent picture and cover some limitations:
  • I have been working with ADDCO to develop Sway/roll bars to help improve ride quality. Here is where we stand.

    Bars are in with new end links that are adjustable. My montero has aftermarket springs/struts to increase ride height approx 1 inch.

    First impression is that cornering and roll are greatly improved without increased harshness. There is still roll going from extreme side to side but far less than stock. From what I am feeling on the road I suspect the snow and dirt handling will also be improved via more positive control of the vehicle in spirited driving, sliding, or any other condition that would increase roll tendency.

    I have to thank ADDCO for undertaking this project as no other manufacture that I know off currently offers improved bars for the Montero.
  • It is interesting that Edmunds states the private party value of a 01 Montero LTD with all the opitions, 49K miles and best condition at only 15,700. Thats a steal. I cant help wondering if that faulty roll over report years back still plays a major roll here. Since that report I really havent heard anything about Monteros rolling all over the highway???
  • vik66vik66 Posts: 10
    thank you for info... it was usefull.. they tested 2001 model , in 2003 it was redesinged a little bit.. Did they improve wheel travel for better off-roading?
  • Where do you reside? The buzz is if Mitsubishi is not gone today is only a matter of time.Type in the question hit search.Before you buy any old vehicle lift it and study it from below.Not for ten minits.Turm off the lights in the shop and look up with a bright hand held light.You may be amazed.Let "it " parked on the rack over night.Cool down can show a plethora of leaks.Call salvage yards with a grocery list of parts.Do the same at dealer parts department.Many imports do not carry parts..two days turns into two weeks.Call the bank for a loan on a nice 165k plus any thing, they will run as you should.The best home for any 165k import is where it is now.Unless it is $1000 or free.
    MITSI MAY WELL BE RUNNING OUT THE BACK DOOR IN THE USA.How many CEO's in two years?Read the posts at Mitsubishi performing loans and poor track records of quality and service are the death of MITZ North America.Lights are about to go out.Ask your bank who pays when they go?
  • rxrrxr Posts: 1
    Just purchased a 2001 LTD, with 42k Miles.
    We love it, our first SUV.

    I am planning to get the running boards, spoiler and the hood guard, any suggestion on where to find them for a good price will be helpful.

  • cracoviancracovian Posts: 337
    See you at the gas pump ;-)
  • Was wondering if anyone might know what the problem is that I'm experiencing. Have a 2001 Montero Ltd with 58K miles on it. No problems at all up to this point. On a trip from New Mexico to Arkansas with the family we experienced a situation where the Montero wants to die and not idle. I can start it back up and drive, but when I stop and try to idle it dies. It's Saturday evening at 7pm and the nearest dealer won't be open until Monday morning. We're staying in hotel right now in Fort Worth. Any suggestions as to what to look for in hopes that I might be able to remedy this myself?

  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    It wasn't clear from your message how far you drove with this condition but one thing I'd try to rule out first is whether you have gas in the tank (despite what the fuel gauge says!). Also, is your battery fully charged? Does the idle condition or lack thereof change if you turn off things like air conditioning? Just some thoughts.

    tidester, host
  • Thanks tidester,
    We had drove approximately 450 miles and stopped at our hotel. Have a half tank of fuel left and I'm not sure if it might have been bad gas.

    Went to start it back up after checking in and there was no electrical power. I jostled the battery terminals and it was able to start as normal. Got about 1 mile down the road going out to dinner last night and as we were idling as we were coasting into the parking lot, and it died. Was able to start and drive, but it would not idle - it died every time when it tried to idle. Since it was getting dark and late, I did not look at again until this morning. Never had a bit of trouble from 58K miles from this vehicle until this.

    This morning I cleaned off a little layer of scum off the battery terminals (but they were pretty clean already) and tightened them up, and started it up. I let it idle for 15 minutes and drove it around for a little while. There seemed to be no repeat of the problem. Will take it down to AutoZone or PepBoys and have them run a diagnostic and also check the battery this morning (original factory battery).

    I hope that was the problem. I heard that fuel injected vehicles like our Montero actually needed the battery while the engine is running. Is that true.... that this fuel injected engine requires a good battery condition and connection to operate properly?

  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    I'm glad to hear you got it running! I'm not familiar with the specifics of the Montero but you might want to make a quick run over to Got a Quick, Technical Question?. And, certainly, you'll want the problem diagnosed ASAP by a qualified technician.

    tidester, host
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