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Mitsubishi Montero



  • alexpalexp Posts: 70
    Most of the observations are correct, however, I am not sure about the V8 engine. I have Limted, use it for the everyday driving, hauling kids and going camping. Next thing is to install the hitch and tow thw 3500 lbs boat/trailer. I know where I go and I know I don't have mountaines to go over. I don't think that in these conditions V8 is needed. There are some people that tow big and heavy trailers all over tha States, including Mountains. Those people definiteley should look at the Suburban or Tahoe. But for light boaters, campers and daily users this vehicle is more than enough. It is possible that I may change my views later, but at this time I think that Montero meets and exeeds my needs. In the regular driving, I get 17 mpg with the 100% city driving and slightly above 20 mpg in the mixed driving.
  • I'm a big fan of the new Montero (off-road ability, unique styling, etc.), but the new crash test data kind of alarms me. The Insurance Institute gives it a "POOR" rating stating: "Another poor performer is the 2001 Mitsubishi Montero with about $9000 damage in the Institutes's 5mph bumper test. Once again, the rear tailgate and glass were crushed in the rear-into-pole impact by the spare tire mounted on the back. Cost of damage after this test about $2800. Total damage to the Montero in all four impacts increased since the last time the Institute tested this SUV, largely because of the increased damage sustained in the pole test." I saw this on MSNBC and the whole back glass bursts into pieces. Be careful and consider all aspects before purchasing.
  • I too saw the test on TV. One thing to note is that all vehicles that have the spare tire mounted on the rear door does poorly. No matter what brand. The Isuzu Trooper did the same thing and the front end damage was far worse. The Isuzu Rodeo moved the spare tire form the back on the 96 model, to underneath, and it did help. But overall, it also got a poor rating. The only vehicle that got an acceptable rating was the new BMW SUV. I was surprised how well the Montero held up on the frontal impact.

    Did I miss something? Where did the $9,000 damage figure come from? Back was $2800, or was that overall. And I don't recall what the front was, but I am sure it was not $6200. I thought it was around $600. There seemed to be minor damage.
  • Go to 2001 Full Size Montero II under Topic #7 to see the results. The $9000 figure is for all four tests and the frontal crash was $1200.
  • Purchased Ltd in Aug., after nine months research into SUV's. Looks and feels good, as you will hear from people you encounter. Could have a V8, but with the increase in that cost not to mention fuel, I can live with it.
  • Currently have a 96 Montero LS with 74K miles on it - runs like a top, still looks good (two-tone dark green and grey, just did the timing belt and h2o pump / belts / hoses / tuneup @ 65K.

    Now considering updating and am looking at the MB -ML430, Landcruiser (still can't figure out why they cost $53K)and the LR Discovery. Have also considered the new Montero, but have not yet drove one. Went to one of the local (Columbus Oh) dealers and eye-balled the new body style, but was totaly turned off by the sales people and their usual BS.

    A question to any owners of the new Montero that have also had an "old" Montero: I have read that the new Montero is based on a "more car like" platform - does it ride and "feel" like the previous version (more like a truck) or a big family car?

    Thanks for your perspective.
  • alexpalexp Posts: 70
    Go to the FullSized Montero conference. There are people who took theirs 2001 off road. New Montero has a monoque body which (according to the Mitsubishi) has a better performance than the old frame.
  • Edmund's road test of the 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport XS is now available. Here's the direct link to First Drive: 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport XS, by Ed Hellwig. What do you think?

    Happy Motoring. ;-)

    Pocahontas, Host
  • My montero has 151000 miles on it. Fully paid off. It just started burning oil (1-2 quarts every 3,000 mi). Does anyone have/had this problem and iit something to worry about?? Will it last another 100,000 without too much $$$$. Plse respond, i would like input. Thx
  • alexpalexp Posts: 70
    Many new Fords are burning (or it is disappearing somewhere) 1 - 1.5 quarts every 3000-4000 miles. So burning some at 151000 is probably within all specs. If you service it in the regular intervals in may last...
  • I had a 1995 Montero LS for 4 years. I loved it. The only problem I ever had was when after a heavy snowfall. A large chunk of ice slid off the roof and broke the windshield wiper. Dealer fixed it under warranty ... no questions asked.

    I let it go back to the lease company at lease end only because I wanted the 7,000 lbs towing capacity of the 5.9 liter Durango. But the Montero had a far better interior layout. If you are towing 3,500 lbs or less (or not at all). I highly recommend the Montero. I often towed around 2500 lbs not including an entire weekend worth of camping gear for my family of 5 ... and the family. It wasn't quick getting up to speed, but had no problems maintaining 70 mph with the overdrive turned off. I recommend the factory towing package for the sake of the tranny and oil coolers. Even if you don't tow, that's gotta help the drive train last longer.

    As for oil. I've only owned two vehicles that didn't use a quart of oil every 3,000 miles )including new vehicles). Luckily, for me, the new Durango is one of the two. But I wouldn't worry about that small amount of oil. Start to worry when you don't have to pull the drain plug to change it.

    Were it economically feasable for me to by out my Montero lease, I would have done it in a heartbeat.
  • blizz1blizz1 Posts: 9
    I just traded in my 1997 montero LS. I was tired of visiting the shop, and worried about repair costs once the warrenty expired. Tires would wear out prematurely and unevenly, pulled to the right, was towed twice (once for the starter, and once for the battery -at 1 1/2 years). Two teenage kids found the car cramped-especially the back seat and long rides even in the front. Paint peeled entirely off the roof rack, and easily scratched (could of been the dark green color).
    I had a difficult time even getting blue book value for the car-even the mits. dealer I bought it frome was not interested in it as a used car.
    We gave in and bought a van (something I didn't want 3 years ago) and love having the space and comfort.
    Sorry to be such a turn off. This was our 2nd mits. brand car and last... Have had great luck with Toyotas though
  • Can anyone help me decide if i should buy this 38000 miles 1997 Montero SR?? I just test drove it and noticed that it is pulling to the right?? Why? Am I imagining or is this a major problem?? Anything else I should know?? Please advise. Thank you.
  • blizz1blizz1 Posts: 9
    I have owned 2 mits-1997 montero and 1992 expo. Both cars drove great at first and then pulled to the right. Could never get it fixed correctly. Both cars ate tires unevenly.
  • In response to risuba, I have an old montero ('91) with over 200,000 miles on it. Still drives great, but it started burning oil about the 120k mile mark. I just have to make sure to check it every few thousand miles or so. Doesn't really seem to affect the car much. I am also looking at purchasing a newer montero ('99) because of the great luck I have had with this one.
  • zahidzahid Posts: 1
    Monteros are good , only if you are taking them off road. But if you intend to use them mainly on the pavement , i highly recommend getting something else. I am 25 years old and have experienced 3 monteros so far. I am using a 96 one right now , its got 98000 miles on it and some times smokes too much. My major complaints with the montero is

    1. Burns too much oil.
    2. Very weak motor.
    3. Feels very unstable especially when making sharp turns or on the ramps.
    4. Ugly interior ,, for its price ,cramped.
    5. Something is wrong in the front suspension, The front wheels keep on losing alignment.
    6. Lots of squeeks from somewhere under the body.

    But the best thing about these cars is that they are very reliable. I take out my montero for offroading almost every weekend for the last 3 years and the car is still in good shape. Though the suspension seems to be loosing its composure , the car still feels tough and the motor very smooth( except for some noise from valve lifter from time to time). If the engine sounds too bad i put in some marvel mystry oil , it really makes the engine smooth.
  • mjk55mjk55 Posts: 2
    I just got a 1995 Montero SR which which is totally loaded with every option you could think of, its got 81k miles and runs great so far, pretty quiet, no rattles and 17-20 mpg. I'm very impressed with the quality of the interior and the convenience type items, nicely finished. Also love the looks of the exterior and lines of the vehicle, looks like a real SUV, not a pretend SUV. One issue I do have and it alarms me especially after reading these last few post on this thread, that is that mine pulls to the right with authority also!!! My sister had the car prior to me and she said she took it back to the dealer when she bought it (at 50k) and they said it was the tires and replaced ALL four tires for her at no charge, they definitely wanted to sell her this car because she was paying a fortune for it. Anyway she felt that it seemed better with the new tires and she just forgot about it. But it definitely pulls to the right, I will be taking it in for some normal service work soon and will be inquiring about this, will post the results.
  • alexpalexp Posts: 70
    mjk... do a little test (be very carefull) while driving straight, on the good stretch of road, place steering wheel straight and try to drive without corrections to see how far off it pulls you. If you know any potholes try to drive over one of them while holding steering wheel straight and see what happens after the bump. Also, try to notice if there is same pulling in all areas, or it stronger in some but not the others. On the 2-3 lane highway or road, try to observe if pulling is same on all lanes. The most right lane have tendency to be the worst. Make sure that your tires are inflated even, within 1 psi (+ - 0.5 psi). Very often, dealers have no idea how to properly and effectively balance those large tires on the alloy rims. I had some pulling on my brand new truck, took it to the dealer, looked at their equipmnet and after I was done laughing, I offered tham a deal: they will take (I would) truck to the modern tire place for balancing. If everything is fine, I will pay for the service. If there was a problem, they will. Manager happily agreed, unfortunately they had to pay for it! That place didn't just balanced tires on that thing with the bubble on it, or did some slow rotation... they did computer analysis during various speeds and put weights (or remove them) on the inside and outside. Many dealers have outdated equipment and that's a problem.
  • mjk55mjk55 Posts: 2
    Thanks so much for your response, I do the street test all the time seeing how much it pulls in certain conditions. For sure it pulls in the right lane more so than the center or say the left. In fact in the left lane because of the slope of the road, I can usually take my hands off the wheel and drive straight, but in the right lane it always goes right, sometimes harder than others. Also I have gone very slow on a flat road so that I could feel each rotation of the tire and there is a "lope" I think in one of the front tires. I like your idea of taking the truck to a tire store where they will have the latest equipment and just balancing all four tires and check PSI and maybe rotating them. This would be relatively cheap and may solve the problem. Thanks again for such a quick response.

    Regards, mjk
  • alexpalexp Posts: 70
    Make sure your tires are cold. It been said that if you drive more than a mile you should wait for tires to cool off. The best thing is to measure air pressure in the morning.
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