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Mitsubishi Montero



  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    I know there wont be a steering problem (oh God dont let there be another round of Montero bashing based on a steering box whine).

    I meant to say I didnt know if the problem would result in premature wear of the power steering.
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    It has been ages since I visited the Sequoia site. Some of you who like me were debating various models before we picked the Montero may remember those days of getting verbally beat if anything negative was brought up. Well, they are still at it. Even Sequoia owners reporting problems dont feel they can speak freely.

    Interesting, they now have a Sequoia problem and solution site. WOW! I wonder how those toyota dealers like that. Real Sequoia owners sharing thier problems like we do here finally.

    I am impressed at the lack of problems the Montero has vs the competition. Yes, the rollover issue in the single report by CU (as non scientific as it was) will remain as a black eye and may prove to be something to be aware of but other than that really nothing to complain about.

    Anyway, just goes to show that all the car companies have issues with thier new vehicles but the Montero is holding its own real well.

    Hey with all the good things to say I better go find a problem or someone is going to think Mitsu is paying me.
  • magillamagilla Posts: 75
    I've got a '98 Monte and live in the AZ desert. My rearest passengers have absolutely never complained about not getting enough cool air and we do NOT have rear air. Don't worry about it. If you can have that kind of result here, it's got to be fine. And btw, on a return trip from San Diego averaging about 75mph, our mpg was 19.6 with the A/C on!!! How do ya like that? Rollover? Bah!!! And my compass freaks out all the time too.
  • phonosphonos Posts: 204
    The front A/C works very well. Driving around in the Coachella Valley of California in the summer -- the rear air makes it even more comfortable in the front seat.

    You have to consider the total load on the A/C. Human bodies put out a lot of heat.

    Just my opinion.
  • counselor2counselor2 Posts: 47
    Don't forget that the rear climate package also controls hot air going to the rear, which is an issue here in Chicago. Plus, that big sunroof lets in a ton of sunlight. I suppose that you could get by without the package if you are in a moderate climate, but we hit 100 here in the summer and below zero in the winter and definitely need that rear climate package. Besides, with inventories mounting (my dealer had 35 2001 Limiteds in stock last weekend -- I counted), you should be able to get a great deal.

    My compass also goes haywire from time-to-time, and I just follow the computer's directions to "drive in circles in an open area" until it recalibrates itself. Funny, but that seems to happen when I drive by certain places. Maybe there are some electromagnetic fields that affect it?

    Brill, since you seem to be searching for problems, here are the ones that I have had fixed (all under warranty) in the first 4500 miles: (1) front grill came loose in one corner and had to be re-anchored; (2) switch for rear tailgate-activated light shorted out and was replaced; and (3) the plastic cover on the rear 12-volt power outlet broke off and had to be replaced so that my kids wouldn't cram stuff into the outlet. As for that last item, Mitsu, in a stroke of bizarro engineering, designed the part so that you have to replace the entire rear 12-volt outlet instead of just the plastic cover. That requires the removal of all the plastic panels in the rear passenger side of the truck to get to the outlet. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    My power steering is fine so far (truck built 12/00), but if I get close to the end of the warranty period I might just have the work done regardless.

    Gee, I guess that I wouldn't make a good Sequoia owner, would I?
  • blazer610blazer610 Posts: 7
    Has anyone tried to sell their Montero? I recently replaced mine because I need more power and stability for towing. I deceided to sell mine 2 days before the CU test hit the news. I have tried since to sell the Montero without one single call from a potential buyer. I have offered it for $27,000 or best offer. It is a Limited with 9,300 miles, factory trailer hitch and wiring harness, sun roof air deflector, rear air deflector, and cargo mat. I can't believe that not one single person will even make an offer. Anybody else had this problem?
  • dmac8dmac8 Posts: 54
    Resale is going to be rediculous. Whatever the merits of the CR article, you can bet the results are lodged in the minds of the prospects for this type of truck.

    Mitsu needs to conduct very extensive and transparent tests for all the mags that cover these vehicles, then make changes, if required, or stand vindicated.

    I'm not bashing the Monte, it's a nice truck. I own an SUV and happen to believ you can roll any of them and even the very best, will roll at limits far short of a car.

    Monte owners need to consolidate their efforts and get Mitsu to demonstrate the Monte doesen't enhance the risk for rollover because of design or component deficiencies.

    Lastly, they need to help offset any assault on present and resale values.
  • ken131ken131 Posts: 20
    I decided to get rid of my 2001 Montero, Ltd., 8000 miles, as quickly as possible once the CR report came out. (I guess I am just one of those people who cannot take a chance with such a serious safety issue). In any event, I went to numerous dealerships to discuss trade in. The best trade in figure I could get for my Montero was $26,000. Some dealers refused to offer me anything, stating that it would be too difficult for even them to resell the vehicle.

    Hope this info helps.
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    Agree with you that Mistu should get thier act together and address the claim, there is only one, in an attempt to clarify the issue and prevent future sales loss, address our questions.

    As far as future value I am not really concerned as I have no plans of selling. This is an excellent SUV.

    Went 4wding again. Part of is was sideways on a slope. My nerves stopped me long before any rollover. This thing climbs like a mountian goat and boy does it absorb the rough stuff at speed.
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    Does anyone have the list of SUV's CU tested. I have heard that they really havent tested many. If thats true I would like to know why they have not tested across all makes and models. What are they trying to do make just one or a few SUVs appear unsafe?
  • counselor2counselor2 Posts: 47
    According to CU's website, the group that they tested together with the 2001 Monte included the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, GMC Envoy, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota 4Runner.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    The list would be way too long! Here's a small sample off the top of my head though, at least from the last 3 years or so.

    1) '99 MB ML320
    2) '00 MB ML430
    3) '00 BMW X5 4.4
    4) '01 Lexus RX300
    5) '99 Lexus RX300
    6) '01 Acura MDX
    7) '97 Isuzu Trooper
    8) '97 Acura SLX
    9) '96 Ford Explorer Limited
    10) ''98 Ford Explorer Limited
    11) '01 Infiniti QX4
    12) '97 Nissan Pathfinder
    13) '97 Toyota 4Runner
    14) '01 Mazda Tribute
    15) '01 Ford Escape
    16) '01 Hyundai Santa Fe
    17) '01 Toyota RAV4
    18) '97 Honda CR-V
    19)' '97 Toyota RAV4
    20) '99 Honda CR-V
    21) '01 Toyota RAV4
    22) '00 Subaru Forester
    23) '98 Subaru Forester
    24) '01 Mitsubishi Montero
    25) '00 Land Rover Discovery II
    26) '96 Land Rover Discovery
    27) '98 Toyota Land Cruiser
    28) '95 Toyota Land Cruiser
    29) '01 Toyota Land Cruiser (with VSC)
    30) '99 Dodge Durango
    31) '95 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
    32) '98 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
    33) '99 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    Also tested (can't remember the model years) would be the Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Geo Tracker. Going further back, the Suzuki Samurai, the Ford Bronco, the Dodge Ramcharger...

    In any case, I think I've made my point...considering that C.R also tests small/large pickups, small/medium/large sedans, minivans, wagons, this is not a small feat! In all of the years that they have been testing SUVs, they have only given the unacceptable rating to 3 vehicles. The Isuzu Trooper/Acura SLX, the Suzuki Samurai, and the '01 Mitsubishi Montero.

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  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    Where did you find this information? I looked on the internet and couldnt find past info.

    Did they do roll over testing of all of these or just test drives.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,960
    "The short and safest answer is to use common sense. Sport-utility vehicles, as a rule, have higher centers of gravity than passenger cars. That means, under the laws of physics, sport-utes have a greater tendency to roll over than passenger cars."

    Detroit News' take on CR

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  • regalaregala Posts: 45
    I was appalled when I saw this website that discussed tire blowout on a 2001 Montero.
  • wmquanwmquan Posts: 1,817
    Yikes that safety cage really crumpled up in the rollover. Then again, it did say it rolled over "numerous times." Though I don't think an M-class (well-known for its safety cage in rollovers) would have collapsed like that.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Did you notice the date of the accident? November 2000! This certainly shows that just because Mitsubishi claims that there have been no "reported rollovers that" they are aware of, doesn't mean that there aren't any.

    It looks like the vehicle rolled first onto its driver's side, and then over again. There is the most deformation on the driver's side. Severe injuries would probably include serious spinal, head and neck injuries (common in rollovers, and could result in paralysis), as the roof makes contact with the head. That's why race cars have such strong roll cages. The Subaru WRX World Rally Championship car's can bear 20 times the weight of the car on its roof!

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  • igneaignea Posts: 1
    I have searched this board for a posting regarding a power steering noise on the montero ltd. I have 4000 miles on mine and I can no longer ignore this noise. I have felt there was something wrong for a while now . I would like to go back to the dealer somewhat prepared to explain the nature of the problem. It sounds like a high pitched whining or whirring sound. Initially I thought I only heard it when I turned the wheel. Now I believe I here it all the time.
    Any insight would be appreciated.
  • wmquanwmquan Posts: 1,817
    Drew's list is quite comprehensive, and there are even a few more SUV's they tested that he couldn't immediately recall from memory (e.g. CR had tested an earlier QX4 in '98). So I'd have to say that CR does indeed test lots of SUV's (and lots of vehicles, period).

    I believe CR always tests the emergency handling. It's part of the vehicle rating in their tests.
  • viet2viet2 Posts: 66
    Veronica, take it back to the dealer. They have to fix that for you. They fixed mine.
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