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Mitsubishi Montero



  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    Read a one year (long term report) last night. They still loved the Monteros off road ability, had no out of pocket expenses for repairs, averaged only 14.something but admitted they have been putting thier foot in it, still feel the roll is too much but that this is expected in this level of off road vehicle (I agree with that one). Overall they said they would miss the Montero as the year ends and they turn in the vehicle.

    I'm especially happy to here the lack of repairs because this was my only concern going into the Montero. I had heard good things about reliability overseas but was concerned given that this is a new model to some degree.

    I am still looking at the shock isse. I feel I need to conclude this since I started the whole mess. I have been told so many different variations. I am happy with the stock shocks for the most part but I think increase rebound damping would help a great deal an the Rancho 9000 are adjustable. Will pursue application for the 2001.
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    To Be fair Briar, your tires had to be fairly hot when the dealer checked the pressure. The tire dealer may have inflated around 35psi, although I beleive 32psi is more appropriate.

    For an accurate reading you have to allow at least 3 hours of no driving for a cool down. To prove my point, check your pressure before you drive off next time. Then check it after the tires are hot. I bring this up because if the Dealer adjusted the pressure in HOT tires they could very well be underinflated now. Amazing the a dealer sevice department doesn't know these things but it happens all the time.
  • tas4tas4 Posts: 3
    I've done it. The first time I had the dealer do it, the second pheasant that kamakaze'd me I did it myself. Its not too bad. First you unscrew the circular bracket where the antennae mounts. Use a wide flat head driver to turn it. Gently apply the turn pressure without pushing down too would be a real heartache to slip with whatever you're using and scratch the paint. With the radio on, slide the plastic 'notched' strip into the hole until it butts up against the motor. Then I turned the radio off. The motor comes on and automatically spins to retract. The plastic strip gets grabbed and pulled inside. As the coil of plastic gets pulled in, grab the mast assembly and hold/guide it as it is pulled in, you don't want it to be dragged and scratch the finish. It'll pull the whole mast assembly into place, when the mast seats in the hole the motor shuts off. Screw the cover back on and you're done. I don't remember which way the 'teeth' on the plastic faced, I'm pretty sure they faced the rear. I know the first time I did it the teeth were going the wrong way and the motor didn't grab the strip at all. Then I re did it with the teeth facing the other direction and it took it.

    Also in regard to the flat tire post, that was my experience as well. It was a nightmare trying to figure out how to get that cover off in the dark. And the cylinder jack is completely worthless on any kind of uneven surface, too small a base, it was nearly impossible to center it and not have it tip when you jacked the vehicle. Don't bother with it if you travel off road or anything other than new, perfectly level asphalt.
  • rotors have been turned twice at 40K, anyone else?
  • My rear brakes were replaced at 30 k and turned.

    My front brakes need to be replaced this weekend.

    Why the rear went out before the front?

    I think they were defective myself but the dealer wouldnt do anything about it.

    I am getting new tires in about 2 weeks. I have 40k on the stock Bridgestones. I think I could go another 10k but who wants to risk it, plus I am driving to Colorado from Texas and will probably be in some snow. I hope!
  • Where did you read that one year report on the Monty? I'd like to pick up a copy...!
  • rberardrberard Posts: 22
    Has anyone had problems with this feature? Mine has gone bezerk. My son was using my montero at the time - after he filled it up, the gage was on full but the display reported 20 miles to empty - he traveled about 90 miles and then it reported 16 miles to empty. I will call the dealership today. I have 27k miles.
  • phonosphonos Posts: 204
    Same thing happened to mine at 24K+ miles. Tank was only about half empty.

    My wife filled it up, swears she tightened the gas cap (which will cause it to not reset sometimes and cause the "check engine light to come on), but it didn't reset. I checked the cap and re-tightned it, but it still didn't help.

    Seems I remember it happened once before and it reset itself the next fill up.

    Before the next fill-up, had to take it into the dealer for service because the check engine light came on after about 300 miles. (They said that they didn't know why that had happened because there was no problems stored in the computer memory although they saw the light was on when I drove in). They reset the millage computer at that time. No problems since then.

    Is all this stuff, i.e. display software, warning lights, etc. all on the same computer?

    They said the problem could be storing the garage door opener, toll road transponder, and entry gate transponder in the slot under the display.

    I read in the owner's manual that you are not to store a cell phone in this location and I can understand this as a cell phone emits EMR any time it is powered up. But, openers, and transponders only transmit when activated, and I had no problems with them stored here for 24,000 miles.

    I think the dealer is blowing smoke on this one but moved the stuff anyway.

    Has anyone had to reset the compass? I had to do it once about a year ago but not since. I wonder if you go through that procedure, does it reset the whole computer including the "miles to empty" display?

    I think the whole problem is probably due to MS software in the computer system(s). To fix it, just reboot.
  • tas4tas4 Posts: 3
    We had the same problem. The first dealer we took it to said there was no fix according to the hotline. Six months later at a different dealership they had a tech who said there was a service bulletin on resetting the system. Whatever they did it is now reset.

    The problem with the system is on every fill-up it displays the calculated mileage available based upon the miles generated by the last fill up. So, if for some reason it doesn't register a complete fill up properly, it then always will display a wrong miles to go reading, say 70 miles instead of 300. There is no way to reset it by driving it down to empty and refilling the gas tank (the first dealer's suggestion). The system has to to be reset and calibrated as new.

    If your dealer service dep't doesn't know how, they should. Call a couple other dealers. According to to the second dealer this complaint is showing up a lot in Monteros that have 25 to 35k on the odometer.
  • tas4tas4 Posts: 3
    When I did it it only reset the compass orientation. To my knowledge the dealer has to reset the system for the mileage calculator.
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    I was worried someone would ask and I didnt note the magazine. check the stands now, it was one of the popular auto mags. I usually run through them very quickly in one shot. It should still be on the stands. If I get by there before you I will try and find it again. Sorry
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    About a reset procedure I think I remember one in the shop manuals, I will look it up again.
  • phonosphonos Posts: 204

    ""Kleinschmidt Drives into Motorsports History""

    By Sue Mead

    Lac Rose, Senegal, Africa:

    "German rally driver Jutta Kleinschmidt made motorsports history when she took the 23rd Dakar crown to become the first woman ever to win the notoriously dangerous and grueling Paris-Dakar Rally. Driving a Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero, with co-driver Andreas Schulz, also from Germany, she finished the10,000 km rally just two and a half minutes ahead of Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero team drivers Hiroshi Masuoka of Japan and Pascal Maimon of France."


    Complete article:

  • phonosphonos Posts: 204
    From the following website, it appears that Montero/Pajero finished in positions 1-4 in this year's rally.

    Admittedly, these are "Super Production" short wheelbase, 2-door models, but still . . .

  • I was just reading through the threads over here:

    and was surprised to see at least 3 different people mentioning the water pump going out around 90k miles..and having to get the engine rebuilt for a cost of $10,000!!!! This of course seems ridiculous that Mitsu would charge that amount. Anyway, does anyone know with the 2001 Monty with the 3.5 of any weaknesses in the design of the engine? I love my Monty, but if I can expect another 3-5k in "standard maintenance" to get it to 100k miles I might get rid of it.

  • Also, I noticed someone mentioning in that forum something about a recall for a rear window wiper wing nut, and a radiator recall for the 2001 montys. Does anyone have a concise list of all of the recalls? I'll take mine into the dealer in a few weeks and make sure they get them all!

  • regalaregala Posts: 45
    So far, here's what they recalled on mine:

    Windshield wiper wing nut
    Brake accumulator valve

    As far as the long term report that brillmtb is talking about, I think it was the MotorTrend magazine that had the 1 year report.
  • Also, I noticed someone mentioning in that forum something about a recall for a rear window wiper wing nut, and a radiator recall for the 2001 montys. Does anyone have a concise list of all of the recalls? I'll take mine into the dealer in a few weeks and make sure they get them all!

  • thanks for the info!
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    Even if the water pump is going out at 90k you really should have changed the timing belt by that time. When you change a timing belt it would be prudent and cost effective to change the water pump. I do this on all my vehicles as the pump costs maybe $40 but would take an additional several hundred $ in labor cost if not done at the time of the timing belt.

    I have several friends with Montes over 90K with no reported engine problems at all. I doubt you will find much with this engine becasue its been around long enough to "work out the bugs".

    Service items

    Replace FRONT windshield wiper nuts

    Replace radiator (tranny cooler running through it may leak wrecking tranny)

    Replace Mirrors if you dont already have the updated version (mine did out of the factory)

    Replace brake accuator (on affected models). You can call the 800 number with your VIN and have the dealer check. I found better service calling the 800 number then walking in with full knowledge to the dealer. Many of us have been unhappy with dealers but this is not unique to Mitsu, just look at the Toyota complaints.

    Possibly replace the 4wd switch which is located under the front skid plate I think, if it is found to be leaking at oil checks. Mine has had not problems but others have reported leaks. I dont think this is a TSB or recall item yet.

    Hope this helps
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