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Mitsubishi Montero



  • dskidski Posts: 414
    Oh yeah, I realize that torque and mileage are superior with the diesel's. I just couldn't live with the draw backs. It's just a personal thing with me. I'll probably never consider one. I'm not being critical of them though. If I wanted a heavy duty pick up it would makes sense except for the purchase price.

  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    One disadvantage is that if you get the fuel on your shoe or hand it does not come off fast like gas and you can get it all over.

    As far as break even point, trailer life stated something like 85K miles. After that the cost rapidly falls in favor of diesel.
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    Has anyone who has the 3.5L Montero driven the 3.8 to see how much difference there is in power in real life situations, would be interested to know.
  • Hi All,

    Looking for suggestions for replacement tires for our 2002 Limited. We have had the truck for 11 months and have 37K on it. As you can tell from the mileage, it is mainly a pavement princess. We do tow our pop up from Colorado to Glacier park in Montana each summer and various other camping trips but dirt roads are about as much off roading as we do. We do go skiing almost every weekend during the winter, 2-hour drive, so we are looking for good all season tires. But as you can tell by the mileage, we want highway comfort. So with all that said we are considering Cross Terrains and Bridgestone Revos. Any experience with these or others?

    By the way, we have had 0 problems with the vehicle other than one moron twisted off one of the wheel studs during a tire rotation. It was easy to fix and the stud was cheap. I guess I should have expected this relability but after 2 Explorers I am thrilled with the build quality and reliability. A little disappointed with the Geolanders wearing out so quickly but it is a minor thing. We just love the vehicle.

  • dskidski Posts: 414
    37K? Heck, that's nothing! I have 66K on mine. Well, mine is 2 years old so we're on a similar pace.

    I replaced my tires with Bridgestone H/L's. The H/L's are an upgrade to the original Bridgesones that came with the Monti. They did seem to provide a Slightly better highway ride than the originals. They are diffinately wearing better too. One struggle if you want a better highway ride: If you follow the Low Pressure recommendations from Mitsu, you get a better ride. If you go with a higher pressure like 35psi you get a worse ride but much longer tread life.

    I've decided to up the psi. This seems to be the main reason why these are wearing better and those tires aren't cheap.

  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    I am looking at three tires, all A/T's as I need something a little more aggressive, better snow, mud, sand than an H/T can offer.

    1. Bridgestone Dueler Revo
    -advantage, I think, new users rate it high but it has only been out for a short time it seems and I dont know if it would be fair to fully give it #1 when #2, the geolander, has 8x the miles experience based on the raters
    2. Yok Geolander A/T Plus 2
    -rated very well, used to be #1 until the Revo and may still be number one at the Tire Rack rating site since there are too few miles to really give #1 to the Revo in my opinion.
    -advantage that it comes in stock Monte size so you dont have to buy a 5th tire right away as the H/T could be used as a spare.
    -disadvantage, only comes in SL load rating then jumps to 8 ply. A 6 ply is what I am looking for, generally better ride on an SUV of this weight and tougher in the rocks
    3. Toyo Open Country
    - advantage, 6 ply available
    - disadvantages, I cant find it rated by users yet, I think 6 ply may be a 75 series which will change diameter. I dont know if spare could be used with the LSD rear as one tire would be turning at a different speed. Lastly, expensive, $138 vs the Geolander 8 ply 115 and SL under $100.

    If the Geolander A/T came in a 6 ply that would be my choice. I think the 8 ply would be too stiff. I may give up the toughness for the other qualities of this tire and go with the SL load rated tire. I hate to do this because all the off roaders I spoke with stated that SUV like this gain a nice handling improvement with the stiffer sidewall and squared off tread pattern that comes with 6ply tires over SL.
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    Brill... I replaced my H/T's with H/L's. I'm not really sure what the differences are. They did provide a better ride but I'm sure they won't provide the off-road ability your looking for.

  • I'm about to get rid of our Geo Tires at about 37k. They still have some life, but the noise is a bit loud on the highway. I had to get a new spare and looking at TireRack for a better handling and quiter tire, I chose Goodyear Fortera HL. It has a pattern on the side wall and I'm not too happy that I can't fit my Spare cover over it (standard size). Luckly the Monty's spare is a good looking alloy wheel. I'll report later when I buy 3 more Fortera's this spring and transfer one of the Yoko's to the back under the spare cover. Truck is great.
    I broke the rear window washer nossle right off, just cleaning the window at a gas station. Wonder how much that is going to cost me for a little piece of plastic. I feel like James Bond now that if someone is tailgating, I can hit the switch and shoot washer fluid straight back on their car. ha ha, haven't used it yet.
    Tire rack was $20 cheaper than Sam's Club and that was without Sam's charging tax...
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    Would like to hear from any 2003 owners on what they think about their new ride. Power and fuel economy are my two top concerns. Thanks!
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    Do you use the spare tire in your rotation schedule?

    If not, you could just use one of the exisiting old tires as your spare and fit the cover over that. That option also saves you the expense of a fifth tire. Only problem is that you will not want to drive any distance should if you ever use the spare.

  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    It is disappionting that they didn make the cover larger so as to fit tires that are close such as the stock 265/70-16 to 265/75-16. This would give more options.

    I need to find out if a 265/75 and 265/70 are too far off to have mounted, as a temp in case of flat, on the rear with a LSD. I am worried that the variation in wheel spin may hurt the LSD. If so then it is either purchace 5 new tires and be concerned the spare cover wont fit or just go to 4 of the Geolander A/T in stock size, give up the extra durability over the 6 ply, which I think only come in the 75 series.

    Bottom line: factor in your desire to have the cover with your next tire choice.
  • I have to say that this is an impressive looking tire. Excellent reviews also! You guys mentioned that it's an 8 ply; which means a little stiffer ride??? If I go from a 255/70/16 to 265s on my 2000 Montero Sport XLS, will the ABS be affected in any way? Will anything be affected besides the odometer, which is possibly affected in a very small amount. I'm going fatter not taller, right? Appreciate any opinion. Thanks.
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    The 265/75-16 is 8 ply is what I am told, the 265/70-16 in SL rating would be a stock type size for the newer Montero.

    They put 255 not 265 on the XLS?
  • I'm not sure if you were answering my question or somebody's else...

    I know I have 255 as stock; I want to go to 265s. Are the 265/70s not as good as 265/75s?
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    Its not really a question of being better or worse unless the tire you want, in my case the 6-ply, is not offered in the 70 series and you have to consider not being able to use the tire cover in the back if you buy 5 tires OR you buy 4 but the size is different and you cant use two different sizes on the rear of a LSD. I think that the LSD may not accomodate different diameter tires due to the tires rotating at different speeds. If true and you got a rear flat you would have to move a front tire to the rear and your spare to the front. The front with an open axle could rotate at different speeds.
  • However, its exterior was ruined for 2003. It looked much better in 2002!
  • I will get 4 or 5(spare) tires for the truck. Now the question is which one is stiffer the 8-ply which I think you are saying is offered in the 75s??? Oh, and the spare goes underneath the truck in the back; will that fit?
  • Are 70s 8-ply which equals stiffer?
  • ghawgghawg Posts: 10
    You are absolutely correct. When using a spare tire with a smaller sized diameter in conjunction with 3 larger tires, You must always place the smaller tire in the front, if the vehicle is equipped with a rear LSD and open front diff. This is what I must do at the moment.
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    So you dont thing I could drive to the next shop with two different sizes on the back?

    It kills me that I cant find a 6 ply in the 70 series, seems they are all 75 series. This means 5 tires, cant use rear cover. The ride improvement and toughness may warrent I go this way anyway.

    I would like to see a Yok Geolander A/T 2 plus in a 6 ply, stock size.
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