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Mitsubishi Montero Sport

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  • Check out these pictures of the new smaller SUV Mitsubishi is going to sell in the US at the end of this year. 2Liter engine only.

    http://community.webshots.com/user/vinceburlapp
  • Cortneys - I don't know if you are talking about the TMV or not. I did use the TMV. I actually did better than a TMV but this was on a new Monte Sport. I came in about $500 less than TMV.I also used it in buying a GMC truck and came out just a little better. I have to admit though that this is the 7th vehicle we have bought and I think I have come a long way in my buying skills since the first car I bought. I am almost intractable in the price I offer. I also migh have lucked out when I bought the Monte I bought - this was the first time I truly felt the 2 salespeople I dealt with were desperate to sell.
  • I just posted more pictures of the New smaller SUV which might replace the low end Montero sport.

    http://thehollywoodextra.com

    This is my roommate's site, but scroll down, there is a red link to my car page.
  • homer61388homer61388 Posts: 54
    I am currently looking at a Montero Sport Limited. It seems pretty good, leather, heated seats, peppy powertrain, I'm just not sure about long term reliability and towing and payload capacity? I do towing on a regular basis and I'm wondering if the MS Limited even with the 3.5 V6 has enough power when towing a 2 ton fishing boat and hauling around five people and cargo? Should I go for something with more power, or will the MS be fine when towing and hauling around cargo? Also what about reliability? I know Mitsubishi is Japanese, but does that mean it will have Toyota-like reliability? And with the constant towing/hauling will the MS been more vulnerable to engine and transmission repair? Any thoughts will be useful. Thanks!
  • i just bought a new sport xs, smelled smoke after getting home from the rear of vehicle. checked with dealer he said that it should only last for a few days. said it happens on alot of new vehicles comming from the muffler due to the first time heat to the vehicle.
    smells of burning fluid like dropping oil on hot engine. ( anyone else haveing this happen???
  • TODAY MY WIFE CALLED AND SAID WHEN SHE BACKED OUT OF THE DRIVEWAY, SHE NOTICED THE ENGINE TROUBLE LIGHT ON. THEN WHEN SHE PUT IT INTO DRIVE TO LEAVE IT WENT OUT.

    AREN'T ALL OF THE LIGHTS ON THE DASH SUPPOSED TO GO OUT AFTER YOU START YOUR VEHICLE???

    IS THIS NORMAL-- IT DIDN'T GO ON TODAY SO FAR..
  • A few months ago I posted that I was unsure as to whether to buy a Mitsu Sport or 4Runner. I bought the MS and it has really been a great car. I travel all local miles EXCEPT for recently when we took the MS for a longer trip. I noticed the engine making sounds I never heard before. Going at higher speeds it was really loud, and sort of concerning. Is this only the start of what will be a rattle trap?!?
    Also... I heard by word of mouth all of the hype on the Mitsu's recent ratings as 'the worst made car'( or something along those lines)...is that for the sport or the big Montero? Lets hope for all of us Sport drivers that ours won't flip at 35 MPH! Let me know if you know what all the hype is about with the Mitsu's!
  • KicKMan1KicKMan1 Posts: 45
    Cortney S.

    I've traded in two cars that were one year old and took a big hit on both of them. Different rationales but it seems that vehicles depreciate the most in their first year. Yes, the depreciation is artificially created by the sales industry, but you'll never get an honest answer from them.
  • Yes, a Mitsu is Japanese, but from my experience, it does not compare well to a Toyota. I have no experience with SUVs; I'm out here researching that particular topic myself because I'm in the market. However, I drive a Mitsu Diamante station wagon, and my husband a Toyota T100. I've had some significant problems with my car: air conditioner hasn't worked in two years (the $1800 dealer wanted to fix made me decide to roll down the windows, but this means we can't take the car on long trips and gosh it gets hot here!), had to replace some item that got corroded (cost about $500; not a car person so forgot what it was and they told me it was my fault for not having it cleaned regularly), keyless entry hasn't worked in five years, the car has a poltergeist (the security alarm goes off about every fifth time I unlock the door). My husband's truck is three years newer but has about 20,000 more miles on it and he has never ever had any problems with it. Does the regular maintenance check-ups and that's it. I'm going to look into the Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder, maybe Acura MDX. The only reason I'm at this Montero chatline is that I'm an obsessive researcher.
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    I too have a Toyota T100 SR5 -Cab 4x4 (1996) with 45,000 miles and has had more problems than my wife 2000 MS LSD (21,000 miles). I guess I got a good MS and a bad T100. The T100 has been running good for the past 25,000 miles since all problems have been fixed. The MS has had one rattle repaired under warranty, one recall, and 3 TSB's. The T100 has had new head gasket, new rear springs, auto shift linkage repaired (still not right), new speedometer cable, new power antenna, and a few other minor items.

    As most of us know, you can get a good vehicle and a not so good vehicle, no matter what make you buy. I am a Toyota buff, but took a chance on the MS due to price, and so far have not been sorry. The 3.5 motor in the MS is a nice engine. Has more power and better gas mileage (2-3 mpg better) than the Toyota 3.4 around town. On the highway, they are about the same.

    Comparing the MS to the 4-Runner, these two vehicles are pretty much identical on how they are setup and dimensions.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,313
    steve_ "Mitsubishi Montero" Jul 11, 2001 9:35am

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  • js999js999 Posts: 1
    Ok, Let me give some rational answers. I have owned 2 Montero Sports, a 1997 AS 2WD and a 2001 AS 4WD.

    I like the 1997, but this truck really begins to rattle and literally fall apart in 6 months or so. But I was able to see beyond this and in 2000, traded it in for a new model, with 4WD as I was moving from TX to OH and need the 4WD for the snow.

    I did some checking into the safety records of this truck after Consumer Reports rated its big brother, the Montero Limited, unacceptable.

    *** READ THIS PART ***

    The montero sport is essentially a death trap. The NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested this vehicle and the results were horrible! The IIHS says, "this is the kind of crash that you can't walk away from...you will survive the crash but have massive injuries to your legs. So you would be trapped in the car until you could be rescued".

    These crash tests results, plus the results of the rollover tests really makes the vehicle UNSAFE. SO unsafe that I decided to cut my losses, dump the truck (only 13K miles on it), take the hit as the value plummeted (partly becasue the market is flooded, partly becasue they are not worth anything due to HORRIBLE saftey reports) and get a safer vehicle.

    *** PLEASE THINK BEFORE YOU BUY ***

    You life, or your family's lives my really depend on your decesion. This truck is not safe in an accident.
  • ealkasealkas Posts: 1
    Does anyone know a website where I can order and purchase a keyless/alarm transmitter that came standard with the LS trim model? The dealership is a ripoff. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  • scott225scott225 Posts: 8
    I'm too lazy to do the search now, but I do remember finding plenty of online parts suppliers who stocked the keyless entry components for the Mitsu. Just do a Yahoo search for "Mitsubishi Parts."
  • bharlinbharlin Posts: 5
    I,m getting ready to take that all important next step,the suv plunge.Got my choices narrowed down
    to two either a explorer on montero sport.Would like to hear from owners good or bad about there
    montero sports.I am looking to buy a used one and i am leaning towards the sport.Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Bill
  • I just had my 2000 Montero Sport in to the dealer for its 30,000 mile checkup. I was charged $795 for it!!! I seem to recall many other cars in many other dealerships of a 30,000 mile checkup running about $300-400 dollars. What have you all paid for 30,000 mile checkups?? Did I just get taken big time, or is this really how much this car is going to cost me?

    Thanks!
  • I read with great interest the technical service bulletin to fix the hard shifting on Montero Sports. Mine seems to do that too. But when I took my 2000 4wd ls into the dealership and asked them to apply it, they told me the transmission is fine and the vehicle does not need the changes made as indicated on the TSB.

    How do I know whether my MS really needs or could benefit from the TSB?

    Thanks
  • ..got a great deal, and I'm very happy with it so far. One thing I have noticed driving it for a month now is sluggish acceleration. I did notice this when I did the test drive, but didn't think it was that big of a deal...I wasn't in the market for a race car...

    I've heard that these "filter kits" can add HP and give a small (1 to 3%) better mileage? Any suggestions as to if they're worth it, and which brand to purchase?

    Also heard of these "ECM chip" upgrades that do the same....anyone have any experience with these? Any particular brand/model?

    Finally, was going to put larger tires on...currently have the stock 15" tires...I do know that the 16" from limited do not fit...are there any OEM wheels that will fit the Sport ES?

    Thanks in advance!
  • Hey,

    I just read on Auto.Com that the Insurance Institute has rated the crash test results on the 2001 Sport as 'GOOD'!!

    I have always felt that my 2000 LTD 4X4 was built well. I know Mitsu has added some more safety features on the 2001 which makes it better in crash results. Mine is still running good. Have not been disappointed so far.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    for the '01-'02 Montero Sport. Yes, it received a "good":
    http://www.hwysafety.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/0115.htm

    The entire list of IIHS tested mid-sized SUVs can be seen here:
    http://www.hwysafety.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/summary_midsuv.htm


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  • agh15agh15 Posts: 90
    I have had my montero sport since December 1999 and have had no problems with my montero sport. I think it was one of the best purchases I have made, and I will buy the redesigned montero sport when it comes out. I hope everyone has been as happy with their montero sports as I have.
  • I see that the 2000 model Sport was included with the 1996 model that was tested as poor. But the 2000 model was changed, and is like the 2001. Funny how they rate a vehicle that has changed and not tested it. I know the Sport is not the only one they have done this to.

    I feel that they can only rate the model year vehicle tested, and not include following years with no testing done to them. The manufacturer can make upgrades on existing models the next year that might improve the rating. This is somewhat the case on the 2000 versus 2001 Sport.
  • agh15agh15 Posts: 90
    I totally agree with you, I think that they should change that.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    The IIHS didn't test the newer '97-00 model because structurally it was identical to the tested '96 model. As such, the crash test results would've been very similar. The '01 model was changed and improved struturally and the tested results reflect this.

    I hope this helps,

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  • So, they will only retest a vehicle if only something has been done to the structure? But what if a manufacturer does numerous changes, like air bags, reposition counsels, dashes, add side beam door supports, different bumpers, etc. I think this would change the results. Not getting on you, your just reporting back what IIHS does, but I just don't buy into including other year vehicles without testing. My opinion.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    If airbag characteristics are altered, the IIHS may retest the vehicle. Bumpers do not make a significant difference in speed crash tests. In fact, the IIHS proved this by crash testing a Toyota Camry with no front fenders or bumpers. The resuls were almost identical to the unaltered Camry. If the structural platform of the vehicle does not change, it doesn't matter if the dash is reshaped (that's only cosmetic) since there will be similar amounts of intrusion.

    The IIHS does not do routine side impact crash tests, so side impact beams (which are mandatory by law since 1997 anyway) will not be a factor.

    Good luck,

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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Just so you know, the NHTSA does the same thing. If none of the restraint systems or structure of the vehicle have been changed, they simply carry over the results from the previous model year.
  • I recently purchased an 01 sport xls. Love it so far but only have 700mi on it. My last vehicle was a 98 Subaru Forester. This is a big step up from the subie but we needed the extra room for a growing family. Not to mention a yellow lab who likes to stretch out! I hope this vehicle proves to be as dependable as the Forester. By the way,can anyone tell me their best price on after-market fog lights? I find it hard to believe these do not come standard on a $30,000 + SUV
  • lameslames Posts: 14
    Drew, I have a Montero Sport that I bought in November of 2000. Of course the owners manual states that it is an '01. So how can I tell if the structure has been updated? Do we know of a manufacture date when the structure was improved? Any insight you can give would be great.

    I love the car, but hate how my insurance company rates it.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    If your owner's manual says it is a 2001, then it's a 2001 model. You can usually tell where and when a vehicle is built by looking on the driver's side door jamb, or the driver's side door frame (when the door is opened).

    According to the IIHS, all MY2001 Montero Sports were improved structurally been improved for crashworthiness.

    I hope this helps,

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