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Mitsubishi Montero



  • rascalrascal Posts: 26
    The Corvette, Porsche, or Ferrari does not run any "hotter" than than a Honda..."high reving" also would not apply..but if it did, wouldn't you want to be as well protected? I do is my wallet and engine that I am protecting...

  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    The way I look at the synthetic oil is like insurance. Expensive but do you really want to go without it and take that chance you wont need it.

    Compared to other costs of operation the oil change cost difference isnt worth even thinking about.

    I choose synthetic until a study shows it is worse. Could I be wasting money, yes. But that would be similar to saying at 80 years old, "hey look, I didnt need my health insurance because I never was ill, I knew that insurance was a waste of money"
  • rascalrascal Posts: 26
    did you get your Montero service manuals?
  • rbolinrbolin Posts: 1
    Well here is a question for all you long time Mitsubishi owners. I just purchased a used '98 full size and it is nice. We plan on keeping it just shy of forever, or until the payments stop. But I am reading some pretty good second hand reports on the reliability of this beast, and am wondering if it is worth the thousand dollars for an aftermarket warranty to go seven years and 100K miles. I'm only at 27k now and we don't do a whole lot of mileage, so I expect we'll reach the 7 years before the 100k. But I'm just wondering who out there has had one that long and how it's been. So far I'm pretty impressed with the quality, but would like some feedback from some long timers before deciding on those aftermarkets.
  • ken131ken131 Posts: 20
    I have the new Montero Ltd. When I use the "manual" shift transmission, do I have to remove my foot from the gas when I shift (like I would have to do with a regular manual shift transmission) or can i just shift up and down while I have my foot on the accelerator? Seems to work just fine when I keep my foot on the accelerator. I just want to make sure I'm not messing up the engine. Anyone know?
  • ehollisehollis Posts: 14
    go to Take his advice and do the "fax attack". I got my fully loaded monty for $15 over invoice, all over the phone. Never met the dealer until I paid for the truck. Cant say enough good about fighting chance.
  • photo3photo3 Posts: 26
    I really appreciate the response. I really don't like the ride of the MDX either...too hard..seats too uncomfortable. The dealer took me on a test drive and I really like the way the Montero handles over bumps etc. I was just mainly concerned that I would buy the car and be stuck with lots of mechanical problems. It does sound like the Montero engine can be tricky to work on by anyone besides a Mitsubishi mechanic but I think we found one. The MDX is worrisome also due to its towing power which we need. I also looked at the underside and the exposed tailpipe and it looks like offroad it would definitely be a problem. Why does Car and Driver rate it #1 in their offroad comparison? And Montero #4
    Does anyone else have a comment about realiability issues?
    Claybuster: is your engine light fixed yet...doesn't sound too good.
    Anyone have any comments about gas mileage?
  • karno1karno1 Posts: 33
    FYI Guys: just tuned into Dateline NBC last nite (was just channel surfing) when I came across the NHTSA crash test special. By chance, they tested the 2001 MONTERO!!!! Obviously, the BMW X5 came in #1. Yet, the Montero did fairly well. Not much cabin cage damage (which is where passengers sit, including the driver), and got an acceptable grade for the test. I figured, not bad compared to the X5, figuring how much cheaper this beast is compared to that.

    YACJOHN1 and ehollis, mind telling us how much you picked up the MONTY for? it'd help alot for us considering to pick up one.

    As for KEN131, NO you do not have to let go of the gas when up/downshifting. Lets not forget, its not a real stick shift transmission. Its more of a mock, which allows you to have more control of changing the gears yourself. Feel free to hold down the gas when up/downshifting.
  • rberardrberard Posts: 22
    I don't see very many people in my area with the new 2001 Montero. I didn't think I would enjoy being different, but I do. We just got back from a snowskiing trip in Colorado. We were shocked to see so many Monteros in the Hertz parking lot at the airport in Denver. When our "full size" rental car turned out to be too small for four occupants and luggage, my husband went in for an upgrade and he came back with none other that a Montero! Same color as ours(beige) but trimed in black. So far, we have been very happy with our Montero limited. (8000 miles) This is a nice vehicle for the money. Last year at this time, I would have never thought that I would have bought a Mitsubishi. I am surprised that I don't see more of them on the road. Robin
  • rascalrascal Posts: 26

    the aftermarket warranty programs may be a good idea, but you will grossly overpay from a dealer. There is a warranty, (even better), offered on the Edmunds site that is half the dealer price. Shop around, but do NOT buy it from the dealer. When I was buying my used MS, the dealer told me that I had to take the warranty to get the better interest rate...I just laughed and asked him if he would be willing to repeat that to the State Office of Consumer Affairs...he quickly changed his tune..

    Get the warranty, $400-500 is about right.

  • I still have the "Service Engine Soon" for the second time, now with a 357 miles total on the full size 2001 Monte Ltd.s. I am taking to the dealer tomorrow. The first time the dealer checked the computer and it though it was in 4WD, while actually in 2WD. They reset the computer and it went 80 more miles and came on the 2nd time. Told to dealer to keep it until it's fixed. So hopefully I will have an update in a couple of days. I have a feeling this will be one of those where they replace parts, until they get the right one.

    I have another less important bug on the graphic display for the miles before gasing up. It started with 68 miles with a full tank. The second fill up it went to 148 miles. the third time it went up to 198 miles before gas up. Anybody else have something similar?

    The factory rear cargo rubber mats are now available in black, so I ordered one from the dealer. No price yet, but it should be around $64. (dealer cost)?

    Monte runs great, if I can just get the bugs out. Can't be too bad, my last fill (only 8 gallons) it got just a hair over 20 MPG, with my light foot.
  • viet2viet2 Posts: 66
    I got my check engine light came on again after the dealer reset it last week It was emision related, they said. I think that some thing must be wrong because I have drove the car hard on trips before and the CE light never came on. Will keep everyone posted when I bring it to the dealer. I also got the SRS light came on intermitenly at one point.
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  • res03res03 Posts: 1
    I have been trying to access the web-site for the last past three days and is not working. Is that site shut down ? I have been meaning to ask how to remove the spark plugs on 98 Montero-sport 3.0 L. My car is having an idle problem due the point that the engine shuts off when the RPM hits very low. Anyone had this problem ?
  • rascalrascal Posts: 26
    Yes, the site must be down, no one can access it. I am thinking of starting a new Montero yahoo club. We had a dweeb posting irritating messages on the board and if we do a yahoo board, we would be able to toss him. Let me know if people here would be interested in a new club site.
    I have two messages from others saying they cannot access it either. Maybe they took it down to stop the idiot that kept posting about Fords on the site.

    claybuster and viet...viet, I have a feeling that your SRS problem could be your check engine light problem too...

    claybuster, they need to resolve that light issue for you. Dealers sometimes just brush you off as quickly as possible for warranty work, what a shame. It also sounds as if your mileage is going up as your new engine breaks-in unless I misunderstood your post.

    I get 20-23 mpg on my 2000 LS, 2wd and I am very happy with that.

  • aaronhoaaronho Posts: 6
    I just got a price quote for a Montero Limited 2001 from a dealership in a suburb in Chicago. They quoted me $34300 which includes rear air, destination charge and ad fee. Is it a good price?
    Is Montero reliable? I heard good things and bad things about Mitsubishi. Do they honor the warranty usually. Is it they don't want to fix problems if it is under warranty?
    Last question. I test drove a Montero Limited 2001 the other day. I noticed that at 70 m/hr, rpm is at around it not good?

    Thanks for any input.
  • mp19fanmp19fan Posts: 102
    $34,300 for a fully loaded LTD w/ rear air is a pretty good price. I think at 70mph the Monty should not be anywhere near 3500rpm. I'll check later, but I believe it should be around 2700 or so. Don't quote me on that yet. --Jimmy
  • karno1karno1 Posts: 33
    Believe it or not, $34,300 is a decent price for the vehicle. try workin them down to 34k or even slightly under 34 to 33,700. I've been trying to get it down that low, and am having a tough time out here in NJ.

    As for the RPM, it is always better to reach high speeds at lower RPM rates, thus giving you more torque power.
  • sonja3sonja3 Posts: 4
    I'm on the verge of buying a Montero. I've looked at all the SUV's and for the money I like the Montero. But what is its performance history?
    Maintenance and repair history? Anyone had one long enough to know about reliability?????

  • karno1karno1 Posts: 33
    Realisitcally speaking, the Land Cruiser is a bit bigger than the Montero, and has a V8 which makes for a big difference. That is the one true thing that is lackign in the Montero, the fact that it doesn't have a V8. If it did, then yes, it would be ranked in the same class. As for now, it is not. The montero is more grouped in the lines of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer, and Acura MDX. I too am from NJ, and see only a few of the Montero's on the road, yet I plan to make a difference by picking up one of these Montero's shortly, give or take 2 months.
  • Will get more details when I talk to the mechanic tomorrow; the "Check Engine" light was related to some wiring problem in one of the rear tail lights. I tried to get the service manager to explain how a problem in the rear light could cause a computer problem, without blowing a fuse. Mechanic had already left. Strange but, thinking back the "Check Engine" did come on both times when I was breaking. I need to put a couple of hundred miles on it before I will call it fixed.

    The rear cargo mat came in at $66.+ tax and is a custom fit that looks like it will work fine.

    So all is well and happy days here again with sunshine and 60 degrees in the forecast; just a little better than the NE. Spring is here! (for a couple of days).
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    The reason the Acura MDX was picked #1 in my mind is a combination of the following.

    Acura (and Toyota) support Mags, TV etc with many more $$$.

    The comparisons usually give have too many catagories for handling when this criteria would be lower on my list. When you have 0-60, braking distance and cornering tests then only one test for Off road ability its no wonder that the car like SUV's come out on top.

    The MDX is a poor off road SUV and a good on road SUV although the road noise and stiffer ride may have me looking at the BMW if I wanted a car-like SUV with power
  • ehollisehollis Posts: 14
    In response to the request for what I paid for Monty, it was 34881 plus 8.25 % tax plus $105. After hearing 34300, I'm interested in what others have paid. (Sometimes they give you a low price, but add a bunch of extras like window etching, etc.)
  • cct1cct1 Posts: 221
    Agree that the Monte, with its V-6,is not in the same class as the Landcruiser. The Monte is kind of a 'tweener between mid sized and full sized SUV's, although practically speaking, it is a mid-sized SUV, with many of the advantages of a full size (towing being the one glaring exception). With regard to why you see more LC's than Monte's on the road, remember that for 2001 Montero only made 30,000 ltds--which I think is a plus--it's always easy to find in the parking lot.

    It's my understanding that Mitsubishi was caught off guard by the initial high demand for this vehicle. Personally, I hope the market doesn't get flooded with Monte's--I did not buy it for the novelty factor, but I have to admit, having owned it for six months, the novelty factor is kinda cool...
  • Someone please explain the difference between an AWD mini-van and an Acura MDX? To me if it does not have a low range 4WD for going off road, it's fancy AWD mini-van. It's all a marketing ploy, look close at the Honda mini-van then look at the fancy Acura MDX. That's my two cents worth!

    "Check Engine" light still off, service manager still can't explain problem except the taillight found a ground through the computer. He is to send me a fax with better detail.
  • karno1karno1 Posts: 33
    I see you paid the 8.25% sales tax, which means you are probably from N.Y. Mind sharing which dealership you went to? what was the $105 fee for? I've seen most people on this post paid an avg. of about 34,500 for this truck....which seems like a fair price to me. It's just unbelievable when I hear someone paying something like 33,700 for the truck, which really throws me off. Best bet is to always aim for the lowest, and then work your way up....
  • ehollisehollis Posts: 14
    Yep, I'm in NY, and I went to Bay Ridge Mitsu. They were fine to deal with.

    The $105 fee was for:

    64.50 NY State Registration
    30.00 Tax (forgot what for)
    5.00 plate chg
    5.50 title chg.

    Exactly what I would have paid at DMV.

    34,500 sounds low. It's actually below invoice. Can anyone confirm this price? Were there a lot of additional charges? I'd love to hear that someone paid 33,700. (Or maybe I wouldn't) (smile)

    Total out the door price for me was 37,864.36

    34881 truck (Limited, rear AC, running bds)
    2877 tax
    105 tags,reg
  • karno1karno1 Posts: 33
    You got a fair deal.
    Don't forget, you got an option thrown in...."running boards". Thats not a standard item. Technically, you too paid 34,500. The running boards run for about $360 extra. Not a bad deal my friend.....

    Read some of the past posts, and you'll come across the person that paid 33,700 for the ltd., w/ rear air.
  • I bought my 2001 full size Monte with rear air, front air defector (looks good)and factory hitch all for $34,000. + tax/Lic. I walked after 2 different test drives and best price negotiations; but the key to the negotiations was having then run a credit check and letting knowing they were dealing with "live one". They called 1 week after my second walk and offered a deal I could not refuse; while they were having a sales promotion going in mid Feb. Got the 4.9% financing. Patience pays off!
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