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Mitsubishi Montero



  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    You raise a very good tire question.

    The rating of the Yok Geolander is very good for everything except mud.

    The tire to improve off roading that I would go with would be the Goodyear MT/R

    See these sites and many others that have rated this tire.

  • mkayemkaye Posts: 184
    A really good site to compare tire sizes including speedometer error is found here:

    Just enter in the values and go.

  • sergio6sergio6 Posts: 20
    You are right on. Just ask any person from Australia, Latin America or Africa what is SUV of choice. Undoubtedly they will answer:
    1. LandCruiser
    2. Montero/Pajero
    3. 4Runner
    And this decisions are not based on the leather seats or buttons. They are based on whether you can rely on whether the vehicle makes it through desert, mountain or jungle to the next town...
  • seminole3seminole3 Posts: 2
    I live in Atlanta and just saw the news for the Lisa Lopes (from the music group TLC) funeral. They had shots of the accident that killed her and she was in a Mitsu. Montero. The vehicle apparently rolled over after some swerving and ended up in a ditch. Does anyone know if this was a new body style Montero?...I could not tell.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    I thought I read that she was driving a sedan - should be some links out there to verify.

    [Edit mode - found one]
    "Lopes was trying to pass a car on a Honduran highway near Jutiapa when a truck approached from the other lane Thursday night, forcing her to veer sharply to the left, said police inspector John Cole of the resort town of La Ceiba. The Mitsubishi Montero she was driving struck two trees and flipped over several times."


    Can't find anything about the model year.

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  • pinoy44pinoy44 Posts: 14
    It doesn't look like it's the current model basing on the wheel the current model have.

    See this link:

    What's your opinion?
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    The details of that crash don't support or refute the CU tests.

    The vehicle flipped several times after striking two trees. I don't recall CU doing the "Tree Impact" test.

    Your Healine in the Title "maybe CR was right" reminds me of typical Poorly written Media headlines. Sensational and suggestive Headline then admit to not knowing the facts or even if that was the vehicle in the crash.

  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    Judging by the bumper, it was the older design. Notice the plastic ends with the chrome middle. Not on the 2001 and newer model.

    I definitely agree with 'dski'. Any vehicle that hits a tree or two most like will flip over. I was amazed that the 8 others survived. As I recall, the older models only have seating for 5 and not the third row seat.
  • dchyornydchyorny Posts: 47
    Please correct me if I'm wrong but is this the feature when you push on the compass button for a few seconds and numbers pop up? I have a 2000 Sport XLS. If so, then if you set it at 10 does that mean that you have 10 miles to go?
  • mkayemkaye Posts: 184
    It does look like an older model.

    Plus, what vehicle wouldn't flip if it went off the shoulder of the road first and the shoulder was soft (sandy?) or at a reverse angle to the road?
  • counselor2counselor2 Posts: 47
    The article to which pinoy44 provided a link says that Lopes:

    1) Was driving at excessive speed;
    2) Tried to pass another vehicle;
    3) Hit two trees;
    4) Rolled multiple times;
    5) Apparently had 9 people in the truck.

    Like others above, I am astounded that 8 others survived the horrific accident. This shows yet again that people should not drive their SUVs like cars and should be more careful in the way that they drive any vehicle.
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    Has anyone had to replace brake pads yet on the new Monty?. I'm mostly highway miles and mine are getting done today at 52,500 miles. I heard the normal replacement is around 25K to 30K.

    They are turning front rotors and recommend but don't insist on turning rear rotors. I asked what benefit I'd get for turning rears for another $90. He said longer pad life.. I got 52K on the originals so I said skip it unless there is an obvious need. :) So I'm spending a little over $300 instead of over $400.. ouch.

  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    The reason I bought the Montero was that is was the closest thing to the Landcruiser. The LC is just priced way too high for what you get.

    Interestingly since thinking that I have the second best off road SUV I read an article stating that the Austrailians had picked the 2001 model over the LC that year.

    All the shops I speak with in Austrialia love the Montero.
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    It still seems that people are targeting the Montero despite f/u reviews that have stated the Montero did not feel unsafe and using accounts such as the Lopes one where any veihcle might have rolled including a car
  • dchyornydchyorny Posts: 47
    Please correct me if I'm wrong but is this the feature when you push on the compass button for a few seconds and numbers pop up? I have a 2000 Sport XLS. If so, then if you set it at 10 does that mean that you have 10 miles to go?
  • phonosphonos Posts: 206
    Did you ever get your new tires? If so, what did you go with?
  • tykytyky Posts: 5
    My 2001 Limited already have 7800 miles of normal driving. I have had the oil changed at 3000 and at 6000 miles. I read on the manual's maintenance schedule that Mitsubishi recommends changing the oil with normal driving every 7500 miles. Does anyone think the interval to change the oil is too far apart? If this is accurate, I am thinking of having the oil changed every 5K miles from now on.
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    I always change oil every 3000-3500, use full synthetic. The oil can go a lot longer if you could just replace the filters every 3K. If you add a remote filter option and bring the filter up to the engine compartment you could not only use a better aftermarket filter but also change it without need to change the oil. Synthetics should last much longer than 3K.

    Tires: just saw a picture of the new Geolander A/T's. They look more aggressive now and may be a step up from the heavy street biased Geolander that came on our Montero's. Yok also has an M/T but it looks much more off road oriented so may not be for everyone.
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    New shocks look to be around the corner for the Montero.

  • dchyornydchyorny Posts: 47
    Please correct me if I'm wrong but is this the feature when you push on the compass button for a few seconds and numbers pop up? I have a 2000 Sport XLS. If so, then if you set it at 10 does that mean that you have 10 miles to go?
  • pektradepektrade Posts: 2
    Have had the windshield replaced once & then resealed. Wind noise has just about gone away. Now I have an awful squeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiky noise everytime I go over a bump. Origin, you guessed it... the windshield. Try and get the dealership to reseal it for you. I heard that some of the windshields especially on the Sport had been badly sealed. Believe some of the full size Monty's are suffering the same fate. Goodluck!!!
  • pektradepektrade Posts: 2
    1. At approximately 12,000 miles. The engine started making a weird noise. Sounded like it had very bad & loud lifters. Problem has gotten progressively worse. Apparently a repair kit is being made by Mitsubishi to solve this issue.
    2. Wind noise repaired. Now windshield makes a squeaky noise every time I go over a bump.
    3. Vibration in brakes at 25,000 miles. Had rotors turned & new brake pads installed. Have 38,000 miles now & suffering from same problem again. Vibration when braking.
    4. Power steering pump makes whining noise.
    5. Air-conditioning clutch rattles and is noisy when air is not engaged.

    If anyone else has any of these problems. Be persistent and keep returning to dealership for repair. Good luck!!!!
  • dchyornydchyorny Posts: 47
    I have Montero Sport XLS 2000 model. I have 255/70 R16s. Can I fit 265/75s or 265/70s? Thanks in advance.
  • brian125brian125 New york / S.C. myrtle beachPosts: 4,777
    i'm looking to buy 02 montero limited. could any one give me a contact name or dealer in my area.IS 300 OVER INVOICE POSSIBLE FOR THIS SUV.THANKS TO ALL WHO RESPOND.

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  • dskidski Posts: 414
    Thought I'd respond to several questions and comments from previous posts in one here.

    I have 53K on my 2001 XLS. Replaced the tires recently with Bridgestone Dueler H/L and find them better than the originals.

    Oil changes: I go about 5K with my intervals. Any expert will tell you that the "Average" person is wasting money with 3K intervals with todays oil technology. Many old school folks are still afraid of that but do your own research and I know you'll discover what I have. My dealer tech say's Synthetics are NOT recommended for this engine and can cause damage but I have not been able to collaborate his claim. Nor have I tried.

    Rotors Problems: You have chronic rotor troubles? That is an odd one. In many cases of chronic rotor problems, I've found that someone is replacing wheels (such as during tire rotation) and NOT properly Torquing the Lugs equally to spec. If your having this done by someone using a torque stick, ask them to do it by hand from now on because something has been causing warping. My tire guy never complains about doing that for me.

    Good Luck.
  • sailing216sailing216 Posts: 98
    Did you know that Lopes and one of her assistants killed a young boy in Honduras again "driving excessively" just 2 weeks prior to her roll-over? No charges were made, but don't people learn? Even if the government didn't take their licenses away, you would think that it would've shaken them up quit a bit and to slow it down. It was her assistant who was driving, but carelessness and ignorance come to mind for the both of them.
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    Synthetics will hurt the motor? I have never had anyone say that. The dealer told you this?

    As far as your 5K interval, the only problem is that the oil gets "dirty" and the filter needs to be changed for optimal treatment but the synthetics can go for up to 7-10K without breakdown. Regular oils are better now but high heat can break them down much faster so I think driving style/loads etc need to be taken into account for each individual.

    The remote oil filter option I discussed above would allow you to change filters more frequently than the oil and if running synthetics, save a lot of money. I havent done this yet just because I'm too lazy.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,024
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  • dskidski Posts: 414
    Yes the dealer told me this when purchased the Monty. I specifially asked because I've used synthetics in the past.

    It's been awhile but he said something about this engine specifically that does not take well to Syn's in the long run. I have NO idea if this it true or not.. just something the service mngr told me. If I really wanted to use synthetic, I'd probably check it out with Mitsu directly given what I've been told. BUT, I don't see any warnings in the manual. You'd think they'd make mention if it were a problem. Maybe there are legal reasons to consider. Look what Toyata is going through with Oil Problems.

    As far as the 5K change interval. We probably will never agree on it. 5K is just NOT too long a period for debris to be an issue for MOST of us and you already know the oil will hold up. Of course I said for "the average driver"... If your doing a lot of off-roading, 3K is what you should do. Maybe even sooner for some people. For me, I could probably stretch even further without worry. I'm 80% highway miles.

    Best of luck
  • dskidski Posts: 414
    >>One major daily newspaper is looking for folks who drive 2002 or 2003 yellow or orange cars, <<

    Well, I've always heard that Orange and Yellow cars from those years are the Least Reliable, so I've always avoided them. :) Pre 2002 orange and yellow cars are fine I'm sure.

    What an odd request. Must be NY. Times. In Fact, I wouldn't be surpries to see them conclude that Yellow Cars are the least Crash Worth. CU did that study one year I'm sure, LOL.

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