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Mitsubishi Montero



  • gtroopgtroop Posts: 85
    I traded my 2001 Trooper LS in yesterday on a 2001 Montero Ltd w/ 26K on the clock. I put 36k of trouble free miles on the Trooper in a little over 2 years time. I will miss the Trooper but look forward to a rewarding future with the Montero. If Isuzu offered the third row seat here in the US I would still have the Trooper.

    By the way, I got $16,500 out of the Trooper (Leather and sunroof) with a cracked windshield (happened last Friday) and a few solid door dings and scratches. And I gave $21,890 for the Montero with brand new floor mats.
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    My latest edition of Four Wheeler is doing a long term test drive on the 2003 XLS Montero. Was very favorable. The new 3.8 motor is a definite improvement over the 3.5. Said it was very smooth and had adequate power. They had put on 6600 miles thus far, and had no problems and was rattle free.
    Was sent to the upper Midwest to do test. Has been through snow, off road, and highway conditions.
    Mileage average 15.1 to date. Best - 21. Worst - 13.
    The things that did not like, was the departure angle is a dismal 18 degrees for off roading. Could cause rear body damage. And said it was kinda pricey at 34,000 MSRP. But, I know that Mitsu is offering a 2000 plus 500 cash incentive right now. I think you could get this model for under 30,000 quite easily. Also did not like the interior lighting. Said it needed the lights to be up high and not down low on the door.
    On road ride was very good. Liked the interior design. And the four wheel drive system worked very well.
    Overall, they were surprised, and liked the vehicle very much. Will see how the test goes.
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    Another question.

    The new 2004 Galant has the same 3.8 motor that the Montero and Endeavor has, but has some new type of VVT that increases horsepower to 230. Wonder if Mitsu. is going to offer the same design for the Montero and Endeavor. Torque remained the same at 250.
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160

    Made a mistake on the incentive on the XLS Model. It is $3000 + 500 = $3500. Better deal yet.
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    If 4wd thought the Montero was kind of pricey at 34K I sure would like to see what they say about other SUVs even close to as well appointed and capable, most are more.
  • Hi,
    Does anyone know for sure if the 3000+ rebate or 0.0% financing is an "either or" or can you get both!
    I want one, bad, its starting to hurt. Anyone want a BMW 323?!
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    You can only take the rebate or lower interest rate. There was a 500 rebate that you were able to use with the low interest or with the standard rebate. But I am not sure that it is being offered now.
      That is the way it is right now. Things could change and probably will. I have a feeling, eventually, you will be able to get the rebate plus some type of low interest rate. Watch for end of the month deals on the Mitsubishi Web Site. They offered a 0% interest rate the end of last month for 5 days.
      The standard rebate is 3000 for the XLS and 2500 for the Limited and 20th Anniversary Edition.
      I keep hearing this rumor, again, that a V-8 is on the way. Hope this one turns out to be true. I would like one too, but been holding back to see what is going to happen in 2004. Also, considering purchasing a year old 2003 that has been depreciated out. Figured I could get one for 25-28K.
  • Hi again,
    Have found a 02 Ltd, blk/tan 26,000miles for $22,600 at a non Mitsu dealer, drove it and it drives nice and tight. Is this a good deal? or should i go new XLS?
  • gtroopgtroop Posts: 85
    That sounds like a good deal. I just gave $21,890 for a 01 Montero Ltd with 26k miles. Good luck, keep us posted.
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    Used 2002 LTD vs 2003 XLS.

    Pluses for 2002 LTD:
    Lower price.
    More Features.

    Pluses for 2003 XLS:
    Bigger engine.
    Brand new.
    Longer Ownership Warranty.

    If you plan to own this vehicle for less than 3 years, I would buy the 2002 LTD. If it is in your plans to have it longer, I would probably get the 2003. I'm sure you could get a loaded up XLS for under 30,000, if you can find one. Sure it cost 7400 more, but with 26000 miles on the 2002, using the Fed's mileage rate of 36.5 cents per mile, it adds up to about 9500. Another way of looking at the cost of mileage used.
    If you have not done so, I would definitely test drive the 2003. Try to get the unit for at least a half a day. And, if you plan to tow, you really want to look harder at the 2003 model. The 2002 will tow OK, as long as you are not towing a heavy load. The 2003 XLS model does come with the 5-spd auto tranny and 3.8 litre motor.
    Tough decision. Good Luck!
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    what type of V8 rumors are you hearing???...when, how much HP, how much torque, when, and when???
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    Originally, it was to be a 4.5 litre V-8 about 2 years ago. Have not heard what size on the latest rumor mill. Just that a V-8 was being considered again.
    There are things that can still be done to the 3.8 motor to get more horsepower and torque. Variable timing is one. They did this on the new Galant 3.8 engine, so the horsepower went to 230. Torque stayed the same.
    So, we'll see again what happens.
  • gunn4gunn4 Posts: 4
    Does anyone have any information on the 2004 Monteros? Will there be any style or other changes in the 2004 model. When will the 2004 Montero be available. I know the 2004 Endevor is out. I believe the existing body style came out in 2002 so I wonder if they will wait another year before making a body style change? Thank. gunn4
  • phonosphonos Posts: 206
    2003 20th Anniversary Edition for invoice+$300 @ 0.0% financing for 60 months. Is this a fair price?

    Or, invoice+$300 with $3000 rebate?

    They said they can't give both 0.0% financing and the $3000 rebate.

    Thinking of either trading in the 2001 LTD or keeping it, installing the ARB OME suspension on it, and buying another one for my wife. If I trade it in they said they will, probably, swap my BFG AT KO's for the OEM tires on the new one.
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    If you have done so yet, go to People First and use their calculator to determine which is the best option on rebate or 0% financing. It will vary depending on how many months you what to finance for. It will show you the best option when you put all your figures in. Then you will not have to guess.
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    Hey, another thing. You might know this, but Mitsu is offering until 6/30 a 7 year/100,000 mile power train warranty as well. A good deal!
  • phonosphonos Posts: 206
    You state the XLS had 24,500 miles on it when you bought it in 2001. How many miles on it now? The shimmy sounds like warped brake rotors. I have the same problem from my '95 Honda, but it has 161,000 miles on it and it just had a brake job about 10,000 miles ago. However, I'd still buy another one -- the most reliable car I've ever owned.

    Two points, brake jobs are expensive, especially if the rotor need turning, and sometimes crappy at the dealers, and stuff like tires and brake linings wear out.

    Uh, If the '84 had such "awkward problems", why'd you buy another one?

    Personally, I'd stay away from a Ford Expedition if you don't want to spend a lot of money and time having things fixed. Third hand information is that they are poor quality and have problems too.
  • Good Question..... But i did indeed buy a second one,it will be my last.
  • augravesaugraves Posts: 1
    Hello all,

         New to the message board, please bear with me. I'm in the market for a pre-owned SUV and have come across a 2000 Montero Endeavor for sale, 48k miles, for $17k. Looked very nice, has leather and a sunroof. Unfortunately the dealer had closed and I won't be able to test drive it until Monday. My familiarity with Monteros is limited to the fact that my father used to have a 1987 Montero 2 door, and he put 200k miles on it before giving it away, and the last I heard was that it was still going. I guess I'm just soliciting any comments people might have on the vehicle / year / trim level. Thank you very much for reading.
  • gtroopgtroop Posts: 85
    I'm not sure what vehicle you are asking about exactly. The Endeavor is a brand new SUV by Mitsushi just released this year. The Montero could either be the Montero or Montero Sport. The price is probably a bit high if either Montero though. Provide some more details after you go back to the dealer.
  • softhds1softhds1 Posts: 26
    Can those of you that have already gone through a set of tires tell what you have changed to. I have 31,000 miles on my ltd, am looking for something with a better ride and handling, I dont do any off roading
  • dusterduster Posts: 37
    The Endeavor was a package on the 2000 Montero,
    and has nothing to do with the new model.
    You might want to spend a little more and
    buy 2001 Montero XLS model, which is a
    much better design than the old 2000 design.
  • phonosphonos Posts: 206
    This afternoon, traded 2001 LTD for 2003 20th Anniversary Special -- Glacier White.

    $17,500 for the 2001 with 52,700 miles (knocked down $625 for miles).

    $36,300 + 7.75%tax and $200 license with $0 down, 0.0% financing for 60 months. Refused service contract, or to pay for "paint protection plan". I did, probably stupidly now that I think about it, go for the "depreciation insurance" ($600) on the loan (pays off the loan if the vehicle is "totaled" and worth less than the balance of the loan.

    Dealer agree to switch tires with the 2001 next week so I will still have the BFG "D" range 265-75x16 AT-KO's. I may just have them switch both the tires and wheels. I like the 2001 spoke design better.

    Monthly payment dropped $200 from what I was paying on the 4.9% 48 month loan on the 2001 which still had about 15 months on it.

    Anybody know what the switch on the console with the skidding car is for? Traction control, on-off? Haven't had time to read the Owner's Manual yet.

    Change out the springs and shocks to the ARB OME's week after next.

  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    Definitely get the 2001 Montero (not Montero Sport) Limited with beige leather. It is a luxurious vehicle and is a HUGE improvement over the 2000 model. Congrats on ur new Monty, phonos
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    Sounds nice, tell us about the diff in power?

    Ive been off the site for a while. Will be taking delivery of my new Dodge HO diesel tomorrow. Now there should be no power/towing problem. We will definitely be keeping the Montero and will probably sell the cars. May keep one for commuting.

    About 50K on my Monte and no problems, no rattles, good mileage, great ride (with the OME springs and shocks), awsome off road ability (nothing stops this rig, except my wife who thinks I wont take it off road...hehehe)
  • brillmtbbrillmtb Posts: 543
    If it is not too late I will give you a great tire that I am running and it is an "off road" tire but quiter than the stock HT tire and it is an AT tire. The MT's you will not be happy with.

    I have the new Bridgestone Revo A/T. I went to a 6 ply tire which meant going to a 265/75-16 from the stock 70 series. this makes the speedometer run 3-4 mph slower and there is no adjustment I can find yet to correct this. the advantages however are unreal.

    The 6 ply tightens up the overly soft stock tires very very well and gives this heavy SUV tires that better match its abilities and needs

    The tire is quite, very quite for an A/T and better than the Geolander in the HT or AT

    The tire wears very well

    It handles mud, loose soil and water so much better than the HT that I can leave it in 2wd with the LSD and do things that took 4wd with the stock tires.

    The grooves and water handling are so good that you can drive at crazy speeds in a hard rain and not even thing about hydroplaning. At reasonable speeds you cant even tell you are on water.

    I am going to put these tires on my new Dodge 4wd HO diesel truck just as fast as I can wear out the stock A/T tires. I wont even look at another tire as I am that happy.
  • phonosphonos Posts: 206
    The Montero engine and transmission combination seem to be better matched.

    For those of you in SoCal who are familiar with the stretch of Hwy 60 running from Moreno Valley to its end at the junction with I-10 in Banning through the "badlands" hills, you know this
    is an uphill and downhill left-right back-and-forth curving section of highway with a net gain in altitude eastbound.

    In the 2001 I usually down shifted from 5th to 4th and left it in manual for the entire stretch to eliminate the up and down shifting in auto. This weekend I left the transmission in auto and while it did shift up and down with the grades, the shifting was much smoother and less noticeable.

    Brill - Good choice on the Dodge Diesel. Half, 3/4, 1-ton? Is it turbo or supercharged. Have a friend who has a slide in cab-over camper in a 3/4 ton. Loves it. Goes up Cajon pass (I-15 L.A.-Vegas) with no problems in high gear.

    For those who are thinking about buying -- just got an e-mail from a SoCal dealer with an "internet special on all 2003s in stock". "One dollar ($1) over invoice with $3000 rebate or 5-year financing with zero ($0) down and 0.0% interest. (Damn, should have waited two more weeks, oh well . . .)
  • dmetzgerdmetzger Posts: 160
    The rebate has been increased by Mitsu. to $3500 until 9/02/03.
  • tagertager Posts: 1
    Bought it used (22,00 miles) and am very, very happy with the purchase. We were close to going the minivan route, which I dreaded. It might be tough with three kids, since the third row is kinda small, but the ride and feel of this SUV is a dream. I have read a lot about fuel reccomendations, we filled the first tank up with premium, but I might go low grade to save some bucks, any ideas?
  • phonosphonos Posts: 206
    I always used 87 r+m/2 octane in the 2001 without any problems for 52,000 miles. Plan on using it in the 2003. Mileage may suffer a little but . . .
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