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Mitsubishi Montero



  • utmonteroutmontero Posts: 1
    The Montero drives ok, even if it's easy to roll over. I've owned my 2002 Montero for 4 years and it has been an ok truck. The biggest problems my truck had were 3 radios installed with in the first year I owned it. The other major problem I had was the manifolds cracking when the truck had about 35k miles on it.

    The insurance is rather expensive although over the pass year State farm changed the class it was in. If you plan on keeping it without trading it in before it's paid for get it. If you like donating money because of terrible depreciation and truly love the montero go and get it! Thank goodness mine will be paid for in 18 months!
  • mujmanmujman Posts: 29
    I like make a point here. Do not judge a car with it's deprication value. If you are that concerned about Deprciciation then never buy a new car of any brand. That said, yes Montero has a higher depciation value then others ( e.g. toyota, honda), But it neck to neck with US made SUV's. Like you said , if you keep it and not think it to sell it , then go for it. It's a great SUV.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    The Depreciation....Foreign vs Domestic Vehicles discussion may be of interest.

    Another problem with a car that depreciates fast is that if it's totaled in the first few years, you may not get enough out of it to cover the loan or to buy a replacement. Gap insurance of some sort may be worth it.

    Steve, Host
  • chr12345uschr12345us Posts: 12
    Too bad that it had to go. This has been by far the best truck I have ever had (2003 LTD). And I had a 1999 Durango and 1998 Jeep Cherokee Limited, I test drove ML350, BMWX5 (3 liter), Toyota Sequoia, VW Touareg (the V6), GMC Yukon, Jeep Liberty, Durango with HEMI, Chevy Blazer, Nissan Murano. Of all these SUVs the best in my opinion was the X5. But Mitsubishi was a close second and with a much better price and reliability. I bought it in november 2002 and so far it has NEVER seen the dealer (I do my own maintenance). Yes, it likes the gas but at the same time has a very good engine brake and good performance down-hill.
    Hey Mitsubishi executives. You want to get the sales up and blow everybody? You have one of the best offroad vehicles with excelent design and quality all you need is a little kick. Just get the HEMI from Chrysler !!!! I would preorder one today and give you 1000$ down payment for whatever MSRP you will want.
  • mujmanmujman Posts: 29
    Whomever has doubt about the off-road capability of Montero 2003-2005 ( I mean serious offroad) Car and Driver Television just had an episode Last weekend in Spike TV channel. They rated the following 2005 SUV models in chronological order ( as #1 is the best) for their performace in offroad and on road.
    1. Jeep Cherokee ( some points though the front was hitting the skid plates.. it won for HEMI engine)
    2. Nissan Pathfinder
    3. Mitsubishi Montero ( no problem at all in off road)
    4. Volkswagon Touraeg
    5. Toyota 4 Runner !!!
    6. Ford Explorer

    I could not be more excited and astounded of the results as a proud owner of 2004 Montero . GO MONTY!!
  • dsgnr1dsgnr1 Posts: 9
    I have a '96 monty w/ 3.0ltr v6. I understand that the intake plenum has to be removed to get to the spark plugs. :(
    Does anyone have a detailed manual that shows what all has to be taken off?

    My montero is suffering when AC is on and I think it is related to plugs. Any other opinions?

    When it is cool, the engine kind of surges...likes it's fighting for power, or air, or something.

    I just replaced the air filter and put in some fuel inj. cleaner.

    What else can I do?

  • gtroopgtroop Posts: 85
    Could be your plug wires. I have 95 Diamante with the sam engine that was suffering the same problem. New plug wires fixed it. Unfortunately I do not have an answer as to how to remove the intake - I let the local mechanic do that...
  • dsgnr1dsgnr1 Posts: 9
    Thanks for lettin' me know. I will re-wire when I chg. the plugs.

    I guess I'll figure the plenum out on my own. Couldn't be too difficult.
  • dwpcdwpc Posts: 159
    The only change is a reduced color selection? Still underpowered. Still a plastic-encased mall cruiser. Still too 2001. Too bad Mitsubishi is letting one of the toughest real SUVs around simply die from neglect. Its chassis could go head-to-head with the H3 and Jeep Commander and knock 'em on their butts if they'd reskin it with a more aggressive look and give it their V8 (or a diesel).

    At least it seems there will be an 06 Montero in the US, though I thought Mitsu had formally announced otherwise. Maybe there's a pulse in the tough ol' Montie.
  • I have a 2004 Montero. Where is the oil filter located. Do I need to remove protective cover in order to reach the oil filter?
  • Yes - you have to remove ( unbolt ) the protective cover to reach the filter from the bottom.
  • I have a 2004 Montero LTD. While going up the hill, the engine is knocking a little ( the A/C is off) . Is it a problem ? I use regular unleaded gas right now. Could it be for low octane gasoline? Thanks for any advice.
  • bldrbldr Posts: 11
    It requires Premium! Look inside your gas filler door.
  • OK…. We have a ’03 Sport with a few problems.
    (1) The brake light on the dash was coming on then going off, but now it’s on continuously.
    (2) The cruise control light stay on after you use it. When you turn off the cruise control then turn off the truck, then turn the truck back on, the cruise control is on. After normal driving for a few days, it goes and stays off.
    (3) The A/C sounds like it’s still cycling even though the A/C button is off.
    Are these problems all related? Since they’ve all happened/started around the same time, I thought that is might be an electronic/computer SNAFU. Anyhow help would be great.
  • 1) The brake light on might indicate a low brake fluid level due to normal wear of the brake pads. Check the level and add as necessary (make sure you add the same type of fluid) but you may also want to check the status of the brake pads.
    2) and 3) might be related to a computer problem (that might include 1) if the description above does not fix your problem)
  • lspivalspiva Posts: 49
    I have 03 Montero Limited with 20K miles.
    Since December last year (2004) until now, I am noticing that about twice a week brakes make scratching sound when they are cold and car needs to stop completely. After few times of pressing the brake pedal, scratching sound disappears.
    I took it to a dealer but he said that brakes are fine expect for the metal dust that was collected on the rotor and advised me to regularly (twice a month) wash brake rotors with a warm soapy water. Other independent repair store also didn't find anything wrong with a brake.
    The brake performance otherwise are excellent, brake pedal feels firm and no vibration.
    Does dealer's explanation of scratching sound make logical explanation? Is there any solution that I can apply to prevent this sound from happening.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    Sometimes when a car sits overnight, or for a few days, moisture in the air will cause a little bit of oxidation to form on the rotors. After you have made a couple of stops with the brakes, the oxidation gets worn off (and yes, it does make a scratching sound during those initial couple of stops). By the way, this happens to my cars too sometimes, and they are garaged.
  • lspivalspiva Posts: 49
    Well..grinding sound was started to bother the heck out of me so I decided to take Montero to another repair store. That store was highly recommended.

    I was very surprised to find out that at 20.5K miles my Montero's brake are goners. Service manager suggested to replace all 4 brake's pads with ceramic and to resurface the rotors. He showed me brake pads and when I touched them, they had kind of spiky metal things on them. The brake rotors also had a weird lines on them. After 4 hours of work the bill came out at $450.

    Well at least now, brake performance are awesome as before and NONE of that horrible grinding noise any more.

    Honestly, I owned several cars before (Nissan, Honda, Audi, Toyota, Subaru) but this is my first car that I had to replace brake pads and especially resurface the rotor before 40K miles. Did anyone of you had to do a brake job on your Montero so early?
  • zzyzzxzzyzzx Posts: 1
    Hey everyone,

    I just bought a used '98 Montero Sport, we'll see how long it hangs in there. Any issues I should be aware of or anything I should get checked out? Can I download the owner's manual somewhere? I really don't know much about this car, I just got it at an auction. Anyone know the code to reset the stereo? Oh yeah, what type of fuel does the engine (3.0L V6) like? Thanks for any help,

  • I have owned two monteros, never got more than 20000 miles on the front discs, a big heavy car
  • I have a 2003 with approximately 18k on it. It does feel tippy, not so much in corners, but at highway curves etc. Will changing the shocks help with this ? Are coil over shocks going to be better for this ? Anyone with recomendations? Thanks for any insight. Otherwise still enjoying the ride!
  • I have an '01 Montero and have recently had problems with my computer display. As of a couple of weeks ago, the computer will no longer display the outside temperature. In it's place it displays "---". Also, the AC display no longer works. In the past when I had adjusted the temperature the computer would switch to the AC display showing the temperature I had selected. Now, when I change the temperature the computer no longer switches to that display.

    Has anyone had similar problems?
  • Had same problem about 4 months ago, then two months later check eng light came on, my husband pulled over, loud noise then it died. Oil changed 4k miles ago....added 1k miles ago....anyway 45,000 miles and I need a new engine. The place that changes my oil only keeps records for 1 year, and since I do not have all of my receipts, (after talking to them) It does not appear that Mitsubishi will basically I am up S&*^** creek! Still owe quite a bit on it and do not have 8K for a new engine. I will N E V E R buy another mitsubishi. I usually keep cars for well over 100K miles, I have a ford truck with 202K miles, my son has a jeep with over 100k miles, it just makes me sick that the first time I exceeded $30K on a vehicle and I could not even get 50K miles out of it. And then to be getting the run-a-round with them for 2+ months. :sick: Well I certainly hope your desplay problem is nothing more. Best wishes
  • I have a 04 montero with tire pressure sensors. Where are the sensors located? Anything I need to pay attention to when the tires are replaced?
  • Add my 2001 Montero to the list of those that have the clear coat separating on the spare tire cover. Monty is garaged at night but outside at work. Very few of the "older" Monty's i see on the road are NOT separating.
  • mp19fanmp19fan Posts: 102
    Bet you it's the car battery. I had the exact same problem, figure it was time to replace the battery anyway, and miraculously the outside temp and AC display reappeared.
  • mp19fanmp19fan Posts: 102
    Is the local dealer the best place? The one that's local seem to have pretty high prices. I need whatever that plastic gear thingy is that goes inside the power antenna. I can hear it working, but it only lowers with my help. It raises fine, just doesn't want to lower without some help.

    Also, one of the tire lights is out on the dash. The ones that tell you whether you're in 2W or 4W. Is it a fuse or something more involved?

    Thirdly, my mileage gauge on the center console is buggy. After a fill-up it says I have 41 miles left. Every time. Any ideas? Thanks.
  • mp19fanmp19fan Posts: 102
    Also, what should I expect to pay for a spare tire cover? Terrible quality... :mad:
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