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This chat info line is great! It seems like now I know so much more about Montero Sport then ever before.
I currently leased an Eclipse which expires 10/2001. Just received a letter from Mitsu. that I can return the car a year early if I get a new Mitsu from then. Don't have any great experience from car dealers, anyone heard of this deal before?
Also, how about the 0,0,0 plan? Does it apply to leasing? or just buying? I also saw a $1,000 rebate on MS 2000 model, too. What the major differences between LTD or XLS besides the engine. I live in NYC and power is really not a big deal. What's the best value? XLS or LTD?
One thing no one has mentioned: it's real easy with such an expensive vehicle to get upside down (owe more than the vehicle is worth). The one year of no payments will only exacerbate that problem unless you are disciplined enough to make principal payments during that period. If no principal payments are made you will be left with one year of depreciation on the vehicle with no corresponding reduction in the amount owed.
Finally, with respect to the difference between theXLS and Limited, I do not think there is much difference if you get the premium package with the XLS:
XLS has two tone paint scheme. Limited has bigger engine, heated mirrors and seats, and rear heater.
I went with the 2WD XLS b/c it was cheaper, I liked the 2 tone paint scheme better and the smaller engine was not an issue for me.
We also test drove the Xterra and I liked the Sport MUCH better. Thought the Xterra was much smaller, hardered to get in and out of the back seat.
Through AllState, my 1999 Nissan Quest (MSRP approximately $23,5000) costs about $350 every six months to insure.
AllState is trying to charge me $700 every six months for insuring my 2000 Montero Sport XLS with 2WD. Needless to say, I am shopping.
However, thanks to this wonderful site, I knew this would be a potential issue if I bought the truck. As such, I am prepared to live with the higher rate if I cannot get a better deal elsewhere.
Perhaps all SUVs are this expensive to insure. However, the difference between insurance cost for my van (MSRP $23,500) and my Montero (MSRP $30,500) seems a bit much. Insurance on my van is $400/6 months.
Posted earlier about 2000 MS. Still love the car, Since posting, I had Lojack and brush guards installed. Since then, at initial startup, on first forward movement, a slight ping noise occurs, almost like a flexible antenna brushing, never reappears till next cold startup. I haven't asked any one at dealership yet, never had a Lojack before (is this something a Lojack does?), nothing is loose on the brush guard (Not crazy about the bulkiness of the front guard, feels and looks like a snow plow), otherwise still love the car. Anybody experiencing any noise like this? Please post, if it's lojack let me know. Insurance for 92 pthfndr, almost as much as 2000 MS`.approx. $2060 both for the year Burbank, CA.
How do you like it? Saw one on the road yesterday..looks nice.
I bought the ES (only 2WD in that model)for $20,593 plus tax & licence($100 over edmunds invoice).
I did not pay for Destination charges or advertising costs that I know of. We were not totally impressed with the MS over Isuzu Rodeo but we own a 93' Rodeo 4X4 and have been very satisfied (over 100k miles)since there have been no real mechanical problems.
The MS sport automatic seems under-powered to me and the RPMS are high at 65 mph. I hope to develop better feelings about the car as I bond with it .
At least the 0,0,0 makes you feel pretty good.
The dealer said they would let the truck go at $100 over invoice because 2WDs are slow movers in northeast Ohio. I know for a fact that this vehicle was on the lot over 45 days because I had seen it before.
Haven't checked the insurance issue yet.
I was glad to read that others are quite happy with the M Sports they had bought.
What type of markup can I expect from the invoice price. From what I can see the invoice price including dest. charge is $29,987. Is it possible to get it for invoice price with the holdbacks the dealers get?
As for the price of the SLX... CARMAX is offering the SLX for 24,968 (inludes dest) the only things added on after that price is tax, which in Va is 3% for cars, paper work fees -120, and also tags (which is about 40 dollars). on top of that they are offering the 1,000 rebate or 0,0,0. offer.
Anyone still looking... check out carmax.com
I test drove the 3-liter with AT today.
Pickup from a red light is ok for me,
but highway passing power is not.
What do you think is the minimum price
I could get a 3.5 liter with automatic
transmission regardless of other options for?
I also test drove a Forester S and 99 Rodeo
today. What other SUVs would you recommend
to try? I liked very much the way MS's
suspension works, BTW.
Destination Charge 455
Mits. Advertinsg Fee 545
Mits. Hitch & Harness 275 (Dealer Cost)
Mits. 6-disc CD Changer 435 (Dealer Cost)
Engine Block Heater 30 (Dealer Cost)
Flooring Interest 280 (Approximately)
Over Dealers Cost 500
If you order one in, the flooring interest is zero. Or the dealer can eat it. Flooring interest starts as soon as it shows up. Not a 30 day grace period as I had thought. The advertising fee is a fee that the factory charges, same as destination fee, so it is a cost to the dealer and it has to be paid. By you or the dealership. The hitch, in-dash CD changer, and block heater were dealers cost and this does include installation.
So, when you make a deal over dealer cost, know what to expect.
The heated seats work real well. If you live in a cold area, it is nice with the leather.
And , NO, the Limited does 'not' have Power Seats (Yeah, in my case - KIDS!!!), or tape deck. And if you try to get an aftermarket CD changer to work with Mits. factory stero, the controls will not operate. Has to be compatable, or other words, a Mits. CD changer or tape deck.
I will let all know how it holds up and fuel economy.
Whenever I'm looking for a vehicle I go down to a Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Tower Books, etc., and buy a couple of Sunday papers from cities that are within a couple of hour driving distance to look at the vehicle advertisements of the vehicles I'm interested in. This gives me an idea of what to think about offering in addition to what I get from Edmunds and other web sites.
Are you talking about 99 Big Montero? If so, how did you figure, that you bought it for $100 under invoice? The invoice price is $32,258, including destination, less the premium package. After $3,000 rebate invoice comes down to $29.258. Am I missing something here? Could you please clarify.
I wanted a leather interior also so I went with the premium package that has the upgraded stereo, which is a pretty good system.
The smell is much fainter than burning motor oil, but does have a very light oil-like smell to it. The odor seems to originate near the back wheels, but it does not smell like burning or hot rubber.
The vehicle has 2,000 miles on it, and the temperature guage is always normal. It's done this since I purchased the vehicle. I have not had the dealer look at it yet.
Any ideas? Anybody have a similar experience? Thanks.
I am not buying until June '00, but have started looking. I am undecided between the 4-Runner, Xterra, and Montero Sport.
Any suggestions/comments anyone?
I have also noticed a black oily substances that continues to get on the paint and that cannot be removed with plan water.