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Mitsubishi Montero Sport



  • tripwesttripwest Posts: 1
    I have a '99 Montero sport and I have replaced the alternator 3 times in the past 18 months. I now have the same indicators lighting up (battery, brake) that I had when the alternator went out previously. I just replaced this last one a month ago. I have a new (6 months) battery What can be causing this?
  • labbe,

    Did you ever come across a viable fix for your constant brake light on problem. I'm interested in the fix as well for my 1999 Montero. I thought the problem would be with a maladjusted parking brake lever switch but when that didn't make the light go off I was stumped.

    I bought the vehicle this way but knew it wasn't a real problem. It is distracting though so I just wanted to know if you ever got an answer for this issue. Thanks.
  • kellerjkkellerjk Posts: 1
    I have the same problem on my 2001. 3 mechanics later, including a dealer, they cannot see anything wrong with the brakes or wheels. Let me know if you have had better luck.
  • scobaxscobax Posts: 1
    I have had a 1999 Montero Sport for almost 2 years now, its a real piece. About 4 months after I bought it I started having problems with the electrical system, then the following winter I had problems with the transmission. Currently it is sitting in my driveway not working. I had a stereo system taken out of it, and ever since that was done it hasnt started. The battery is fine (I had it tested), it stays charged. It will not even try to turn over. Ive checked the fuses and the look fine. I dont know if the relay to the starter is blown or what. Any advice??? I really need to get it fixed so I can get rid of it.
  • ajames58ajames58 Posts: 2
    I just got my Montero Sport out of shop for the same reason with 58000 miles on it. They thought that they resolved the problem, but got almost home, and Transmission started to act like it was going into neutral, this only seems to happen when going into overdrive. What did they replace on yours to resolve the problem. I am about to get rid of this thing if I can't get resoled soon.
    Thank you
  • i know maybe someone here has had this problem. My 2000 montero sport has a dash light flashing everytime i drive it.... i think it pertains to the 2x4....4x4 switch.....even when I have it on 2x4 the light flashes up with an anti-lock solid light right below it.....can someone tell me what I can do to take this off....thank you
  • I just noticed your message. Did you get rid or your Montero Sport? If not, they repalced the valve body on my transmission at approximately 36k miles. I am now at 52K and having all the same problems again. I am planning on getting rid of
    mine as well but have to hold on for another year.
  • Lloyds,
    I am having the exact same problem with my 2000 Sport. Was the dealer ever able to diagnose the problem?
  • Yes, I did get rid of the 2003 Montero Sport, Bought a Ford F-150 4wd. Couldn't take the chance that they couldn't fix Montero Sport. Let someone else deal with it. I babied that vehicle, Talked to Service Advisor at Mitsubiti dealer and he stated that he couldn't guarentee, that problem wouldn't come,back, so we traded it while it was under 60k mile warranty. It really sucks, because the thing was paid off, and wanted to keep it for a while and not to have any payments for awhile. Never again will I purchase Mitsubiti. They won't be in business very long. From what I hear they are really hurting, what a shame. Good luck, and trade soon!!! By the way 59950 miles and got $9500.
  • hey people i've been looking for a site for a long time where i can get questions answered about a mitsubishi montero sport. im 18 yrs old so im gonna have a lot of questions. i wanted to know what kind of parts could i buy for a montero sport to increase the car's peformance. it can be anything. i just dont know where to start. can u guys help me out.
  • hey i forgot to say that its a 2000 XLS 4wd
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  • Hi, I'm new to forum. Am looking for a reliable used car and love the way the M.S. looks. Have read a lot of bad things about '00,'01 but nothing, really good or bad about '02. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Am looking at XLS 4x4, leather seats, 3.5 liter V6. It has 39,000 miles on it. Thanks to everyone.
  • The battery in my Montero Sport has just been replaced and now my car radio no longer plays. Apparently, radio requires a "code/password" (which I do not have). The dealer has informed me that they must remove the radio to find the password to reactivate radio. My question, is -- isn't there a simpler way (less costly) to locate password? In June I shelled out $1,465 for a 60,000 mile check up (which was quite a shock, considering the car ran beautifully) -- so I'm trying to save all I can. Thank you.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    The person who replaced your battery should have plugged a 9 volt battery gizmo into the cigarette lighter/power post. That would have saved all your settings while the battery was being switched.

    Usually you have to take the radio out to get the serial number, and then the dealer (or places on the internet) will give you the code for that radio. You may be able to just ease the frame around the radio off with a butter knife and see the sticker on the radio with the serial number.

    Sometimes you can find the code in the owner's manual or on cards that came with the card. It should be a four digit number.

    Many dealers will give you the code for free if you tell them the radio serial number and the VIN of the car; if yours won't ask to speak to the manager (mention the price you paid for your last service!) or try another Mitsu dealer.

    btw, the Edmunds Maintenance Guide says that a 60,000 service should cost about $732. You may want to ask the dealer what else they did to justify the extra cost or visit your local consumer protection agency and complain.

    Good luck!
  • i had the same problem and i called around looked on the net and even purchased the unlock from ebay to no avail finally i called a local dealer and he said the same thing, get the number off the radio -so what i did was go down to the truck with a butter knife, pop off the trim then i looked inside and low and behold there was the serial number right in front i didnt have to pull the radio out or anything - i jotted the number down popped the trim back on and called the dealer back with the number he looked it up in the computer and gave me two codes then he told me to leave the truck turned on auxillary for 1 hr and the radio will come on once that happens to enter the code and i t worked like a charm.... i called several different dealers before i got someone who was nice enough to give me the info for free he said if i brought the car in it would be 75.00 to do this ....
  • Hi everyone, I recently purchased a used 2002 Montero Sport XLS 4x4 with the 3.5L engine with 46000 miles. When I start the vehicle on cold mornings I get a loud rattle sound comming from the engine. The sound stops after about a minute and I do not here it again until the next cold morning start. It seems to happen most when below 40 degrees overnight. Does anyone have an idea what this might be. I have heard fuel pumps make noise when cold but not like this. Any ideas would be appreciated.

  • Bigeasyal,
    I have a quick question regarding the A/T Mode button. Whenever I push this button a light on my instrument panel appears and it says "hold" how do I make the All terrain mode engage?
  • dmuttdmutt Posts: 48
    I have a 2000 M/S. They all do it. It is valve chatter. When the oil gets pump up to it, it will stop. My Tundra does same thing.
  • dmuttdmutt Posts: 48
    The A/T mode is for winter / slippery conditions upon starting from a stop. It starts the transmission in 2nd gear, instead of first. I have a 2000 and is not AWD. I have a lever to put it into 4-wheel drive. Does yours have a lever or buttons or dial to engage 4-wheel high and 4-wheel low? Must have it somewhere.
  • Hi, you may have already purchased a vehicle by now but here are my thoughts. We have had our 2000 sport since 2001 and have over 115K on it now. It has been extremely reliable so far as we have not had to replace or repair any major components to date. On the flip side I have found that common maintenance items such as spark plugs and even lights are expensive to replace as they our hard to get to. That said I would buy one again.
  • I know this is an old message, however, I purchased a 1999 Montero Sport Limited with 120K miles on it. I had it servicd Plugs only, to a tune of $500 bucks, two weeks later the belts started squealing loudly, I took it back to my mechanic, which I should have done in the first plac e and had all the drive belts, timing belt and water pump replaced, the new pump was $180. Anyway, the total cost of labor & parts was $684.72. I think this was a fair price considering I had initially tried to replace the belts myself and as usual, got frustrated. It was woth every penny to me.

    I then picked up my sport and noticed that the radio did not work, had to have the code, I done as the above poster did, somewhat, I pulled the cup holders out half way, gently pried the plate up from the radio, using a flashlight, the serial numbers were revealed, Yeehaa! What was better was the service manager at the Mitsubishi dealer in Jackson, Ms gave me the code after giving him the serial #, where the guy in Meridian Ms, more or less said if I would bring it in that they could do it for $80.

    Anyway, I now have my sound, fully serviced ride and ready to go.

    Good Luck.
  • Hello all,
    I found a pristine '03 XLS AWD with 47,000 miles for $12K and it drives like a dream. I was hoping to get some feedback on the '03 model. Any info is greatly appreciated.
  • Hello ... my 2000 Montero Sport has the 4x4 indictaor light flashing all of a sudden. Their is a loud whining noise which is followed by a pop .... has anyone experienced this before? The anti lock brake light also appears now, not sure if its related. Thanks
  • I have recently had problems with my alarm system on my 98 Montero. I left it parked in my driveway while I was at work. When I returned home I was informed that the alarm was going off for two hours sraight for no apparent reason. Does anyone know why this would happen? Also, we have pulled the fuse to the alarm and now it wont start. Any feedback would be great. Thank you. :cry: :cry:
  • Like everyone else said, if you get the right people and give them the serial and VIN from vehicle, they will give you the code....othersise a Mitsu dealership average cost is $45 to $80. However, I would just throw away the infinity system and get yourself something new. The factory deck is only compatible to the infinity CD changers.
  • I have a 99 and had the same problem with mine. This is what worked for me......Roll down the window, lock and close all the doors, leave your keys in the ignition and disconnect the battery for 10 minutes, reconnect your battery, your alarm shouldn't be going off anymore, but if you open or unlock the door it should.....start your car by putting your arm through the window and start it, now unlock you car and shut it off..........I know this sounds funny, but this is what I had to do when I was stranded at a restraunt 20 miles from town and the car wouldn't let me start it because of the alarm system.
  • My 2000 mitsubishi montero sport XLS has been having troubles for about 2 months now. The brake and battery lights came on randomly since ive owned the car( June 2005), only when i would rev my engine too hard or brake too fast. The lights would then go away after a would rev it again or brake again usually. But in Jan 2007, the brake and battery light came on and stayed on for 2 days until my car died. Took my car to Firestone to have them put a new alternator in because mine had gone out. Then a day later my car kept stalling so i took it to a place near my house. they charged me 80 dollars to tell me that Firestone had not reconnected the alternator back properly. so after they fixed that my car worked for about 2 weeks and then it started driving funny and stalling out when i would stop at lights. took it back to firestone and they said it may have been a bad alternator and they replaced it under their warranty. My car ran fine for about 2 weeks again and then the brake and battery light started to come on again and my lights werent bright anymore and the radio wouldnt come on. Went back to firestone and they would not replace the alternator again until i got my car checked out by an electrician because firestone felt that it coudnt have been another bad alternator, that it had to be an electrical short causing the alernator to short out.
    SO i took it to an electrician and he told me that my original alternator had caused a short in a wire that ran from the ignition to the alternator and that everytime a new alternator was put on, the short in that wire was frying the alternator. So he charged me 225 to find and fix the short. Firestone put a new alternator in under warranty and my car drove for about 2 weeks. Now my car is back at the electrician and he has tried to give me two reasons why it still isnt fixed:
    1) my battery(even though it checks out perfectly fine at both places it was checked at) has a loose connection in it and might be causing the alternator to go bad everytime.

    2)but then they sent my alternator to a "specialist" and apparently he thinks the problem is that there is an oil leak in my motor and oil is getting into my alternator causing the problem. Yet four alternators have been pulled off my car and only this last one has anyone said anything about oil being it it. I would think that the people at firestone would have noticed when they pulled off the others that there was oil in them. plus i have no oil dripping from my car, so i dont see how this could be the problem.

    If anyone has had the similar problem or has any idea what might be causing this problem please let me know because i am about to have to buy another new alternator because firestone wont warranty it anymore and probably have them fix something they say is the problem again only for it to break in 2 weeks anyways. Ive spent close to 1000 already and have got no solutions. Please help me.
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