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2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport SUV

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Mitsubishi Montero Sport Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 197 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

  • An attractive midsize SUV in need of serious refinement.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Attractive inside and out, comfortable front seats.

  • Cons

    Soft suspension, lethargic transmission, sloppy steering.

  • What's New for 2003

    Mitsubishi raises the Montero Sport's roof to provide more headroom and ups the wattage (from 100 to 140 watts) on the audio system.

Full 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Review

What's New for 2003

Mitsubishi raises the Montero Sport's roof to provide more headroom and ups the wattage (from 100 to 140 watts) on the audio system.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Excellent family hauler!

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS Rwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Those who have kids know that newborns need plenty of cargo room. This vehicle has plenty! My wife and I purchased this vehicle anticipating the birth of our first son. We made an excellent choice. The Montero Sport is the perfect family hauler for the following reasons: -Plenty of cargo space -Has the LATCH car seat anchors -Rear hatch opens upward to shelter you from the rain when you have to change your baby's diaper. -The deck height in the cargo area is perfect for changing your baby's diapers. (See the theme?) -Toddlers get dirty! The rear cargo area roof is tall enough enabling your toddler to stand. This makes impromptu clothes changes very easy. -Privacy glass helps with naps

Best buy ever

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS Rwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I purchased this vehicle used in 2005. I have driven it for 5 yrs this month. I have over 134,000 miles and beside tires and a battery (that was my own fault) I had a belt replaced that was worn and the transmission flushed to extent the life of this jewel. I use to buy a new car every couple of years. No more.

Great car- i love it

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I really enjoy this car, it has been perfect for me. I live in Colorado and use my Sport to go off road camping, up to the mountains through the snow, and also driving as I live in the city. It has been very reliable, no problems other than regular wear and tear. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for an SUV. It has been great in the snow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Very reliable

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

It's been a very solid vehicle. Not a single mechanical issue. It now has 85,000 miles on it. Some complaints I have are that after about an hour of driving I've got to get out and stretch my legs. The seat height is too low. It's definitely not a vehicle designed for a tall person. The roof is also quite low. The side steps aren't really functional so my seat is wearing because I essentially have to slide in and out. It handles great in the snow and does well off road. My sister bought an '03 Jeep grand Cherokee at the same time we bought our MS. They've had nothing but trouble with it. There's something to be said for the simple design of MS. Not a whole lot of gadgets that can break.

Reliable, 2nd time buyer

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport ES Rwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

My daughter is driving my first Montero Sport, 180K miles and still going. We have never had any serious mechanical problems. We have done normal maintenance and it still runs and looks great. My 2003 is the same. I currently have 40K miles and it is great car for my business. I also have an Endeavor and love it!

Scary to drive

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Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS Rwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I wish I'd listened to the advice another reviewer gave here on edmunds. He said the steering was "squirrely," and he was right! You can't take your eyes off the road for a second--this car will take you right off the road. And the sway in this thing makes my kids sick! No sway bar is available to correct it. Also, because the entire hatchback lifts up, it drips water right on you if it's been raining. Then, when you get home, your groceries fall out! I bought this because I liked the way it looked, but don't do it!

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I just had a new gas tank installed and a gas/exhaust solenoid replaced, it was running great for about a day, then randomly died while driving like the engine was not getting fuel. The car did not l?...

I own a 2003 Montero Sport Limited which I bought used a little over a year ago. The dealer provided only one transponder key at the time I purchased the vehicle. Later I discovered my truck had been ...

2003 Montero Sport LS... Not really the blower fan. What it does is after approximately 30 min. of driving, the AC actually quits cooling. Fan continues to blow, but just re-circulates the air. If I s...

Gas Mileage


  • 14
  • cty
  • 17
  • highway
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