This is my third and oldest Montero. I trust the brand to buy a 20 year old copy with 160,000 miles. Everything works like new. Its 143 horses must be Clydesdales. The view through the tall windows is commanding. Only drawbacks (others mention these): Driver's seat does not go back quite far enough and radio controls are far below the dash. Gas mileage is fair. It helps to know where to get parts. A junk yard or one of several online forums will keep this truck going at least another five years. There are lots of prior Montero owners out there who come up to the car and smile.
Formal angular design. Narrow width fits in parking spaces easily. Lots of gauges including the unique inclinometer. The engine always purrs. Heavy duty 4X4 system is indestructible. The driver's "bus-driver" seat bounces. Yahoo!
Install cup holders (it doesn't come with any!). Put radio controls on the steering wheel.
I am the third owner of this Montero LS. It has 205000 on it as of this week and it can still take off from the line. I bought this truck to use in winter since my main car is my baby and I don't like to drive it in snow. I drive the truck daily now from autumn til summer and it is great. The truck was in no way properly maintained by its previous owner but still runs like a peach. I will be doing pretty much a full engine and electrical rebuild in summer of 09 and will do some things to the surface rust to make the truck look like new.
Driving position, I can see everything going on. Love the low end torque I have a 3.5in intake on it and if I push it it will spin tires if wet it will spin all 4. The 4x4 system is amazing I have had more issues in a 1999 F-250 snow driving than this.
Gas mileage could be better. Other than that can't complain much.
This is a very reliable SUV. I bought it used
with 44K miles and it now has 175K. The only
repair I've made was for valvue cover oil leaks
and the starter.
The first tune up was done at 100k. It burns
about a quart of oil every 1K miles now. A
great rig for a responsible driver.
Reliable. Comfortable seats. Paint is in great
The interior trim is very japanese and looks
We are the orginal owners...now have
224,000 miles. Engine rebuilt once,
new rings, new head, 3rd oil pump.
Works like brand new now, saving it to
give to our 16 year old son. This is
the only car he has known...Have been
to Quebec twice in the past two years
in it. It is very tough built and
Sits up high for a commanding view of
traffic. This was the SUV before
Ford/Chevy or anybody knew what SUV's
Better Crosswind stability/vibration of
doors....and cupholders would be
nice..Availablity of parts for older
Mitsubishi cars and to fix radio that
was OEM...unable to fix now unless I
buy a brand new one for $1500.00 from
Japan...replaced for $500 a Kenwood
that plays cd/tape/radio