This is posted as a tribute to my old gal now with 208k miles.
I feel guilty that I'm now considering replacing her simply to keep up with style....(OK she need tires and ignition switch work too.)
Too bad they don't make these anymore.
I bought her 1 year old at 9,000 miles.
21 years and 208000 my baby still runs great.
Blown engine oil seal at 200k has been the only major issue.
Very comfortable ride.
Good off-road durability.
Still not a squeak in her.
Styling, durability, and comfortable. Nice upright sitting.
Only complaint is that the 3L V6 needs more power for steep hills/ mountains at interstate speeds. Wouldn't want to use it for towing in mountains.
When we bought our first Montero in 1989 we were so thrilled with everything about it! People would actually stop us and ask what type of vehicle it was. Unfortunately, a few years later we were involved in an accident which totaled our beloved SUV. Remarkably we suffered not one injury...the car was amazing in how it protected us. Ended up with our 91 immediately after. We still have this car and we are now giving it to our 16 year old son to drive to school. Have had no problems EVER with this vehicle. Today we had new shocks put on and a new stabilizer bar. All windows, ac, original radio etc. are all still working fine. Had a problem with the horn once...will drive this Monty to her death!
4 wheel drive...roomy interior...simple design...high head space...large sun roof...love the bouncy driver seat!
At the time purchased wouldn't have been able to think of any improvements for this wonderful SUV....maybe more leg room in the front seats!
I can't think of any way to improve this vehicle. Even after almost 19 years it still runs like a champ. Add gas and change the oil and it will never let you down. Even with 121k miles it can keep pace with interstate traffic and off-road like it was new. The designer thought of everything. They don't make them like this anymore. I'll only drive a Montero after owning this one.
Full size spare mounted on swing-gate rear hatch. Spacious engine compartment allows for easy maintenance and inspections. Huge back seat that an adult can sleep on during long drives. Tall with lots of head room. 17-22 MPG, as much as a new SUV gets. This one was WAY ahead of its time.
I can't think of anything that the designer didn't already put in here. Even the turning radius is great.
Well 151K miles later and she's still running. The A/C quit last week (bad in Florida) and the blinkers stopped blinking yesterday. I bought her in 2002 w/ 102K. I've just had so much fun, I'd love to keep her running forever. I actually got upset that I had to start shelling out some money for repairs in 2004, but DUH..it had 120K and was 13 yrs by then! Sadly I think her time is nearing. In the 6 years of ownership, I only had it not start on me ONCE! Geez what am I thinking, why am I considering a new vehicle? I love this SUV. Oh yeah I remember now, it's not cheap to get them fixed!
The running boards and the power SUNROOF. The fact that it looks like a Safari vehicle. (I even put the leopard seat covers on) Power everything, way ahead of its time
Unfortunately just too expensive to fix at this point and the insurance rates on it are high because it is a "senior vehicle"
after owning many 4x4's, this 91
monty is my favorite of all of them.
it's unpretentious, get-down-to-
business approach and style are the
best. it's everything the newer "gen-
x" SUV's (like the Xterra, etc) wanna
be. amazingly reliable. 4x4 system is
unstoppable. this winter i have pulled
an explorer & two blazers out of the
snow, and last summer my LAND ROVER
GOT STUCK IN THE MUD & the monty
pulled it out! the air ride drivers
seat is great on my back, and the
cargo and cabin area make anything do-
able and haulable. manual
transmission makes it fun and less
sluggish. up to 33" tires can fit
4x4 system, reliability, versatility.
isn't it too late since the vehicle is
13 years old??