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'96 Montero - a True Offroad Vehicle
By Bob Britz on
Vehicle1996 Mitsubishi Montero SR 4dr SUV 4WD
ReviewI purchased this 1996 at three years old and 45,000 miles. It now has 175,000 miles and I have no vision to sell it. Approximately 23,000 of my 130,000 miles driven have been off road in the Sierra Nevada, Inyo, and Death Valley areas. Not light offroad, but 4WD locking hubs off road required stuff. I've changed the oil every 3,000 miles and had only one major repair when a part of the intake plenem broke off and caused internal valve damage. The car gets a consistent 15 mpg and has never left me stranded due to it's advanced 4WD dual locking hubs (a rare item on any SUV today) and its capacity radiators and transmission coolers. Mitsubishi outfitted this truck perfectly - not for soccer moms.
Best FeaturesThe mid-body sunroof, locking hubs all around, high rev - high torque engine, consistent gas mileage at 15 mpg, full bench style seating in the rear, short nose front end for rock climbing, real skip plates and real off road rims at 15" - none of this tame SUV stuff on almost all cars following it.
Worst FeaturesThe rear seat arm rests dig into passengers' backs when a third person is added. The third row seats are impractical. They're only good for short trips. The rear door hinge catch is sometimes faulty holding the door when the truck is at an angle. The rear bumper is a little flimsy (I've repaired or replaced four times).
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