by az66bug on Oct 25, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Montero LS 4dr SUV 4WD
Bought this Montero 2 years ago after doing allot of research for a reliable SUV for under $5K; this was one of 5 suggested.
I didn't want something big like a Expedition or small like a Escape and this fit the bill.
It had 141,000 miles and I knew it would need some money for maintenance items like timing belt, etc.
I only paid $3800.00 so had room to do these repairs.
Although I did have a cooling issue that turned out to be the radiator, overall I am happy with this Montero.
It's a 3rd vehicle that I bought for hauling around the dogs and Home Depot runs that I drive allot more just because it's pretty fun to drive and simplistic in nature, which I like.
by az66bug on Aug 5, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Montero LS 4dr SUV 4WD
Bought this 1997 Montero (full-size) LS 2 years ago after a ton of research on a GOOD SUV under $5K.
I never heard of this SUV until I was researching and overall I'm impressed keeping in mind this is a 16yr old SUV.
I knew my requirements and knew I had to get the Montero under $5K if the timing belt wasn't replaced recently.
I found one locally with under 150,000 mile (141,236 to be exact).
I had quite a bit of Maintenance work done, timing belt/water pump first, then within 6 months all the fluids and filters replaced.
This is my 3rd car and is only driven about 5k miles annually.
Although I've put some work into this Montero it's a rough tough SUV; truck like feel.
by j-toocheap on Oct 29, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Montero SR 4dr SUV 4WD
We were given this truck with 315,000 miles on it by a family member.
We have had the truck for about 6 months and have put an additional 6,000 miles on it without incident.
The truck drives like it is new and has a ton of power.
The truck is a workhorse, having towed a camper many miles around the U.S.
The previous owner was meticulous with maintenance and changed the oil with synthetic oil every 5,000 miles.
The truck is from the south and still looks immaculate.
We get lots of compliments when people see it for the first time and no one can believe that it has so much mileage on it.
by Coffee on Jan 17, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Montero LS 4dr SUV 4WD
Love the truck in winter! Looks good and is holding up well except for a bolt walking out and bending out from the crank shaft to the harmonic balance. I almost had to replace the entire engine if they couldn't get the bolt out. Wish it were better on gas. It's a six, but sucks gas like an 8.
by slver on Nov 21, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Montero LS 4dr SUV 4WD
I love this car! I bought it new in 97 and Im so happy its lasted. Its reliable, very little repair, small stuff, but mainly the typical brake and tire service required for midsize trucks. Living in Southern California, I mostly drive town and freeway but also some off-road in the mountains - nice to have during our heavy rains. At 100,000 miles, my mechanic says Ive only half used up the engine so heres looking at another happy 12 years!
by BD on Dec 10, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Montero SR 4dr SUV 4WD
I've owned my Montero for almost 4 years and I still love it! I take it everywhere: in the snow, sand, mountains, and on long road trips (2,000 miles+). Never had a problem, with proper care it will last another 30 years. The strength of the Montero is better than anything I have seen. Almost impossible to damage.
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