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1997 Mitsubishi Montero SUV

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Mitsubishi Montero Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Mitsubishi Montero

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Wonderful off-road agility, seven passenger seating, and powerful new engine.

  • Cons

    Price makes this truck more expensive than the larger, more powerful GMC Suburban and Ford Expedition.

  • What's New for 1997

    The Montero is unchanged for this year.

Full 1997 Mitsubishi Montero Review

What's New for 1997

The Montero is unchanged for this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Great suv for under $5k

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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.

Suv for under $5k

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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.

Amazing vehicle

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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.

Great, until you need parts

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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.

Best car i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Montero LS 4dr SUV 4WD

I love this car! I bought it new in 97 and Iím so happy itís lasted. Itís 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 Iíve only half used up the engine so hereís looking at another happy 12 years!

Best auto i've owned

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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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I have owned 2 Monteros (1997 and 1991) and generally been pleased. I plan on buying a 2001 but haven't decided between the Limited or XLT. I wonder if the addtional perks on the limited will really ...

Ok, Let me give some rational answers. I have owned 2 Montero Sports, a 1997 AS 2WD and a 2001 AS 4WD....

I have a 1997 montero sport I just replaced the alternator on it , went bad due to an oil leak the car was dying out at stop lights every time it came to idle, I replaced it all the dash lights went o...

Gas Mileage


  • 15
  • cty
  • 18
  • highway
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