I have to consciously analyze this 4wd vehicle on all weather & terrain condition & use the appropriate Super Select 4wd to give an honest, without kidding myself review. It is AWESOME!! Believe me coming from an 05 Jeep TJ, I love everything about this Pajero, Montero whatevero!
Comfy on the rockies like your on hoola hoops. You have to know the limits, yeah!
or else you'll be swimming up or yelling Geronimoooooo!!
Super Select on the fly center locking diffs 4WD.
Mine has the wide fender flares also my fave.
Ahh! what the hell, the whole Montero is my favorite.
Improvements? that I did. lifted it 2", KYB shocks, Geolandar tires, forged wheels, Hella fogs, removed the 2nd & 3rd rows for less wt., Recaro front seat like the Evolution. Next is TURBO!!
I put 235,000 miles on my '91 Montero. Sold it in 2009 due to rust but it still ran good with excellent Michelins on it. It went to a good home and the guy who bought it drives it daily. The '99 Montero is a definite step up from the '91. Had to put Bilstein shocks and John Baker Performance Products heavy duty springs on the back of the '91 to keep it tight. The '99 has hydraulic adjustable shocks. The '91 3L engine was underpowered. The '99 3.5 L 24 valve engine takes care of that. Larger wheels on the '99. Intended to have my 16-year-old drive the '99. But while driving it the 430 miles home from the dealership I had to keep it and find her something else.
3 L 24 valve engine, hydraulic adjustable shocks, suspension, 13 grease fittings on the front end just like the '91, rain gutters, super grade leather seats, final year of the platform with bowed-out fenders around wheel wells and integrated running boards functional to keep debris down.
Make the third row jump seats easily removable (not just flip up to the sides) for maximum cargo capacity.
I've owned many vehicles over the years (more than 20 cars/trucks). This is, by far, the best vehicle EVER created for my needs. There has not been one mechanical/electrical issue with the truck; and I use it! I've camped IN it during heavy rains; the seats can fold down into a comfy bed. I've packed 3 adult bikes in the back without taking the wheels off, it's hauled over 1,000 lbs. of flagstone in the back. I've gone well into the woods without roads, hauling two kayaks and a canoe on top. And, cleaned-up, it is the sportiest/sexiest/manly-non-soccer-Mom vehicle one could want. They must have built mine wrong because I get 20 city and 26 hwy. I've checked it over and over. True 22 mph ave.
Real 4x4, cargo height! (I can't find a new vehicle as all are made for short-wide people now), heated leather, real gauges, huge moon roof, towing, comfort, Infinity sound system, looks, and fuel economy.
Bring this version back!!!!!!! PLEASE!! The only thing I would change is have a separate hanger for the full-size spare - the extra weight affects the hinges over time.
I finally began shopping for a new
vehicle this month, but have been
reluctant to spend the $40-50k it
would take to equal what I already
have paid for in this '99 Montero with
all the options. Well-built, reliable,
all the comforts, more room than
most ... and with a little care, it
still looks new, despite occasional
the high alpine adventures! I looked
at an '05 Toyota Land Cruiser today.
My Montero is same size, most features
(except DVD navigation) and I paid
less than 60% of what the Cruiser goes
for. Good value all around. Hard to
part with this good buy.
High-end leather, wood trim and
creature comforts inside ... but the
4x4 transmission and spirit that have
often won the grueling Paris-Dakkar
Great torque, towing capacity and rock
climbing ability. Could use just a
little more punch in on-road mountain
climbs. Otherwise ... great vehicle.