We bought our 2000 Montero used in 2003. I loved the way that it looked, people mistake it for a Land Rover. And it rode very nicely. But over time, the ride has become more rough. I just put new tires on it thinking that would give me a smoother ride, but it really hasn't, and my mechanic cannot find any reason for it to be riding so rough. But I do still love the way that it looks, and we have had no major mechanical problems--the only thing we've done in 2 years, besides the routine maintenance of course, is have the brakes worked on, and replaced the tires. All in all it has been a good car.
I love the way it looks-it's very unique. Love the extra room with the 3rd row seating. (Endeavor package) The Infinity sound system is excellent! The gas mileage is pretty good, too.
The cup holders are a joke. The driver's seat is awkward at first, until you get used to the feel of it. Needs more storage space.