I did a lot of research on this one before buying and it is by far the most reliable aside the Toyota Land Cruiser, just as capable and much more affordable. The track record of the Montero speaks for itself when it comes to reliability. I traded a Land Rover Discovery for it and the Montero is by far a better SUV, inside and out. The 4 wheel drive is similar to LR with the locking differential, but much easier to engage and disengage than the LR. The exterior design of the 2000 year is a unique one-of-a- kind and a cross between the old and new style (2001+). It is still truck like, but is one of the most capable SUV's off road and on. Plenty of light and fresh air from the huge moonroof too.
Four wheel drive capabilities, features like 3rd row seats, moon roof, all seats lay flat and make a big bed, a true ute rig but still stylish looking. Also setup for off- raod already with skid plates and tow rings placed strategically. Exterior mirrors have de-icers and lights washers (Endeavor).
Cup holders are a joke. Somehow when I bought it they weren't broken. Took less than a week to break them. Accessory buttons and controls could be in more convenient locations - they seem to be scattered around. Gas peddal is in awkward location on floor. Need more storage spaces - tiny glove box.