2001 Mitsubishi Montero Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
After researching for a second hand SUV, the Montero Limited came in 1st as having the "most bang for yer buck". I thought, "Mitsubishi, how could I go wrong?". Well, I have. Even though I purchased this car with an extended warranty (which has saved me thousands of dollars), this car has been to the dealer for just about everything that can go wrong on an automobile. At 80K miles, the engine blew. Some rare event where a part of the heater pipe breaks off while driving and all fluid is lost so fast that it doesn't show up on the thermostat. I replaced the engine at the dealer in 5/2009 and its since been back 8 times and broken down 3 times. Im not the only one, look online and you will see
Interior is quite good. Especially the wood trim steering wheel.
Im sorry man, but I had both of the rear heater pipes explode while driving, and had to get the montero towed home. however I was 16 with very little if any mechanical experience, yet i was able to find the leak, buy a new pipe (only cost 8 dollars) and install it myself. If you payed hundreds to get it fixed you got taken for a ride. as far as the engine goes, you probably waited to long to change the timing belt (350$ job) and as a result the engine imploded as it will with all engines.
Simple maintenence would have saved you alot of trouble. all cars need belts, spark plugs, and oil changes in order to stay running