This is a very reliable SUV. I bought it used
with 44K miles and it now has 175K. The only
repair I've made was for valvue cover oil leaks
and the starter.
The first tune up was done at 100k. It burns
about a quart of oil every 1K miles now. A
great rig for a responsible driver.
Back in 1989 around october I saw this montero RS with 5 speed 4 door silver in color at the dealer. Got a great deal. 17,500 that was new, 20 years ago. Will I buy another Montero? YES this thing will not DIE!!! Have about 438,000 miles. The body has no rust, the paint so so, parts 2 clutch one fly wheel, one transmission at 365000, other than this just small parts.
I am the original owner and have enjoyed my 1990 Montero so much I just put in a new "factory" interior. The vehicle has 197,000 miles on it. It is quite difficult to find OEM interior trim parts. Someone should start a salvage yard for 82-91 Monteros so we will always be able to find parts.
I drove this SUV off the lot new in June of 1990. It's the only vehicle my two teenage daughters can remember me owning. Original manual clutch, original engine w/ 250,000 plus miles. Still runs but needs an engine rebuild. Replaced the computer once due to the idle servo motor shorting out. That was a $1000 fix and the most costly repair today. I just purchased the new Toyota FJ Cruiser after 17 years. Only time will tell if it can endure as well as the Montero. Hate to see old faithful go.
Sold it at a 165,000 miles. Started
looking for a new SUV and began to
regret selling it. Never had a problem
with it. Only normal maintenance, and
maybe brakes wearing too soon, burns a
little oil. Always started. NEVER left
me on the highway stranded. Could use
more guts up highway hills, but it's top
end is great. Also could use more driver
leg room. Fits well in compact car
spaces for so much int. cubic ft.