after owning many 4x4's, this 91
monty is my favorite of all of them.
it's unpretentious, get-down-to-
business approach and style are the
best. it's everything the newer "gen-
x" SUV's (like the Xterra, etc) wanna
be. amazingly reliable. 4x4 system is
unstoppable. this winter i have pulled
an explorer & two blazers out of the
snow, and last summer my LAND ROVER
GOT STUCK IN THE MUD & the monty
pulled it out! the air ride drivers
seat is great on my back, and the
cargo and cabin area make anything do-
able and haulable. manual
transmission makes it fun and less
sluggish. up to 33" tires can fit
This is posted as a tribute to my old gal now with 208k miles.
I feel guilty that I'm now considering replacing her simply to keep up with style....(OK she need tires and ignition switch work too.)
Too bad they don't make these anymore.
I bought her 1 year old at 9,000 miles.
21 years and 208000 my baby still runs great.
Blown engine oil seal at 200k has been the only major issue.
Very comfortable ride.
Good off-road durability.
Still not a squeak in her.
Have enjoyed 2.5 years with a LS
Montero. This is one of the few import
vehicles that has enough interior room
where I feel comfortable (6'3'). Very
practical, have driven on 2000+ mile
road trips twice and it has never let
me down. This is my daily driver and
it used to tow a boat frequently.
There is a design flaw with the
steering gearbox - very common and
expensive repair ($500-$800) but
chances may be pretty good this has
already been replaced on the earlier
models. Love the truck. Has been both
a workhorse and earns Range Rover wanna
be respect around town for a fraction
of the price.
We purchased the car 10 years ago, used
with 3,000 miles on it. During the 10
years our experience has been generally
good. Steering box failed at 60,000
miles ($800), dealer said not unusual.
Original exhaust lasted 9.5 years, but
cost $900 at the dealer.
Other failures: year 5 - two power
window controls failed ($125 each for
parts); year 1-cruise control sometimes
turns off when directionals are used
(dealer unable to find problem); year 6
air conditioning failed ($900 to repair
with no guarentee it would be fixed
(dealer price)); year 6 - FM radio and
cassette failed, replacement lasted
only 2 years.