1997 Mitsubishi Montero Consumer Review: SUV for under $5K

1997 Mitsubishi Montero - Consumer Review

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LS 4dr SUV (3.5L V6 4x4 4-speed Automatic)

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SUV for under $5K
By az66bug on


1997 Mitsubishi Montero LS 4dr SUV 4WD


Bought this 1997 Montero (full-size) LS 2 years ago after a ton of research on a GOOD SUV under $5K.
I never heard of this SUV until I was researching and overall I'm impressed keeping in mind this is a 16yr old SUV.
I knew my requirements and knew I had to get the Montero under $5K if the timing belt wasn't replaced recently.
I found one locally with under 150,000 mile (141,236 to be exact).
I had quite a bit of Maintenance work done, timing belt/water pump first, then within 6 months all the fluids and filters replaced.
This is my 3rd car and is only driven about 5k miles annually.
Although I've put some work into this Montero it's a rough tough SUV; truck like feel.

Best Features

4x4, solid SUV, Big but not to big, tool kit in back, rear mount spare, towing, rugged

Worst Features

No rear AC in 1997 and earlier models, they added it in 1998 but did not like the body style change. Huge sunroof but worthless for those in the front seats, cooling system - suggest upgrading the radiator to a 3 or 4 core
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