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What a champion of a vehicle
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By Russ Chadwick
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2002 Mitsubishi Montero XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Incredible vehicle that has taken me on numerous cross country road trips, city drives and a few minor off road adventures. Great visibility, love the giant sun roof, so easy to get and out of, has been through the hot climates of Louisiana and the very cold negative temperatures of North Dakota. The bad side, it does leak oil, which from other reviews sounds like a common problem. I've been awful about trying to fix the leak which has caused it to drip down and require me to replace the starter....twice. Gas mileage isn't amazing for this day in age (at 15ish city and 18ish hwy) but I thought it worth it for the spacious head room and higher profile that's helped me clear over snow and some off roading. This thing is a beast though. I don't take as good of care of my vehicles as I should, had her for 6 years and still going strong.


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Monty (Montero Limited) for Luxury, Work, &Camping
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By Texas Gulf Coast \ Colorado Mountains
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2002 Mitsubishi Montero Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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This one is a champ. Luxury for 6-7 people ... or for overnight camping (fold down seats for full/queen sized bed), 3 DC accessory outlets, heated seats, large windows for scenic views as well as sun roof can completely open up ... 2000 Styling and Electronics, and side airbags in two rows of seats, were top of the line for the New Millennium era... amble HVAC COLD & heated air along with three (3) 4x4 settings, and up to 5000lbs towing! Owner maintenance (light to heavy) is fairly easy, and new parts & used parts (in the USA) are readily available: hearsay is several Pacific Rim governments regular rehabbed their fleets of Monty's. Well maintained engine is good for around 300K, and one must properly torque pressures on many fasteners (bolts) . Recommend replacing OEM brake pads & rotor to lower end, Performance parts. Likewise, change the oil filter regularly due to it's small capacity (my history is using synthetic oil and change the filter at 2K miles, the oil at 4K miles). Intake manifold system is a is a little tricky, oil cap leaks too much (occasionally fouls the rear O2 sensor). Engine & transfer case replacement is really easy for this vehicle -- (my) 4x4 mechanic gave me a few freebies after the standard engine replacement labor charge. Like much Japanese engineering specification --Stealth's, Galent's, Mont.Sport's - don't wait for the timing belt to break or you need at least an expensive valve job.


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203K miles and still going!
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By Elizabeth
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2002 Mitsubishi Montero XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I LOVE this truck! 2002 XLS was purchased with 80k miles on it in 2011. I put 123K miles on this incredible vehicle in 6 years. It may leak oil here and there, but it runs great! Only wear and tear maintenance - Tires, brakes, outer tie rods, alternator, starter, cam seals, valve cover gaskets, and the exhaust so it passes state emissions testing. Its been driven in 115 degree heat index and -20 below 0, it never fails to impress me! I plan to drive this for as long as it will let me! Due to my distance to work I am changing oil every 6 weeks, but this is well worth it! The interior after 15 years still looks brand new, this vehicle in Chicago, IL USA has VERY little rust for being driven several winters with heavy snow/salt on the roads.


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02 Mitsu
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By Catrina Devore
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2002 Mitsubishi Montero Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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The heater doesn't warm as well as it should. The car alarm is too touchy. When trickle charging with the hood slightly open, the slightest movement sets off the alarm. Have someone show you exactly how to remove the spare tire and change a tire!


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Montero is a great vehicle
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By Sa
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2002 Mitsubishi Montero Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Solid !! great 4 wheel


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