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#359 of 935 2000 Montero Sport Problems
Nov 03, 2000 (7:08 pm)
I purchased a new 2000 LS Montero Sport 4X4 about 7 months ago and have been having problems with it stalling/poor acceleration since I bought it. I just got done talking to the dealer and now they are telling me Mitsubishi issued an advisory that says to let the car warm up in the morning before I drive it and that I now have to use Premium gas in it. Anyone else see a problem with this? I find it kind of rediculous that I buy a brand new car and have to let it warm up like an old beater or else it will stall on me. I also am frustrated that I now need to run Premium gas in the car when this was not the case when I purchased it. GAS IS EXPENSIVE ENOUGH! Any advice/comments would be appreciated.
#360 of 935 Montero
Nov 06, 2000 (12:12 am)
pecorjas...have your dealer certify that engine is up to spec and that you need to use premium gas (US premium gas, 93 octaine) and then go to the different dealership, but do not show them your papers, for the second opinion. There is a thin line in the "premium gas" definition. All specs and manuals are translated from Japanese. US 89 octaine, is considered "premium" in most of the countries, where some of them are still using 66 ocataine leaded gas. In the winter time, gas is "spiked" with diffrent chemicals that do affect performance, but will not stall the car.
Try to use different ga station, it is possible if you are using some older, cheaper places, their gas tanks are filled with water or some other stuff. Whatever you do, just remeber, your dealer is not giving the righr answers. Warming car is wise, especially in the new cars, but we are talking 30 seconds up to a minute, not the 10 minutes "warming". It is probably in your manual, that says "warm for ...seconds". Ask your dealer about that advisory (that you would like to have a copy of it, or chance to read it) and what prompted that advisory.
#361 of 935 Hidden costs of buying used 2000 model
Nov 07, 2000 (2:45 pm)
I'm in the market for a 2000 Montero Sport, and have found one that looks pretty good. However, like a lot of rental cars the dealer bought at auction, the keyless entry is missing. I walked out rather than pay an extra $114 for the part. This morning I called another dealer to get prices for keyless entries, and learned something I hadn't understood before. The 2000 models have a key with a transponder in it; if you just get a key made at the hardware store it will unlock the door but it WON'T start the car. You have to get keys made (and programmed) at the dealership. So, since this car only has one key, it will cost me $48 to buy another key, and the keyless entries are $114 each PLUS the labor to program them. No wonder the dealer was so reluctant to replace the keyless entry! But as far as I'm concerned, this is an almost-new car and it's missing a part, just the same as if it were missing the spare tire, and I can't believe they can't buy the stuff I need for less than retail.
Also, this car has no trailer hitch. I was told that there's no "towing package" with the Montero Sport, and the cost to have a dealer put on a hitch is $224 for the hitch and $60 for the wiring harness, plus labor of course. Other than that there should be "no problem" (where have we heard that before) towing a small trailer.
Opinions or comments, anyone?
#362 of 935 Misubishi Montero Sport how does it stack up against the Isuzu Rodeo and the Toyota 4-Runner
Nov 07, 2000 (9:27 pm)
My friend is considering a Limited Montero Sport, Isuzu Rodeo, and Toyota 4-Runner. They all have V-6 engines and he is wondering which is the most powerful and reliable? He will only buy Japanese vehicles because of his problems with American vehicles. His daughter had a 2.5 mitsubishi engine in her Chrysler Sebring and no complaints. But in opinion which is the best to choose? He is planning to keep his suv 4 or possibly 5 years and doesn't want any unexpected maintenance. If you could give any info on these questions it will be very helpful. Thanks!
#363 of 935 Towing problems
Nov 10, 2000 (1:20 pm)
I have a 1997 Montero sport with tow hitch and I can't pull an open 5x8 trailer with 1 motorcycle on it over 50mph without it swaying the rear of the truck. The bike is right in the middle of the trailer. I didn't even know it was there when towing the same set up with my bronco. Another owner had no problem going 60-65mph to Fla.
Any suggestions why?
Nov 10, 2000 (8:00 pm)
Nov 12, 2000 (3:18 am)
We rented a 2001 Montero Sport from Alamo. Nice vehicle. There was a button labeled A/T Mode. What does it do? I read the owner's manual but it didn't help.
#366 of 935 A/T Mode Explained
Nov 13, 2000 (1:53 pm)
The All Terrain Mode is used to engage the transmission to start in 2nd gear. This is used mostly when towing or in traversing severe inclines on wet conditions. It provides more power to the transmission with more torque without allowing the wheels to spin. A good example would be pulling a boat on a trailer out of the water at a boat launch. You are towing, you are on an incline, and you are in wet conditions.
#367 of 935 I bought one
Nov 14, 2000 (7:07 am)
OK, just bought a new sport limited. the 0,0,0 promotion was just to good to pass by. Only paid a few hundred below MSRP, but darn it I wanted the car now. Not very many local dealers to choose from, but at the people at Korum were honest and direct, in fact test drive and purchase took less than 2 hours. I really like it, have to head up to the woods this weekend and play around a bit. Has anyone bought the Husky cargo liner? Do you like it? Any recomendations on who to buy from? I would like to get it ASAP. Seems like a great idea. How about the hitch, Has anyone had the non Mitsubushi hitch installed?
I also got the oil filter talk from my sales person. He stated that quick lube places are fine, just supply the mitsu filter my-self. He went so far to say the warrenty can be voided by non-mitsu filters.
I am out of town this week and Hertz teased me. The girls said do you want to try a Montero? I said sure!! she replies oh, I only have a mountainer...Oh well.
BTW thanks to all who have posted here, I read this entire conference before deciding to go take a test drive. If this conference sounded like say the jeep conference then I would have been reluctant to buy this car. BTW State Farm quoted me a little over $600 for six months, can't remember my limits, something like 300/100, with 250 deductables.
Looking forward to share here down the road.
Nov 14, 2000 (2:48 pm)
Welcome Lames to the wonderfull world of Montero Sport owners. You may now proceed to the next step. Go to www.montero-sport.com click on the running board and have at it. They can answer all your ownership questions. I got a husky liner for $79 plus shipping from one of the vendors listed on that site. I got the hitch from the dealer with the harness and installed for under $350.
Also, I only use mitsu oil filters as well.
You can email me directly for any other questions, BigEasyAlhotmail.com