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Mitsubishi Montero Sport, SUV
#483 of 935 I love my 1998 MS XLS!
Apr 10, 2001 (2:25 pm)
I'm sorry to see so many people having so many problems with their Montero Sports. I absolutely love my MS XLS! I purchased my 1998 XLS in summer 1997 when they no longer had any new fully loaded 1997 LSs on any of the lots in Georgia. I actually got a call from the dock when it arrived in Long Beach from Japan. It was delivered to my driveway in Atlanta. I gave up the keys to my 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse and the MS and I have been in love ever since.
I currently have 96,000 miles on it (yep, 96K). I've driven it across country 3 times in 20 months (GA to LA; LA to NY; DC to LA) and it performed marvelously on every trip and every day in between and since. We even went through a particularly bad winter in DC and the truck proved up to the task.
I have only had it serviced at Mitsubishi dealerships in Lithia Srings, GA; Rockville, MD and Long Beach, CA. They've all taken excellent care of us. And we've only been in for routine maintenance, recalls, and breaks (once). We're due for new tires but I'll take it to a discount tire place for that - my dealership mechanic recommended a good one. :o)
My Eclipse was a great car (60K miles) and my Montero Sport will be handed down to my 18 year old son on his 19th birthday this summer. I can't bear to part with it.
#484 of 935 Driver's Leg Room
Apr 17, 2001 (7:56 pm)
I am intending on test driving a Montero Sport but am wondering about how roomy the driver's seat is.
I am Six foot three inches tall and am wondering if someone with my height can comfortably fit into this car (I tried to test drive a Ford Escape for instance any my legs couldn't fit under the steering wheel). Any comments and/or sharing of experiences would be appreciated.
#485 of 935 Planned Purchase of XS 3.5
Apr 18, 2001 (7:27 am)
Seriously thinking about buying XS for 27445.00.
Love my Honda CRV but just a little too small and plain looking. Hope I will not regret the change but I really like the looks and most info I see seems to be pretty positive about this vehicle. It has 3.5 engine which people seem to like. Financing is 1.9 and you even get a bike through April. Anybody getting better pricing. They say that is 100 over invoice with 545.00 freight and then about 3% for advertising they pay.
What do you think???? Thanks
CRV gets 23 mpg overall--wonder if XS will be close to 20 mpg????
#486 of 935 TRANSMISSION REPROGRAMED
Apr 19, 2001 (8:25 am)
If you have a 99 or newer Sport, which has the INVESCII transmission, there is TSB-01-23-007 to fix the problem of your transmission shifting eratic upon heavy acceleration between gears. It seems to have also cured, when you floor it, the hesitation problem. Makes it more responsive.
Apr 25, 2001 (11:57 pm)
Mitsubishi's Montero Sport Comes Loaded With Fun
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#488 of 935 Anyone pull a boat with their Montero?
Apr 30, 2001 (8:06 am)
doesn't seem to be much activity on this board, but I'll give this a shot. I'm seriously considering this vehicle, but have reservations about the 3.0 L V6. Has anyone towed a boat with it? How does it perform towing the average 18' inboard?
I may upgrade to the XS from the XLS for the 3.5L, any thoughts?
And lastly, what trim level is the XS? I can't seem to find any info on where it fits on the scale...ES, LS, XLS, ?XS?, LTD ?
#489 of 935 captainpurple
Apr 30, 2001 (1:15 pm)
I pull two different boats. I have the 2000 MS LTD 4X4. It pulls both boats very well. The 3.5 engine in the LTD and XS is a very torquey motor. It has a longer stroke and smaller bore than most engines in its size, which provides better torque, thus better towing. I average 15 mpg when I tow, and I usually drive around 60-65.
I would recomend XS or LTD with the 3.5. The 3.0 will do it, but it will strain. But, how often do you pull the boat? If not very much, than the 3.0 would probably be OK and gets better gas mileage when not pulling. Something to think about.
The XS is more like the LS, but has the larger 3.5 motor, XLS wheels, and titanium dash and trim. Comes in only bright red and black, so far.
May 01, 2001 (9:43 am)
I mailed in my lemon law letter to Mitsubishi last Tuesday via Certified mail return receipt requested. Still haven't heard from them.
Howling noise continues to get louder at 40 - 50 mph.
Feel like the service managers are all covering each others backs. I had it serviced one week ago for a steering grinding noise. Undoubtedly the service manager at this new dealership read about some notes about me on their Mitsu service computer system. The service manager went through this big explanation about how there was nothing detected with regard to my steering noise complaint and it couldn't be reproduced when in the middle of the conversation the mechanic walked in from the shop and told me "yeah, i heard that noise too. while I was doing the lube oil and filter i noticed there was no grease on your bushings. it seems as though the last dealer to do the last LOF failed to do that. so I put some on and it seems okay now." I laughed heartily inside. the service manager looked dumbfounded, like right out of a movie. pretty funny.
So anyhow, i'm waiting to hear back from them. With all the complaints on trannys, i'm going to use others feedback from this chat board as part of my application to the arbitration panel (assuming they don't fix it) The funny thing is they have never even opened up and looked at the transmission!!
I also plan to write letter(s) to the president of Mitsubishi America and call him as well. I'm not going to stand idly by.
#491 of 935 Montero sales up nearly 60 percent
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 02, 2001 (1:02 pm)
Mitsubishi's Montero sports utility vehicle, made in Japan, bucked the trend of dropping demand for SUVs.
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#492 of 935 Re: Planned Purchase of XS 3.5
May 04, 2001 (2:14 pm)
My wife and I bought an XS 3.5 last weekend and have enjoyed it so far. The 3.5 does provide a noticeable pop that the 3.0 did not have, although we haven't towed anything with it right now. I'm not sure what they're current promotion is, but we were able to get the 1.9% financing and that sealed the deal. We pay less in interest payments than the $1750 they were going to give us as a rebate, so it worked out well. Did you buy it?