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#201 of 2830 Montero Limited - Price
Feb 05, 2001 (5:29 am)
Hi Montero Owners - I own a Montero Sport (1999) and wish I had waited for the new full size to debut for I am finding the Sport smaller than I would like. In Scarborough Maine, the Mitsubishi dealer wants MSRP (36717) for a Limited with no real effort to accept less. Where are you folks finding the Limited (w/rear air) for 34500? It appears I'll be ready for a serious effort to purchase in Spring 2001 and want to expand my list of probable dealers. Thanks!
#202 of 2830 Advertisement Fee
Feb 05, 2001 (8:11 am)
Thank you everyone.
Finally got a great deal on Montero XLS. Paid 29,205 including destination charges, which works to around a 100 dollars over invoice.
Got the XLS this weekend and loving every moment while driving.
Feb 05, 2001 (9:32 am)
Have not given the tires much thought.
Yok does have one or two more aggressive patterns out, I think the next one is the AT.
My concern is not trading off unacceptable tire noise but since these SUV's are so quite anyway I will accept some.
I gave some thought to going with "winter tires" in the winter and back to the Geolanders in the summer until the Geo's wear out. That way I can have a more aggressive tread and rubber that is formulated to get better traction in the snow, ice, mud and a more road-like tire in the summer where I probably wont need the extra aggressiveness.
Just some ideas Im tossing around.
The local tire store will give 5 seasons of mounting for free so it would just be the cost of the winter tires and then my time to switch them each season.
Feb 05, 2001 (9:35 am)
To top this off we are, of course, thinking of having another child just after we squeeze in a trip to Europe this summer if we can.
#205 of 2830 Looking for a rare bird...
Feb 05, 2001 (10:53 am)
The lease on my Jeep is almost up and I'd love to get my hands on a 1999 or 2000 full-size Montero. I am having a hard time finding one of these babies in my area (Kansas City). If anyone out there has a suggestion please share them.
Feb 05, 2001 (2:35 pm)
My XLS came with Bridgestone Dueller tires. They are great on the road but as Consumer Reports shows, they are not any good in snow. Got stuck once in 8 inches of snow on flat land,did a 360 on a road when I turned onto it and my stopping distances are much greater than my 93 Montero with Dunlop tires. I haven't tried to use it yet on pasture grass but I made it through deer season last month.
#207 of 2830 brill, tga, michaeljames, a few thoughts...
Feb 05, 2001 (3:27 pm)
We went to Hawaii in the Spring of 2000, then a cruise to the Carribean at Christmas...I never had any $$ until the kids grew up and moved on...
Good luck on your trip and your future bambinos. Mine are my best friends now.
tga, check the Montero board at
there is a classifeds board with some accessories and trucks for sale, maybe you will find one in your area.
michaeljames, a great site that BigAlEasy showed many of us, www.carbuyingtips.com
may help you get a better deal from your dealer. It sure helped me.
One week ago, I bought a 2000 MS LS 2wd with 25k miles for just over $18k and I am very happy with it.
Good luck to all,
#208 of 2830 Scheduled Maintenance - 2001 Monte Ltd's
Feb 06, 2001 (10:19 pm)
I am still trying to decide on which SUB to buy and I found it a little disturbing on the cost of scheduled maintenance for the 2001 Monte Ltd.s,
especially for 60K miles as follows:
1. Change timing belt - $522.
2. Tune-up - $327.
3. Repack wheel bearing $150.
4. Transmission&coolant $???
Any way way over $1,000.(at today's prices) seems pretty high when some SUB's are claiming only regular service Maintenance for 1st 100K miles.
I guess having to change the timing belt, while most cars made in the last 8-10yrs go 90K miles before changing this. I have not got the official recommended scheduled maintenance, this is just what I got over the phone while still negotiating a price. $34,400. with rear air. How does the Monte compare to other SUB's for Scheduled Maintenance?
I had estimates from dealers for about $350. for factory hitch and wiring harness. But when I tried to get a firm price it was $380.(dealer cost?) for hitch plus $100. installation or $480. total. Steep! May have to get a Reese hitch. What advantage does the factory hitch have? Better fit? Any recommendations? Any indications more incentives may be coming? Like lower interest rates (4.9% present). Thanks for any help! I am glad I only do this type search about every 10 years.
#209 of 2830 Schedule maintainance by Claybuster...
Feb 06, 2001 (11:18 pm)
Yes, the maintainance cost is higher. And I am mad at Mitsubishi for placing the intake manifold right on top of the spark plugs, and make changing plug a nightmare. But you can buy other comparable Suv and pay more, much more in advance to save a few hundred dollars for maintainance. When the time come for maintainance
fine a reputable shop and cut your bill by 30%. I will just do the maintainance my self. About the tow hitch, I got one from dealer, and it was made by Valley hitch industries. You can save some money by going after market, But if you need good wiring hardness, you have to go with dealer hitch.
#210 of 2830 Scheduled Maintenance - 2001 Monte Ltd's
Feb 07, 2001 (7:55 am)
I agree with viet2 -- find an independant Mitsubishi garage.
My limited experience is that most dealer's mechanics (with exceptions) are one or more of the following: 1) lazy, 2) incompetent 3)illiterate 4) have limited experience.
I have never been able to get them to fix minor brake noise at the end of rolling to a stop. Although it appears to be related to ambient humidity and temperature more than anything else. (I.e. warm and dry, squeek; cool and damp; no noise)
(Times are great, everybody has a job, good help is hard to find, warm bodies will do just fine. However, this may be a changin'). This I find at not only the Mitsubishi dealer but at the Honda dealer (who used to have excellent service)as well.
Alternative is to ask the dealer if he runs "coupon" specials. These usually can save you 30-40 % on "regular" cost. Most don't even care if you have the coupons ("I had one but I lost it someplace around the house, the dog (kids) ate it, etc.")or will give you one when you bring the vehicle in for service.
Viet2 -- have you investigated a special tool that may exist and/or instructions for spark plug removal?