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#2075 of 2830 rear-wheel drive/4 wheel drive indicator light
Jan 24, 2003 (6:56 am)
I have a 2001 Montero limited with 49000 miles. The rear left wheel indicator light does not light up on my display. Has anyone else had this problem? I am thinking that it is just the light that is out. When I went in for an oil change last week, I was told that the rear brake rotors need to be resurfaced. (I just had brake work done a few months ago at another place - I'll have to go back and be sure that the front and not the rear brakes were worked on.) I don't think that this would affect the indicator light.
On another note, I recently went in to my insurance company office to discuss auto insurance premiums. My daughter will get her drivers license in July and she wants a Mitsubishi Eclipse. They calculated that the insurance on the eclipse would be $400 more per year than on a Honda civic. They said the rates on all Mitsubshi's are higher. (I thought the reason for the difference was because the eclipse was considered a sports vehicle.) With two teenage drivers, I don't know if I can afford the additional insurance costs.
#2076 of 2830 rear-wheel drive/4 wheel drive indicator light
Jan 24, 2003 (5:58 pm)
I'm also interested in finding that out. Mine is the right rear wheel that is busted. It's been out for about a month now. I hope it's just the LED inside.
#2077 of 2830 wheel lights on dash
Jan 24, 2003 (8:46 pm)
My brothers montero went out as well as mine. I just had the bulb replaced under warrenty last week. Had them do the r rear as well since I figured that it was going to go our soon. Seems that the bulbs dont last long. They are only indicator bulbs, no real function I was told.
#2078 of 2830 Bob. good questions, IMO
Jan 24, 2003 (8:56 pm)
Reliablity: great if you speak with people driving them overseas such as Australia "built like a tank" I have had no serious problems
Air/Heat: blows you out of the car. Heat comes from bottom vents up and cold from top down, real nice
Ergonomics and comfort: Only the Lexus/LC can match it IMO
Power: I have the 01 LTD with rear air. I need more power for towing but going to get a crew cab diesel for that. Short trips with my 16 foot Nash trailer are fine, say 2 hours to the coast or mountains from where I live are fine.
The 03 has more power but I think a small V8 would be better, more torque
Driving around town and "normal" highway driving not a real problem but get in and see if it fits your style.
Size: not too big to park, off road with but big enough to get 5 adults and gear, put a roof top rack and you really have a good set up
Missing: GPS, why I dont know, they were in all the European Montero/Pajeros I saw last summer.
Tranny, 5 speed auto is unbeatable IMO. Manual control over everything. Few 4wd SUV giving such flexability these days.
#2079 of 2830 Response for Marsha7
Jan 24, 2003 (9:59 pm)
I've had an 03 LTD w/o premium pkg for about a month. Here's some of my pet peeves:
- Premium Fuel recommended, It needs bigger rims & tires to fill the wheel wells better (even the smaller Oulander comes w/ 16"), No height adjustable seat belt for the rear seat, I love the idea of the seamless, built in, illuminated side steps but I find myself not using them because they are not quite wide or low enough to get my foot comfortably in there. There should be a Navigation & DVD option in this price range. Rear door is maybe a little short
Here's some of my pet kudos:
- I prefer the cleaner exterior styling over the 02. Deep Discounts made this the best value for my money and I shopped this to death. Commanding view of the road(its better than any other SUV that I've been in). All the controls are easily reached and are in the logical places. Both front seats are very comfortable & heated (no real long trips yet but I don't forsee any issues with discomfort or fatigue). Awesome 315W Infinity stereo. Wicked huge sunroof. Tons of storage bins, pockets, etc.. The overall quality of the interior is top shelf. 3rd row seat is relatively painless to flip & fold. Engine, Transmission, Brakes, & Handling all seem great. I'm not sure what your towing needs are but the upgrade in HP & Torque for 03 should help. I didn't drive an 02 so I can't say for sure.
Hope it helps. Good luck!
Jan 27, 2003 (8:30 am)
What kind of fuel mileage are you getting? Best, worst, avg city, avg hwy. I know it may be a little early to tell, but just curious.
A person I know of had a 2001 and traded for a 2003 and said it got better fuel economy. She really likes the vehicle.
Jan 27, 2003 (11:59 am)
Love to know what 'deep discount' you received. I walked away from an 02 Limited last year at invoice minus $3K in factory/dealer incentives. The total was about $6K below MSRP. I probably would have bought it at that price if it had the more powerful motor of the 03. The zero/zero financing is somewhat enticing as well.
#2082 of 2830 dmetzger & mkaye
Jan 27, 2003 (4:14 pm)
As far as the fuel mileage, it is a little early to tell and I haven't really kept good track yet. The rating was upgraded from 13/18 in 02 to 15/19 in 03 for the LTD.(the XLS was 14/17 in 02 because of the different transmission used)
As far as the deep discount that I received. It was $7200 off sticker w/ 3.9% for 60 months. The current 0/0 wasn't available yet or was available but for shorter terms only. It would have an additional $500 off if I were a recent college grad but I missed it by a year. One of the dealers in my area (New England)is currently advertising leftover new 02's w/premium pkg for $28999. But if you use the 0/0, its 3 grand more. The deal that I got on the 03 is still being advertised as well.
#2083 of 2830 In comparing the Montero
Jan 28, 2003 (7:48 am)
with the Endeavor (on paper, anyway), they both seem to have engines with 215 +/- HP, and approximately the same torque, yet the Endeavor is approx 400 lbs lighter in weight...was Mitsu asleep at the wheel???...if their new, lighter SUV has the same engine specs as the largest SUV, shouldn't somebody have thought that maybe the Montero needs 25 or more HP?...just thinking out loud, any thoughts welcome...
Jan 28, 2003 (10:43 am)
Boy, I agree with your comment on the Endeavor versus Montero scenario. I think the Montero not only needs more HP, but more importantly, needs more torque. At least 275 ft/lb.
It is the same engine in both vehicles. The Endeavor is mounted sideways, for it is front or all wheel drive, versus the Montero rear or AWD. This will translate into the Endeavor being a much more quicker vehicle. I bet it will be around 2 seconds quicker than the Montero on 0-60 and quarter mile tests when it starts getting reviews. Wait and see. But, the Montero will still be a more rugged outfit, which I like.