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Mitsubishi Montero, SUV
#2121 of 2830 I'm ready to buy a 1990 Mitsubishi Montero...
Mar 07, 2003 (8:07 pm)
I was in a car accident on the freeway where a greyhound hit an Suv that then lost control, rolled several times landing into the backend of my Honda Accord.
Luckily we all walked away with minor physical issues to deal with.
My car was totalled.
I want to buy this 1990 Mitsubishi Montero that is owned by someone that was referred to me by a friend. It's had 2 very good owners, 240,000 miles and now they put in a new engine and total rehaul of everything. It has a few quirks that I don't care about, and is clean inside and out. No car accidents.
I'm just curious as to your opinion about this vehicle, as I am ready to write a check tomorrow for it and I really don't know much about cars in general.
I want a car that is reliable and will get me to and from San Diego and LA without going haywire on me. I will be using this vehicle to get me to work, and I am a photographer who mainly photographs weddings, so if my car can't get me there - I'm in deep trouble!!!
I heard from another friend that this car is known to be top heavy and so it is prone to roll. That's not comforting!!
I know this car will give me about 2-3 years - will is ok with me as it will give me time to raise money toward a newer car.
any advice? They gal selling it gave me the name of the mechanic which she has seen since she bought the car, and I know if that particular place and plan to call him tomorrow.
Are there any specific questions I should remember to ask??
Thank you so much!
Mar 09, 2003 (6:27 pm)
Can you please send me the information on brake shims. I tried looking at the link on the NTSB site and could not get information without paying. Also, if you know what the torque settings for lugnuts are, please e-mail me at:
Mar 16, 2003 (10:26 am)
#2124 of 2830 97 Montero or 4Runner
Mar 19, 2003 (10:47 pm)
I am considering buying a 97 Montero or 97 4Runner. Which would you recommend? I have had several Toyotas and not concerned with them but I like the additional seats and price on a used Montero. What to do? For those who had a Montero or both, how good has it been for you?
Mar 20, 2003 (7:38 am)
Additional seats? Does the 97 have a third row seat? I thought it was available starting with the new 2001 design.
I have owned several, and still do own, Toyota vehicles. Hard to beat for reliability. I do presently have a 2000 LTD 4X4 Sport, which has proven, thus far, to be a good vehicle.
Just a note. You can pick up a 2000 Sport for about the price you would pay for the 97 4Runner. They are very similiar made vehicles.
I would be a little leery of the 97 Montero. Not that it is a bad vehicle, but depending on mileage and what has been done for maintenance, it could be costly to get it back up to spec.
My 2 cents worth.
#2126 of 2830 97 Montero or 97 4Runner
Mar 22, 2003 (11:25 am)
Yes the 97 has jumpseats. The 2000 and newer have seats I guess that fold down into the floorboard. Thanks for the input on the 97. The Montero sport is too small for us.
#2127 of 2830 At first, I was quite unimpressed
Mar 27, 2003 (8:22 am)
with the engine figures in the Montero...V6, 215 HP and 248 ft lb...then I looked at the Explorer and Mountaineer V6...220HP and 252 ft lb... virtually identical, and, I must confess, that my friend's 2002 Explorer is quite peppy on acceleration when getting on the freeway...
Mar 27, 2003 (5:27 pm)
Having driven the 02 Montero in almost all conditions now I would say that, except for towing, the "mature" driver would be happy enough with the power. That's not to say that a little more would not be a bad idea but the 03 may be enough or perhaps a small v8 for torque. But remember the following
Lexus 470 63K 9.5 0-60
H2 Hummer dont ask 0-60 sec
G500 MB 73K, 0-60 10.2 and beat out the Lexus for best 4wd in thier class
Land Rover 70k, 0-60 9
02 Montero 36K, 0-60 9-10 depending on which review you believe
Is there really a performance difference compared to these other top notch and very expensive SUV. I really dont see the difference and dont suggest that 0-60 times are important in these vehicles and I am not saying you do either.
Mar 28, 2003 (8:05 am)
I bet the 3.5 engine was GDI. The USA 3.8 provides almost identical power. Sure wish the GDI motor could be used in the states. It would be interesting to see just what kind of power range the 3.8 would have if it was GDI.
I also wonder what happened to the 4.5 litre V-8 engine Mitsu was thinking about building, but never did. I really think this is the motor for the Montero.