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Mitsubishi Montero, SUV
Jul 28, 2004 (6:24 am)
My dealer also has numerous 2003 models left over. I like the black gauges vs the white in the 2004 models, but does anyone have a good idea of what price Mitsubishi is willing to unload a 2 year old new Montero? Used 2003 Monteros are selling for the mid 20's here, but the new ones have the warranty going for it. Any help would be appreciated.
If the prices are the same, why take an extra year of depreciation when you can get a 2004 for the same price? Mitsubishi has some problems if they cannot unload a 2003 yet.
#2496 of 2830 Re: It worked!!!!!!! [maroonmonty]
Jul 29, 2004 (4:50 pm)
I tried doing the slap thing. Didn't work for me. Must be the light is really busted. Oh well, must be a weekend project for me taking the dash apart.
#2497 of 2830 Re: It worked!!!!!!! [regala]
Jul 30, 2004 (9:56 am)
My light (left rear) was not working for a few weeks. Then one day I got in, started it up, and it was working again. Mine is a 01 Ltd with 48K.
I am having the tires replaced today. We were going to replace them in October anyway, but I picked up a nail in the right rear last night. After some research I decided to go with Firestone Destination LE's. I got to the Firestone dealer and he showed me the Destination A/T's that he just got in. He mentioned that no one in town had installed a set yet and that he would sell them to me at the same price as the LE's. So I am going with the A/T's. Firestone has a 30 day test drive on their tires so if I don't like them I can go back in a couple of weeks and swap them for the LE's. I hope they aren't too loud.
#2498 of 2830 small leak
Aug 02, 2004 (6:34 am)
Thought I would update for anyone interested what I found out about transmission fluid change. Took my 2002 in to the dealer for a small leak underneath the vehicle. I thought it might be the freewheel switch but they said it was not leaking. They said the fluid was coming from the transfer case and is caused by a protective spray film that is added to the vehicle I guess to help prevent rust. This seemed kind of suspicious so I took to another garage where once up on a lift I definitely could see a clear fluid coming from the top of the transfer case. I think it is coming from above the electronic switch (?) that is bolted to the transfer case. Has anyone had a problem with a leak from this area. I will check to see if my transfer case fluid level is ok or is low. If low that would definitely point to a leak.
I also talked to the dealer about a transmission fluid change. This is what he said. They recommend a fluid drain every 15 K and a complete fluid blow out every 60 K. If you follow this procedure you do not have to change the transmission filter. If you do not follow this procedure they strongly suggest changing the transmission filter at 60 K before it gets clogged. Also, he said to use Mitsubishi transmission fluid and not another brand because the Mitsu fluid has extra additives. He said other brands can be used for the differential fluid and for the transfer case but should not be used for the transmission.
#2499 of 2830 Differential problems...
Aug 05, 2004 (4:38 pm)
I posted before about both of the front and back diff's oil was in bad shape at 27k miles. I changed the gear oil, drive for about 1500 miles and now the fluid is in bad shape again. Anyone changed the differential fluid yet and how was the condition?
#2500 of 2830 differential fluid
Aug 06, 2004 (7:35 am)
I was going to change until I talked to the dealership. Even though the manual says to change at 30 K he said they do not recommend changing until 45-60 K unless you do a lot of off road driving so your situation sounds like it might need some looking into. Could it be the type of fluid used? I would use a high quality GL-5 liquid, no sense trying to save a few bucks here since the problems associated with differentials are not cheap to repair. I have checked the level of the differential fluid and have not noted anything suspicious with the fluid on my finger but then metal flakes are probably at the bottom of the fluid level and not on top. But the color was ok and did not look like it was burnt.
#2501 of 2830 Re: differential fluid [sbeach]
Aug 06, 2004 (6:26 pm)
Thanks for the reply. I did not use cheap fluid. I used state lube GL5. Gear oil does not goes bad easily, and normally will retains viscosity and color over a long time. Mine changed color to a green shade at just after 1500 miles and the diff is clunking if I step on the gas. Oviously something is wrong with my car. Oh well, another fight with dealer coming up. I am pretty sure they will say nothing is wrong!
#2502 of 2830 re: viet3 differential fluid
Aug 09, 2004 (11:07 am)
With all your problems I decided to go ahead and change the diff fluid even though the dealer said I did not have to for another 15 K. The drain plug makes it so easy to change and it is so inexpensive I wanted to know how my gears were wearing. When you say your fluid has changed color does it sell burnt? I really would not worry about the color unless the fluid has a burnt smell. I always worry about smell more than color. Also, what is on your magnets? I always take the sludge on the magnets and clean it with gum out or some such cleaner. Take a look at the metal shavings. Is it normal wear (small, smooth shavings) or are the shavings larger and angular which would mean something is binding in the gears. Even so, with the noise you say you have I would definitely take it to someone for a look.
Do you have the same color for both front and back differentials? If so that is kind of strange. I did notice that the color of my front diff fluid was a darker color than the rear but both smelled fine. I would have anticipated that the rear should have been darker than the front since I only use my 4-wheel drive about once a week.
Hope this info helps.
#2503 of 2830 re: viet3 differential fluid [sbeach]
Aug 09, 2004 (6:19 pm)
I am not so sure that the gear oil smell burned because itself has a strong odor. The metal shavings are supended in the fluid and the magnetic drain plugs is full of metal shaving. I worry about the color because this is just like when I set up my gear for my Mustang (wrong set up). After one week of driving the fluid viscosity is reduced and color became more "green" then gold. I have many cars with over 100k miles and diff fluid will just turns slightly darker gold instead of green. A small amount of shavings will present at the magnetic but fluid should be clean. My current Subaru WRX with 36K miles rear diff oil is 100% better then the Montero.
The Montero front dif is wrost then the rear on mine. And yes the metal shaving is like you described. I am trying to find a place to perform gear oil analysis before I take this to the dealer.
I have a feeling that something is wrong with the Montero gear set up and many of us will be in a supprised by the replacement cost when this vehicle gets older.