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Mitsubishi Montero, SUV
Apr 15, 2005 (6:10 pm)
I have a 2001 Montero Limited, slightly over 30,000 miles - it's been lightly driven, I use it when I return home to the USA every couple of months from my job in SE Asia. Very few issues since I bought it, this message board has been very helpful since all problems I've encountered were covered here.
Original tires still have plenty of remaining tread, but they're a bit old and I want to get new ones for peace of mind if the wife/daughter drive it while I am away.
I have seen various posts as to replacement tires, including one fairly recently on the Bridgestone REVO A/T which was very positive. What I would like is a tire that doesn't have a lot of tread noise at high speeds as the wife drives from Houston to Austin at a speed slightly below Mach 1. Any recommendations are appreciated.
Oh, will mention one other thing. Just a month ago I bought my wife a new Land Cruiser, she and my daughter are die-hard Toyota fans (the daughter has a RAV4). I have driven the LC about 500 miles, I must admit that I enjoy driving the Montero more than the LC. Tried to talk the wife into buying another Montero, she was scared off by all the recent concerns about Mitsubishi's continued presence in the USA. Needless to say this cost me a lot of money!! Mike
Apr 19, 2005 (3:28 pm)
They are quiter than stock tire on the Montero. My Father put them on his JGC and had a similar experience. I know the tread looks noisy but that computer design must be good for something
Aslo, look on the tirerack site and you will see they are #1
Apr 20, 2005 (5:40 am)
May thanks brill. Will look for these tires when I get home. I'm almost ashamed to admit my ignorance on tires, guess I haven't bought a set in 15 years. Been buying vehicles every 2-3 years, I've hung onto the Montero longer as I really like it - and the trade - in value is so low I'd ather hang onto it than give it away...
PS I hope your Dad has better luck with his JGC than I did - i had two of them (97 and 99 models) and they gave me quite a number of problems. In fact I traded in the 99 at 19,000 miles for the Montero.
#2625 of 2830 Tires, spare cover, valve noise...
Apr 22, 2005 (10:53 am)
I put Firestone Destination LE's on our 2001 Montero Ltd about 10,000 miles ago. Great tire, wearing well, quiet, stable. Save your money and go with the Destination LE's over the REVO's, same technology for less money.
Our Monty also had the same problem with the tire cover but was out of warranty when it showed up. I started pricing a replacement when some kid rearended me and drove off while I waited to turn into my neighborhood. Problem solved as he got just into the cover. By the way I caught the kid two months later when I saw him at the gas station and followed him to school. I called the cops, he was arrested, fined $500, and I heard he lost his license for a while.
The valve noise described on the older 3.0 liter Monteros is similar to the sound I have heard on my Diamante. The noise on mine started around 65k right before I had the timing belt replaced. The noise is gone now thanks to the timing belt that broke at 87k due to a faulty part in the Mitsubishi timing belt kit. Mitsubishi did come through though and did a head/valve job on the engine which took care of that problem. My opinion is that other than being a little annoying, if the Monty has the noise you knew about it when you bought it and due to the cost of a valve job (around $3,000) you will have to live with it. Despite Mitsubishi's toubles I am amazed that they covered this repair given that the shop who replaced the belt was just an independent shop.
Apr 23, 2005 (11:35 am)
you know I have had a metallic sound that I have been told is related to the fan belt. They replaced the belt but I have it back again. I dont think it is a lifter. I suspect it is a pully.
Have any of you had the same, I know that every Montero I have listened to around here has the same sound but I wonder if there is an identified fix or whether it is even important.
Of course, the dealers know nothing
#2627 of 2830 Re: REVOS [montero552]
Apr 23, 2005 (11:40 am)
My Dad had problems with his 99 and they eventually traded him for a 2000. No problems with that one. One of the issues is the front rotors are crap and once you add aftermarket rotors the brakes stop warping at 15K.
I think overall the dodge, jeep products are improving in quality. I have an 03 Dodge Ram Diesel that is doing well and if anything can break a vehicle its that cummins motor in there. I dont think my auto tranny will hold up long term but I knew that going in and wanted to hold onto my wife and my coffee rather than the shifter.
Good luck on your tire selection. If you can afford the Bridgestones you will not be disappointed. The other advantage I didnt mention is that you virtually cant get them to hydroplane, not that I recommend you try, once off the ground the car spins fast but the original tires and other AT tires I have driven dont do nearly as well.
I just wish they made these in 17 inch high load rating for my truck.
Apr 24, 2005 (3:05 am)
Brill, I checked out the tirerack site you recommended, great site. Must have spent 2 hours browsing through it. The number of choices is amazing. I read the REVO review, it's exactly what I'm looking for.
I must respectfully decline gtroop's Firestone recommendation due to personal prejudice - I lived (and suffered) through the Firestone debacles in the 70's and haven't had that brand since then.
Dodge must certainly have their act together, everywhere I go in Texas I see tons of the Ram trucks. I've talked to a few owners, they seem very satisfied. So far I haven't seen many of the new JGC's, will look again when I am back in the USA in late may.
No metallic sound on my Monty. Everything quiet under the hood.
#2629 of 2830 Radio code error
May 22, 2005 (1:43 pm)
Other posts suggested that the radio has to be taken out. Do you take out the radio and replace it, or take it out to get the code? My radio went out when we changed the battery. We've changed the battery before and this didn't happen. The antanae doesn't even go up.
#2630 of 2830 Re: clear is separating off the spare cover! [dandjnix]
Jun 04, 2005 (7:06 am)
Yup, I'm out of warranty and asked my service advisor about it. He said it was fairly common (I've seen at least 4 in my neighborhood alone with the same problem), but there has been no action taken by Mitsu to address it. He plans to talk to the regional service manager when he comes in (usually once a month) to see if he'll do anything about it. I'm not holding my breath, though. Poor, poor design and execution when so many spare tire covers are doing this.
#2631 of 2830 How did the 2005 Montero increase payload from 2001 model?
Jun 04, 2005 (11:07 pm)
I see that the new 2005 Montero's have a 1367# payload compared my 1167# payload on my 2001. I can definitely use the addtional payload since I tow a small camping trailer sometimes and the tongue weight puts me right at the limit if I have a few people onboard.
Is this a modification or parts that can be installed on my 2001 to raise the payload rating (GVWR)?
Regarding my idling problems a few months back. Don't know exactly what the cause was. I assume it was just bad gasoline. Had a tune up and a new battery put in as quickly as I could. Never had the problem again. Thanks for all the help.