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#322 of 2830 2001 Mitsubishi XLS vs LTD
Feb 23, 2001 (12:50 pm)
I just bought 2001 Montero xls. Just liked the car. Salesman (Poor knowledge)did not explain difference between the xls and ltd, per him oh some extra gauges, & compass etc.
We falled for it saving couple thousand. We still needed leather interior, so the dealer said they
will convert with additonal cost. The purchase price came out $32,800. After looking the gage now really missing should have bought ltd for 1200 dollar more. It is very upsetting. The dealer charlie thomas gave us bad deal. The interest gave us 5.4% rather than 4.99%.
The finance personnel was extremely rude.
Well I learnt this edmund car info. system after the purchase. If read all info. early would really have helped us buying the car. I tried to purchase the ltd after a week....but too late.
#323 of 2830 What happened to Alexp? Haven't seen any posts lately.(NT)
Feb 23, 2001 (1:26 pm)
#324 of 2830 Re: Alex p
Feb 23, 2001 (7:48 pm)
I think he sold his Monte and bought a Sequoia (just kidding).
#325 of 2830 Finally got it!
Feb 23, 2001 (11:10 pm)
Whew, just finished signing the papers and fiddling around with our new Munich Silver Limited! I just first want to say thank you for all the posters who generously gave of their time and effort in helping me with my decision. I got the Montero with rear air and with dealer installed running boards, rear spoiler, and sunroof deflector.
Does anyone else notice that there's a considerable amount of wind noise when the sunroof's open, even around town? It's not the buffeting, just wind noise. I think it has something to do with how huge the thing is, tho. That's why I insisted that the deflector be added (which they didn't have, but will have it put on next week). Hope it helps some.
One more thing I noticed is the driver side-view mirror seems to have a slight warp to it near the middle, toward the upper inside. I noticed it on mine, and the service tech pulled out another new LTD and it was the same. Looking through it almost feels like a fisheye effect or improperly adjusted eyeglasses. He's gonna call Mitsu next week and see if it's a defect or designed that way (for greater FOV).
All in all, the Montero is the only vehicle that met our needs without being too large, not large enough, or waaay overpriced. And with long-term reliability being an issue, we just couldn't bear going with the big three.
Anyway, thanks again, and I'll keep you posted WRT other observations. --Jimmy
Feb 25, 2001 (6:32 pm)
I have read a lot of posts here. I have noticed a couple of posts say they paid about 35K for a full size Montero and then some posts seem to be talking about paying about the same for a Montero Sport. Not everybody posting seems to specify whether their prices are for the sport or full size. So which is it? I have shopped around a little but not done real bargaining. How much should a Sport LTD and a Sport XLS be? And whats the diff between the two? I saw somebody mention paying for an extended warranty. Go to your credit union for the extended warranty. You will save at least a couple of hundred bucks if not $500. Join a credit union if you have to. I have gotten warranties on my last 2 cars from my credit union and they have been decent warranties. I was even honest with the last salesperson and gave him the exact amount I was paying for the warranty and he said he couldn't beat it( meaning that I didn't tell him it was lower than it really was just to get him to beat the deal.)
#327 of 2830 Shoulder harness
Feb 25, 2001 (10:14 pm)
I was also concerned about the same as Ken131 : no 3 point shoulder belt or headrest for the middle center seat. I called many places to have one installed...no one would do it...it's a saftey issue. That's one thing that's holding me back on buying the Montero. I'm still considering.
Feb 26, 2001 (5:58 am)
>>Not everybody posting seems to specify whether their prices are for the sport or full size. So which is it?<< To Clear up your confusion, this topic area is for the Full Size Montero. There is a seperate topic for the Sport version. This topic used to be labeled for the Full Size but unfortunately it was dropped when two topic areas where combined, thus creating confusion for new comers here. Drew
#329 of 2830 Shoulder Harness, etc.
Feb 26, 2001 (6:07 am)
Yes it would be nice to have a center shoulder harness. It does pose a bit of a challenge to put them into SUV's I suppose. At least a challenge to add them without adding lots of cost.
My biggest pieve right now is the absolutely STUPID design of the three Child Seat Anchors bolted into the cargo floor. I am amazed at how stupid this design is. It is a cargo floor which needs to have a flat surface. These anchors have caused me lots of frustration since I use the Monte for hauling cargo all the time. They should have been designed in a way that keeps the cargo floor flat without obstruction. I attempted to remove them to see what would be left behind but if you do that, it leaves an unfinished hole in the carpet which will surely get damaged. Anyone have any luck coming up with a way to replace the anchors so that the cargo floor has a flat finished look and is protected? I'll be working on this one. Probably have to bolt down a large washer to hold the carpet in place and at least reduce the obstructions.
#330 of 2830 Purchase Price; 3-point Seatbelt; Driver's-side mirror
Feb 26, 2001 (9:58 am)
jaynedough123 - I paid about $35k for my full-size Montero Limited with tow hitch, side-steps, rear air, and wheel locks.
As for the three-point seatbelt issue, the problem with a lap belt only is that in an accident, the belt can permit the occupant to ramp up backwards in the seat and possibly slide out from the belt. Also, lap belts are supposed to be worn across the hips, not up across the abdomen. The three-point belt helps to keep the occupant from sliding around and getting out of position. If the lap belt slides up around the abdomen and you are thrown forward, you can have serious abdominal injuries. So, yes, it's a potential safety issue. I don't know of any way to re-fit the center seat for a three-point belt. Would I like to have one? Sure. Did it stop me from buying the truck? No way. (And just to show you that I'm no risk-taker, my other car is a Volvo.)
mp19fan - Congratulations on your purchase. I have been thrilled with my 2001 Limited. The only complaint that I have with the truck is the same one you do (driver's-side mirror). I also had a problem with a mirror on my Volvo that distorted images, and Volvo replaced it with a new mirror that was fine. So, when I took my Monte back to the dealer to request a new mirror, I thought that the mirror was just warped and could be easily replaced. I was surprised when the dealer told me that's just the way they are. It's an annoyance with an otherwise outstanding vehicle. With the money that I saved over MDX, M-Class, etc. (plus I can tow my boat!), I'll live with it.
#331 of 2830 Little "Embroidery" circles on Ltd 2nd row... ,Child Seat Anchors and driver's-side mirror
Feb 26, 2001 (1:42 pm)
I found these things this weekend. Appear to be markers: If you poke your finger around in the seam on the seat bottom toward the rear you'll find slits in the leather directly in line with these circles. If you poke you finger in, all the way down into the slit you'll feel what I think are attachment points for something. (Maybe child safety seat?) Or now that I think about it maybe the latches for the second seat that allow you to fold it forward? I'll have to go fold up the seat and look again tonight.
I took the seat anchors out, replaced the bolts -- haven't had any problems. I do like the idea of adding large washers, but won't the bolt heads then stick up and sort of defeat the removal of the anchors in the first place?
I'm glad it's not just my mirror, I thought I really needed new glasses (which I do, but nice to know it is the mirror).