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Pros: Artifical Intelligence controlled trasmission
Cons: Backs of seats have exposed leather and are not protected.
Advice: Have it professionally checked first, always use synthetic oilI will keep this SUV forever it performs well enough with a 3.5L and gets very good mileage. The queston of performance? -- not every vehicle needs to be rated by dragstrip time, this is an SUV and performs as a SUV should very comfortably and reliably no matter if it is a long highway trip or snow covered off road long driveway that ends at a river. The braking and traction are reliable in any weather on any terrain. It's a shame Mitsubishi doesn't make this larger SUV anymore.
Advice: if your going to pull something like a camper reconcederFor towing a pop up camper terrible. We went on vacation up to Door County, the pop up is not that heavy, (starcraft) and it was all over the hi-way. We had to go and buy a special sway- type hitch. We never had that on any other viechle, we have owned before. We have had this camper for 13 years, pulled it with a chrysler town& country, a jimmy etc. and never had it sway like that. We thought we were dead.
Pros: Heated driver and front passenger seats.
Cons: The vehicle is under powered.
Advice: Before you take delivery of the vehicle, make sure the dealer gives you some extra. Don't waite until after you take delivery before deciding on the extras.I like the quiet ride and the way the steering wheel handles. The interior looks great and very comfortable. The only problem I have is that the vehicle could use more power.Also, the 3rd row seat is too compact for comfort. Manufacture needs to create more leg room in this area. The vehicle is not very fuel efficient. Because of the high gas price, I only drive mine on weekends or when driving long distant. I like the leather interior and the massiveness of the steering wheel. The engine is very quiet and smooth. The instrument panels and various control buttons are well located and within easy reach of the driver. The sound system is exceptionally great and very pleasant to listen to. On the outward apperance, the vehicle is in a class of its own. It has an intimidating appearance on the road. I like that...
Pros: The sportronic 5 speed transmission
Cons: The paint seems to be very brittle, chips easily
Advice: Before you buy anything else drive this one.The Montero has a very solid and capable feel to it. Its engine is very quiet at idle and freeway speeds that add to its overall quiet ride. The only time you hear the engine is when you bury your foot into its throttle. Its smooth on the pavement and is even more at home off road. The smooth 5-speed sportronic automatic transmission makes up for the additional 20 horsepower I wish it had. The climate control is outstanding. You can leave it set on auto and it decides when you need heat, cooling or defrosting. The crusie control is the best I have ever used. All in all the best SUV I could find for the money. I just wonder why we don't see more of them on the road.
Pros: Seating capacity
Cons: Size of engine
Advice: Don't expect to jump out in front of someone & live. Poor power.No power. Needs a V-8
Pros: The tail gate opens like a door.
Cons: The door locks don't automatically engage.
Advice: Really drive the hell out of the SUV and you'll like it.There are a lot of SUV's to choose from, however, the Montero Limited is in a class by itself. This is one world class veichle and worth the little extra you'll pay. I can't even tell my boat is on the back and it stops on a dime. Plenty of head room and features galore. It is probably the most substantial and classy SUV on the market. I supose I could go on forever but you should really check it out.
Pros: From top to bottom, inside and out, this SUV tops the charts! And the woodgrain steering wheel is a very nice touch!
Cons: It is hard to say anything bad about this SUV, to me , this is as good as an SUV can get ! But if I had to say something I would say another 25HP would be nice.
Advice: I would recommend this to anyone looking for a rugged off road SUV, in an elegant package that has style and comfort in spades.I absolutely fell in love with this car. I had been in the market for an SUV and I shopped around quite a bit. I looked at the Montero Sport, which by the time you by fully loaded is pretty much the same cost of the full size Montero (give or take a couple of thousand), I also looked at the 4 Runner and Izuzu Trooper. At first it was all about the exterior. Man, it just plain looks tough, yet mannered, from the outside. But half of the beauty of this SUV is in the interior. Mitsubishi spared no expense on the interior. The leather is beautiful, the woodgrain is elegant (sometimes manufacturers dont get the right color and it just looks off). The trird row seat is perfect for the kids, and you can fit 3 adults in the second row comfortably, with plenty of leg room even with the front seats all the way back. My wife's favorite feature is the in dash trip/temp/compas/climate control LCD. The ride is lush, and engine, while I would like about another 25HP, is still punchy enough for high way driving and has a great amount of torque for off roading. The ride is smooth as glass and the tranny shifts very clean, not too jerky even on hard accelerations. The all time 4 wheel drive is nice feature for slicky wet/icy/light snow covered roads, it really keeps you 'locked' to pavement, but in dry weather I keep it in 2 wheel drive for the better gas milage. While I havent yet put it through any hard core 4X4 tests, I have no doubts she will come out on top! All in all I would say Mitsubishi knocked it out of the park with this highly polished, yet rugged SUV!