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Pros: 2wd/awd/4wd/4wdlow and lock differential all in one vehicle...good stereo....large sunroof.
Cons: heavy weight....4700lbs
Advice: Look and compare and you will see that Mitsubishi Montero is the best in its class.Good looks, comfortable and vast cargo space. Engine power is good. Excellent 4x4. For the money nothing comes close.
Pros: Car like Interior with great visibility
Cons: Fuel Consumption
Advice: Buy UsedI've been doing research on SUV's for some time now. I wanted an SUV that is fully loaded with leather interior, a third row seat, advanced 4x4 system, and all this at an affordable price. Montero was the answer. I picked up a managers demo model with only 5K miles on it and saved a great deal of money. My wife and I both like driving this vehicle. I have owned number of other cars, vans, and trucks but never felt like how I'm feeling with Montero. I just want to keep driving this thing. The only thing that's holding me back is the gas price and Montero's fuel economy which is high but not bad for an SUV though. Too bad that it's not highly recognized here in America. My cousin owns a turbo diesel in Fiji Islands. I have seen him take his second generation Monty on the hills without engaging into 4x4. The only time I have seen him use 4x4 was on a steep hill with moist soil condition. If your looking for advanced 4x4 capability, car like interior, and truck like handling, buy a Montero.
Pros: Interior space
Cons: some rattles
Advice: test oneLike the other reviews, I recommend buying one used - intial depreciation is grave but not bad afterwards. The Montero is my wife's car but both of us like it. She likes it because it has every bell and whistle, a huge sunroof and the driving position is awesome. I like all that plus it is incredibly roomy, and tackles all my towing jobs with aplomb. It is weird that this vehicle is not more popular - doesn't get good reviews from the mainstream (except reliability) so the sheep don't test it. If you need an SUV, go test a nice used one. First car I ever owned where a couple of rattles don't bother me because the car is so nice inside.
Pros: standard features including huge sunroof.
Cons: yellowing tire cover
Advice: Get one used to save depreciation!I love this SUV. I is well mannered in the city and also does serious 4x4 as well. I was following a Jeep wrangler up Devils Slide at Ocotillo Wells in Southern Cal. desert. I kept up with him except I was in the comfort of heated seats and leather. I love the tiptronic when 4x4 as well as traction control, AWD in the rain. Tighter turning radius than a Honda Accord and great visibility. Our friends that have a Acura MDX said that they wish they had our truck (of course they paid 40K). The only problems I have is 1) The white painted spare tire cover is yellowin and 2) The A/C bearing is sounding like it might be going bad. I will make sure both problems are resolved before my warranty period expires. Ask any montero owener you see - these are great cars and you dont have to fork over $$ just for a name.
Pros: everything as a package...for the $$$, nothing comes close...
Cons: gas milage, but it is not too bad for 4x4 SUV.
Advice: Pls research..Mitsubishi pajero in the WEB and you can see what this truck is about.I love this truck...I traded in my 2004 Nissan Maxima SE which had every option available...My new Montero is much smoother ride, and what surprises me the most is that it is easier to get around in parking lots...Maxima was fast, but very rough ride and turning radius sucks....Montero is awasome..Is just too bad in so under appreciated here in the USA....In other country's this is the king of SUV's....Look at CNN, you will probably see a Pajero, which is the name for Montero...Montero is sold in over 170 countries...It has won many France/Daker races....awasome...Montero is the hidden jewel of SUV in USA.
Pros: Multiple 4x4 & 2x4 Gear selection HLC, LLC
Cons: Gas Mileage per gallon
Advice: If you need POWER - buy this - but it will cost you in FUEL. You're rich anyway!I always like to buy one - but the price is really high. Thanks for second hand marketing - I finally have one. It is worth every penny, and now that I own one - I see why its very expensive - this is one powerful machine. I have taken it in very challenging slopes in San Francisco & the sorrounding cities - it did not even blink - it handles each and every slope as if you're in even ground. Wow!
Pros: The 4x4 system and off road ability, and cargo/passenger space, plus folding/stowable third row seat.
Cons: The lack of aftermarket accesories.
Advice: Take it for a test drive and find out for yourself, and find some gravel roads and use 4x4 if you canAfter driving it prior to purchase i was impressed. I am 6'5' so i have the problem with small windshields and the roofline being right in my line of view. My first impression getting in it was 'Whoa, I can see out the huge windshield'. So that is big plus for taller people. My first impression was that it was decently powered. I mean if you want Sports car performance, go buy one. This is a 6k pound SUV. I don’t expect it to do 0-60 in 5 seconds....It has plenty of power for merging onto traffic at freeway speeds and also passing power. The cargo room is awesome. If you want to have plenty of space you can take the 3rd row seat completely out and then you have the compartment that it usually folds in and also on top of that. Also you can comfortably fit 3 adults in the second row and stash two kids in the rear comfortably. I love the space compared to other SUVs. The main reason we purchased this was the third row seat that many other companies’ don’t offer. Well Ford does but in my opinion American Made vehicles are not as reliable as foreign...but to each his own opinion. I have been off-roading with it in the sand dunes and various other places and it is an outstanding SUV off-road. The traction control feature is spectacular and I have yet to get it stuck. Climbs like a mountain goat and in 4wd Low Range has plenty of power and torque for anything you can throw at it. I have yet to drive a vehicle that i feel as confident off road as this. With some 285/75/R16 Mud tires its unstoppable it seems... I would recommend this to anyone I see. I have been very impressed overall with it. After all I will leave you with one question. Which vehicle has had numerous wins in the Paris-Dakar Rally Race?? The Pajero(Montero).That should be convincing enough. No dodge vehicle, ford vehicle, or Chevy even comes close....hmmmm I wonder why??