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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.
Cons: seat comfort
Advice: test drive it more than once (if you want to get hooked!)Smooth, very smooth. Could use a little more power due to the high weight of the vehicle. Love the ecsaine on the seats, although the seat bottom is a tad too short for ultimate comfort. But control, stability, handling on and off road, safety and Control are the key features of this vehicle. Plus two of the kids can access the 3rd row by climbing in through the back door, thus eliminating the pushing and shoving that comes from everyone trying to get in at once. Nice and roomy in the back with the 3rd row stowed. The 4wd shifter is placed a little too far away and the anti-skid, traction control vibration is a little annoying, but the shiftronic transmission makes up for all that. I have tried to throw this thing out of sorts on 35° sandy/snow covered hills... but I don't think it can be done. Excellent control ( have I said that already? )
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: Heated Seats, Stereo, Roomy,Solid Feel
Advice: Try and get better for your $$Absolutley fantastic SUV
Pros: Great power on the road, roomy, comfortable.
Cons: Hardly anything.
Advice: It's a Montero. Need I say more?Nice riding. Roomy interior and upscale looks. The better SUV in durability and reliability. Interior is a little tacky.
Pros: 8 seater, sound system, they are high in demand.
Cons: Oversteer, needs a Home Entertainment System, Gas Guzzler.
Advice: A beautiful choice for an SUV under 40K.Love the truck...but that's the key word, TRUCK. It doesn't ride like a Lexus or even a 540i, but like a Tundra. And don't expect gas mileage. The weight of the truck makes it steady and reliable, but sucks down the petrol! Has great comfort for all 8 passengers. Smooth and generally very quiet.
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.