Although we now only use "Monty" as our "third car" in recent years, this vehicle has proven to be sturdy and consistently reliable. It has never been stored indoors and still has a great finish. The ...
Although we now only use "Monty" as our "third car" in recent years, this vehicle has proven to be sturdy and consistently reliable. It has never been stored indoors and still has a great finish. The seats remain firm and comfy and the material is just like new (except where we have stained them with spills). A couple electronic devices have failed or required attention after all these years - probably due to non-use (see opening line). If you look past adjusting the mirrors yourself (we haven't tried to get the power feature fixed - not a big deal - may be a fuse?), this thing goes just about anywhere - and MUCH better in deep slop than most other SUV's, new or old (we passed a fat-tired, decked-out Jeep Cherokee with oversize wheels and suspension that was stuck in deep sand at the beach - the driver looked at us in disbelief as we slogged past him in "Ol' Monty"! We only have about 85k on the odo., and I keep saying that as long as this thing keeps running well, we will keep it.
Things we like: Big cargo area (useless hanging back-seats removed when we bought it): We cart canoes, kayaks, and tons of gear to places others can't even drive, let alone park without getting stuck. All things considered, I would MUCH rather have this vehicle available to me than have the $4,500 it is still worth. I hear story after story from the dealership and others that Monteros of this age come in for service with hundreds of thousand of miles on them and the owners are delighted to just keep on going. I got a "tip" from a Mitsu. engineer that I could be confident in "buying and keeping" this vehicle, mainly b/c it was designed for international sales and use in deserts and all other sorts of difficult places. It truly is a work horse, despite its boxy and not so muscular looks or feel (the V6 only puts out +/- 180 hp, but it is sufficient).
If you can find an old Montero LS (not "Sport") like mine (or the SR which is merely a higher-level version) that hasn't been neglected or abused, chances are you will be very happy with your purchase for years to come.