First, I was deployed overseas in the Navy. Everywhere I went, from deserts to jungles to the artic, these vehicles were the staple (along with the Toyota Land Cruiser). Every single time I got inside...
First, I was deployed overseas in the Navy. Everywhere I went, from deserts to jungles to the artic, these vehicles were the staple (along with the Toyota Land Cruiser). Every single time I got inside one I knew I had to get one, so once I got the chance to get one when I got back stateside, I did. It took me a few months to find one, a gem in hiding. I jumped on it immediately. Don't let the miles or the year fool you people. This vehicle is the most capable vehicle you might ever find, I mean ever.
I purchased my 2001 for 5G with 140,000. Anyone who works at a bank is looking at that as a bad investment, but they also have no clue as to what this vehicle can do. I replaced the belts, flushed and replaced all fluids and oils systems, changed the brake pads, All Weather Bridgestone tires, and put in a single DIN navigation unit with Bluetooth (ipad/android capable control). I also replaced the standard subwoofer with one from Pioneer that runs on 2 ohms (only because the standard one had already ripped apart on it gaskets due to age). So now, after putting in about 3G on top of the 5, I have a 4x4 that can shift from 2 to 4H to 4L to regular 4, without moving from my seat, control all my electronics, tow, carry around all my friends and family in comfort, and have a full size spare off the massive back gate. This Montero is the most capable vehicle I've ever owned and it owns the offroad (other 4WD/4x4's I owned were the 2000 Expedition -Eddie Bauer edition, and the 2010 Highlandr - Sport edition AWD). I look for places that will get other vehicles stuck, and this one just rolls through it as if it were on asphalt.
Recently my brother got his Dodge 2500 stuck, he used his Suburban to try to pull it out, got it stuck as well. I hooked up his 2500 to my font tow hooks, and easily pulled it out using 4L. Then I hooked up his Suburban and did the same. Don't let the size fool you with it's intense capabilities and power.
I use it as a daily driver vehicle, and it easily handles in the unforgiving upstate NY winters and snow. I refuse to shovel my driveway because I don't need to, this just drives right through as if, again, it were on asphalt. So, I'm looking for another one, just to have as a spare and to share the miles (this one now has eclipsed 150k, and still purrs along, but I'd rather keep them low if possible).
I've read reviews of people having overheating problems, but never had any issues with that, but I also live in a place where 80F is a heatwave. I also have the Limited. If I could fill my entire driveway with them, I would for the price. A few upgrades will make it just as capable as anything on the market.