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2004 Mitsubishi Montero

$8,563 — $9,575 USED
Sport Utility
7 Seats
17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.6) 5 reviews

The Good

  • Passenger room
  • Cargo space
  • Low-range gearing
  • Versatile 4WD system

The Bad

  • Resale value of XLS
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Maneuverability
  • Abundant size
  • Fuel economy

What to Know

about the 2004 Mitsubishi Montero
  • ActiveTrac 4WD
  • Rally-racing heritage
  • Unibody construction
  • Single V-6 powertrain
  • Midsize dimensions

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Mitsubishi’s largest sport utility vehicle earned a larger, more powerful 3.8-liter V-6 engine, additional safety features and a freshened appearance in 2003. When it was redesigned as an early 2001 model, the Montero switched from a truck-based structure to carlike unibody construction. Attesting to their offroad prowess, Monteros have dominated recent Dakar rallies. Mitsubishi also produces the smaller midsize Montero Sport and the compact Outlander. Sales of the seven-passenger Montero have been well below those of the Montero Sport, which seats five people.

A tire-pressure monitor is new for the 2004 model year, and white-faced gauges are installed. Side-impact airbags are now available on the XLS model, and a backseat entertainment system is newly optional. Mitsubishi says that the new white-faced gauge cluster delivers a sportier interior appearance.

Regular XLS and upscale Limited models are offered for 2004. Mitsubishi has also added the Endeavor crossover SUV to its 2004 lineup.

Exterior
Last year’s subtle freshening included a restyled grille, new integrated side steps and fresh bodyside cladding. Rounded in profile in the front and rear, the Montero has minimal body overhangs. Measuring 190.2 inches long overall on a 109.5-inch wheelbase, the four-door Montero is approximately 9 inches longer and nearly 5 inches taller than the Montero Sport. A full-size spare tire sits on the tailgate.

The Montero has a fully independent front and rear s...
Vehicle Overview
Mitsubishi’s largest sport utility vehicle earned a larger, more powerful 3.8-liter V-6 engine, additional safety features and a freshened appearance in 2003. When it was redesigned as an early 2001 model, the Montero switched from a truck-based structure to carlike unibody construction. Attesting to their offroad prowess, Monteros have dominated recent Dakar rallies. Mitsubishi also produces the smaller midsize Montero Sport and the compact Outlander. Sales of the seven-passenger Montero have been well below those of the Montero Sport, which seats five people.

A tire-pressure monitor is new for the 2004 model year, and white-faced gauges are installed. Side-impact airbags are now available on the XLS model, and a backseat entertainment system is newly optional. Mitsubishi says that the new white-faced gauge cluster delivers a sportier interior appearance.

Regular XLS and upscale Limited models are offered for 2004. Mitsubishi has also added the Endeavor crossover SUV to its 2004 lineup.

Exterior
Last year’s subtle freshening included a restyled grille, new integrated side steps and fresh bodyside cladding. Rounded in profile in the front and rear, the Montero has minimal body overhangs. Measuring 190.2 inches long overall on a 109.5-inch wheelbase, the four-door Montero is approximately 9 inches longer and nearly 5 inches taller than the Montero Sport. A full-size spare tire sits on the tailgate.

The Montero has a fully independent front and rear suspension, which Mitsubishi claims is a benefit for offroad travel. The base XL model comes with color-keyed fog-lamp hole covers, while the more plush Limited edition features integrated fog lamps and illuminated running boards.

Interior
All Monteros seat seven people in two front buckets, a folding three-person middle bench seat and a removable two-place rear seat that folds flat into the floor. The XL has a 140-watt CD audio system. An optional Touring Package includes suedelike seat trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power glass sunroof and rear air conditioning. The Limited adds leather upholstery and a 350-watt Mitsubishi/Infinity sound system. Either a rear-seat entertainment system or a sunroof may be installed, but not both.

Under the Hood
Mitsubishi’s 3.8-liter V-6 engine produces 215 horsepower and 248 pounds-feet of torque. Operating with a throttle-by-wire system, the V-6 teams with a five-speed Sportronic automatic transmission that permits manually selected gear changes.

ActiveTrac lets the driver select two-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, with Low and High locked settings. All models have an anti-skid system with active traction control.

Safety
Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are standard on both models.

Driving Impressions
Though it is capable for ordinary driving and built for offroad prowess, Mitsubishi’s flagship SUV has an old-fashioned feeling about it. The Montero’s excessive size and trucklike sounds won’t appeal to buyers who might prefer a more modern, perhaps smaller model.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
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Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(4.0)

great car

by cardriver 4140 on August 13, 2017

they are very well build and hold up well. the biggest problem is they can be expensive to repair at times. Read full review

(5.0)

Unbreakable

by Alan from North Carolina on October 1, 2015

Possibly the best built car / truck / SUV on the planet. This truck is as capable in the Jungle as it is at the Country Club. I had a 2002 Montero and was involved in a horrible crash. I walked away ... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2004 Mitsubishi Montero currently has 3 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Montero received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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