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Old 03-18-2004, 12:14 PM   #1
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Mitsubishi Montero

I am looking at 1991 Mitsubishi Montero, 99k miles, 3.0 V6, auto 4W drive.

Anyone with experience or advice on this buy? Will use as run around local area.

Your input is appreciated !

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Old 03-18-2004, 12:23 PM   #2
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My daughter had one about that time period, and had no maintenance to do at all. She sold it to a friend, who drove it for 2 yrs with no trouble. My wife has a 2000 Montero, with the same experience. PJ
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Old 03-18-2004, 12:29 PM   #3
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I have a '92 SR that isl kinda for sale right now with 83K miles with no major issues evr. Send me a Private Message and I may be able to help you a little with what to look for, price, maintenance items, etc.

"Kinda" means I just bought a 2004 Lincoln Aviator that I am trying to get the factory to buy back because the heater doesn't work for beans in MN. So I may need to hang onto the Montero longer.
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Old 03-18-2004, 04:58 PM   #4
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Thumbs up I had a '91 Montero...

I loved it! It was dependable, drove and handled well, and was a pleasure to own. My only complaints were about the price of parts as Mitsu typically modularizes components. Instead of simply replacing the bearing in the serpentine belt idler pulley, for example, you have to replace the entire assembly, bracket, pulley, bearing, and mount included. So, the price is $50 instead of $5. The good news was that there were very few parts issues.

At about 110k miles, the engine started using oil, and the consumption worsened quickly up to about 130k miles when I traded it off. A new engine was VERY expensive. An overhaul was also VERY expensive. I doubt you'd find many used engines, or long blocks as there arent' nearly as many Mitsus on the road as Toyotas, for example.

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Old 03-18-2004, 08:16 PM   #5
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Thanks a million for the input. On further inspection, engine had over heated at some point, heads rebuilt and now valve clicking is prominent. I will pass.

Again, thanks for your input,
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