Owned for 10 years
By Cori on Saturday, June 20, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 220,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Dependability, durability, off road, cargo space."
Cons: "Road noise, gas mileage, power steering noise."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this vehicle (2004)with approx. 35,000 miles in May 2005.
I have had several opportunities to trade up, and have chosen to keep it because of the dependability. I just love this rig.
I have taken care of this vehicle, and have kept up on necessary maintenance, which has no doubt led to the success and trouble free driving with this Montero. I have only had one problem on the road, a Serpentine belt went on the freeway. In 10 years!! Otherwise, it's ran like a dream and is still going strong. I have chosen not to take it off road for recreational purposes, only necessary off road driving. I have never, and I repeat never, been stuck in mud or snow in this SUV. The deepest snow measuring approximately 18 inches, and it plowed right through it not skipping a beat. Plenty of traction.
On the freeway, it has enough get up and go to get the job done in a hurry if needed. Kind of rides like a truck.
There has always been a power steering noise when turning, like a whining, but it has never affected the steering and I just got used to it over the years. I like that it really doesn't have any blind spots like a lot of the newer SUV's, and has a roomy interior. The cargo area is very adequate for just about anything you would need it for. The seats fold down to reveal an area that is about as large as a small truck bed. I fit a loveseat couch in perfectly to transport with room to spare.
As far as cons for this rig, I would have to say that Mitsubishi could have paid a little more attention to the road noise and gas mileage. But, after all, it is AWD and 4x4 and I knew it would take more gas than some of the smaller and lighter SUV's.
All in all, I wish Mitsubishi would have continued this line because I am about to invest in another new vehicle (not because I have to, mind you) and if there was another SUV as good as this Montero Sport, you bet I would buy another. Its 10+ years old and still runs great. Definitely has been money well invested, and I have never been sorry I purchased it."
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