1998 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Reviews from North America

1998 Mitsubishi Montero Sport ES 2.4L 4 cylinder

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance137320 miles
Previous carPlymouth Acclaim

Summary:

Overall one of the best SUVs ever made

Faults:

Nothing other than the usual maintenance/wear items.

Has been rock-solid reliable, never left me stranded.

General Comments:

I love how reliable this vehicle has been. And at 137,000 miles, it still runs as quiet as when new.

With the 4 cyl. engine and 5-speed manual, gas mileage is great for a vehicle of this size.

The only downside and my only complaint about this truck is the lack of power going up hills, which is to be expected when a 4 cyl. is in a vehicle that weighs 4,000 lbs.

Overall, a very reliable and solid vehicle that I have owned for 12 years, and will probably have for at least 12 more. I have no doubt this truck will last at least 300K miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2010

2nd Aug 2011, 12:17

Original poster here. "Ol' Reliable" my 1998 Montero Sport is being driven every day now whilst my 2003 Honda Element sits waiting to have the drivers' side power window motor fixed (can't roll window back up). Whilst my Honda isn't so bad, I think the old Mitsubishi IS better and more reliable.

Probably will still have my old Mitsubishi long after the Honda is gone.

23rd Sep 2011, 11:43

Original poster here again. 146,500 miles and still doing well. Had to replace the radiator and drive belt, but these things are to be expected on a 13 yr. old vehicle, and are normal wear and tear items. Drove this on a trip from Los Angeles to Laughlin NV last month. Still runs like new, and A/C still blows ice cold.

25th Mar 2014, 21:02

Original poster here. Now 162,000 miles and mechanically all is still well. However, a VERY frustrating problem yesterday. The glove compartment lock now won't unlock and my smartphone and prescription sunglasses are in it. And a locksmith couldn't open it either... so it can't be opened and I am without a cellphone now. I can't fault the mechanicals on this vehicle one bit, but I have come to realise that the quality of Mitsubishi interiors just isn't up to that of Toyota and Honda. So my prescription sunglasses and smartphone are gone forever stuck in a glove compartment with a stuck lock. If a locksmith couldn't open it... what can be done.

1998 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS V6

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Would definitely keep it if my family wasn't growing

Faults:

Bought used and had to have a new CD player put in it the stock one didn't work.

Seats aren't all that comfortable on long drives.

Back seat has enough leg room for kids but an adult over 5.5 feet tall will feel a little cramped.

Horn sounds like a moped.

AC makes a squealing noise so I just don't use it.

General Comments:

Runs great. I'm only selling mine because my family size is now demanding a minivan.

For an SUV, it gets great gas mileage.

Four wheel drive kicks butt in the snow and heavy rain.

Had it for five years, changed the brakes about 4 years into it (not sure how old they were when I changed them) and the tires just got changed.

Make sure if you have any electric work done, it gets done by a pro. When I had the new CD player put in, the guy who did it screwed it up and there were a few shorts I had to take to a specialist to fix.

Will need an alignment every few years if you drive it like an SUV is supposed to be driven, which I did (woods, every kind of weather, hauling everything, etc).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2008

1998 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LX 3.2L

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.2L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carMazda Millenia

Summary:

Great SUV with SUV attitude/ride

Faults:

I have had to replace the starter, the A/C compressor, A/C fan and expansion valve. The driver seat has split in two, but the other seats look fine.

Need more power for an SUV that size.

General Comments:

The Montero Sport has been a reliable car. Living in Arizona, I have found that the A/C never blows cold enough when it's over 110F outside. That's the only real issue that I have had with this truck. And as a truck, it rides like a donkey, especially when empty. It won't absorb most bumps like today's car based SUV.

Also, the engine is not very powerful. Pressing the accelerator hard causes the engine to growl loudly, lurch forward without really moving that fast. It always starts right up, and idles very smoothly even with 125k miles on the odo. This SUV feels like it can last forever, and my plan is to find out how long that is.

After nearly 10 years, it is still a very good looking SUV with classic, rugged line. How many funny looking SUV (i.e XC90, X5, RX300, Rendezvous etc) can you say that about? It's a great value for its normal reduced asking price compared to other premium SUV.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2007

1998 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 6 cylinder

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Had to have the 10 CD disk changer replaced.

General Comments:

I live on a dirt road 12 miles from town and my Montero handles like a dream. I already have done 18,000 miles, and have only owned it 8 months. It feels really solid, and I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 1999

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 4 reviews