1997 Mitsubishi Montero SR 3.5L V6 from North America
I wish they still made trucks like this
Brake light pressure switch failed around 120k; was easily replaced for about $65.
Rear passenger door window stopped working for about 2 weeks around 80k, but then resumed again without further issue.
Driver's side low beam bulb would burn out and have to be replaced once every winter.
What an amazingly rugged vehicle. I was the 3rd owner of this truck and it appeared to be well maintained before I purchased it. I drove it daily for over 4 years without any major issue. I performed normal maintenance (oil, battery, filters, bulbs, tires, brakes, etc..) but it never required any repairs. I sold it to a good friend, and last I checked, it's now over 170k and has only needed a new radiator.
The 4WD drivetrain in the Montero SR is one of the best I've ever experienced. There was very little that could slow it down. I never had an issue getting to work on unplowed roads in the winter, or crossing through the mud and streams in the summer trips to the mountains.
One of the best and unique interior features was the large sunroof located over the middle-row passenger seats. Two people could stand side by side comfortably out of the sunroof. I haven't seen another manufacturer locate a sunroof so far back.
The gas consumption was not terrible as compared to other 4WD trucks of similar weight. I could get about 20 on long highway trips if I drove conservatively around 60mph. Its variable ride suspension could be adjusted with the flip of a switch to make it very comfortable on the highway.
I do miss having this truck around.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st March, 2014