2002 Mitsubishi Montero Limited 3.5 liter from North America
Smooth and controlled
The infamous seized cam bolts for the rear camber and toe adjustments in the rear suspension. Will replace the toe arms, lower control arm bushings, and install 4 new cam adjustment bolts with anti-seize in a couple of weeks to prevent rust seized bolts in the future.
Rusted through rear heater pipes (previous owner disconnected the system, I'm restoring it with the new aluminum pipe set from Mitsu.)
Hole in the A/C condenser; replaced it and the seized A/C cond. fan.
Needed new tires when I bought it due to the seized alignment settings in the rear, but that's easy to fix.
I owned the previous body style Montero for 12 years; ended up with about 260K miles on it. I always liked the 3rd Gen Monteros, but they were out of my price range for a few years.
Now I have my own 2002 polished and waxed Memphis Blue Pearl Limited to enjoy. I fixed the A/C, and am restoring the rear heater system next week.
Very quiet vehicle, more nimble than the body-on-frame 1992 SR model that I used to own before.
Lots of luxury features, and some of the same things like the big tailgate and the tool kit mounted on the tailgate, that my old one had too.
Easy to cruise on the highway or around town. The 5 speed automatic works well and it's nice to have that extra gear when compared to the old '92 model.
Gas mileage is slightly better in city driving over my '92 3.0 liter, and much better on the highway than the anemic 3.0 liter was (large hills were not fun).
I hope this 2002 Limited can last as long as my '92 did.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th October, 2014