4th Jul 2007, 01:48
I own & drive a 1991 Mitsubishi Montero LS here in the Philippines. All features during that year it came out were in it-Sunroof, Stepboards, Roof rails, Blue interior, etc.
My Montero has ran 84,712 miles already & seems pretty strong until now. I've owned it for 3.5 years now & I'm the 3rd owner! Luckily the previous owners took care of it well. I installed Magnecore high spark plug cables & replaced the original ones just this year. It's a good sport ute in my opinion. I just try my best to keep on using OE parts & regular servicing to make my daily driver Montero LS reliable. Just had to take out the catalytic converter to get more mileage. I wonder if I could post a picture here to share with everyone. Thanks for reading :)
13th Oct 2007, 17:58
I Bought a 1991 Montero new and have 400,000 miles on it now. It has original Auto Tranny and engine was rebuilt at 370,000 due to the fact that a heater blew and overheated causing head to warp, before that the engine used about 1/2 every 3,000mi. I just replaced all the front end and steering parts last winter. This is the best vehicle ever drives just like the day I bought it and reliable. I drive The Billy Goat in Arizona.
14th Nov 2007, 13:37
Hi. I purchased a 1991 Montero LS V-6 with a standard trans recently from a good friend of mine. It only has 109K miles on it. I suppose that's the good news. The truck was ADORED by its previous owner, but still had many problems when I got it. My likes are: 4WD works incredibly well; visibility when driving is excellent; Very roomy; looks tough and rugged. My dislikes are: Underpowered; questionable quality; underpowered (my 60HP Samurai of long ago was better, lol) ; ugly wheels; not enough legroom for a tall guy like me; some maintenance items very difficult for vehicle type; did I mention underpowered yet?. I would like to do an engine swap someday, anything, but that wheezing Mitsu V-6, but can't find anyone who has done it.
15th Nov 2007, 08:05
I like Japanese Imports, but I have to say that Mitsubishi vehicles have poor reliability. When people talk of superior Japanese quality they are really referring only to Toyota, Subaru and Honda.
5th Jan 2008, 07:43
I'm looking at buying a 1995 Montero LS and am learning a lot here. I'm glad to hear the 3.0 V6, though underpowered is pretty reliable.
As for the reliability going to Subaru... look at their head gasket plague that is affecting the 2.5 boxer 4 for all models. That is insane!
7th Feb 2008, 11:04
My 1990 3L V6 has been well cared for since new. Currently showing 170K, it uses NO oil, but has either blown head gasket or a cracked head. It smoked so badly you could not see the car next to it. I use a product called K&W Nanotechnology, and when installed according to their directions, it will run perfectly for about 7500 miles between treatments, then start smoking again without warning. A new application makes it like new again. I LOVE my Montero and hope to be buried in it (with over 500 K on it). I also own a 2007 Lexus, If it is only half as good as the Montero I will be happy.
Why not repair it? No shops will do the repairs I need. No mechanics left, they tell me. All are computer experts and no one wants to get their hands dirty.
9th Feb 2008, 13:06
02/09/08 My vehicle is a 1991 Montero LS 3.0 V6. For fear of not being able to knock on wood while I am typing this, I feel reluctantly obligated to say that I have only had routine maintenance done on my "Flying Ace" since purchasing it many years ago. I have not experienced anything mechanically wrong with this vehicle to date. Current mileage 190,000+. My only complaint was the sound system... I had to break down and replace it with my Alpine/Infinity package. Now this vehicle totally rocks, and I'm a happy lady.
6th Apr 2008, 23:21
Bought my 1990 Montero LS 4x4 about 3 years ago. Love it - Used it for elk hunting and off road.
Up grades: am running aggressive 31 inch B.F. Goodrich tires and have ice breaker chains for all four wheels.
Installed a big sun roof, Alpine radio w/XM radio/Garmin 660 GPS, Warner hubs, built a front bumper and installed an 8000lb. winch, four off road lights, Cobra CB, air horns.
Have all new hoses & belts.
Plan to replace the engine soon - would like to install 350 chev - can't find an adapter?
Also plan to put Detroit locker in the rear end and AB air lockers in front end.
Hunting buddies call it the "Little Billy Goat". Have spent a lot of time pulling the big Dodge four wheelers out of ditches :-) Matter of fact the last three hunting seasons they park their big rigs and ride with me :-)
Have pictures of plowing snow up to the head lights.
NOTE: Had new brakes put on - they did not replace the hose over the rear end and it broke/split coming down off the mountain.
Challenges have been minor: electric windows switches need to be tuned up.
She's a keeper and doesn't have all the darn plastic bumpers and stuff like the new ones.
17th May 2008, 20:53
I bought my Montero a few years ago. I have never been happier with a vehicle.
It's a 1991 LS, with 177,000 miles and everything works. From the air conditioning to the fog lights. And it has very little rust.
I have never driven a vehicle that got better traction. I have never gotten stuck and that is saying a lot with northern Michigan winters.
11th Jul 2008, 13:50
I live and work in Guatemala Central America. I love M=my 91 Montero LS 4X4 LWB. With 240,000 miles, sure a few things are wearing out like the windows are somewhat slower going up now, and the AC compressor gave up. But reliability; there is not a better vehicle going.
Never been stuck, the 4WD in this rig will pull you out even up to the axle, or walk up a 30% grade from stand still without hesitation.
Also I have towed a large and heavy a 20ft travel trailer without overheating, nor valve chatter that you have the tendency to see with other 6cyl vehicles.
And gas mileage, for an 4X4 the best at still 20 to 22 per gal.
Now I am an American made fan on other vehicles, but this is the second 4X4 first gen Montero I've owned, and I have no complaints, and would yet buy another when the opportunity arises.
29th Jul 2008, 10:42
I have a 1991 Mitsubishi Montero and it is the best vehicle I have ever owned. I bought it almost new with less than 3,000 miles on it, and paid $10,700.00 for it. It now has over 365,000 miles and it is still going strong. Other than normal maintenance, I have replaced the A/C-Heater fan once, the shocks once, and the A/C compressor went out about a year ago. But it still gets over 20 miles per gallon, uses zero oil, and on the last compression test it was still obtaining over 95% on 5 cylinders and 88% on the sixth. That's not a bad record for a vehicle that had over 300,000 miles on it at the time. But then I have always serviced it every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whether it needed it or not.
It is also a strong, sturdy vehicle. In 1997, my son took it skiing with 3 fraternity brothers. On the way they flipped it on black ice, and rolled down into the ditch. Everyone was wearing their seat belt and none of them had a single injury. What's more, the insurance company rolled over and paid for all repairs, less my deductible of course. It seems Monteros had increased in price and value so much in the intervening years that mine was actually worth more, 6 years later, than it was when I bought it.
Am I a satisfied customer? You bet!