Mitsubishi Montero iO Reviews

2002 Mitsubishi Montero iO LX 2.0 GLX from Ecuador

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 GLX Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 kilometres
Most recent distance129000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Premio

Summary:

The best car that God put me in

Faults:

The radiator steam began to escape due to small holes that were formed naturally by use (8 years last owner). I repaired it by changing the top cover, which was acrylic, for a brass cap, which repaired the problem.

The engine starter had a failure, and I had to change an internal part of it, but it still fails to start for a minute or two, but rarely.

General Comments:

It's a great car, very comfortable and very safe driving. I can get speeds over 140KM/H, and the engine is very quiet. When it's in Parking mode, the engine doesn't make any sound. It appears to be turned off..

It has OK space in the back; for my short family it's OK. I feel great in this car and I love it. If I can, I will buy only Mitsubishi cars forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2011

2004 Mitsubishi Montero iO 5P 2.0 petrol from Peru

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 kilometres
Most recent distance63000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Well engineered car

Faults:

The clutch has a little sound when changing between first and second gears and the motor revs over 3.000 rpm. The dealer says it's not worth repairing, they changed the oil in the gearbox and it's now less noticeable.

When I was on the field over an unpaved road, was in great hurry and a wheel made a stone hit hard the plastic that's around the wheel, now there is a little hole and will have to change the broken panel.

After washing, the central lock stopped working. It was solved putting oil in the locks (the locks were changed with an aftermarket items). The fifth door won't open anymore remotely, but at least it functions with the key. Hope they will fix it on the next maintenance.

Other than that, nothing.

General Comments:

This model is a Montero iO. Except for the name, it's identical to the Shogun Pinin.

Excluding the gearbox, this 4x4 was extremely solidly built. This model was made in Japan, tough.

For off round driving, it's very good. The reduction gearbox has 4 positions (2H, 4H, 4HLc and 4LLc) which can be changed without going out of the vehicle. The wheels are 16" and it has good ground clearance. It can pass over 50-60 cm of water without snorkel. Mud, stones, dunes, high slopes, nothing can stop it and it's also acceptably comfortable off road.

It has a high ride position and the driver ergonomics is good. It has a surprising amount of space inside, the back seats are still usable and the boot has good space too. While it's a basic version, it doesn't feel so austere as it still has A/C and some other nice features.

Because of its height, it feels insecure to speed on bad paved roads and wet weather. Since it's 4WD was designed for permanent use too, it can be switched to 4H under that conditions. The iO is very comfortable on the road, but it can't much an car in that regard. After a very long trip you feel tired.

The consumption is a bit high and the fifth gear is shorter than it should. I expected the 2.000/16v engine to be sportier, but the aerodynamic drag and weight don't help much.

The style is retro, but it's growing on me with time.

Don't know how will be in the long run, but so far it's what I expected.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2009

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews