2002 Mitsubishi Montero iO LX 2.0 GLX from Ecuador


The best car that God put me in


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

23rd Oct 2014, 20:08

Well, I'm the owner of this review and I have to say that this car saved the life of my wife and child. The car was very damaged by an accident, but the air bags worked very good. I'm sad about my car, but I'm grateful to God that they left the hospital with no major injuries on the same day as the accident. I trust Mitsubishi with all my will and I'm completely satisfied with this car. It's sad that the Montero iO is discontinued now. Thanks for reading.

2004 Mitsubishi Montero iO 5P 2.0 petrol from Peru


Well engineered car


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