2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Reviews

2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport XLS from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired32999 miles
Most recent distance69753 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Great for a weekend warrior or an around the town family taxi

Faults:

Cracked windshield.

Replaced battery at 60,000 miles.

Other than regular maintenance, I haven't had to spend a dime to fix my Montero. It's been fantastic!

General Comments:

I am a weekend warrior who likes to hit the back hills trails. I have loved my Montero for camping, off-roading, and every day travel.

My wife likes it because she uses it to drive 70 miles round trip everyday for school and work.

I can always depend on my Montero. I have never been left stranded, and have had to do no additional repairs other than general upkeep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2005

2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LTD AWD 3.5 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired18 miles
Most recent distance47369 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Dependable car... not service

Faults:

Air conditioning recirculation light burned out, requiring replacement of entire switch and panel at 47K.

Seat belt warning light when seat belt disconnected stopped working. Dealer & manufacturer are telling me that this is normal behavior, when in the new owners guide it states this warning indicator will illuminate when the seat belts are not fastened. At 47K.

After leaving at dealership for repair of above, when leaving "Service Engine Soon light" came on - diagnosed to be O2 sensor.

General Comments:

Love how it drives, love the car. The paint on the roof appears to be a little thin, so I'll probably have to do a paint job on it if I intend to keep it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2005

21st Feb 2009, 11:52

Question: Did you replace that O2 sensor? If so, did you do it at a dealer, and what did they charge?

2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport XLS 3.5 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.5 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carHonda CR-V

Summary:

The vehicle and its after sales service is completely unreliable

Faults:

Ever since I first brought the car, I could hear a vibrating noise emanating, when the vehicle reached between 55-60 miles an hour. I reported this to the dealer during our first scheduled service, who dismissed it as something relating to the tires. However, the vehicle continued to emanate the noise. After repeated visits to 2 different Mitsubishi authorized service dealers, the noise was never fixed.

Now at 46,000 miles, the car stalled on the highway reportedly with an issue with its transmission's "transfer keys".

General Comments:

The vehicle has several other problems, like over heating with the A/C on while it is standing in traffic. Finally, the most difficult aspect is the service. The dealers are unfriendly to the point of being obnoxious. MMC itself is unresponsive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th August, 2004

12th Nov 2005, 09:23

I bought a 2003 Montero Sport for my wife in Dec 02, it has gotten us from point A to point B, but we have experienced noises in the front end and occasional stalling after start up. The biggest issue that burns me is it's gutless, even after a tune up it has no power and gets about the same gas mileage as my v8 Ram. As soon as my payoff catches up with it's value, which is spiraling south out of control, it's gone.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews