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wolf in sheep's clothing by An MSN Autos Consumer on 04/23/2011. Trim: 2000 Mitsubishi Montero 4WD, Owned 2 years.
Pros: seats 7 while still being economical on the highway @ 20 - 21 mpg. i used to own jeeps but having our 3rd kid made that impossible so we stepped up to the montero after doing some research. i bought it at 126,000 miles and now have 162,000 miles in just over two years. i have not had any problems with the truck as of yet. the reason i owned jeeps and the reason i bought the montero is that i love to go off roading with my kids. i was a little skeptical at first but now i have plenty of confidence on the trail. it is a solidly built truck. big sunroof. and it fits 33 inch tires with no lift. overall, a comfortable truck.
Cons: very little. i tried sleeping on the seats that all fold flat to create a giant bed but it wasn't that comfy. a little under powered but acceptable. middle seat should've been a 60/40 split instead of goofy 50/50. the cup holders are a joke. wish they would have done something different with back door (too heavy and opens on side hinges). seems like back seats are more comfy than the fronts. the abs seems to be a little over active. i HATE that when you try to look up things about montero's online it always pulls up montero sports. they should have given that vehicle it's own name.
Overall review: i really like this vehicle. our family of 5 fits easily. it goes anywhere i ask it to. it doesn't care if it's the snow/ice covered highway here in colorado or the desert trails around moab, utah. reliability so far has been great. i recently took a road trip in it and got 21 mpg's with 33 inch tires. i bought it with 28 inch tires on it and recorded 26.8 mpg's on a straight shot with a good tail wind and cruise control set at 65 mph. the doors all shut tight with very little effort thanks to great fit and finish. it's built in japan which usually means it's gonna last. best of all is you can get into a truck like this for less cash than similar trucks from other makers. this thing can play civilized on week days, but is built solidly enough take abuse on the weekends and not complain (if that's your thing). this truck is prone to the wind pushing it around on the highway. overall i would recomend this truck to anyone in the used market of it's price range.
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