1997 MITSUBISHI MONTERO SPORT

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220,300 Miles
58,974
Miles above average

Vehicle Details

Mileage: 220300
Color: GREEN
Transmission: Automatic
Engine Type: 3.0L NA V6 single overhead cam (
Drive Train: 4X4
Location: Le Mars, IA
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Used Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS for sale with 220,300 miles for Contact for Price at Jensen's Lemars Ford


Recalls & Defects

VIN JA4MT31P7VP017179 may have been recalled. Check full report for more information

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VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ACCESSORY CARGO MATS IN THE THIRD-SEAT AND CARGO AREA. THIS CARGO MAT INTERFERES WITH THE LATCHING INTEGRITY OF THE FOLDING THIRD SEATS.



Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
  Based on 22 reviews

Best car I've ever owned!

5
Gian-Karlo Perez on 11/02/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Great value! Just keeps on running!

Great SUV for under $5K

4.1
az66bug on 10/25/2013

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Bought this Montero 2 years ago after doing allot of research for a reliable SUV for under $5K; this was one of 5 suggested. I didn't want something big like a Expedition or small like a Escape and this fit the bill. It had 141,000 miles and I knew it would need some money for maintenance items like timing belt, etc. I only paid $3800.00 so had room to do these repairs. Although I did have a cooling issue that turned out to be the radiator, overall I am happy with this Montero. It's a 3rd vehicle that I bought for hauling around the dogs and Home Depot runs that I drive allot more just because it's pretty fun to drive and simplistic in nature, which I like.

SUV for under $5K

3.5
az66bug on 08/05/2013

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

Bought this 1997 Montero (full-size) LS 2 years ago after a ton of research on a GOOD SUV under $5K. I never heard of this SUV until I was researching and overall I'm impressed keeping in mind this is a 16yr old SUV. I knew my requirements and knew I had to get the Montero under $5K if the timing belt wasn't replaced recently. I found one locally with under 150,000 mile (141,236 to be exact). I had quite a bit of Maintenance work done, timing belt/water pump first, then within 6 months all the fluids and filters replaced. This is my 3rd car and is only driven about 5k miles annually. Although I've put some work into this Montero it's a rough tough SUV; truck like feel.

Amazing vehicle

5
j-toocheap on 10/30/2011

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We were given this truck with 315,000 miles on it by a family member. We have had the truck for about 6 months and have put an additional 6,000 miles on it without incident. The truck drives like it is new and has a ton of power. The truck is a workhorse, having towed a camper many miles around the U.S. The previous owner was meticulous with maintenance and changed the oil with synthetic oil every 5,000 miles. The truck is from the south and still looks immaculate. We get lots of compliments when people see it for the first time and no one can believe that it has so much mileage on it.

Great, until you need parts

3.9
Coffee on 01/18/2010

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Love the truck in winter! Looks good and is holding up well except for a bolt walking out and bending out from the crank shaft to the harmonic balance. I almost had to replace the entire engine if they couldn't get the bolt out. Wish it were better on gas. It's a six, but sucks gas like an 8.

Best car I've ever owned

4.9
slver on 11/21/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car! I bought it new in 97 and I’m so happy it’s lasted. It’s reliable, very little repair, small stuff, but mainly the typical brake and tire service required for midsize trucks. Living in Southern California, I mostly drive town and freeway but also some off-road in the mountains - nice to have during our heavy rains. At 100,000 miles, my mechanic says I’ve only half used up the engine so here’s looking at another happy 12 years!

Best Auto I've Owned

4.9
BD on 12/11/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've owned my Montero for almost 4 years and I still love it! I take it everywhere: in the snow, sand, mountains, and on long road trips (2,000 miles+). Never had a problem, with proper care it will last another 30 years. The strength of the Montero is better than anything I have seen. Almost impossible to damage.

Never Disappoints Me

4.5
JHW on 07/11/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This SUV is so good I just can't get rid of it. There is no legit reason for me to sell it and it won't die. Why pay tens of thousands of dollars on a newer SUV when this one is so solid and performs just the same? It's indestructible!

Big Bang for the Buck !!!!

5
Brian on 10/13/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We use this vehicle everyday. 160,000 miles and still going strong. 7psg seating for when you need it. Tows my boat and trailer perfect.

Great Truck

3.9
Patrick on 08/15/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

This is a great truck. I drive it to school everyday and back, go hunting and off-roading in it and it holds up very nicely. The locking differentials really add 4-wheel drive power. Nice interior, extremely modular in the way you can flip up the seats. This truck is better in my opinion without the optional jump seats. The engine is very capable and very quiet.

1997 Mitsubishi Montero

2.5
nomoremits on 01/12/2006

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

This is the second Full-size Montero I've owned. The first was a '95 LS that was terribly unreliable and incredibly expensive to fix...I thought perhaps it was a lemon and took a chance on a '97 with the larger 3.5 engine. What a mistake that was. Except for the terrible gas mileage (the best I could get babying it on the highway was 16 mpg), the truck performed well until it got to about 85,000 miles. Since then it has had: a blown head gasket, 5 alternators, 3 batteries, a water pump, and camshaft seals. In addition to the mechanical issues the electronic mirrors, remote entry, and antenna have given up the ghost. This truck is a rolling electrical nightmare. Steer well clear of this brand. I know I will.

Good used rig

4.1
monteroguy on 09/05/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Bought my '97 Montero used with 98,000 miles on odometer. Spent some money to replace timing belt, leaking waterpump and new muffler. Needed a 4WD SUV to explore backwoods and unpaved roads. The Montero meets all the requirements very, very well. It is well built, tough and I still get 20 MPG on the highway! Reliability is still unknown to me as I have only owned it for two months. Did a 1,100 mile drive with no problems what so ever. It took us every where and never complained. I am very happy with my decision to buy a Montero.

Thinking of a 2nd

4.4
atlcfp on 08/30/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this 97 model in early 1998. I have over 170,000 miles on her and she still accelerates briskly and is fun to drive. I am considering purchasing a 2000 model with the squared off wheelwells as this is the only version I find to be more appealing than my own. I am only considering selling it because at some point a majot part has to break... doesn't it? I have had no major problems and have been pleasantly surprised to be getting Honda mileage from a Mitsubishi. I have a long torso and have a difficult time finding an SUV with headroom. The Montero has bags of headroom. I am very happy to be looking for a 2nd Monetero.

reliable

4
gdt on 05/07/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

we bought this car new in late 96 we do not go off-road much but it does the job well when needed it has been very reliable we do all scheduled maintance it is not comfortable for long trips we had twins in college and this car really held a lot of stuff, especially with a luggage carrier on top the jump seats are more of a nuisance in that it robs the rear of space but if you have small kids, they would be fine the mileage is not great - around 16mpg around town

Keep your wallet out!

3.1
Madmadmarvin on 12/15/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

This is a great looking SUV and has lot's of features. I've owned this vehicle 2 1/2 years and have had nothing but trouble. I don't take it offroad and I keep up the maintenance. It's been very expensive to repair (2 alternators, rear door hinges, 2 batteries) in addition to very expensive maintenance. I will not buy another Montero, cool truck, but too unreliable.

Love It.

4.8
Chernz on 09/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have found a vehicle that I love. I don't care for the new body style of the 2001's and newer. I have been very happy with this vehicle from day 1. I hunt, so I often take the vehicle off- road and my job requires much travel so I am on the highway with it as well....I love this car.

nice truck

4.6
dog100 on 09/06/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

fun truck own a year parts are not cheap BUT I LOVE IT and people always comment how nice it looks Tip;put a brush guard on front it will set this baby off heads will turn

Glad To Own

4.5
TH on 08/13/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased this vehicle over 3 years ago after graduating form college. Currently it has over 107,000 miles and I plan to get at least 100,000 more as I put in alot of miles in a day. The only major repairs i've had to make is replacing the timing belt which is part of the scheduled maintenance. Love the seating for seven and how it retains the truck like styling. Make no mistakes, if you want a nice ride and don't often go off road, don't get this vehicle. It is a truck and rides like one. That's why I like it so much. Performs well in deep snow (2.5'), rain and mud. Does lack some horsepower.

Solid SUV

4
Franklinbugaloobozaa on 06/12/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

We've had this vehicle for about 3 years/40,000 miles and have only performed scheduled maintenance on it - but maintenance tends to be expensive. Not as refined as the newer Montero, it's a good solid SUV with fold-up third row seating for better flexibility. Gas mileage is about 17 mpg.

Amazing

4.9
l33tn00b on 03/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car i have drove for 1 year now... I am now 2nd owner of the car... first owner was my mom ;) It's really great... and of course safe ;)

Very good

4.4
Bob in IL on 01/27/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Many SUV's speak of their off-road abilities, but this truck delivers. (There's a reason it's won the Dakar Rally so often!) By no means is this a "shopping mall" SUV, and for this reason, if you don't plan to "use" this truck, there are many more SUV options for you that would seem to be more appropriate. It's not the prettiest truck out there, but it is very practical and tough, and it's drivetrain linkage is top notch. I've gotten through some very difficult situations in this truck that I feel many SUV's on the road today could/would have never handled. That being said, you need to be honest about your intentions and use before you choose an SUV!

Dream Come True

4.6
Loki on 08/20/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This SUV is the King of SUV's...simple love it....beats any other SUV today on the road, even tough it is 5 Year old....Very very happy and satisfied with the SUV,,its a Dream Come True for me. Great vehicle


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