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Mitsubishi Montero Sport Problems

Engine -- Verified

The crankshaft pulley bolt may become loose or break causing loss of power steering operation and other related engine accessories. Some of these vehicles may be involved in a recall for this issue. Our technicians tell us that an updated bolt may be available. Replacing as necessary and properly torquing the crankshaft bolt will commonly correct this issue.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A vibration, steering wheel shimmy, or vehicle pull to the left or right may be noted. These conditions are commonly caused by worn or damaged front suspension or steering components. Our technicians tell us that extra care should be taken to inspect the front end components often and replace any worn or damaged parts as soon as possible to try and avoid these potentially unsafe conditions.

Brakes -- Verified

A pulsation may be noted upon brake apply, most commonly caused by warped front brake rotors. Front brake pads may also wear out prematurely. Our technicians recommend replacing worn pads and rotors with quality replacement parts in order to achieve the best possible longevity for the front brake components.

Electrical & Lights -- frank.land and 5 others

When I turn my headlight switch on the headlights do not come on, however the rear taillights do.

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., April 14, 2004

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The vehicle load capacity stated on the tire and loading information may be incorrect. This could lead to vehicle overloading. Owners will be sent a replacement label with instructions on how to install the new label. This recall began on April 14, 2004.

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Brakes, February 15, 2001

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 3.5L ENGINES. THESE VEHICLES DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 106, "BRAKE HOSES." THESE VEHICLES ARE EQUIPPED WITH NONCOMPLIANT BRAKE VACUUM HOSES.

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Drive Train, April 22, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 4-WHEEL DRIVE AND AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID COULD BE VENTED ONTO THE HOT EXHAUST SYSTEM AS A RESULT OF UNANTICIPATED HEAT GENERATION IN THE TRANSMISSION.

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Engine, October 31, 2000

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES: MIRAGE MODEL VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 1.5L ENGINES; MONTERO SPORT MODELS EQUIPPED WITH 3.0L ENGINES; AND MONTERO MODELS EQUIPPED WITH 3.0L ENGINES. THE BOLT SECURING THE CRANKSHAFT PULLEY CAN BECOME LOOSE AND THE PULLEY COULD FALL OFF THE VEHICLE.

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Mitsubishi Montero Sport Questions and Answers

hillbilly_2, 1997 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Old Town, FL

how do you change the spark plugs is there any way i can get around the intake manafold

Bookie, 1997 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, 3.0L V6, Verbena, AL

Everything seems fine, but I don't want to over pressurize system to effect cycling problem. May be something else

Visitor, 1997 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, 3.0L V6, Wallingford, KY

I would like to know the firing order of the spark plugs. I took them out, and replaced them. Now the engine is missing. I think I got the wires crossed.

Marshal, 1997 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Fremont, CA

air condition does't work,when I dirve hit a hole,

stelzer5, 1997 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, 3.0L V6, Sun City, CA

just got this car... how do I replace the headlight bulb on my 1997 Montero Sport? is this something easily done? I do not usually work on cars, but figured I should be able to do this.

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Mitsubishi Montero Sport Reviews

I bought a 1999 Montero sport 7 years ago from a couple and it was well taken care of. after about 3 years of driving it, it started blowing out blue smoke.I controlled that alot with Lucas Oil Additive. I traveled back and forth between charleston, SC and Winston-Salem NC. It began burning oil and I foolishly took my chances waiting to put oil in when I could had gone across the street to the gas station; instead I drove another 1.5 miles and then it happened. the truck shut down on me and wouldn't start. the engine didn't lock up but still have some damage. I let it sit for over a year and now just starting to have it repair. I did have to have the fuel pump replaced also. the expensive part is the labor at the dealership it will run me $3200 to have engine done and the engine cost $1500 the rest is labor. but I refuse to trade in my truck even though it has 187k; the tax office still doesn't consider this high mileage for this truck. the truck is still able to be driven but I got alot of knocking going on. so I use it to run down the street to pick up my daughter from school which is about a 6 min drive roundtrip.

I have had my car for 9 yrs. and it has over 141000 miles on it when the worst thing possible happened, the timing belt broke and now the vavles and gaskets had to be replaced. I decided to get it fixed, because it still is a good car, but I just drive it too much and it gave out. It is going to cost over 2000.00 to fix, but I would rather do that then have a car payment. I'm telling everyone out there to get your timing belts check if you have an older car before something like this happens to you.

had mine for 5 years and had to do reagler mantaince

I purchase my 1999 monterno sport with out even test driving it in 2003 and the only problems I had was the alternator going out twice, and the starter once. I think that good for it to be 13 years old. Love my little suv that great on gas and drives very smooth on the highway and in town

1997 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 3.0 Liter was purchased used in 2003 with 87k miles. Now in 2012 it has 184k miles. Major problems were replacement of alternator twice. Note that the first replacement was with an Autozone alternator with a guarantee, so second replacement (for overvoltage, not undervoltage) was free. The car works well. It doesn't have a lot of power in 2 wheel drive, but gets reasonable gas mileage, so I don't mind the lack of acceleration. At 184k miles it has now developed oil leaks, so it burns a quart every hundred miles. Dealer says it is cam seals and oil pump gasket. I am not a mechanic, so I don't know the accuracy. Cost is $1904. Dealer says the alternative is a new engine at around $5,000 or more. I am having the repair done, since I only figure to keep the car another year or two max. It strikes me that this a high cost, but the dealer says they have to take out the engine to replace the oil pump gasket. Dealer says they will replace the cam seals by going through the timing belt and not the valve covers, so I don't get new valve cover gaskets. I had thought replacing a cam seal this way was a relatively simple repair, so again I wonder about the high cost. I will say that this has been a good car. One downside is that the rear-looking visibility is poor due to the headrests of the rear seats. Also, this vehicle has tinted rear windows, so at night you have to use the sideview mirrors, because the backup light isn't bright enough to illuminate terrain viewed through the tinted windows. I have kept it maintained pretty much up to dealer recommendations, and it has done ok for me until this oil leak problem. Had to replace the air mass sensor once, but I suspect that was due to bad gasoline rather than wear. The diagnostic said EGR problem and wasn't specific, so one dealer replaced the EGR solenoid, and it didn't solve the problem, which was the sensor. I recently hauled a large load of books in the car, probably well over half a ton, and it did fine. I put on Nexen HT tires. Although these are not all-terrain rated, I tested them ok in Vermont snow (4 wheel drive) in moderate (not deep) West Virginia mud. I bought this car for just over $10k, and after more than eight years of use with maybe another $8k or so of various maintenance put into it (including this oil leak fix), I probably got a reasonable value.