hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,264 miles

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problem #6

Jan 212011


  • 79,654 miles
The cluster was repaired in the Montero but it only works once in awhile. The panel will tell me every now and then if I have fuel or not. Also, we had to pay to have an issue resolved that shouldn't have cost us anything because it was shown here as a defect for our make and model. Our car was leaking gas, and Mitsubishi refused to fix it, at their expense, even though it was listed here and there were very many complaints filed. We had to tow the car in because of the leak, and the fire department was called. Amazing that so little care was shown by Mitsubishi for something that could have caused a serious accident. This was the complaint and the recall (NHTSA recall id 01V254001) about the car being parked at an upward slope, the fuel tank leveling valve not maintaining proper sealing in the even that the fuel expands from the rise in ambient temp. Leakage of pressurized nitrogen gas from inside the accumulator, etc. Please check the recall notice.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #5

Feb 082016


  • miles
My 2002 Mitsubishi Montero XLS was stationary and parked for the night on the street in front of my house. At approximately 4:00 am, the alarm started to sound and the lights were flashing. The first night, the neighbors and police discovered it before me, so the police broke into my car, opened the hood, and disconnected the battery. When I reconnected the battery the next morning, the alarm continued to sound, so I removed the fuse for the horn and replaced it later that day, to be greeted with silence. Four nights later, I had the fuse for the horn back in the vehicle. I was woken up at 2:00 am to the sound of my horn blaring. I once again, had to remove the fuse for the horn. This issue has turned out to be both a public nuisance and unsafe.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #4

Mar 102015


  • 72,000 miles
While parked in my driveway at night, my 2002 limited Mitsubishi Montero's car alarm will go off at exactly 4:30 am each morning until we disable the alarm with the remote. We checked and no one else or thing is bumping or setting off the alarm.

- Oakridge, OR, USA

problem #3

Jan 072013

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Aging of the cosmetic vinyl covering on steering wheel that covers air bag module will contract too much in cold weather, approximately 40 degrees F or lower causing car horn to go off even without engine running. The vinyl covering squeezes the car horn contacts that are just under the cover and on top of air bag module.

- Dixon, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 262011


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero. While driving approximately between 35-40 mph, the contact observed that the temperature gauge inaccurately displayed that the vehicle was hot although the engine did not overheat. The vehicle was currently being repaired by an independent mechanic for the replacement of the fan clutch and instrument cluster. The failure mileage was approximately 119,000.

- Dixion, KY, USA

problem #1

Apr 102009


  • 102,933 miles
Car stalled due to drink (which was in drink holder) spilling across shift area during sudden braking - apparently liquid shorted out wiring and car wouldn't drive again until it dried out - if these two items must be close together then the gear/shift area should be water tight/proof - for sure this could cause damage/crash/death/injury.

- Manitou Springs, CO, USA