pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
120,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most common solutions:

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problem #1

Mar 082018

Montero LS 3.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 120,000 miles

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loud starter grinding and worn pinion gear loud starter grinding and worn pinion gear

Problem started a couple months ago. Starter gives off a LOUD grinding noise when starting which goes away about 2 seconds later. Removed old starter and noticed the front edge of the pinion gears where almost completely grinded away. Went to Autozone and got a replacement starter. Worked without any issues for about a week and change, then the noise came back and I noticed the gears were beginning to get worn in the same area.

- Gerlinder D., St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (US)