The Mitsubishi Montero Is an Alternative Land Cruiser


This is the Mitsubishi Montero, an alternative land cruiser. Today I'm reviewing this Mitsubishi Montero and I'll reveal you all the many peculiarities and features. I'm also going to get behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Montero and reveal you what it resembles to drive.


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00:35 It Can Be Yours on CARS & BIDS!!!
01:08 Introduction
04:20 Difficult, Old-School SUV Styling
05:42 Exterior Quirks & Characteristic
07:14 Practical Interior
08:06 4×4 Functionality
08:42 Interior Quirks & Characteristic
10:04 Interior Simplicity
10:59 Power Mode
11:40 Aftermarket Sunroof
12:21 Rear Seating
13:29 Cargo Area/Third Row Seatings
15:15 More Cargo Location Quirks
17:09 Driving Experience
21:16 Last Thoughts
21:42 DougScore

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The Mitsubishi Montero Is an Alternative Land Cruiser

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  1. We had one of these when I was a kid and it saved my life. We got in a 65mph head on collision that sent our Montero flipping head over heels 3 times and landing onto another car. My father was a cop at the time and heard the call over the radio as a fatality accident. We all walked away without a scratch.

  2. I love the Mitsubishi Pajero (The name of the Montero at my country, Brazil). It’s just a really cool car. I honestly think that it’s better than the Land Cruiser. Old Mitsubishis are awesome!

    1. It has to be the 2 door with the stick. I miss my old dodge raider(Pajero clone) and I always think about it

    2. hits the like button for the first part of this comment then hit again for the second part land cruiser is way better but still it’s your taste we can’t judge that =) (hits like for the 3rd time)

  3. Mitsubishi stopped making the Montero/Pajero in 2021. Kind of crazy that they ceased production in a world that is obsessed with cross-overs and SUV’s.
    I believe the 3rd gen Montero/Pajero was the first serious off-roader that switched to fully independent suspension with a monocoque design with integrated ladder frame in 1999 before even Land Rover also made the switch to independent suspension and monocoque design in 2001.

    1. Mitsubishi kind of lost the plot in the mid 2010s with their styling, going from slightly weird to outright almost grotesque looking styling and they kind of lost their charm.

      I think they sell well only in Australia now

  4. Our family vehicle growing up was a gold 1995 Montero with a stick shift. I think just a few made it into the US that year! I loved sitting the the rear jump seats. It was also shockingly off-road capable from the factory, especially compared to the Explorers and Grand Cherokees it was competing against.

    1. Correct, rare, especially 1995 (last year of manual Montero in USA), due to newly revised, more powerful 3.0 v6

  5. They’re everywhere in back home in Australia and I took mine everywhere all my friends land cruisers, patrols and Hiluxes went, no issues. Incredibly underrated offroader, no idea how they didn’t take off here in the US

  6. 8:21 The transfer case system on this is called Super-Select, the 2H and 4H are both usable for everyday driving. This system allows you to shift from 2wd to 4wd up to 65 miles per hour. The transfer case uses a center differential, this makes the system more like an all wheel drive system. The 4HLc and 4 LLc is a center differential lock the makes it a true 4×4 system. This is selectable while moving but under 5 mph. The SR trim level had a rear air locking differential.

    1. @@TheGeorgiaRover the fact that he has a CGT means nothing to me. His knowledge and explanation of most off-roading feature is mediocre at best, just makes me laugh even after all these years it hasn’t changed

    2. Great explanation 👍🏼 My daily driver is a crew cab L200 with the Easy Select transfer case that comes with the manual transmission. This thing is a tractor in 4 Low

    3. The manual transmission models could have a neutral in the transfer case. This could even power a factory pto winch.

  7. Doug is the kind of guy who can inflate the cost of one of the last cheaper niche off-road vehicles with a single video title.

  8. Additional quirks
    1. The left rear passenger door needs to be slammed shut harder versus other doors, even compared against the right rear door
    2. The right rear bumper piece “droops” lower vs the left rear bumper piece
    3. When it has it equipped, the 3-way adjustable shock absorbers are a treat
    4. If you had a liquid filled inclinometer in the center stack, it will eventually leak (lol)
    5. There are 2 doors underneath the middle row seats. Nornally you had the bottle jack and rods for it stowed there
    6. For a 4×2 variant, the space for the gear lever made for a nice cubbyhole of sorts
    7. You can fold flat the seats to make a bed. Never did try it though

    1. I was going to mention 5 & 7! The van-size cargo area from the folding seats was great. Also, the gigantic rear door being hinged on the right is a dead giveaway this is a Japanese vehicle. It’s a huge nuisance for loading things when you’re parallel parked in a LHD Montero.

    2. Can confirm #7. There are even holes under the bench seat to store the front seat’s head rest that needs to come off to complete the bed transformation.
      Adjustable shocks were on the SR which also had a locking rear diff.
      And no mention of the bouncy front seat option?! Even Doug missed a bunch of quirks on this one!

    3. @@tylerdumez6723 some models also got like a adjustable ride height, l cant remember how it works but the switch would be next to the adjustable shocks switch

  9. Monteros are definitely unknown to most off road buyers, which is a good thing us enthusiast to get one at reasonable prices. These old school SUVs are bullet proof. The first gen has an amazing and fuel efficient 4 cylinder that is torquey and nearly indestructible! The 2nd gen is bigger and also very reliable. That’s why you see them all over the place in Puerto Rico with rough roads and lots of mountains where any car takes a beating and few American cars survive. If u can find a first gen two door in good condition, restore it, lift it with big tires, fog lights, and new off road seats, you’ve got a hidden gem that’ll last forever (and no one else will have one at any trail you visit)

    1. Not all the 4 cylinders were reliable. The 2.6L 4G54 gasoline I4 performs well, but blows head gaskets regularly due to being an iron block with an aluminum head. I had 3 different ones fail between 120k-150k miles. I’d definitely opt for the V6 if possible.

    2. @@ThunderheadShetlandsNot sure of engine codes, but the first gen 1-4 is indestructible. It the same engine from the Mazda B2000 pickup and it is rock solid. U see these cars rusted out in Puerto Rico with engines running like a clock

    3. Except the Montero isn’t an SUV. It’s an offroader. They’re built, literally, different. Drives me nuts if supposed car people do not know the difference between an offroader and a SUV. 😢

    4. @@kingsharkoon SUV is a new term for a truck based passenger vehicle. They’ve been changing over time as car like body on frame raised vehicles, but it all comes from the truck with seats concept. Nomenclature shouldn’t drive anyone nuts. There are far more important things to worry about in the car industry such as how to power clean vehicles in a way that is actually clean and not from fossil fuel produced electricity as we do now in most places

  10. Mitsubishi Pajero won the Paris Dakar 12 times, among others every year from 2001 to 2007. It got into the Guinness Book for this achievement. These were (and still are) awesome platforms for serious off-roading.

    1. @@popinjayjunior7698 winning a race doesn’t prove it’s super reliable. Living its entire life driving around Africa or Australia like a Land Cruiser proves it’s reliable

  11. Thanks for the trip down memory lane Doug. My parents had 3 of these when I was a kid. First a SWB V6, then a LWB diesel, then finally a facelift LWB 2.8 diesel with the flared wheel arches. They were great cars in the 90’s.

  12. We actually owned the face-lifted model of this vehicle with a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel. I think the reason why the rear door had its own handle and lock is that some markets (like ours) had sideways facing seats (as opposed to the forward-facing ones in this vehicle). Four people can sit in the third row (instead of two), so having that rear-door handle and lock just made getting in an out so much easier.

    I love this car so much.

    1. @KartKing4ever  You see these SUV’s in third world countries all the time with 12 people inside and two more standing on the bumper plus all their luggage on the roof. They can handle the weight, believe me 🤣

  13. These were extremely common in Puerto Rico, but they were both larger than most other cars offered in PR at the time, and were easy to steal – as a result, lots of parking garages had Montero only parking spots that were closer to security cameras and had taller ceilings.

    1. I came looking for this comment! I remember Luis Muñoz Marín airport had those parking spots just for this generation of Monteros.

    2. @@jaysonvargas1126 We didn’t have Monteros in my family – we had 4Runners and Isuzu Troopers at the time, so we’d “borrow” Montero spots a lot, since they were easier for us to fit into (especially with the Troopers). But once in a while, a security guard would yell at us.

    3. Cada vez son menos, pero hay dos o tres por ahí. En cuanto a los robos, por eso es que la marca puso una alarma Diamond Lock.

    4. This! Remember the cop editions? Very common too. And then my favorites ‘Las cachetonas’
      Have a friend that has an unmolested one! Saludos!

  14. This is one of the most capable vehicles ever, the last gen was brilliant off-road, the only problem that the last gen has is ground clearance, its little brother the Pajero/Montero/Shogun Sport is also very capable, it’s an SUV version of the Triton/Strada/L200 Pick-up truck that competes with the Hilux and it’s SUV version the Fortuner.

    1. In stock form, the later generations actually have more minimum ground clearance than the first two generations because of not having a solid axle in the rear. But definitely worse departure angle and harder to fit tires larger than 33” on.

    2. I have a gen 4 3.2d with 2 inch lift and 32 inch AT’s, absolutely excels in the sand dunes.
      With few basic modifications and a tune it’s making 615nm. Gets off the line really really well

  15. Here in the Philippines, we also call this vehicle PAJERO and was the best selling SUV from the 80s til the early 2000s, with the latter being the “Fieldmaster” variant. When the “Montero Sport” version came sometime in 2008, it also became among the best selling SUVs in the market (rivaling the Toyota Fortuner).

    Back in the 90s, the Pajero reigned supreme, for it’s also a status symbol for most Filipinos. The only close “rival” that I could think of back then was the bulkier Nissan Patrol Safari.

    1. Currently we have a 2001 pajero fieldmaster, 2004 Pajero CK and a 1998 Patrol Safari…. If I have to choose one among the 3, I would pick the Patrol… Really durable…built like a tank!

  16. Great video, as always, Doug. The A/T Mode switch isn’t a “sport mode” or “power switch”. It simply disables first gear. Mitsubishi recommends using it especially on snow or ice to make it easier to start out from a dead stop. We have a Montero Sport, which also had this feature. It’s actually a great feature to have in a wintry climate like ours here in Indiana. We use it frequently anytime there’s especially slippery snow and ice. Would love to see you eventually review the Montero Sport as well, which was also an amazingly capable SUV with the exact same engine choices. If the Montero appeals to you, but you want something that has better highway manners, looks a little more handsome and has a lower roofline than I recommend a good look at the Montero Sport as well. Having owned both the 3.0L and 3.5L engine variants, I must say that the 3.5L is worth looking for. The 3.0L is a great engine, but it is SLOW!

    1. Thank you for mentioning that, I have this exact model and was so confused for a second when he said it made it shift faster lmao it’s exactly what you said it’s used for

  17. It’s worth sitting through all Doug’s boring super car reviews, because every once in a while he drops a gem like this one and it makes it all worth while 🙂

  18. Love the Pajero. 15:49 there’s a reason why the rear door has a grab handle and lock. In some markets, these were sold with a 9 seat configuration (2 on each side) with sideways facing seats. And that meant that the rear passengers could open the door to get out. This seating configuration was pretty common till mid 2010s here in India, especially in the cab market.

  19. In Spain, Mitsubishi renamed it from Pajero to Montero during the second year of its existence. The reason was straightforward: “pajero” in the Spanish language (of Spain) literally means “wanker,” and nobody wants to buy a car with that connotation. A Montero, on the other hand, refers to someone who organizes “monterías,” a form of hunting. The Mitsubishi Montero was quite popular in Spain, while the name Shogun was reserved for the highest trim level.

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