Tuesday, October 15, 2013

5k: This Is How You Do It: 1988 Mitsubishi Montero 5-spd 4X4

There are many horrible, hideous and poorly built cars littering the millions of daily craigslist postings and with any luck one of them could be yours.  Unfortunately, before you plunk down your hard earned cash for some maintenance-prone soon to be headache, you need to slog through miles of punctuation hatin' ALL-CAPS using scammers who would sooner drain your checking account than list a stinkin car for a fair price.  So today, we've got a treat for you.  It is a superbly written and well conceived ad written about what is probably a horrible car, but regardless, we grow to like the seller by the end of his thorough, articulate and grammatically correct ad.  Find this 1988 Mitsubishi Montero 5-spd for sale in Albany, CA for $3560 via craigslist.  Tip from the maestro of Milpitas...El Kaibeezadore. 

The Mitsubishi Pajeros was a world car built in Japan for all markets and badged as the Mitsubishi Montero and Dodge Raider for the US Market but the coolest name was the saved for the UK where it was called the Mitsubishi Shogun.  This Montero is the short wheelbase version that combined 4X4 capabilities with passenger car amenities in a small package that is slightly more rugged than the scores of car-based compact SUVs available today, but roughly same idea. 

This Montero is powered by a 2.6 liter inline-4 that puts out 109 horsepower and 142 ft-lbs of torque -very truck-like in its presentation and power delivery.  Some recently adjustments from the seller, who claims to be a Montero/Raider specialists, should have this thing running as good as new...for what it's worth...

The interior is in great shape for a 25 year old light SUV and with the noted exception of random wires dangling from the dash.  Still the seats, dash and everything else looks super clean.

This looks to be a lot of classic Mitsubishi steel for a steal.  See a better example? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com


  1. Always loved the way these trucks looked. Straightforward, correct stance and sized right for town and country. The Montero and the 2-door Trooper took positive design cues from the IH Scout, Jeep CJ, Nissan Patrol, the early Mercedes G wagens and dare I say, the Suzuki Samurai. It's too bad they rusted faster than suger cubes in coffee and that the engines proved prone to blowing head gaskets. Now if someone could just drop a 22re under the hood and re-upolster it in brown plaid...


  2. I had one of these for several years.....top heavy, handled like a wheelbarrow with a flat tire....slower than a hundred year old turtle BUT it would go in the snow, never failed to start, even with my meticulous 4 year interval oil changes and my golden retriever could not hurt it with the back seat removed.


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