• this 2003 mitsubishi montero is our bring a trailer auction pick of the day.
• it has 35,000 miles and is a limited model finished in dark blue.
• the montero was mitsubishi's top suv offering at the time, and it included four-wheel drive, a third row of seats, and lots of options.
the mitsubishi montero doesn't enjoy nearly the same reputation as the toyota land cruiser—or even the 4runner, for that matter—and its name has been absent for decades now. this example with just 35,000 miles on the odometer is up for auction now on the auction website bring a trailer, which, like car and driver, is part of hearst autos. the 2003 montero you see here represents the last generation of montero that was sold in the u.s. (it lived on as the pajero elsewhere) and makes us think that mitsubishi could benefit from something like this in their lineup once again.
at this point, the montero was powered by a 215-hp 3.5-liter v-6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission, and its four-wheel-drive system featured a transfer case with a low range. finished in memphis blue pearl with a grey interior, this particular montero is the loaded limited trim level with leather seats, automatic climate control, a cd changer, and a sunroof.
when we pitted the montero against the toyota 4runner, jeep grand cherokee, and several other 4x4s in a 2005 comparison test, it finished in a respectable third place. we even dubbed it the "poor man's land cruiser." we're not sure exactly how rich this particular montero's eventual sale price will be, but it's listed at no reserve and the bidding sits at $8000 as of this writing with 6 days left until the auction closes.