Not a Montero!!!!.......Think Jeep!
Aa hem... I'm IN Australia and the Montero/Pajero are NOT very highly regarded at all!!!!!.......apart from the joke that the Japanese called them "Pajero" here because they thought nobody spoke Spanish in Oz......that's why they are sold as "Montero"'s in Europe and the Americas. Actually "pajero" is formal Spanish for a "young colt", but in colloquial Spanish it equates to what Australians call "wanker" , both metaphorically and in actual real description. The vehicles that they ran in the Dakar were a fibreglass shell that looked like a Montero, but was in reality far removed from it.
Originally Posted by scrubber3
Anyway, the point is that they're NOT a good choice. Why?......cos front IFS torsion bar or coil is difficult and expensive to lift.....the I4 2.6 wears out VERY quickly and is underpowered, V6's SOHC 3.0L & DOHC 3.5L are all alloy don't like to overheat and are VERY expensive to work on and repair and buy parts for, especially the DOHC V6 3.5L.....the auto transmission is VERY expensive to repair......the electronic Transfer case is incredibly complex and expensive to fix......and so it goes on....
I honestly think you're best off with a Jeep XJ Cherokee or what I have, a Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee. The ZJ are a bit roomier, 4 coil instead of leaves at rear (handle/ride better, easier/simpler to lift), 4 wheel discs, ABS (a plus on road, not good off road -so I put an inline switch in the power lead out of main powerbox supplying power to ABS system), dual air bags, 4.0L I6 gives good torque and OK fuel consumption, is as long lasting and reliable as an anvil, 318/5.2L or 360/5.9L V8's are also good (but use a bit more fuel for more torque but really crowd the engine bay up!). ZJ Limiteds have ultra comfy 12 way power, heated leather seats, a good basic Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (that reads in about 10 languages!) that tells you compass heading, outside temp, instant fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, miles before empty, coolant+ washer+ oil levels,cental locking and door/trunk ajar warnings etc etc, extra 12V power outlets front and back. Good simple constant 4WD system (good for grip on all surfaces on road or off road without having to choose ahead!) that uses a variable viscous coupling in H and fully locked in L. Rear diff is LSD but can easily be swapped for an auto locker or ARB Air Locker - but you're best swapping to stronger or larger axles shafts (cheap to do - $320). Good sized 136A alternator and compuer controlled charging system that can be safely used with AGM batteries - a 75A/H AGM fits in battery tray.
I had an XJ for about a year before I thought, ""Ummmm, good idea, but there's better".....so I got a ZJ!
By keeping all your upgrades reasonable, e.g. a 2" lift, 31", tires you end up with a very capable expedition rig at very reasonable low cost.
The Defender is also a good choice, but not a good vehicle to drive on roads and in traffic - too truck-like!, doesn't handle well, not much in way of safety equipment and not very comfortable.
I've had a LR Discovery 2 3.9 V8 (expensive for parts and gear - and not a lot of it, and very fuel hungry!), a Range Rover P38a 4.6 HSE (ultra comfortable but uses way too much fuel!!!!, and way too complex and unable to be fixed except by RR specialists), a Jeep XJ 4.0L and my present LR Series 2A and Jeep ZJ and like my present two best out of those.
Last edited by Doctor W; 09-12-2011 at 01:31 AM.
Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0L, 2 1/2" Coil Lift; Dana 30, ARB Air Locker, RCV Alloy CV's; Dana Super 35 with Trac-Loc and mechanical locker; Quadra Trac 1; 245/75x16LT.Also 1968 Land Rover S2a 109" Hard Top 2 door ex-military with a GM 202 cid, full Roof Basket and ladder, bonnet + rear door spare tyres, 7.50x16LT, twin fuel tanks, 3 x batteries, 240V inverter, 80W Solar, 220 Amp alternator, 40 gal. Water. Rough country expedition self sufficient camper.