Originally Posted by BigSwede
I think you answered the IFS toughness question, a Montero would not break with 35" tires. I have not even heard of breakage issues with 37 and 40" tires. It's a really tough IFS. My stock Montero averages 20mpg in the city and 24mpg out on the open road.
As far as the rear end is concerned, I am not sure it really matters, both rear ends are way over built. The troopers ring gear is 1/4" larger but I think Mitsubishi uses higher quality metal. Both rear ends will never give you issues if maintained properly.
I see that you have the Montero's tranny as being more reliable which is the case. But I can not express how well it performs, it shifts soooo smooth and it always seems to shift at the right time. It is perfectly mated with the 3.5l engine. This set up is an absolute jewel. While not overly powerful, it feels like a German engineered drivetrain. Actually the whole Montero feels like it is German engineered, but it has the reliability of a Japanese auto.
The best recommendation I can give you is drive several troopers and several Monteros. Get a good feel for them and see which one you like better. On paper I think they are very comparable, but I am sure that will change when you start test driving. I also encourage you to drive a Gen III Montero. They are amazing off road and they have even better articulation than the Gen II despite being a fully independent suspension.
Last edited by 4D55 Performance; 05-10-2012 at 05:38 AM.
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