Well it looks like my montero sport will be sold tomorrow and im on the hunt for a replacement. The idea is to get another rig and put a some cash in the bank. This will be my winter DD when i can't ride the bike, and the family camper/wheeler. I am considering a full size montero for a few reasons.
I have come to like the 3.5.
Factory rear locker
Bigger wheel wells on the gen 2.5
More room than my sport had ( i dont need it, but its nice to have)
Should have slightly better parts availability than my sport, im basing that on the fact that i could seemingly always get parts for a montero, but never the sport, locally anyway.
Side opening rear door
From my research the gen 2.5 will have:
the 200 hp SOHC 3.5, and will not have the butterfly valves (which i have read can be problematic)
4.27 gearing, this is a step in the wrong direction from the 4.90's in my sport.
Is this correct?
Thoughts on this one in particular?
Talked to the owner, he said 17mpg on a trip to LA and 180 +/-5 psi across the board on compression