Master of Escape
Just an FYI:2003 Mitsubishi Montero XLS 4WD - $2999 (YORBA LINDA - Orange County)
I texted Ed about this Montero on March 8th.
I asked if it had been smogged within the last 6 months and has the timing belt ever been changed.
No reply as of March 14th
My experience with no replies to a basic tech question is a seller looking for a non-informed buyer. (red flag)
I contacted Costa Mesa Mitsubishi Service dept (referenced in ad). The rep didn't get too detailed but did say that the timing belt has never been replaced (171K miles). When I asked about regular maintenance, he said the car has been in for problems (check engine light or codes), but the preventive maintenance history was not impressive.
Running the VIN show it was made for the Caribbean market. It may have been later imported to the US. I don't know if that would create any issues with smog, insurance, or title.
This one looked too good to be true. (and probably is)