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November 15th Update – While updating our Truckin’ Tuesday database we confirmed the seller of this ’99 Montero deleted their Craigslist ad, so we’re calling this one “Sold!”

October 11th, 2019 Update: The private seller of this ’99 Mitsubishi Montero we first featured on September 20th  just lowered their asking price by $500 down to $2,900 OBO in a fresh post we’ve updated the link for below.  Good luck with the purchase!

Just in time to feature on Four By Friday here on Craigslist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is this 1999 Mitsubishi Montero Dakar Edition currently now offered for $2,900 by the second owner.  The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for these SUVs as $2,200, $3,850, and $4,850, respectively, so the second owner has his Montero fairly priced.

Fun Fact:  Mitsubishi marketed its full size SUV as the “Montero” in the America and Spanish speaking countries as the “Pajero” its known as everywhere else translates in slang to “frequent masturbator.”

Translation faux pas aside, the second generation Montero proved itself as an extremely capable off-roader as modified versions won the Dakar Rally twelve times. While Mitsubishi produced the second generation version presented here from 1991 through 1999, an updated version continues to be produced in China.  These versions introduced Mitsubishi’s Active-Trac four-wheel-drive system, with an electronic transfer shift that could split power between both axles without the need to stop the car. It worked at speeds up to 62 miles per hour while also featuring a low range for extreme off-road conditions.  Even more impressive was the Montero’s  double wishbone independent front suspension featuring torsion-springs.  The Montero’s more civilized ride at the time made it much more appealing to suburban buyers.  Unfortunately, as the price climbed and SUV competition intensified, Montero sales in the U.S. declined to the point by 2006 Mitsubishi stopped importing the vehicle here.

The second caretaker for the past two years notes that the original owner of this Montero bought and drove it Puerto Rico for most of its life before having it shipped to the mainland three years ago due to a job transfer.  Consequently, while the exterior’s clear coat is badly sun damaged and in need of immediate attention, the chassis is “essentially rust free”, so says the seller.  The Dakar Edition was only available in Puerto Rico, so in addition to special graphics, this example features sixteen inch Sport wheels, a chrome grill, a factory body lift, sliding rear windows, sunroof delete, and the 3.0L V6.  With brakes, tires, fluids and several other components all replaced in the past 5K miles, the private seller states this Montero is ready to take on winter.  We think this might make a great starting point for a capable off roader or even overland vehicle.

Good luck with the purchase!

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