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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
119,377 miles

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2001 Mitsubishi Montero brakes problems

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2001 Mitsubishi Montero Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 152015

Montero

  • 50,895 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. The contact stated that when starting the vehicle, there was an abnormal noise coming from the brake booster and there was fuel leaking. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,895.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #13

Jun 272015

Montero

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. While driving at 30 mph, an abnormal sound emitted from the hood of the vehicle. The brakes became harder to depress and the anti-brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Rifle, CO, USA

problem #12

Apr 142015

Montero

  • 203,730 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. While driving at 35 mph, the brake pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to stop. The contact had to engage the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the brake booster assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 01V254001 (service brakes, hydraulic), but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 203,730.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #11

Mar 302015

Montero

  • 170,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The hydraulic brake booster, manufactured by aisin, failed due to a worn out pump motor. This is a brushed motor with no service interval so much as mentioned in either the owners manual or the factory service manual. Moreover, you can not purchase brushes for the motor from the dealer or anyone else. Here is a photo of the motor: I.imgur.com/dui0X0K.jpg as you can see it's completely worn out. This was taken after it was cleaned with compressed air. The motor was filled with the remains of the brushes and commutator. It is extremely irresponsible to power a breaking system with such a low quality motor and not even give it a service interval. When this motor fails, so do the brakes. Every single generation three Montero will suffer from this failure, some catastrophically. As more vehicles rely on electric power to stop, this is surely going to be an issue that NHTSA will be dealing with.

- Christiana, TN, USA

problem #10

Aug 152014

Montero

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to stop. The emergency brake was applied in order for the vehicle to stop. The contact also stated that the ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake booster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000. The VIN was not available.

- Pascagoula , MS, USA

problem #9

Aug 252014

Montero

  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle failed to respond when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who stated that the air needed to be released from the brakes. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 158,000.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 082014

Montero 6-cyl

  • 135,900 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On July 8, 2014 I noticed that when I applied the brake pedal, I would hear a noise from the left side of my truck. I wasn't sure what it was and I asked a few friends to look at it. One indicated that it had to do with the brake assist and found under the hood where the noise was coming from. After that I did some research on the item and found through safecar.gov that this vehicle was apart of a recall from 2001 for the accumulator that is installed on the hydraulic brake booster. I am not the original owner of the vehicle and proceeded it to go the local dealer to have them fix this. I was told that the car had been fixed under the recall back in Nov 2001 and due to this they refuse to fix the item. I filed a complaint direct with Mitsubishi ([xxx]). this is obviously a known safety hazard and the Mitsubishi refused to fix a problem they know exists. How do I know if the part they replaced isn't also faulty. The recall report indicated that over a period of time, it could result is leakage of the pressurized nitrogen gas from inside the accumulator and could result in a crash. When I asked the cost to repair the item I was advised it would be $2,000. This is simply insane. They know they have a problem so now Mitsubishi raises the prices on the item so they can recoup the costs of the recall. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #7

Aug 132014

Montero 6-cyl

  • 137,000 miles
Power string pump failed. Rear brakes locked.

- Quincy, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 252014

Montero 6-cyl

  • 130,765 miles
Was going down a hill when I couldn't press my brake pedal because it was too stiff! the ABS and brake light turn and with a constant beeping noise. Thankfully there was a hill going back up so I was able to slow it and pull it off the road fine. Glad it didn't happen at other points of my trip! my brake booster has gone bad and Mitsubishi says it's not part of the recall. Seems like they have a lot of problems with this and it's never part of the recall.

- Eagle Mountain, UT, USA

problem #5

Nov 152013

Montero 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Recall on ABS accumulator was performed years ago. Brakes once again failed almost completely with wife and 3 children. Luckily she remembered the parking brake and was able to stop. New accumulator replaced and brakes were again fine for 3 days...complete failure again. Dealer informs us that the entire ABS assembly needs replaced at a total cost and labor of around (between) $2800. And $3600. The recalled part (the accumulator) I am finding is a direct result of the entire ABS assembly damage. If the pump tries and continues to try and fill the leaking accumulator the pump fails. As a result the pump and ABS control (brain) module are all in one and the entire assembly needs to be replaced. What recourse do we have? how can we get Mitsubishi to replace this defective "complete assembly" the vehicle is now useless as we save our pennies and scrape together what we can to fix a problem that we nor anyone else should have to fix. I see many reports of accidents due to this very problem. Please help!

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 232013

Montero

  • 107,371 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When I step on the break pedal I hear a buzzing sound coming from the front compartment of the vehicle. The break is not functional since it is hard and stays up while I depress with my foot. While driving or when the engine is running I hear this sound periodical and a steady sound with the anti lock/ break light

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #3

Nov 012012

Montero

  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. The contact stated that he was traveling 10 mph when he applied the brakes to avoid a preceding vehicle than abruptly applied their brakes. The brakes failed and the contact crashed into the vehicle. The ABS warning light illuminated immediately after impact. The police were not contacted. There were no injuries associated with the crash. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The contact stated that he was involved in two additional crashes as a result of failed brakes. The vehicle was not inspected and the contact stated that the ABS accumulator was the cause of the failure, based on his research. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 149,000. The current mileage was approximately 152,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 042012

Montero

  • 32,900 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the brake warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. Also, the contact mentioned that after parking, the vehicle failed to stop and continue rolling. The contact stated that she had to engage the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who diagnosed that the accumulator was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The failure and the current mileage was 32,900.

- Gresham , OR, USA

problem #1

Apr 192012

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • 85,718 miles
I'm driving downhill when my brakes start acting up. It was so hard and no power brakes, I needed to use the hand brakes to make sure I wasn't going hit the car in front of me. Took to the dealer cost a couple hundred bucks for diagnostic and they said my power brake booster needed to be replaced. I cant afford to have it fix right away it cost few thousand bucks for the new one and I don't want put a used one because I'm not sure if its going to last. How come Mitsubishi motors can't help us for this they know these parts are not going to last. That's why they changed it and put a different one on their 2003 and up models.

- Surrey, CA, USA

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