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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,001 miles

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2001 Mitsubishi Montero brakes problems

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2001 Mitsubishi Montero Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Nov 092011

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • 91,000 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 after having repairs to the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id number: 01V254001 (service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum), the brake booster started to make a loud noise when the brakes were applied. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the hydraulic brake booster accumulator was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer of any assistance since the vehicle had been previously repaired under the recall. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 91,000 and the current mileage was 93,000. Updated 02/06/12 updated 02/10/12

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #20

Dec 052011

Montero

  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the anti-lock warning lamp illuminated and he was unable to engage the brakes. The contact stated that he was able to stop the vehicle by gradually down shifting. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop and the contact was informed that the ABS system needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance because the vehicle was previously repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 01V254001 (service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 153,000.

- San Jose , CA, USA

problem #19

Oct 012011

Montero

  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. The contact stated that a cycling noise emitted when the brakes were released. In addition, the ABS system failure light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the mechanic confirmed that the master cylinder needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and they confirmed VIN did not qualify for repairs under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 01V254001 (service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 129,000 and the current mileage was 129,153.

- Tulare, CA, USA

problem #18

Jul 062011

Montero

  • 109,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph and when the brake pedal was engaged. There was an unusual noise emitting from the front left side of the vehicle intermittently. The dealer was notified and advised the contact that the failure was contributed to the brake booster. The vehicle was previously repaired in 2004 for a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 01V2540001 (service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum). The failure recurred and the vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 109,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #17

Oct 012011

Montero 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
While heading home from work, I got the surprise of my life. I was driving and my brakes went out. Luckily, I was heading home after the rush hour otherwise I would have been in a major accident. I got off the gas and steered the car to an embankment to slow the momentum. The only logical thing to do at this point was to engage my emergency brake. I called the mechanic immediately who advised me not to drive the car and that they will tow it to the shop. Upon inspection, he informed that the brake booster system (hydraulic brake booster system) as been compromised and it seemed like just faulty manufacturing.thinking this was an easy fix, I searched for the part. A new surprise appeared, the part was over $1400. Then I found this site. I will attempt to contact the manufacturer and see if they can resolve this issue. If not, Mitsubishi will never have me as a customer ever again.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #16

Jul 172010

Montero

  • 176,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. The contact stated that when depressing the brake pedal, he noticed a vibration feeling. The vehicle was inspected by the owner and he noticed that the power brake booster accumilator failed. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they stated that the vehicle was already repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 01V254001 (service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum). The failure and current mileages were approximately 176,000.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #15

Mar 012011

Montero

  • 161,801 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 a loud noise could be heard while driving and applying the brakes. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the contact was informed that the brake booster accumulator was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance because the vehicle was previously repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 01V254001 (component: Service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mleages were 161,801.

- Joshua Tree, CA, USA

problem #14

Nov 132010

Montero

  • 167,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. The contact stated that when applying the brakes, the brakes would exhibit an abnormal dinging sound and the ABS warning light would illuminate. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who advised that the ABS had disengaged independently but the advised that the vehicle was safe to drive. On a later date, the contact attempted to apply the brakes but the vehicle would not respond. The vehicle also exhibited an unusual beeping. The vehicle was taken back to the mechanic who advised her to take the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer replaced the hydraulic brake booster accumulator but the noise persisted. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The current mileage was 173,660 and the failure mileage was approximately 167,000.

- Desoto, TX, USA

problem #13

Oct 132010

Montero

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. The brakes made a loud metal noise when they were applied. The ABS light illuminated when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that the brake accumulator caused the failure to occur. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer will be contacted. The failure mileage was 128,000. The current mileage was 128,300.

- Franklinton, NC, USA

problem #12

Mar 152010

Montero

  • 184,000 miles
Our 2001 Mitsubishi Montero ltd. Experienced a near complete brake failure after the vehicle had been parked overnight. My wife was taking our children to school when the vehicle would not stop at an intersection. To avoid running into traffic, she was forced to throw the vehicle into park because there was less than 10% braking power, even after pumping the brakes several times. There was a strange noise coming from the engine compartment near master cylinder assembly. Local dealer in murrieta, ca told us that the vehicle already had been serviced for hbb accumulator recall, and that the vehicle did not qualify for repairs. Also mileage was over 150K at 184K. We had the accumulator replaced by another certified Mitsubishi mechanic which solved the braking problem. 6 months later, we experienced a second brake system failure, also losing about 90% of braking power. This time the brake and ABS lights on the dash came on and a buzzer sounded continually. The problem was initially intermittent, but now the lights and buzzer stay on continually. Took vehicle to the same mechanic who fixed the hbb accumulator and after diagnosing the vehicle he stated that the hydraulic control unit was malfunctioning. The vehicle is currently awaiting repairs. I am writing the complaint due to the fact that the loss of brake power is nearly total and without warning. We avoided serious accidents only by divine providence. It seems that any brake system on a modern vehicle out to allow for some subsystem failures and remain able to stop the vehicle. I have heard of ABS or booster failures on other vehicles, yet they maintain the ability to stop the vehicle, that seems to not be the case with the Mitsubishi Montero. It also would seem that the manufacturer has had ample opportunity to remedy this situation since 2001 and yet seems unconcerned that their design is so significantly flawed.

- Anza, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 152010

Montero

  • 128,000 miles

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

I had a total brake failure of my 2001 Mitsubishi Montero, found out there is a recall on them, yet Mitsubishi will not honor it!.here is recall. My cost to repair it is $1300 I think Mitsubishi should foot cost! Aug 03, 2001 | recall id# 271 recall reason service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum recall date Aug 03, 2001 model affected Montero potential units affected 39020 recall summary vehicle description: Sport utility vehicles. The accumulator that is installed on the hydraulic brake booster may have been improperly manufactured. Over a period of time, this could result in leakage of the pressurized nitrogen gas from inside the accumulator. Consequence the loss of this gas pressure could result in an abnormal noise from the left side of the dash panel when the brakes are applied, and possibly a delayed first time brake boost assist after the vehicle has been parked for a period of time, which could result in a vehicle crash. Remedy dealers will install an improved accumulator. Owner notification mailing began October 1, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037.

- Flat Rock, NC, USA

problem #10

Jul 162010

Montero

  • 100,322 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero XLS. While the contact was driving, the brakes failed to respond. All of sudden, ABS and brake lights came on and the brake pedal was very hard to push. The contact took it to the dealer and found the problem was hydraulic brake booster unit. Regarding NHTSA campaign id number 01V254001, the manufacturer denied his right to have the recall repairs and said the original recall had been already taken care in 2001. The contact had similar problem in 2008 without knowing any recall issues. The dealer charged for replacing the accumulator.the vehicle seems to have very serious safety-concerned problem and it keeps recurring mileage is slightly over 100,000. Filed complaint on 07/25/2010.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 042010

Montero

  • 58,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle, suddenly my brakes fail. I almost struck a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. My brake pedal was very hard. I had my mechanic check the vehicle. My brakes pads were fine. I later learn from the Mitsubishi dealer that I need a ABS hydraulic unit. The repair is very expensive. My car is in good condition only 58,000 miles. Mitsubishi refused to cover the parts. At this moment the car is park. Can't seems to understanding how an ABS unit fail suddenly leaving the car with no brakes. Believed it's a manufacture defect.

- Norwood, MA, USA

problem #8

Jun 262009

Montero

  • 173,000 miles
I own a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero ltd. Approx 2 weeks ago noticed random, intermittent chirping noise. Can also feel vibration in brake pedal when chirping. Noise has become more frequent and continual. Took to midas and was told there is a recall #01V254001. Called capitol Mitsubishi, san jose, ca only to be informed that since SUV has 173,000 miles the recall does not apply. Per dealership max miles is 150,000 so the repair will cost me between $500-600. Based on research the hydraulic brake booster wont function when needed.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 032008

Montero

  • 115,000 miles
Brake booster accumulator failure there was a recall in 2001 it was replace now it fail. Mitsubishi refuse to replace.

- Pampona Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 092008

Montero

  • 75,000 miles
My 2001 Mitsubishi Montero (full size XLS) is making loud sounds when I apply the brakes. I understand that there was a recall on the hydraulic brakes booster accumulator. When the car was still very new this recall was conducted and my vehicle was "fixed" according to dealer records. Now I am having the same problem again and the dealer and Mitsubishi motors say it is my problem now. If their recall does not work then they should be liable, not me. This is a safety issue, other people have had their brake fail completely and not be able to stop because of this issue. Mitsubishi should have corrected this problem free of charge until they get it right, not just the first time! I will never buy Mitsubishi again! this consistent problem is putting peoples lives at risk.

- Prospect Park, NJ, USA

problem #5

May 192008

Montero

  • 126,900 miles
When I applied the brake there was a buzzer noise under the left dash. So I drove the vehicle to near service shop. And they told me that there were a re call defect part on the brake booter acculator. And tell told me to call Mitsubishi motor. I talked to them and the rep. Said there was not an open recall in the particular model. So I went back to the car repair shop. And they did the repair, they replace the bake booster accumulator. And them after two day I call mitsubushi again saying that I replace the brake booter accumulator. They open a service order, that a technical will next week. I like to know how can you help me resolve this?

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 202006

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact stated there was hydraulic brake booster accumulator failure with the vehicle. While traveling 2 mph exiting the drive way, the brakes were depressed however there was no response coupled with a squeaking noise. The brakes continue to make noises when depressed. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop who determined there was a recall for vehicles of the same year make and model. The recall number is #sr-01-008 when the dealership was alerted, they determine the vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Beltsville , MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 102006

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Montero under 50,000 miles. Have to replace compressor, alignment bars for sun roof, and brakes. Cost $2700 with labor. Have owned the vehicle for 4 months. No warranty left. Montero has to be jumped to turn on, bucks with defrost on, no air, no radio, and brakes are bad. Dealer will not help with cost.

- Michigan City, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 262005

Montero

  • miles
The 2001 Montero XLS experienced 7 instances of brake failures. Most of the brake failures have occurred at low speeds.

- Lynn, MA, USA

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