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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,830 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Mitsubishi Montero transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Mitsubishi Montero Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 292005

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,660 miles


The contact stated that while driving on an incline the gear shift indicator moved from drive to neutral. The vehicle would not move forward, so he pulled over. Upon stopping the check engine light came on. There was smoke coming from under the hood, but no fire. He walked away from the vehicle and called 911 and a towing service. When the tow truck arrived he discovered a lot of oil underneath the vehicle and suspected this was from the transmission. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, who noted that the transmission line disconnected from the vehicle. There was no explanation as to why this occurred. The dealer installed new lamps, refilled fluid to proper levels, and cleared the code. The transmission line was also replaced with a new one. No further problems since the repair.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 252003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
While driving 35 mph the transmission cooling system broke and as a result transmission fluid leaked into the radiator which caused the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was towed to an independent dealer where they indicated the cost of repairs would be $1,000. The consumer has to pay for the repairs.

- Camuy, PR, USA

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