hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
149,560 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Montero brakes problems

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2003 Mitsubishi Montero Owner Comments

problem #5

May 032015


  • 187,000 miles


A siren sound came on. My husband proceeded to get of the road. In his attempt, the brakes became very hard to press. The vehicle continued to roll as the brakes were being applied. He the pull the emergency brakes to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Aaa was called to tow the vehicle to a auto shop. After a thorough check, the owner (master mechanic) disassemble the braking system to check if the booster had failed, he stated the vehicle did not have a booster. I picked the vehicle up on Friday, May 7 around 4:00pm. After traveling approximately 1 mile, the siren noise came back on. We are awaiting to have the truck towed again on Monday.

- Yulee, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 162014


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph down a slight incline, the brake pedal failed to respond and the vehicle was shifted to neutral in order to stop. The contact also stated that the ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Steubenville, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 162013

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • 187,800 miles
I was driving on the freeway, when all of a sudden my ABS light came on and a buzzer. I then went to apply the brakes and stop but the brake pedal would not budge. It was like there was a brick under it. There was no way of stopping safely. Luckily no one was in front of me. I had to you the transmission to shift down. Pressed as hard as I could on brakes and finally stopped. I have researched this issue and have discovered it is quite common. How is it safe for a vehicle with a antilock brake malfunction to take out the brake system completely" I have contact Mitsubishi and they said there is no recall!! how is this possible!"! this is very unsafe I have had the vehicle parked since the incident. I feel Mitsubishi needs to pay for this and upgrade the brake system. I have researched the price and would cost me $1700 to have the system replaced. With no guarantee of it not doing it again.

- Boring, OR, USA

problem #2

Oct 022013

Montero 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
I was driving, started hearing oozing sound then I applied brakes, very hard and won't go down. Then I pulled over the side curb and the curb stopped the card.

- Oregon, WI, USA

problem #1

Jan 312013


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the brakes failed. The contact mentioned that the ABS, emergency brake, and traction control warning lamps illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the electric motor in the hydraulic brake booster unit failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included on any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 135,000.

- Hannibal , MO, USA

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