really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,560 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Montero brakes problems

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2003 Mitsubishi Montero Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 092013

Montero 6-cyl

  • miles


My hydraulic brake stop working I have to use the emergency brake the repair is 2500 my car is a 2003 with 90000 mile.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #4

Feb 032011


  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero. While the driver was traveling approximately 40 mph and was applying pressure to the brake pedal, the brakes did not respond. There was a light blinking on the instrument panel and an alarm went off. The contact stated the emergency brake was pulled in order for the vehicle to come to come to a stop. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 190,000.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 052010

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
I have a 2003 Montero limited and suddenly my brakes failed and the car had a high piercing noise. I had the car towed to a near by Mitsubishi dealer in marlow heights Maryland only to be told that if it was the accumulator they would fixed it at no charge. However, after their review it they said it was the hydraulic brake booster and it would cost me $2500 after taking it to another mechanical shop I was told it was the accumulator and the part was $228 plus labor charges.

- Capital Heights, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 262009


  • 107,800 miles
In 2007 I had the brakes to my 2003 mitsubushi Montero limited replaced because I felt they my truck would not stop as desired. After having the brakes replaced it appears that the problem became worse. I took my vehicle back to the dealer and they assured me that there was nothing wrong with the brakes. In Dec 2007 I tried stopping in less than 3 inches of snow. My truck would not stop, I almost had an accident. When I hit the brakes it sounded and felt like the brakes were grinding or even a crunching sound. When driving in dry conditions the brakes appear to work very well but in wet or snow conditions it does not handle at all. Since then the front brakes was again replaced in Nov 2008. Again on 27 Jan 2009 I tried stopping in less than 2 inches of snow and the truck did not stop. I had to drive on the curb in order to stop. I was on a residential street and was driving less than 20 miles per hour. My brakes does not work in snow conditions or even in extremely wet conditions.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 052006

Montero 4WD 2-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Recent incident of right back wheel displaying excessive noise and impairing driving, as well as repeated incidents of brake wear, malfunction and excessive brake noises. Repeated replacement of rear right rotor. Driver was in fear for her safety.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

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