Sudden Unintended Animation
With the all the bad publicity the Montero Sport is having now, the fate of the 2016 model doesn’t look promising. The alleged SUA caused a wound so deep, that even tricycle drivers near my house veer away when a Montero Sport parks or crosses its path. The stigma is real. You can thank the video clips circulating around social media and the biased reporting of TV Patrol for the new model’s premature death. I may not have the full technical prowess to convince people to change their minds, but my family owes this SUV a big thank you for the years of service. Enough to compel me to write about my experience with the Montero Sport in defense against SUA claims.
My mom bought a Montero Sport way back in 2009, I remember that was first year it was launched officially in our shores. With the Fortuner already the leader in the IMV segment that time, the Montero Sport posed itself as a worthy challenger. On paper specs, it toppled the Fortuner and on the actual drive, it did not disappoint either. I was rooting for the Fortuner and made every effort to turn the tides against the purchase of a Montero Sport. I find the Fortuner very macho and manly while the Montero lacking in aesthetics. I failed miserably of course, simply because whoever holds the power of the purse has the final say. A few days after making a reservation, my mom and I went to CarWorld Pampanga. We came early morning and by mid-afternoon the grin on our faces and the universal feeling of new car owners was upon us. I remember when we drove it out of CarWorld it only came with 10 liters of fuel, the low fuel warning light’s glare was stone cold. Our first stop was the adjacent Shell gas station a few meters away, pretty disappointing. It came with free tint and EWD (early warning device). I remember we had to beg for a freebie in the form of an umbrella. As soon as we got home we took pictures with our Monty. From that point forward, we never had any major issues with the Montero Sport, not even a sighting of the alleged SUA ghost.
Return of the comeback
Mom’s Montero Sport was a good purchase that my Father bought the beefed up version which came in the form of the Montero Sport GLS-V back in January 2012. The comfortable suspension was the main driving point that led him to the decision. The additional ponies (horse power) made it a dream to drive on the expressway, you just forget the speed limit as you stomp on the pedal, the fastest thing I drove on four wheels. I on the other hand bought a second hand Fortuner V 2006 model a few months before his purchase, the stock Fortuner had a harsh ride. So harsh that my Father opted to buy another Montero even if my Mom already drives one. I was able to observe the pros and cons of both the Montero Sport and Fortuner as a consumer and a daily driver. Most of all, from 2009 until January 2015 when we sold our last Montero Sport, we have never experience any Sudden Unintended Acceleration. I alone racked up 35 thousand kilometers driving my father’s Montero (he later sold it to me a little over a year after he bought it). We also drove it weekly from QC to Pampanga and fuel cost was no more than a mind blowing Php500 back and forth. Just to set the record straight, we sold them way before the SUA claims came out and it was a business move as they were bought way above their current market value. A good example was my mom’s 2009 Montero Sport was bartered to 1M worth of dried corn that she used as ingredients for animal feeds, the valuation was 700K at that time for her Montero Sport.
My two centavos
The Montero Sport shares the same engine and specs with the Strada, why the alleged SUA happens only to the Montero Sport escapes me. Surely this would have affected the venerable Strada as well if there was a grain of truth in it. The alleged SUA happens only to Monty’s with automatic transmission, which is all too fishy in the first place. The Montero Sport is manufactured in Thailand and is sold to different countries with the same specs as the ones sold in our shores, how odd that all the cases and claimants all came from our beloved country? Is it possible that only the defective units are shipped here? Probably a Trojan horse so Mitsubishi can take over our country? Or do our road conditions turn them into wildlings? The timing of the SUA issue coincides with the release of the New Model. Just today I saw a 2016 Montero Sport on the road and my suspicion was up to my nose. I am a member of Facebook page for Montero users with over a thousand owners, not one has stood up to claim they have experienced the SUA ghost. These are facts, it is up to people if they will do the math or jump in the bandwagon. Thank you for reading!