Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Thread: 06-09 Forester or 03-06 Montero

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    The Mitten
    Posts
    18

    Default 06-09 Forester or 03-06 Montero

    Hi All,

    Looking into getting a vehicle to build over the next year or so and then ship to South America to travel with during the winters. Right now I am considering these two vehicles for their relative low cost to ability ratio, but would be up for other suggestions. Looking to spend roughly 5k for the vehicle though.

    The planned usage is to travel around South America with my wife and son. I would like something that has decent Offroad ability, mostly for gravel, poorly maintained, and rough roads. No rock crawling or mudding is in the cards.

    While Iím not in S.A. the car will be with my wifeís family in Guayaquil and used as a daily driver sparingly. Please let me know your thoughts!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Kootenays, BC, Canada
    Posts
    102
    Main concern would probably be local parts/repair support, but also how much of a load you plan to have onboard regularly.
    In either case, and I might be wrong, but $5k doesn’t seem like much of a budget for either of those two once you figure in the items you will want to change out/add. Tires, probably looking at some maintenance to catch up on that previous owner neglected, etc.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    The Mitten
    Posts
    18
    Typical loadout would be myself, my wife, my son (heís two now), a duffle bag each, cooler, basic recover/repair gear, and gear for ground camping now and again. I plan on staying in hostels when we trave for the most part, but would camp occasionally.

    Looked at the payload for each:
    Forester: 1,010#
    Montero: 1,210#

    I think parts availability in S.A. would favor the Montero, but I do see Subaruís here and there. Also 5k is just the initial purchase budget. Looking to spend another 3-4K to build and perform the needed repairs. The build would be fairly simple for both: small lift/suspension refresh, skidplates, tires, lighting, and a roof rack setup.
    Last edited by Hanzo; 12-30-2017 at 08:53 PM. Reason: Add information

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Kootenays, BC, Canada
    Posts
    102
    Well, your budget for repairs/upgrades seems to favour the Subaru. You can do heavy-duty springs to better handle loads, a small lift (2”), tires and whatever else you want - assuming it does not need anything else major. That gets you into a car that gets decent fuel economy, has lots of clearance, and will be fairly comfortable to explore in.
    The Monterey mods - I’m not the one to ask about costs and what to do first. They are fairly comfy, IIRC, but will burn though more fuel. Maybe one of the Montero experts here will chime in soon.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    The Mitten
    Posts
    18
    Iíve been cross shopping suspension and protection between the two platforms and the Monty comes out ahead. But by the time I include tires itíll mostly be a wash.

    Foz suspension (springs, struts, struts spaces, and training arm spacers): about $1,295
    Foz protection: $1,300
    Monty suspension (adventure driven design kit): $1,200
    Monty protection: $360

    Itís looking like the choice comes down to 1) a smaller rig that gets better mpg, has lower cost of ownership overall, will handle the terrain I have in mind vs. 2) a larger rig with more space, more capable Offroad, great parts availability, and generally more heavy duty.

    Iím not really certain which rig would be more dependable overall though. Any thoughts?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Utah
    Posts
    6,442
    Both are good vehicles, but for 5k you will get a lot more for your money with the Montero, even more so with the later models with the 3.8 v6. When you get a minute go watch some of the youtube videos showing how well the traction control works on the Montero.
    1998 Montero with winter/locker package with Old Man Emu springs/torsion bars/shocks, ARB winch bumper, 33x10.50 km2's, aluminum roof rack with ARB awning

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    The Mitten
    Posts
    18
    Jeep-b-Montero: I was wondering what issues the third Gen Montero has? I have a fairly good idea about what to expect from a forester, but it seems problems with monteros arenít consistent.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Utah
    Posts
    6,442
    Quote Originally Posted by Hanzo View Post
    Jeep-b-Montero: I was wondering what issues the third Gen Montero has? I have a fairly good idea about what to expect from a forester, but it seems problems with monteros aren’t consistent.
    Problems seldom occur with Monteros, the earlier 3.5 motors had valve guide issues after 150k miles or so but wasn't the case with the 3.8. Inconsistent issues are usually related to how a vehicle was maintained more so than the brand.
    1998 Montero with winter/locker package with Old Man Emu springs/torsion bars/shocks, ARB winch bumper, 33x10.50 km2's, aluminum roof rack with ARB awning

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    The Mitten
    Posts
    18
    Jeep-n-Montero: I suppose youíre right about the inconsistent issues being owner related. I was just a bit hesitant after looking at the sub here and seeing the problems posted. With either vehicle i plan on performing all the scheduled services before shipping the car, so Iím sure they would both be reliable.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Kootenays, BC, Canada
    Posts
    102
    I have to say, as much as I love my Subarus, I would be leaning to the Montero if I were in your shoes.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •