First-generation Mitsubishi Montero built for overlanding

10 Amazing Mitsubishi Montero Overland Conversions

Key takeaways

Considering a Mitsubishi Montero for overland travel?

With 4-wheel drive, plenty of interior space, and great aftermarket support, the Montero is a good option.

Here are 10 of the coolest Montero builds ever.

10 Amazing Mitsubishi Montero Builds

#10: Second Gen Montero with Roof Top Tent

  • Highlights:This blue and grey, two-toned, second-generation Montero features a roof-top tent, a rear tire rack, a lift, a snorkel, and a camp kitchen, complete with an awning for outdoor cooking.
  • Vehicle: Second Generation Montero
  • Owner:


#9: Lifted Two Door Montero with Snorkel

  • Highlights: This grey, lifted, two-door, second-gen Montero owned by @recorriendovzla4x4 is equipped with a snorkel, Baja lights, roof rack, light rack, and awning.
  • Vehicle: Second Gen Montero
  • Owner: @recorriendovzla4x4@


#8: All Black 3rd Generation Montero with Pop-Top Tent

  • Highlights: This all-black 2002 Montero, built by @mr_m0nter0 exudes style. It features a pop-top tent, two Baja Designs LP6’s, an awning, and outdoor shower setup.
  • Vehicle: 2002 Mitsubishi Montero
  • Owner: @mr_m0nter0


#7: 1999′ Montero Overland Build with 2″ Lift on 33’s

  • Highlights: This four-door 1999 Montero features a 2-inch lift on 33-inch tires, a Warn winch, slide-out rear kitchen, clamshell roof-top tent, snorkel and awning.
  • Vehicle: 1999 Mitsubishi Montero
  • Owner: @unknown


#6: Clean First Gen 4×4 Overland Montero

  • Highlights: This super clean first-generation Montero features a classic two-tone paint job, clamshell pop-top tent, snorkel, lift, and large light bar.
  • Vehicle: First Generation Montero
  • Owner: @hooniversejeff


#5: 98′ Second Gen Montero Build on 33 Inch Tires

  • Highlights: This maroon 1998 Mitsubishi Montero is a blend of style and utility. It features a rear tire mount, low-profile roof rack, Thule storage box, and 33-inch tires, snorkel, slide-out kitchen, and an awning.
  • Vehicle: 1998 Mitsubishi Montero
  • Owner: @calebwallace


#4: Rock Crawler Montero Build with Rear Kitchen

  • Highlights: This second-generation Montero is setup for rock-crawling. If features custom bumpers, rock sliders, cut fenders, a winch, roof rack, and a rear kitchen setup.
  • Vehicle: Second Gen Montero
  • Owner: @mr_pajero_montero


#3: Second Gen Montero with Straight Axle Conversion

  • Highlights: This blue, four-door, straight-axle swapped second-gen Mitsubishi Montero is setup for rock crawling. It features custom bumpers, rock sliders, and 35″ tires.
  • Vehicle: Second Generation Mitsubishi Montero
  • Owner: @the_montero_collective


#2: 4×4 Mitsubishi Montero SUV Conversion With Camper Top

  • Highlights: This lifted Mitsubishi Montero features a roof mounted tent, solar power, storage, a winch, and tons of exterior lighting.
  • Vehicle: Mitsubishi Montero
  • Owner: @deltawoodbombers


#1: Built Mitsubishi Montero Camper With Roof Rack

  • Highlights: This cool looking 1986 Mitsubishi Montero know as “The Shorty” was built by it’s owner in Costa Rica and is used for overlanding trips. This SUV camper conversion features front and rear bumpers, a lift, roof rack, and tons of other modifications.
  • Vehicle: 1986 Mitsubishi Montero
  • Owner: @shorty_overlander506


Is the Mitsubishi Montero Good for Overlanding?

There are a lot of reasons to like the Montero: It’s affordable, looks cool, & is easy to customize – but it may not be for you.

Biggest factors:

  • Reliability: Montero’s are known for their reliable V6 engines that were designed to compete with vehicles like the Land Cruiser.
  • Fuel Efficiency: Montero’s get relatively poor gas mileage (~16MPG combined) which can be a drawback to overlanders who plan to travel long distances.
  • Availability: Due to low production numbers and high mileage, good-condition Monteros are not easy to come by.
  • Cost: Montero’s are relatively inexpensive (if you can find one!).

So should you get one?

Yes! The Montero is an under-valued, looks cool, holds up off-road, and stands out in a world saturated by jeeps and Toyotas.


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