Baseline: The Start of the Build

I bought this 2.5 Winter Package with 121,234 miles on the odo. It had been sitting in the Southern Utah sun for at least two summers. The vehicle came from City of Industry, California and was bought by the PO in St. George, Utah in 2004. So, no rust issues. It appears to have never left pavement.

The seller indicated that he bought the Monty from a shop eight months previous where the PO had them replace the timing belt, TB tensioner, valve stem guides, water pump, all related gaskets, hoses and belts. The PO then couldn’t pay the bill, so the shop liquidated the Monty after it sat there for several months. All the work appears legit upon inspection, lots of new parts under the hood, but I’d sure feel better with a piece of paper in my hand from the shop telling me so.


The interior needs a handful of tiny instrument panel lights, the power driver’s seat only moves vertically, the front Infinity speakers are finite, but outside of that it’s cherry. I was surprised to find that the middle row seats work as they were engineered to (something lost along the way to GEN III), as does the sunroof. And having been a detailer in my much earlier years, the fact that it appears no children were ever transported in this vehicle is a big plus. Despite the usual wear on the driver’s seat, the interior is pristine. Score.

We’ve dubbed it The Nomad.

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