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One of the best 4 x 4 vehicles I have owned. Performs exceptionally well in deep soft sand as well as mud.and looks great on the road. Excellent value for money!!
4x4 is great
Don't expect parts to be available all the time, have been waiting over a month for a part. No one can advise when available. Have had steering arm replaced excess wear two year old, had a recall automatic transmission tension adjustment no working. Other than that fuel eco good tows very well. Comfortable
The good, the bad and the?
I brought mr vrx model nov 2013 and now have 34000k;s on it. For the purpose I brought it< towing a 2.5 tonne caravan it surpasses all my expectations. What ever the conditions it handles it with ease and the diesel engine has more than enough torque to keep up with the petrol heads that race to pass you because you are towing.
Interior wise elctonic heated front seats are a blessing as is the rest of the seating. Dash layout is easily viewed through the steering wheel and the control are well set out.
Running costs I found I can get 1000klms ...
Could Have Been The Best
Bought new 15 months ago & now have 20K km on clock. Never been off road, so can't comment on that aspect.
Use it to tow Cruiseliner caravan & as daily driver. Performs those tasks with ease.
Dealer servicing only average.
Problems are with Communication System. Bluetooth with iPhone 5 fails regularly. Maps & GPS are worse than hopeless. The GPS is so bad, I would almost rate it as dangerous.
Vehicle is noisy at highway speed. Speedo is difficult to read. Spare tyre position is an issue with nearly all towing situations.
Despite the abov...
nm pajero 3.5 auto petrol
awsome 4wd getting 12litres per hundred averaged over 15 full tanks.Has extractors and ran slick 50 in motor .Think these assisted good economy for 2100kg car.Drives awsome family love its well thought out features .fold down seat is brilliant ,,will upgrade to nt diesel later ..Had 4 gq patrols and 80 series petrol hiluxes etc ..pajero best one by far for allrounder
No complaints at all
2005 NP Pajero with 345000 kms, bought ex government at 90K. do regular engine oil and filter changes(does not burn oil), no electrical issues, no other maint on motor,serviced the auto once, flushed and changed radiator coolant once, original radiator hoses, changed fan and air con belts once, only mechanical failure was loose bolts on the intake and made noise, last set of tyres 110K with only 2 wheel alignments(not a lot of off road and then only sand) seats are now getting uncomfortable and springs are sagging. time for a new Pajero i think.
I had the choice of the Ford Everest, Discovery and the Toyota Prado and Fortuner. Budget $70k. Researched and drove all. Sold my 3 year old Jeep and bought a GLS Pajero. Done 7,500 kms without any issues. Great on beach and as a daily long commuter. Solid vehicle which performs well on all surfaces. Nothing fallen off and no issues whatsoever. Jeep always niggled me about reliability and the odd limp mode at inconvenient times was a concern although it had great off road capability. I want a vehicle that I can be confident that will get me th...rough the Simpson Desert and the Pajero has a solid reputation for being reliable. I have added snorkel, towbar, AT tyres and bull bar. Total on road was $58k Best value in the market. Many would say it's old technology but when you are on an island or in the bush it's comforting to know that there is proven reliability under the bonnet. Overall a comfortable truck that has plenty of power and space and well worth a look if you want a great tow car that will last 300,000 kms without issues.
A Terrible Vehicle Never Again
12 months ago i bought an NT Pajero with about 80000km on the clock. It has been an awful car one we will be getting rid of ASAP. We live on a dirt track but didn't expect the poor quality of this vehicles components. From Day dot nearly every cheap plastic handle has broken. All 4 interior roof handles fell off, 3 of the 4 external door handles broke, Rear Vision Mirror fell of, Rear Door Rattles, A weird lower end sound, Faulty headlamp (high beam switch) Side mirrors Rattle and electrics broke needed replacement, Faulty rear Seat belt x2, Sa...fety Recall and terrible follow up warranty service from Mitsubishi Darwin. The vehicle is way to harsh on any dirt road creating a noisy uncomfortable ride. If you plan to drive these vehicles on any unsealed Road then forget about any of the later model Pajeros! Pure piece of Junk they truly are. The motor and economy have been good.
rear door unable to be opened when towing.
I had a 2004 np Pajero and found it to be a very reliable vehicle I have now purchased an NX 2015 Pajero with the spare wheel lift kit a very big improvement over the np. I have replaced the coupling on my van and the car with a McHitch automatic trailer coupling as it has a low profile of only 125mm and also no height requirements as with a 50mm ball coupling so now the rear door is able to be opened with around 10mm clearance over the hitch and hand brake.
Just bought a 2015 Pajero NX GLX another one, No3. So I am a happy Pajero owner.
We had a NP Pajero, did 80K in that and just sold our 2012 NW, 116K and replaced it with a 2015 Pajero NX. We found the Pajero a very useful vehicle, economical, have seen 7.8 lt/100k on the highway probably going with the wind, average 10-11 lt/100k mixed driving. Towing a 1700 kilo Pop Top caravan between 11.5 - 16 lt/100k again depending on wind direction. Found the Pajero did well on the limited 4WDriving we did and had no mechanical problems. We did look at the opposition, the Ford Everest, Toyota Futura and Isuzu MU X and decided that for the price the Pajero came out well on top. A well designed, proven, roomy, versatile 4WD. Ran the tyres between 35-40 psi.
Love that car!
First 3 weeks of driving and impression is wow!!!!! Everything we judge is the way we compare things, right? So here is the list of the Utes and 4x4 wagons that I've personally tested before making the final decision: 2016 Ford Ranger 3.2, 4x4, auto, space cab-$59000, 2016 Holden Colorado LT, 4x4, auto, space cab-$45000, 2016 Toyota Hilux (new one) SR-5 4x4, auto -$55000, 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Loredo Diesel 4x4, auto (my wife drives one) and I did not tested Toyota Prado only because the new model has the same motor as Hilux and I did not ...like it at all. Holden Colorado: very noisy, agricultural, sluggish, feels like a truck, interior is very dull. Ford Ranger: loved it, almost everything except the price tag, I would have to add up a canopy, so it's extra $5K to 8K ... The total came to $65000+ for work vehicle? It did not make sense to me. Jeep Grand Cherokee: I love to drive it, amazing car for money-$54000, comfortable, handling and performance are amazing, same is fuel economy-9L in city driving and my wife is quite heavy on a pedal, looks great too. My issue with it that there is so much electronics in it that I'm not sure of the reliability on a long run. And Yes it is a little bit smaller then I need. So here I came to the point: Pajero ticks all the boxes for me, very good handling, good performance,very comfortable (for me), simple and reliable (as most Pajero owners say), boxy body which I need to fit my tools in, very quiet, YES it is quiet and it is economical. In City driving it's between 10 and 11L per 100k and It's only 1100 km on a clock. One negative though, terrible design of instruments, the Tacho and Speedo are not facing the driver, so it is very hard to see. They kind of seat on a about 5 degrees to the sides. But stereo is good, digital radio and so on. Thats all negative I've got. Any way, I really enjoy driving Pajero every day and I think this is one of the best compromises between road car and hard core 4x4.
Pajero NT - 4 years ownership
Just sold my NT 2011 Pajero. Completed 100k Kms trouble free. Only had basis service was completed every 10K Kms and did not go near a MMC dealership. Still had the original disk brake pads and this was a cheap car to own. Was told by a mechanic not to have tappets adjusted unless they become noisy, which they did not. Pajero has a out dated interior and suspension is noisy. Motor and auto gear box are great and trouble free. Pity MMC does not complete a major update on the interior.
2015 PAJERO MY16 model
We purchased a new pajero gls my16 model so far we have found it excellent in quality and comfort.
We do like the new stereo /app centre however was disappointed that it does not come with an inbuilt sat nav. that was in the earlier model. instead this uses your phone linked into the system via apple play which is fine if you have phone reception.
The car is quiet and powerful and we look forward to many years trouble free driving. 1 final point would of liked the option of all terain tyres instead of highway tryes as we intend to go bush wit...
Only iPhone 4 compatible with audio, lazy suspension, lots of road noise, no rear air, never get comfortable in seating, bad carpet always dirty hard to clean, city 4wd only, good on fuel, reasonable response but ow so noisy, hard to get wheel atonement correct scrubbed out 3 sets of tyres in 100000 k/m, squeaks & rattles from new and sucks dust on fresh and recycle mode. Very disappointed going back to Toyota.
One of the best all round medium sized 4wd vehicles
Having owned and driven almost all serious hardcore 4x4 vehicles and a lot of soft roaders I found the Pajero to be an excellent and well balanced 4WD touring vehicle. Not the most hardcore 4x4 there is but it does hold it own. On road it performs just as well. If you are looking for only a heavy duty 4x4 and are happy to sacrifice on road performance, Land Rover defenders, Nissan Patrols, Mercedes Benz G wagons or 80, 100 or 200 series Land Cruisers may be a better option. The same goes for on road, buy an BMW or ML Mercedes if on road is your...thing. As a solid performer both in pretty heavy duty off-road stuff and car like on road manners, the Pajero for me is a top performer. It is solid, great value for money, practical and reliable. With a little after market upgrades you will still have good on road manners and increased off road performance. Having owned a number of the top medium 4WD's the Pajero is my pick of the bunch. You may also want to consider the Land Cruiser Prado, which is a little more expensive but seems to hold its second hand value a little better and has a few more aftermarket options and accessories. The question of which is better between the Prado and Pajero is as old as when the first model Prado was released. In my personal opinion, (owing both a Toyota Prado and Mitsubishi Pajero), there is not much between these if anything at all. Where one does a little better in one aspect, the other compensates for it in another. Never missed a beat and I am a very happy customer. Update: I have now owned my much loved Pajero for 3 and a half years. I have thrown everything at it, from long extended remote touring journeys to hardcore deep rutted near impossible tracks ( some of which I could not do but even heavy lifted and modified vehicles got unstuck). It handled everything with ease and I have not had one single issue with reliability nor did I have to spend any money on it apart from routine maintenance. I can highly, highly recommend the Mitsubishi Pajero to anyone in the market for a medium true four wheel drive. Well rounded capable 4WD tourer Back door can't open when towing, some dust do enter cab on long dusty journeys
Great beach car
Pajero io great little car low range and centre diff locks goes anywhere.
Good points awesome 4x4 ability . Easy to park great visibility can take a beating day in day out and never broke down. Top speed 170km great lsd diff.
Bad points - seat wears out not made for 100kg person could do with a 2 litre fuel economy lucky to get 12 l per 100 km fuel tank is to small only like 50 litre and fuel gauge is not accurate. Also can't put bigger tyres on as they hit the front strut also car to get parts for quite a rare car .
Great for learners drivers as it is easy to drive .
Great Jigger for touring
We once or twice a year go for a long drive for 6 or more weeks towing a off road hard floor camper. we are on our third Pajero since 2001 - NJ 2.8L did 360k, NP 3.2 did 320k and had a NX for 4 months and already done 18k. Only issue was the NP clutch needed replacing due to wear at 270K. This NX pajero has just done a 13k trip to WA travelling outback roads and terrific with the exception of less legroom for the front seat passenger and squeeking plastic on the dash when the sun comes out and it heats up on corrugated roads. Bloody terrific Jigger for towing the long distances to see this great country. Fuel consumption this trip was amazing. One thing on my wish list would be a bigger fuel tank.
Amazingly well designed and competent vehicle.
THE 2000 and onwards Pajero does pretty much everything well. I have a late 2008 3.2 DiD 16 valve 4 cylinder turbo diesel auto (4M41), my parents have a 2003 Exceed with the 3.5 24 valve V6 cylinder petrol auto (6G74). Both vehicles are serviced every 7500 kms by our trusty regional Mitsubishi dealership, and we have enjoyed over 150,000 kms of trouble free motoring in both cars in a wide range of road and off-road conditions. The only mods from standard are alloy tube-type 'roo bars, extra driving lights, spare wheel lift kits, and All-Terrai...n tyres (specifically Hankook AT-M, RF-10). Both Pajeros are comfortable, well designed and built, very reliable and easy to drive. They have a feeling of being solidly constructed and sit on the road in a confidence inspiring way. The worse the conditions get, the more the competence of the chassis, and the superior AWD / 4WD system shines through. They are great comfortable tourers on road, surprisingly capable off-road, and very well built towing rigs. It is true the hitch on a caravan will stop your tailgate opening, but a simple inexpensive lift kit for the spare wheel mostly fixes that. To get the door open further than half-way (which the lift kit allows), just park with your car turned to the right when loading / unloading, creating a 45 degree angle between the car and caravan. The door opens almost, if not completely all-the-way; at the same time; and the 'van is not bashing your shins every-time you approach the now easily accessible open doorway ! FUEL ECONOMY IN THE REAL WORLD. We have 3 teenager sons, two of which are well over 6 feet tall. Plus 3 large dogs. That adds well over 300 kilos to the vehicle's weight beyond the usual 2 adults. With the Diesel auto, we get between 12 and 16 liters per 100 km around town. The more time spent stationary (in traffic) the higher (worse) the numbers climb. 12 liters per 100 is easily achievable by avoiding highly congested roads in town. If you are a bit careful with your hard-earned and get stuck in stationary traffic, put her in neutral, hand-brake on, switch off the engine. Instantly saves fuel ! If it's hot , put the windows down a bit. With most turbo-diesels, you have to learn to drive them right to get the best fuel economy. Strangely, being a little more aggressive on the throttle, but keeping the revs in the correct range improves fuel economy; it gets the engine on the turbo-boost quicker, and if you keep the engine revs between about 1900 and 2600 RPM on the tacho, you use less fuel than if you just drive like there are eggshells under your right foot. There is no point revving the turbo-diesel hard, it makes the maximum mix of torque and power at about 3000 RPM. When towing, we use the auto transmission in "sports manual" mode, we keep the revs between 2200 and 3200 RPM for power, and as close to 2200 RPM as possible for economy. That means a maximum speed of about 90 km/h in FOURTH GEAR, avoid using fifth unless it's is slightly downhill - that also saves the transmission from getting too hot (which means prolonging transmission life).
Reliable family car
2003 model 2.2 liter diesel. 220,000 km. Great car to drive has been reliable for 12 years. tows well. Great mileage (diesel 2.2 di) usually do 9/10 liter per 100 round town or on highway. Major problems are dual flywheel collapsed at 160,000 which we replaced with a solid flywheel. Fuel gauge circuit board problems needed to re-solder the circuit board) and since about 200,000 sticky 2nd gear when cold but apparently castrol oil fixes that.
Big disapointment on after sales service and lack of warranty
We have had our Pajero for almost 2years from brand new. The car was brought for my husband until it become the family car I drove as it was a safer car. I was hesitate at first not wanting such a big car but it is a joy to drive and the extra features like the reversing camera make it feel like a much more manageable car. In comparison to other cars in its range I found the features for the Pajero were over and above the competition especially in comparison to price.
We had capped price servicing however especially with Mitsubishi being so ...far away and the fact that it is actually more expensive than your log book service with a mechanic we have not had our car serviced at Mitsubishi and for that I am glad as their after sales service is not amongst the best I have seen. (I will give Toyota great after sales servicing and genuinely cheaper capped price servicing) Before a road trip we experience a technical problem with the car and contacted the service centre for some problem solving only to be told they wouldnt assist us or let us talk to a technition regarding the issue. My husband tested our battery after 18 months and being the car his wife and child drive most decided it was best to replace it. Unfortunately little did we know that then voided the warranty on our battery tray and Mitsubishi charged us $80 for the privilege of telling us it wasnt covered. Rather than being proactive and asking us one or two questions over the phone they would rather us bring it in so we can be charged for the two minutes it took to open the bonnet. Reading reviews this seems like a common issue that is not covered. Our CD player also broke. The model we have has the ability to use a SD card to play music which is amazing but our daughters nursary rhymes are on CDs. When this broke we looked into getting it fixed. We were told they could definately see an error but a CD was jammed which they couldnt remove and asked for permission to send it away giving us a list of senarios where the costs wouldnt be covered under warranty. Luckily for us it was a genuine CD and it was replace. Overall we have been happy with our car but the after sales service or lack there of has left a bad taste in our mouths.
Back door problems
We have had trouble with the back door since the car was quite new. On some occasions it takes over 10 attempts before it will close. Most times it is 3-7 slams. The scariest thing is it has actually opened up twice accidentally while we were driving along. Luckily it was a dirt road, and we weren't going fast, and our 17 year old dog or groceries didn't tumble out the back! It has been back to the dealer twice for repair, and it's happened again just recently. Going back in tomorrow. I'm worried Mitsubishi will no longer honour the warranty, even though it is the same problem that doesn't seem to have been fixed from the first complaint. Has anyone else had this issue?
Driving my fourth Pajero.
Phenomenal fuel economy for a vehicle that weighs around two tonnes. I have had low 8's which is better than 30 miles per gallon in real language. I tow a lot and like everyone have trouble with the tailgate. A pretty poor design flaw is that, especially when you consider a vehicle like this is going to be used for towing
Fantastic ability on gravel roads, there isn't a vehicle that will keep up, these are just great.
Over the past couple of weeks, my backside has ached after a long drive. Has anyone suffered a driver seat failure as this is ...
love my mitzy,2000 .paj,exl.
i have had my pajero for about 9 going on 10 yrs and except for fixing lots of stuff do to a doggy mechanic i have found it great, i have driven everywhere in her towed my camper trailer off road,she handles well and if kept service is good for her size and weight on fuel ,comfortable and roomy, took very back seats out and don't use them, could n]be a bit longer if your going to sleep in back as you have to take back bench seat all way out as it folds down and up not back is its only fault. i like my 4x4 and will when the time comes buy another newer model and if i could get a deisel in auto that would be it .
Great car with only one issue
I have been driving it since years and recently bought Pajero 3.5L Option 1 2015 model. To my surprise the brakes make big time noise when you reverse the car. The dealer says that issue is there since two years and MJ has not been able to fix this. However, there are no issues with the reliability of the brakes. If you can live with the sound, its a great car to have and best priced in this segment!
Converted to A JTG Gas coversion Kit
My experience with this 2000 Pajero is very pleasant. Bought it from Metro Family Cars at Five Dock in Sydney for $10,000.00 in 2011. The odometer reading was 176K. Got JTG kit fitted by a V&S LPG Kits at Croydon, recommended by LPG Warehouse of Melbourne. The Dyno test curve indicated the power boost was significant over the petrol performance. Since then the car runs extremely good. Very good in gas.Gives 275km per 50 litre gas tank fill on a highway or 240km per tank of gas in city. Never drove on Petrol but topped the full tank every 3 mont...hs with 15 litres of petrol. Only minor serving costs so far. It misfired an year ago. No one could find the reason. Finally Goff & Sons at Ramford Rd, Marayong tested and asked me to change the computer. I got one from ebay with the matching ignition key of the car from which they removed the computer from a wrecker for $250.00. The mechanic refitted and started the car. It worked too good. Now a little sound is being experienced when de-accelerating the car for stopping on a red light. Mechanic says it could be a worn out bearing in the front diff gear box. Took it to a transmission mechanic who tested it. He says it could be the unevenly worn front tyres. Still don't know the exact cause but appears to be a small repair.
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