1984 Mitsubishi Pajero Review from Australia and New Zealand

1984 Mitsubishi Pajero NB 2.6 petrol

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance320000 kilometres

Summary:

My big baby

Faults:

Rust in passenger sill is main problem now.

Had no reverse, so I traveled 1500 km to get second hand one in good nick.

Blew a head gasket at 310,000 km, but was my fault as I drove in thick mud and then slow through dense bushland; should have washed it down.

It (radiator at least) is now fitted with a bonnet scoop. It loves this in traffic, cools it down in minutes. I was lucky as both the air intake and extractors are on the same side. Extra electric fan is on the way.

I fitted a new timing chain myself 2 weeks after I got it for 100 bucks. No problems from that at all, along with a new water pump as the old one leaked out the breather under the snout.

New water and fuel hoses helped too. She loves a bit of grease to make it turn a bit better, but I suggest you do a few weights for shopping centers.

General Comments:

Great car in mud up to windows.

Would recommend a high exhaust for all cars in this respect. I have had this car up to 130kmh and it handles, although I have wide tires on it 225 60 15, as well as combined 600 watts of light on front through to relays; lets you see better at speed.

I fitted a wood steering wheel; it lets you feel the road.

Also extra dash gauges for oil and temp and roll gauge.

I fitted a rear spoiler to the roof; it looks great and sucks the dust down, as well as keeping the car a bit steady at speed, and has a taillight in it.

I won the money for the new rims and tires at the local footy club, thanks Souths.

It likes the sand and I don't let my tires down; just engage the 4x4 from the cab and put in high 2nd and or 3rd. My tip is practice in small sections, and make sure you uni joints are in good nick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd March, 2008

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review