2002 Mitsubishi Pajero Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2002 Mitsubishi Pajero IO TR 1.8 turbo intercooler

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo intercooler Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Brilliant

Faults:

Since I've owned this Pajero IO TR (Turbo Intercooler), the valve lifter hydraulic was knocking, but it's now disappeared after I put in some additive that's used by most Mitzi owners.

The other problem was the engine has a clicking noise when the car goes up hill. I brought it to my friend to check with computerized equipment, and it shows nothing going wrong with the engine. Finally I changed the spark plug with the Iridium type; the clicking noise almost disappeared, but still exists when the car goes uphill.

General Comments:

This SUV type car is absolutely not as comfortable as a sedan, but compared to its class competitors, the Pajero IO is a real 4WD SUV in its class, with its Super Select 4WD gear.

The turbo intercooler engine gives a big boost, and very powerful and excellent acceleration.

Rear seat cabin has less room compared to a RAV or CRV.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2007

6th Oct 2007, 06:21

Hello

Is this the 4G93 GDI DOHC TURBO model?

Are you in Australia?

I have the 4G94 normally aspirated model and would like to convert the engine.

2002 Mitsubishi Pajero GLX 3.5 petrol

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.5 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres
Previous carHonda CR-V

Summary:

Underrated alternative to Toyota/Nissan

Faults:

Not much! One electrical fault related to after market tow-bar and a premature battery failure.

General Comments:

Underrated vehicle in my opinion. A great touring car - light and easy to drive on road and capable of coping with most off-road situations. Recently performed faultlessly on 20,000km tour of Australian outback both on and off road.

Complaints so far?

- Interior quality not fantastic - marks easily and is showing it's age.

- Dust sealing on this model is poor - very noticeable when surrounded by red dust for miles!

- Drivers seat not as supportive as it could be.

- Suffers what I would say is excessive road noise for a car costing this much (especially with A/T tyres fitted.

The biggest pluses for this vehicle are:

- The auto transmission is awesome - rarely caught out and is great both on and off road.

- The interior is well thought out and has loads of very useable storage space.

Fuel "economy" is not great, but then you don't buy a car like this expecting to run it for pennies. Overall I find it a lot more user friendly than Toyota Landcruiser/Nissan Patrol and if carefully driven it can probably take you most places they will get you. The petrol versions are excellent value on the second hand market right now...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2007

21st Sep 2009, 00:25

I agree with most said here. I had one for six years and it was reliable, solid and very practical as a family wagon. Fantastic on the beach.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews