1999 Mitsubishi Pajero iO 1.6
There are a couple of rattles here & there, the most annoying being the rattle on start up from the rear muffler, as it sounds like a broken baffle, & affects performance on & off (soon to be replaced). Other than that, everything is in perfect working order!
I used to keep cars for up to two years, but a great experience with my Suzuki Baleno Baleno GS changed that... by the time it's sold, it will be ten years! I also bought a Toyota MR2 two years ago as my fun car. Then I went looking for something that added to the Baleno's practicality, while adding a little crudity; I love to feel the mechanicals working around me! After looking at Feroza's, Rav's, Vitara's & the like, I came across this little gem. He (his name is Scrat after the Ice Age character) is just fabulous!
OK, performance is lacking with a 75kw 1.6, but he gets up to cruise readily. He can also tow a trailer, climb everything I'm likely to encounter. & is so rare it gets a lot of looks.
It also feels like a proper little truck, but if you want a family car on stilts, go for a CR-V or Rav4. This little fellow can get quite seriously dirty if required.
Value of these secondhand is fabulous. I also recommend that if you buy one you look under the following headings on Ebay; Pajero io, Pajero Pinin, Pajero TR4, Shogun Pinin. Yes, it was sold under many names worldwide, but Ebay is your friend for hard to find bits. Heck, I've just landed an interior trim kit from there! If you're in Melbourne & you see a burgundy over silver 3 door io with tinted windows, it's probably me... with my Scrat character in the back window :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th December, 2010
3rd Oct 2016, 01:54
The dreaded 2WD/4WD lights flashing is often down to the rubber hose from the front diff failing/disconnected. But you can sleeve the rubber to the diff and apply plenty of that HD (Semedyne 3000) adhesive. Spelling in doubt as I'm transliterating directly from Japanese.
Last owner, right!
Jack, the Japan Alps Brit.