A real car, a real 4x4!
Left hand upper ball joint needed replacement shortly after purchase.
Right hand upper ball joint followed shortly thereafter.
Starter motor needed rebuilding, as clutch mechanism failed.
In a very short timeframe, the engine started billowing steam from the exhaust, after which investigation revealed a small crack in the cylinder head. Cylinder head and gasket replaced.
One part of the exhaust developed a crack and needed replacement.
My car is a whopping 17 years old and originally imported from Japan. Some repairs may be expensive, but for a car that has been driven (and hammered by some) as an everyday vehicle, with this age and mileage, I consider this to be an extremely reliable car.
The leather interior is fantastic, and so are the heated seats. The huge sun roof is very pleasant.
It is definitely not a fast car, and acceleration is very slow, especially when cold. The low horse power makes it pretty good in MPG on the motorways, but also not the most ideal car to tow a heavy load. The fact that this is an automatic adds to this. The Pajero shifts back to lower gear quite early with a trailer behind it, while not being able to accelerate appreciably. Ultimately you do get used to modulating the accelerator in a manner to get the best torque/speed and acceleration "performance".
Off road performance is excellent with the right tires. Locking differential, low gear and everything else you need is reliable and smooth. Road clearance is what you should expect.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th August, 2009