Mitsubishi Pajero Reviews from Philippines

1997 Mitsubishi Pajero GLX 2.4 liter 16-valve DOHC

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.4 liter 16-valve DOHC Manual
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

I will restore it to the best of my abilities

Faults:

The elbow fitting at the engine, from the radiator, corroded causing leakage of water. Considering that it's a 12 year old vehicle, not bad.

4WD indicator light not working.

Antenna motor not working.

Power side mirror not working.

Seat wear starting to show.

Small body paint scratches.

A few more minor aesthetic problems that are either broken or missing.

General Comments:

The car was bought third hand and has been a company utility vehicle for a while. Putting in the hammering it went through before I got it, it performs superbly.

Performance-wise, the vehicle is top-notch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2012

21st Jul 2012, 22:02

I've got a 1989 Pajero that sat for 10 years. I'm also going to restore mine.

1987 Mitsubishi Pajero Estate Van 2.5 NA diesel

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.5 NA diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired214000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles

Summary:

It's practical and has great value

Faults:

Handbrake cable replaced.

Rebuilt radiator twice.

Chassis got cracked.

Starter motor bearings replaced.

General wiring problems.

General Comments:

It's a great car. It's relatively economical. I think I can get 8-12km/liter.

It can pull trailers (though since it isn't turbocharged, it has a difficulty climbing hills at full loads). 4x4 system is rugged; it has never gone wrong or stuck at the farm.

It's reasonably comfortable thanks to independent front suspension. However the rear wheels are still leaf springs, so it's not as comfortable as new cars.

The cabin is very spacious.

The engine is tough and parts are cheap. It can handle veggie oil and dirty fuel without problem or modification.

It looks pretty, so everyone gets a smile on their face whenever they see it.

Issues:

The car is VERY slow. The fastest I ever took it was 110kph. The engine is underpowered.

The body has become loose over time and so it rattles when one hits bumps. Brakes are small and weak. It's no racing car.

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

Review Date: 9th July, 2012

1989 Mitsubishi Pajero 2.6L 4 cylinder

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.6L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres

Summary:

If I could own one vehicle, this would be it

Faults:

Air-conditioning unit had a leak.

Had to replace the head gasket due to oil leaking, especially if I use Mobile 1 Delvac.

General Comments:

It's a tank. It will go where you want it to go. Just don't expect it to be comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2008

1987 Mitsubishi Pajero Basic 2.5 turbo diesel

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Robust!

Faults:

The bearings of the differential got stocked up during the morning.

General Comments:

This SUV is very reliable when maintained well, it's almost invincible and can be used almost on all terrain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2006

1996 Mitsubishi Pajero 2.5-liter 8-valve, inline-4 SOHC turbo-Intercooled

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5-liter 8-valve, inline-4 SOHC turbo-Intercooled Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance196555 kilometres

Summary:

A Good car for your money. Quite cheap to run and lasts really long

Faults:

Tie rod end failed- 156332kms

Ball joint wrecked- 157001kms

Shock absorbers worn out- 112555kms

Tires worn out- 70056kms, 155034kms

Air-con blows out dog breath- 123555kms

Clutch problem, unable to shift- 177543

Engine became smoky many times- 45663kms, 90966kms, 117545kms, 160993kms, 166543kms, 194332kms,

Alternator bearing- 190423kms

Engine became a blow by (begins burning oil) - 187368kms

4WD system problems- 180555kms

Rear brake lights busted- 177559kms

Headlights busted- 170440kms

Braking problems- 185440kms

Overheating problems- 140322kms

Big time battery problem- 23954kms

Engine suddenly stalled on the road- 5 times, 95192kms, 116444kms, 121440kms, 156429kms, 177543kms, 194956kms

I keep track of the booboos this car encounters.

General Comments:

Even though it's not quite good in performance, this car is utterly reliable. It's still running up to now, even though it has lived for almost 200,000kms. However, I'm about to sell it because it has been encountering TONS of problems, literally.

The Pajero is one of the best off-roaders out there, hands down. Despite having a very lethargic, weak and smoke-belching diesel (imagine a 2.5-liter that has 99hp and 240Nm of torque pulling a 1.6-ton SUV), it's adequate for the Philippines' jammed pack roads. It's off-roading capabilities are great, but don't expect it to conquer the peak of Mt. Pinatubo.

About the performance, it's OK. In normal Philippine roads (jammed pack with traffic and full of ruts, potholes and bumps), it performs quite well, I might say. Powered by a 2.5-liter diesel that churns out 99hp and 240Nm of torque, it gives a steady and safe acceleration. Wait a sec? Holy **** Take two!

OK, powered by a 2.5-liter diesel that churns out 99hp and 240Nm of torque, it accelerates this 1.6-ton SUV veeeeeeery slowly like a snail.

It's soooo slow that even a tiny Kia Pride with a 1.1-liter engine can overtake it in a jiffy!

Overtaking big trucks or other slowpokes in a highway takes patience and calculation, plus the correct shifting time, blah blah blah, as the acceleration is slow, slow, slow.

However, it's a bit adequate for the everyday commute.

Together with the meager performance is a mixed bag fuel mileage. In one trip with my family and friends to Baguio (summer capital of the Philippines, that's 9 people, including the driver), the fuel mileage swung back and forth, depending on the road condition. City driving returns 7km/L, highway driving about 10km/L, and on uphill climbs, even the gentle ones, it returns a measly mileage of approximately 3-5km/L!

But in off-roading, the Pajero shows its aces. It can go through jagged terrain without fuss, despite the meager engine. It can go over rocks and totally messed up trails, it can sink deep in water, ruining the brakes and the alternator bearing, but still keeps on running, and it can climb up steep slopes, albeit struggling like the Big Show pulling an 18-wheeler truck with his own body up a steep hill. The front double wishbones and rear rigid axle with 3-link coil spring keeps it cool, to ensure that "everything's just fine".

In normal Philippine roads, there's a downside to that suspension setup. The ride is popsicle stick firm with a big capital F, as the cabin suffers from huge and uncomfortable jerks that plague this cabin. It can even shudder in the smallest ruts. It's even noisy, as the Pajero goes over humps, the suspensions clanks noisily. Body roll is evident, but not as excessive as the one in the pre-2002 Ford Expedition.

Steering is very light and non-existent (meaning it gives very little or no feedback), as it's geared for ease of use rather than reaction. You can't even feel that you're steering on a front pair of massive 15-inch tires. Plus, the turning radius is large.

Brakes are excellent. They bring this 1.6-ton SUV to a dead halt in just a short time, aspiring confidence. However, the brake pedal is a bit spongy.

On the inside, it defies the exterior. The Pajero outside is a large brute, that deceives.

The inside is smaller than you'd expect. The space is even rather small, and compact SUVs like the RAV4 and CR-V may have more space than this. What's more, the seats are hard and firm, just like the chassis. Better place leather covering to soften up the seats.

The front seats are great, as it's airy and supportive despite being firm. The driver's seat however, is upright and truck-like. The middle row's support areas are in the wrong places and is best for 2 people only. The rear's just torture, as the space is skimpy and sitting right over the coil spring. For the people in the 2nd and last row, expect to have a sore back and butt on a 2-hour journey. People in the front should be just fine.

For the radio, it's user-unfriendly, as it's chock full of small and fiddly buttons that requires a manual to operate. However, it brings out a good sound though.

The aircon in this car is excellent. There's at least 1 vent for everyone here. It's also cold, and it cools down the cabin in no time, even under intense heat.

The quietness is so-so. You can hear the diesel engine growling away all the time, but the tires at least are quiet, until you surpass 80km/h.

Overall, despite its cons, it's still a solid choice that'll last really long. Running costs are cheap.

This man reviewing about this vehicle is in the Philippines. Some of the things said may not be true in other countries.

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

Review Date: 14th April, 2006

4th Sep 2007, 08:24

Right now I'm driving a road-worthiness-passed Pajero 1987 2.5 TD with "only" 551,000 KM on the odo. The most recent engine exhaust measurement achieved a score of 2.89 whereas the limit is 3; not bad at all for an engine that age. And it's been inexpensive to service and repair at my local service station.

But it's time to trade her in for a newer set of wheels and I'm aiming for a 1999 Pajero 2.8TDi Auto. I anticipate many more years of reliable driving with this.

Remember, the non-secret to ensuring a long life for your Pajero is servicing at the required intervals, no bad treatment, and occasional additive to keep fuel lines clean.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 9 reviews