1989 Mitsubishi Pajero Super Wagon 3.0 V6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Sunroof - Leaking and surrounding corroded when purchased, covered with duct tape.
Leaking engine oil - Tappet cover gaskets, crank end oil seal - not repaired, just regular topping up once a week.
Starter motor - Failed due to contamination from leaking engine oil.
Air conditioner - serviced after purchase and refilled with R134a. Cooled to 1.8C at the evaporator cooler!
Rear axle oil leak - Left side oil seal leaking when purchased, fixed when rear brakes were replaced.
Gear box - slight noise when driving, cured by changing oil and adding trans treatment.
Clutch hydraulics leaking - Master and slave cylinders replaced.
Front steering stabilizer link bushes - replaced.
Replaced air filter, HT leads, spark plugs, engine oil and filter as general maintenance after purchase, plus front brake pads.
Rear speakers needed replacing.
Front CV outer boots replaced.
My first 4X4, was impressed by high quality of engineering and manufacture, was tight as a drum even at its age & mileage. No wonder Mitsubishi won the Paris-Dakar rally so many times that they lost count!
Best seating position of any car by a mile. Excellent all round visibility. Comfortable suspension, and the front seats are great at soaking up bumps.
All replacements and failures can be attributed to general maintenance, old age/mileage or lack of maintenance by previous owners.
Converted to Dual-Fuel LPG after purchase. Ran like a dream at half the cost of petrol. Fitted an upper cylinder lubrication kit.
Most importantly, the impeccable bullet-proof reliability made me such Pajero fan that I upgraded to a Gen 2 Pajero...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th April, 2013