1989 Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed 2.5 turbo diesel, intercooled from Australia and New Zealand
Comfortable, quick, but makes a horror story Discovery look reliable!
Consider this: I paid $18000NZD, spent $54000NZD on repairs, then sold the car $for 5000NZD. It blew 7 heads, 2 blocks and head gaskets by the truckload.
At least parts are cheap!
It was comfy, it would seat 7 in comfort.
I clocked it at 165kph.
The engine was revvy, so performance was good.
Handling, by 80's SUV standards, was surprisingly good; take note Land Rover.
The radio was not worth stealing, because unless you happened to have a high specced Japanese import, the radio (bigger than the glovebox almost!) would not fit your car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st April, 2005
5th Jul 2005, 05:29
This guy should be locked up for the way he treated his car! I own the same model of Pajero as he reviewed and I can say with certainty that his driving habits were the cause of his mechanical problems. Diesels cannot be driven with the same heavy boot that petrol models can, I drive my Paj at between 2000 and 2800 revs. It is certainly not revvy unless I have my foot to the floor and the needle jumping to the 4500 rev red line. I have driven my Paj over 320,000 kms of harsh Australian outback and never had a single problem with the sturdy and robust power plant.
19th Jul 2005, 04:30
Greg here, I must agree and say that my Mitsubishi Exceed 1989 2.5 5 speed diesel turbo inter-cooler has been perfect,only reconditioned the alternator. It has been drive as the car has been designed to do... to get you there and back in comfort, if I wanted to get there quicker I would have taken an aircraft .
1st Aug 2006, 04:58
Are we talking about a Mitsubishi here or the Galloper Exceed? Galloper is a Korean made copy that is horrible (copy of previous model, and was dirt cheap). I grew up in a rural area where "everybody" drove Mitsubishi Pajero. These are bulletproof cars so long that you watch out for rust, especially the 80's Pajeros rusted like mad. But the Galloper cannot be compared. I know several that had (oh yes, past tense) Gallopers and these cars were poorly made. A friend of mine was able to get the car returned to the dealer within a year after ten or so repairs. And this was MAJOR work like blown axles, transmission etc. Some years ago they stopped importing these after many customer complaints.