1992 Mitsubishi Pajero NH 3.6 V6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


I love my Pajero. It was money well spent, and I would recommend one to anyone


Since I've owned it, I've had to replace 2 radiator hoses, & now it's sprung a leak from the water pump, which has gotten worse over a period of roughly 3 weeks. And also it's never had an air conditioner since I've owned it!! But I've bought a new air conditioner compressor for it recently, but I have no idea how to install it. It would be greatly appreciated if someone could please explain the whole process of how to install it. I thought at first I could just take notice of how to install it from taking the old one out, but unfortunately the previous owner must have had it taken out, because there isn't an air conditioner compressor in my 4x4 (so that ruined my idea of installing my new one).

Also the control knob for the fan gets stuck and won't turn all the way around to the A/C part (it will turn to the sun symbol, and then to 1, 2 and 3, but then that's as far as it will turn). Can anyone tell me if it will go right around once the air conditioner compressor is installed, or should it still turn right around??

Thanks in advance.

General Comments:

I really love this car, it's the most comfortable car to drive I've ever owned.

It has really good traction control. Overall it's a great 4x4 off roader (I've had it in some really tough places, and it has never let me down once e.g.: thick red clay mud, and roughly about 2/3 of the tyres submerged, if not maybe a bit more).

I've driven it through pretty deep muddy water, roughly about halfway up to the doors, and went through it without any problems at all. And I've taken it across a river with a pretty strong current, and it went across with no problems at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2015

3rd Feb 2015, 03:34

Sorry but you have no chance of installing the compressor yourself unless you have the specialist skills and equipment e.g. the refrigerant gas to pressurise the system.

Also, your Pajero is old enough that it probably had the older type of CFC gas, which you won't get anyone to fill it with, therefore it has to be converted to the newer type of gas. It's seriously not worth getting it working on a vehicle this old, as you're looking at over $1000 in parts and labour, which is probably why the previous owner didn't bother. This is from personal experience with a 1993 Mazda.

It also sounds like the switch has been modified so that the A/C mode can't be selected due to the absence of the compressor.

1992 Mitsubishi Pajero TD 2.5 turbo diesel from Kenya


Great off roader, and fuel efficient


I rolled in it in some rough stretch of murram road. Nothing else.

General Comments:

The Pajero was slow but sure; maybe 0-100km/h within 16 seconds.

Fuel consumption was great.

Third row seats offer very limited leg-room.

Great off roader, but lacking traction-control.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2012

1992 Mitsubishi Pajero TD 2.5L turbo diesel intercooler from Netherlands


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.

General Comments:

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

11th Jan 2012, 06:46

Meanwhile this same car is 20 years old and still going strong and running smoothly.

20.000 km after the previous post, the automatic gearbox started showing signs of it's age and mileage. I decided to have it completely overhauled, which made for a new Pajero II as to comfort and responsiveness. This box has now been in use for 36.000 km without any faults, although I initially had to re-adjust the kickdown cable to suit the quicker responsiveness.

The diminishing effectiveness of the heater over time was sourced down to a partial blockage of the heater core / heater block. I solved this by detaching the hoses attached to the heater core's plumbing that comes out of the firewall, and flushing them to both sides with a garden hose and clean water. Problem fixed after reassembly: the car is blazing hot again.

Just last week the brake servo vacuum oil pump on the back of the alternator failed, spilling buckets of engine oil in no-time. This also killed the alternator. With the unit replaced, all is well again.

Next I intend to fix the sagging back door. Its weight, due to the spare tire, places an excessive load on the upper hinge, of which the sleeve holding the hinge halves together has worn out. I will replace this sleeve with a new steel tube, cut from a pipe and reassemble with a new bolt.

In the next 2 years or so my Pajero will near the mileage of half a million km...