1996 Mitsubishi Pajero Fieldmaster 2.8 turbo from Japan




Nothing has gone wrong with either pajero I have owned.

General Comments:

What can I say, having owned two Pajeros, these cars are built to last. Provided they are serviced regularly, these engines will go on forever.

I do a lot of motorway driving, and you never see a Pajero or Shogun broken down.

The paintwork, even on the Pajeros over twenty years old, is rust free.

I congratulate Mitsubishi Motors for making what I would say is the perfect car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2010

30th Aug 2010, 13:07

I agree with the durability of that engine, I own a 98 Sport and nothing major has gone wrong so far, however I am concerned about how the V6 Mitsubishi engine burns oil. I have observed this in all such engines. This drastically lowers its resale value, and talked to a dealer who pretended he has never noticed it, and wanted to charge me all sorts of fees to investigate the issue. They should have had a recall. This is my last Mitsubishi truck or car for that matter. The paint still looks new and the reliability is good, but burns through too much oil, and quite honestly I am fed up with it.

27th Jun 2014, 13:02

I have had a 1996 Pajero 2.8 TC SWB White intercooler for the last 9 years, and to be perfectly honest, it is the best car I have ever owned. Have just had it completely serviced, and I have Tcut and mopped the paintwork; the car looks and performs brilliantly. Has 85,000 miles on the clock and drives like a train. Can't think of anything to say against it; perhaps the interior is a little dated, but this can be rectified, and what would you expect, the car's 18 years old LOL. No rust and never been garaged. I think the SWB are the better ones; the 4 doors look bulky and a bit on the heavy side. Hope this helps.

P.S. Will never sell it, it's my pride and joy. Will drive it till it's unrepairable or I pack up LOL. :-)

9th Jul 2021, 08:00

Definitely reliable. Had mine now 4 years, sitting on 296000km, still smooth as hell. No smoke. A very small oil leak, but an easy fix. Love it so much I've decided to make it mine forever, so I decided to spoil her with a new paint job and a few extras. It's a LWB so not fast, but you can still go fast enough to get yourself a speeding ticket LOL. A very comfortable drive. I've had Toyota, Isuzu BIGHORN and a Terrano, and seriously nothing is as comfortable.

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


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


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.

1996 Mitsubishi Pajero GLX 2800TD from UK and Ireland


The next Best 4x4 x Far


Exhaust was knocked off whilst off-roading.

General Comments:

Excellent drivers vehicle. Good field of vision, very few blind spots.

Interior finish isn't as refined as say a Range Rover, but very practical and easy to clean if it gets muddy.

Lovely smooth engine and gearbox. Quicker than you would expect and very competent off-road (will do things my trials Land Rover struggles with) only let down by ground clearance and choice of tyres.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2005

1996 Mitsubishi Pajero GLS 2.5 turbo diesel intercooler from UK and Ireland


Head light washer, in 39,000 mls.

General Comments:

It can be a very economical 4x4 if driven sensibly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 1998