Very happy so far, great all round performer
Front wheel bearing failed, and wore out the hub in the process. The car did not strand me.
Has a weep from rear main seal I need to fix at some stage.
This is a rare Exceed manual version of the NL Pajero. Being the Exceed, it comes with leather, dual airbags and ABS brakes, which most of the NL and second series Pajeros don't have.
The car has been extremely reliable so far. It has a vibration at low revs under load, mainly in second. I tried greasing the uni joints, but it didn't do anything. Could just be one of those things.
The air conditioning works very well, which is important.
I fitted some Bridgestone Dueler D694 LT all round, and have been very impressed with them both on and off road. The car drives well on the highway, and the V6 provides ample power for 99% of situations.
The front seats aren't the best for me, but overall front and rear comfort is good. The back seats are better suited to 2 people than 3. The boot space is large, especially if you remove the boot seats like I did. The back seats fold up allowing a very large space to be created. There are gutters all along the roof, which makes for easy mounting of roof racks.
The engine is great, it is the SOHC V6. It has hydraulic lifters, so the main thing to look for is to make sure the timing belt is changed. I've heard from a mechanic friend that every now and then a crack can develop in the engine blocks, causing them to lose water. This fault would require an engine swap, but I don't think it's very common, and I think was more common on the 3.0 L models.
Spare parts are easy to get via Repco or Mitsubishi dealer.
Fuel economy, I can get about 12.5 L/100 on the highway, and anything between 15 and 20 L/100 in the city. Not the best, but in my opinion acceptable for a large 4x4.
The car can be driven in 4WD on sealed roads, which is brilliant. If it's wet, I always drive in 4WD for improved traction and handling.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd January, 2010