Like the other reveiwers we also owned an japanese import version of this car. It was a 1991 version and we bought it when it was already 15 years old. What a car! They are good looking, comfortable, have tons of room inside but will drive like a normal car if you wish.
We used our as a works vehicle, hauling everything from bags of cement and sand, to generators inside it. And whe we decided to two a caravan around england and scotland, it did this as well without any problems at all.
the only work we had to do on it was replace the clutch, which cost us around 500 pounds unfortuantely, but the vehicle was around 18 years old at that point, and we had asked a lot of it (and of course you never know what the previous owner did, especially as our was fitted with a tow bar when we got it)
When we eventualy had to send it to the great scrapyard in the sky, it was 21 years old and had over 200,000 miles on the clock. The bodywork was still in beautiful condition at that point, but the engine had given up and was not economical to replace..It was a very sad day, and even the guys at the scrapyard couln't believe we were scapping a car in such good exterior condition.
I have had a 7 seater lwb Pajero for 18 months and i wish i'd had one forever! More? It passed the first MOT, no problem! I was further assured by the checker that it would also pass next years! It is built like the proverbial 'brick outhouse!' It has definite 'presence' on the road and is surprisingly easy to drive! It is Japanese technology/car manufacture at it's very best. In my opinion it is the best 4x4 by a long way, well ahead of it's rivals in every sense! Being the import version of the Shogun it is cheaper to buy but every bit as well made. Parts can be more expensive than the average 'car' but the big plus is you won't need to replace parts to the same extent as other cars!
Firstly, I am not at all mechanically minded - I have problems changing a wheel. Fortunately, when I have been on my own and have had a flat tyre, a nice kind man has always stopped to help me. For years I owned a J reg. Honda Accord. I bought it from new and loved it - it was stylish, comfortable, with cruise control and plenty of power ... I decided to change my vehicle as I needed a 4x4 that I could drive over fields and would pull a horsebox (he is a big heavy horse) so we decided on the Pajero. I like the looks of the Pajero and it was cheaper than the Shogun to buy. The Pajero is a 'Grey Import'. The same vehicle as the Shogun, but not imported by Mitsubishi. It has a higher specification i.e. climate control (posh words for air conditioning), tinted windows, electric mirrors and windows. It also has a CD/radio, a compass/thermometer, altimeter and artificial horizon. I was informed that I would have problems getting insurance for a 'Grey Import'. I insure mine through the National Farmers Union who were very helpful and reasonably priced. When purchasing the vehicle you hear scare stories about the availability of parts. My local Independant Mechanic repairs and services mine with no problems, using standard Shogun parts. I purchased it in September 1999. It is an L reg. 1994 vehicle that I bought for £8,500 with 50,000km on the clock. I am very pleased with my first 4x4. I drive across fields; cart bales of hay/horse food etc. and it always gets me safely from A to B. Previously Mitsubushi UK could and would not supply parts because they need a chassis number and their computers do not recognise Pajero chassis numbers. However, it is looking likely that Mitsubishi will start to recognise the Pajero marque. I joined the Pajero Owners Club and they are very helpful. I had a problem with emissions and they gave me useful advice. Membership is £10 per year and I
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