Mitsubishi Pajero Review |CarAdvice

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Mitsubishi Pajero


Mitsubishi Pajero Review

and slow, but still a great

Models tested:

2008 Pajero NS R Hardtop 2-door auto 4#215;4 3.2DT $42,990

2008 Mitsubishi NS Exceed Wagon 7 seat 5-speed auto 4#215;4 #8211; $70,990

Great and practical 4WD

Lots of noise, power

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by Alborz Fallah

Most that come through the garage are road tested and up within a few weeks, but when I two weeks in the Mitsubishi Pajero trying out the diesel five and variants, they were forgotten.

Much to my surprise, the PR man Mitsubishi hadn#8217;t forgotten, because one of the Pajeros decided life was too hard and left me on the Western Freeway in the middle of the Either way, it has been time, so I better get on with it.

I great respect for the Pajero Mitsubishi has made its name and the car#8217;s superiority in the gruelling rally with seven  first place finishes to and this year would marked the eighth had it not been

So there was no point for me to test out the petrol variants. Diesel was the

Both five and three diesel variants are powered by somewhat lacklustre 3.2-litre turbo diesel engine manages 125kW and 358Nm of I use the word lacklustre kindly, listening to Kevin Rudd for 45 minutes straight is more than trying to climb a in a Diesel pajero.

The difference, is that Kevin will shut up, but the Pajero will on climbing at 5km/h.

When you pay an $2000 for a diesel engine you expect some benefits, yes it has fuel economy and given you need to take out a mortgage for a of petrol these days, it sense to go diesel, but can you comfortably with a diesel Pajero?

only four-cylinders, the 3.2-litre struggles at best. The three-door weighs about 75kg than the five-door and is about shorter, so the diesel engine is better suited with off-the-line acceleration and the occasional overtaking. Move into the variant and things begin to

The five-door diesel will go 0-100km/h in about the same it takes you to pull over and a cab. You may as well forget overtaking, or reaching the speed in a timely manner, the five-door diesel takes the honour of the slowest car I#8217;ve driven and that includes the Proton .

But let#8217;s stop there to Mitsubishi#8217;s credit, not too many will care for its acceleration. more of a serious 4#215;4 car, but you will care the noise level, I can assure

Back in the day, diesel used to be pretty noisy, to the point that when you at a set of traffic lights other would start looking for a truck. Things have most new diesel engines are easy on the ear, but not this

There are two major things with the diesel Pajero not only is the engine ridiculously and gutless, but the interior noise is atrocious #8211; it just shut up.

You would think sure, it has a little bit of noise you accelerate, but than it would quieten down and you can get on with to Nova play the same for the 374th time, not so, I have had a peaceful time sitting in an old passenger jet while it overshot the

Don#8217;t get me wrong, I am not one to complain noisy cars -I own one #8211; but the of a Pajero diesel at 4000rpm result in your kids home and attending Scientology

Many times I got out of the car to listen to the idle and then got back in to the difference, the result? You might as be sitting on the engine, because it get any louder (but it might be a hotter).

Now that I#8217;ve told you that is wrong with the let me tell you why you should buy the diesel

Apart from the cars than capable off-road the new Pajero is the best yet.

of it this way, given the price of diesel and an average of travelled, you will spend $3700 a year on diesel, in the variant, that figure to around $4700 for petrol.

So two go past and you#8217;ve made money back, more with fuel consumption of around 10.6 litre/100km for the auto diesel in comparison to litre/100km for the petrol, it#8217;s to say no.

Ignoring the fuel debate for a diesel or not, the Pajero is If you want a three-door, tough-looking four-wheel-drive that can climb the during the day and attend a cocktail at night (well maybe not a party), you really can#8217;t go the Pajero.

As for the five-door, while it stiffer competition from Japanese manufacturers, it’s one of the best lookers on the market.

You can buy any new Pajero with either a fully synchronised manual (not available on three-door), or 5-speed INVECS II ‘Smart automatic transmission with Mode’ sequential shifting (tested).

The man at Mitsubishi spent a hour telling me just how this car is at climbing mountains, and I did no such thing, I took it to a 4WD track to test out the car’s Select II’ drive-train.

Mitsubishi Pajero

Like a video game, version II of Super Select system has a lot to up to, and it passes with flying The system comes with in the company’s arsenal.

Starting the basics of ABS with Electronic Distribution (EBD) it also Engine Brake Assist (EBAC), Active Stability (ASC), Active Traction (ATC), Hill Hold and a Rear Diff Lock for those with a little enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Best of all you can play around with the 4WD system on the move, you can pick 2WD high and 4WD high at speeds up to / hour.

Switch between 4WD and 2WD (rear) high and cornering is a new game, if you want to achieve fuel economy, 2WD is the way to go, but when you to a winding road or a slippery there is nothing like the of four-wheel drive.

However, the driving experience is by, yes, you guess it, the engine. the lights it’s a case of nothing, nothing, then a surge in torque, then to step one.

The rear are also ventilated discs in with one-pot callipers, but at they are large, 333mm for the and 305mm for the three-door.

Ride is acceptable, although in Brisbane, the roads are built to third-world it can get a little bumpy. Mitsubishi gone cheap on the suspension with double wishbone coil springs at the front and with coil springs for the

You have to wonder how bad the ride would have been had not fitted two stabiliser bars to the (at both the front and rear).

the inside, you can get comfortable in the Pajero quickly, my pick is by far the three-door, not does it look better, but you have enough room to move four adults  and one

The car is equipped with a superb system that is MP3 capable, an digital compass (the piece for your friends) and seats both front and #8211; although the front can really do with a little side support.

The only downside to the interior is the controls, they just on spinning, there is no end on either you can reach minimum temperature but you can on spinning that knob. distracting.

Handling is superb for a car big, both the three-door and can (almost) defy physics corners #8211; you can credit involvement in Dakar for that. The circle isn’t too bad either 11.4m  (kerb to kerb) for the model and 10.6m for the 3-door.

is taken care of by ABS with EBD and Stability Control #8211; and curtain airbags are an option on models.

Getting back to the on the Western Freeway, the diesel filter had decided to … on me, and my hardest attempts, the car would not get 1500 RPM, forcing to send out a tow-truck.

The tow-truck started by saying “another which wasn’t reassuring, and waiting another hour for the man to arrive and say something that with bucket, Mitsubishi the car back on a truck #8211; I was it was a rare issue and easily

I would love to give the four stars, and I would, if I hear the editor yelling at me.

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