1991 Mitsubishi Pajero 2.5TD
Available for: $10,995
Stock Number: 4732
The tall car concept has been fully embraced by the masses, but the Mitsubishi Pajero scoffs at vehicles such as these. Back when this 1991 Mitsubishi Pajero was sold new, capable 4WD systems and rugged body on frame designs were the norm. The combination of a stalwart inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (4D56), a durable driveline, and quality interior appointments allow for this vehicle to be daily driven in comfort. Finished in a lustrous Silver Metallic, the body is in good shape without any major dents or scratches, other than normal wear and tear on the lower cladding and bumpers. Outfitted with five 31" Achilles all-terrain tires wrapped around factory rolling stock, the larger diameter rubber makes a huge visual impact. At a fraction of the cost of a comparable Toyota Hilux, this Pajero definitely gives its competition a run for its money, making it an undeniably good value.
As aggressive-looking as this Pajero sits, the interior is wonderfully appointed. If you had to complain, you could make the argument that there are almost too many buttons. Still, the feature-laden interior boasts a dual-zone climate system and a bevy of standard power accessories. Surprisingly, this purpose-built truck has heated front seats, leather interior appointments, power locks, and power windows. It additionally has a giant glass panoramic sunroof but the motor is towards the end of its life, so we recommend keeping it closed. It lets an impressive amount of natural light in and is nice to have when sleeping under the stars. The blue leather upholstery is in good nick, and the bolstering is decent if you desire to take this Mitsubishi on a long highway cruise. The leather is in remarkably good shape for its age, and besides some routine wear; its soft, durable, and easy to clean. The silver and blue contrast looks really good in person and is anything but boring. The blue theme carries over to the dash which is in good nick lacking any cracks or distortion. The driver has a great command of the road from the cockpit from the raised driving position, and lots of side glass and smaller pillars make this hauler easy for visibility. The audio controls and switchgear are both readily at hand, and the interior layout is logical. The headroom is abundant, and the headliner is free of any sags or major damage. Rear occupants ride in comfort with their own dedicated climate controls. The middle row has plenty of legroom and in a time before it was common, it comes equipped with two jump seats behind them. The rearmost seats can be folded away and stowed for a larger cargo capacity if desired. The side-hinged rear door swings outward and provides a huge loading area.
With only 79K verified miles, the motor is only just now getting broken in. The Asteron motors, as Mitsubishi labeled them, are known for their inexpensive cost of ownership and reliability. Fresh off an oil and filter service, it turns over promptly and sounds great. A new set of glow plugs allows prompt vehicle startup as well. The 4D56 engine was in production for thirty years and is known to be inexpensive to maintain and easy to find parts for. The automatic transmission is also in great shape and shifts into all forward gears without hesitation. The "Super Select" 4WD system was incredible for the time, and even by today's standards is an impressive feat. It featured on the fly selectability between 2WD, 4WD High, 4WD High+Locked Center Differential, and 4WD Low+Locked Center Differential. All of these options can be selected at speeds up to 62 MPH and the system works as it should. The long-wheelbase aids ride quality and unlike smaller trucks, this one feels stable at highway speeds and in contrast to manual versions of the Pajero. Acceleration is linear, and although it won't blow the doors off an Evo, it gets up to merging speeds without breaking a sweat. The suspension is electronically adjustable, and sport and touring modes can be selected. The brakes can stop this heavy SUV without any stress, and power steering assists happily at low-speed situations. The alloys are wrapped in grippy all-terrain rubber with tons of tread is left on the tires. The spare matches and is nearly new.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.