1992 Mitsubishi Pajero 2.5TD
Our 1992 Pajero is an overlanding enthusiast's dream. Turbodiesel, center locked, and stick shift she sure if fun to drive and turn-key good to go! Offered with only 43k verified and documented miles, this recently serviced truck is barely broken in. Finished in Gray over Gold two-tone (X3SG) and accented by a set of OEM rainguards, the body is in good shape with only a few minor dings, chips, and scratches to note. Affordable, determined, reliable, and efficient this Mitsubishi would make for a great daily driver, weekend trail rig, or perhaps even pull some double duty as both.
It's kind of interesting how different the JDM and USDM markets are. This two-door body-on-frame category isn't really something you can find in the states, but the segment is alive and well half-a-globe away. The cabin is focused around the two front occupants and the view of the road ahead is clear and unobstructed. The dashboard is in good shape and lacks any cracking or distortion. A centrally mounted field monitor keeps an eye on the outside conditions and looks sporty, too. The switchgear is all at hand and the instrumentation is easy to read at a glance. A simple to use manual climate system blasts heat for the remaining winter months. The A/C unfortunately is not operable due to a compressor concern that we wanted to note. Electric mirrors, windows, and door locks make daily use seamless, and an adjustable steering column is perfect for drivers of all sizes. The seats are upholstered in a light gray cloth, and the material is in wonderful shape, lacking any major rips, stains, or tears both seats include manually adjustable bolsters as well. The cargo area is clean and can accommodate more payload as the rear seats were ditched in Japan at some point. We also wanted to note the aftermarket headunit no longer works, and the power-folding function on the side mirrors are toast. On the positive side, the original owner's manuals are still in the glovebox and the cabin was obviously cared for in a prior life.
The mechanicals are simple and robust and have a tried and true track record. The Asteron series of diesel motors were produced for over thirty years so parts are readily available and can be found on the cheap. The 2.5L is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up immediately thanks to two new 12v batteries. The 4D56 idles with confidence thanks to a new engine air filter, and torque is fed through a real-deal manual gearbox. Shifts are rewarding and the five-speed lacks any crunching or grinds and makes daily driving so much more fun. The neat thing about the 4WD system is that it can be engaged at speeds of up to 62mph. A center locking diff can also be actuated giving this two-door an edge on sand and snow. The rear differential has received a service from one of our trained technicians and a new set of Falken all-terrains was installed as well. These look great and will deliver tens of thousands of miles of premium year-round grip to come. The spare was also changed out with a matching Falken should you ever find yourself in a pinch.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.