1993 Mitsubishi Pajero 2.8L
Available for: $17,495
Our big, bad 1993 Mitsubishi Pajero is not your run-of-the-mill four-wheel-driver. This imposing diesel rig is fresh off a recent service and ready to conquer our stateside terrain! Finished in a Silver over Green two-tone (H81), it has been accessorized by LED tails, OEM raingaurds, and a JAOS brush guard and skidplate. Aside from a few dings, scratches, and chips associated with normal use, the body is in good shape. Offered with a mere 105k verified and documented miles, this durable and tough SUV boasts plenty of performance and interior upgrades, with a spacious cabin, too. For the JDM enthusiast who wants something a bit different, this five-seat rig is a distinctive and eye-catching Japanese Classic turbodiesel you won't want to miss!
The cabin is comfortable and well-appointed. Once you manage to hoist yourself up into the driver's seat, the view of the road is clear and commanding. That's due to the fact this thing is as high off the ground as a Peterbilt, but you can see ahead of traffic well and the visibility is decent. The dash lacks any cracking or distortion, and the field monitor now houses Autometer water temp and boost pressure gauges. They look modern, work properly and are next to a digital speedometer mounted atop the dash. These upgrades complement a racy D1 spec steering wheel and look killer at night. The gauges all work as they should, but we did want to note the traction control light is illuminated all the time. LED headlamps and LED fog lamps have been installed to improve back road driving and the corner lights match, as well. The driver seat is powered, and the gray leather is in good shape overall. We did want to note that two of the plastic buttons are missing but it works, which is the important thing! The cowhides are also rare and desirable and give a more upscale feel to the cabin. Both front seats are heated as well for those who plan to put this thing to use as a winter rig. The digital dual zone heat and A/C allow for all occupants to get comfortable and functions as it should. The driver receives electric locks and windows and even a backup camera to keep the Pajero from reversing over the invisible Chevy Sonic behind you. The audio was upgraded to a touchscreen AZUR headunit, which admittedly has little functionality here in the states. Privacy tint keeps unwanted eyes out of the cabin and keeps the harmful rays of the sun away from the interior plastics and leatherwork. The large panoramic sunroof no longer retracts but is a fantastic source of natural light. The headliner, door cards, and carpets have withstood major abuse over the years and the OEM floor mats are still intact and are included in the purchase of this SUV. There is also a storage platform in the trunk that can easily be scrapped, but is useful for those who plan on camping. The rear door opens wide to accommodate cargo and the stowage area is spacious. That's not to say the cabin is perfect and we wanted to note the A-pillar does have some holes from a prior gauge install and the electric mirrors no longer work, but overall, it's been cared for over the years!
The body on frame platform this truck boasts is so much more robust than these tall sedans masquerading as sport utilities. Our Pajero is powered by a wonderful 2.8L turbo four-cylinder. It's also lightly modified and includes polished intercooler hard pipes and an HKS intake to make all the right sounds. A one-off exhaust delivers a deeper exhaust note and you can even hear a bit of spool, too! The engine idles with confidence and is fresh off an oil and filter service. Cold weather starts aren't an issue either, thanks to two new 12v batteries we installed here in our shop. A six-inch body lift jacks this truck up to the heavens and fox shocks help to make the ride more manageable. The brakes confidently stop this lifted Mitsu and power steering makes parking bearable. The Mickey Thompson alloys are all wrapped with grippy mud-terrain tires that will be ideal for some loose surfaces and slick terrain. Low-speed gearing is available through the selective transfer case, which is key for trail-goers and a functional locking center differential is on standby, too. While admittedly this doesn't drive as well as a stock truck on the tarmac, it's fine for daily use and not as cumbersome as some of the larger SUVs we have seen. The large tires offer lower RPM highway driving than you might expect, and it's certainly safe to take the kids to school in. For those who want a unique and capable JDM SUV, this stellar Mitsubishi is just the ticket!
*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.