1993 Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed
Available for: $11,495
Stock Number: 4757
The Mitsubishi Pajero may just be the best kept 4WD secret to ever come out of Japan. This robust, reliable, rugged SUV may not spark immediate thoughts of being an off-road adventure superstar, however, it's what's underneath that counts. The Pajero was designed with the Dakar rally in mind and the results don't lie, winning the rally 12 times to Toyota's goose egg. From the advanced 4WD system, which allows the driver to select multiple combinations on the fly (up to 60 mph), to the well-engineered suspension the unassuming exterior is hiding a superior performing off-road machine. The Mitsubishi Pajero makes for a great all-around SUV between its size and comfort level. Finished in a classic Silver over Blue two-tone the Pajero is certainly a standout. You simply don't see too many SUVs on the road these days with such an imposing demeanor and functional hood scoop. The paint looks fantastic for its age and has been clearly well maintained. Its massive polished brush guard is bound to have helped out along the way giving an extra layer of protection (plus it looks pretty wicked.) Rolling on a fresh set of 31x10.5 Toyo Open Country polish off its rugged looks. The paint and body are both in great shape, though we also note out that these are used vehicles so there's inevitably going to be a few little stone chips and door dings, but nothing out of the ordinary for a 27-year-old truck.
The interior is surprisingly well equipped and is full of power options. A tilt wheel and a massive power-retractable sunroof greet the driver as soon as you hoist yourself up. We do want to note that the sunroof is a bit slow moving, so it appreciates a little extra hand when opening and closing. Functional power mirrors, locks, and windows are also standard and make the drive a bit more pleasant. The dash is in good shape lacking any cracks or sun-related distortion which can plague these older vehicles. There is a center gauge cluster with an altimeter and thermometer within the driver's view, and a fully digital climate system sits below that. There are separate front and rear climate zones that way everyone can find a happy medium and the driver doesn't have to deal with everyone complaining. It also sports the massive rain guards for when you'd rather just opt for a bit of fresh air regardless of the weather. Seat comfort is surprisingly good and long cruises can be taken in comfort. The gray cloth is in fantastic shape, free of any seam separations or careless stains. Outback, in the cargo area, two jump seats can be deployed at will. Access to the area isn't difficult as the entire door hinges open, swinging outward. The headliner does have some staining above the driver's side that's worth pointing out. The carpets and door cards on the other hand are in just as good a shape as the seats themselves are. The Pajero is a prime candidate for those longer road trips with plenty of room for everyone and their oversized suitcases.
Mechanically this Pajero has a lot of benefits that our US spec'd Montero's didn't have. The most important is the (4M40) 2.8L four-banger. This somewhat rudimentary mill has better torque than the 2.6L it replaced and is every bit as reliable. Fresh off an oil and filter service, this diesel fires up quickly and is surprisingly quiet for being a diesel. An idle control can bump up the RPMs at startup, if you require a quicker warm-up, and allows for an adjustment for those higher altitudes or cold mornings. While the mileage reads 46K it was not verified prior to leaving Japan. Based on the overall condition it seems hard to believe that it's off, however it is still technically being sold as unverified. Regardless, being a diesel you know this thing is only just getting started. Acceleration is constant and smooth, and the automatic transmission shifts properly, without any clunking or delays. At highway speeds, the ute feels stable and the selective transfer case can we used while up to speeds of 62mph. With a simple press of a button, this Pajero can switch between two and four-wheel drive, so you can eek some additional miles per gallon when the weather permits. The adjustable suspension does a nice job of sorting through the bumps, and with lightly assisted steering will go wherever you point it. The larger tires don't have that typical drone either which is a great perk. The brakes are really sharp for such a big truck, so you can reel it down from speed without any concern. The enthusiasts will tell you, there are very few real off readers nowadays. Even so, they are laden with computers, infotainment systems, and cameras. The Pajero offers old school, tried and true mechanicals and a bulletproof diesel power plant. For those who wish to take the road less traveled, this the Japanese Classic to get you there.
*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.