1993 Mitsubishi Pajero SUV

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Stock Number: 4320

Nissan's rugged Pajero is known globally for its tenacious grit. Turbo diesel torque, 4WD and a body-on-frame layout make for a capable off-roader with that can used with comfort on pavement. This 1993 example is finished in a Silver Metallic two-tone paint (H81) and is being offered with only 49K verified miles. The pronounced fenders, big tires, and polished brush guard with Cibie lights create a more aggressive aesthetic, alluding to the go-anywhere nature of this truck. The body is in good shape, barring the normal age-related scuffs, dings, and chips as a result of normal use. With seating for seven, this unique SUV has tons of room and plenty of generous appointments, making this Mistu a sure bet for transportation in all but the worst of weather conditions.

Unlike the look the exterior conveys, the interior appointments of this Pajero are decent. A rarity in Japan, the optional leather interior is featured prominently in all three rows. Although the normal creasing is present, and there have been some bolsters repaired, the leather is largely in good nick. The upgraded upholstery is also replicated in the form of leather door cards, all four of which are devoid of major damage and properly upholstered. The driver benefits from a power seat, and one-touch electric window control, as well as an adjustable column and power locks. Both front buckets have adjustable armrests, cup holders, and OEM seat heaters to make travel even more convenient. The digital climate system pumps in tons of hot air once the engine is up to operating temperatures, and the vehicle even has a dedicated rear climate zone with the appropriate controls. Of note, a full gauge suite including thermometer and altimeter are mounted up front, and the dash is in good shape, offering an unobstructed view of the road ahead. 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. That's not to say everything is perfect, as the exterior mirrors require manual adjustment, and the factory sunroof no longer works. On the positive side, the car was well cared for otherwise and even comes with the Japanese maintenance books.

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 thanks to a brand new 12V battery. An idle control can bump up the RPMs at startup, if you require a quicker warm-up, and allows for an adjustment higher altitude. 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 the 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 will permit. The adjustable suspension does a nice job of sorting through the bumps, and with lightly assisted steering will go wherever you point it. Aftermarket alloy wheels are the only mechanical upgrade over the factory, and make the Pajero stand out next to stock examples.

Boasting an inexpensive entry point, low cost of ownership and a US sibling to aid with parts compliance the Pajero is tough to beat. This unstoppable, rugged rig offers looks that match its tough mechanical drivetrain and make this a certified Japanese Classic.

*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.

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