1995 Pajero 2.8TD
Pending Sale: $9,995
This 1995 Mitsubishi is a spacious, capable, and affordable midsize rig. This example has a modified camping setup already built into the cargo area with some neat accessories to match. Finished in a Spring Silver over Barbados Blue (H81/T88), and is adorned by a set of refinished alloys, JAOS brushguard, and an aluminum roof ladder. The body and paint are in good nick aside from the normal scuffs, dings, and chips associated with normal wear and tear. Best of all this recently serviced 4x4 is powered by a gutty 2.8L turbo diesel for maximum torque and efficiency. At only 85k verified and documented miles, this five-seat SUV is barely broken in. As a daily driver, weekend trail truck, or family hauler this Pajero is a great fit. With the summer about to start this tasty Pajero is eager for an adventurous road trip and turn-key ready for its first stateside journey to begin!
The cabin is expansive and includes a couple of rare factory upgrades and a useful modular sleeping surface and cargo combo setup. Up front the driver benefits from a slate of power amenities. Electric windows, door locks, and even factory cruise control are equipped and work like a charm. An adjustable steering column allows for maximum comfort behind the wheel and the view of the road ahead is clear and commanding. The dash is in good nick but does have a backing panel screwed to the passenger side and a centrally located nav mount glued to it. It also houses an OEM field monitor that displays the exterior conditions. The gray upholstery is in above-average shape and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. It's comfortable on longer drives and the rear seats even have armrest cup holders. The digital climate control system is simple to use and has separate front and rear zones. Sadly the A/C doesn't blow cold but the heat is on hand for next winter. The headliner, door cards, and carpets have withstood the past 25 years without sustaining major damage and the reflective privacy tint has shielded the back of the cabin from the harmful rays of the sun. That's not to say everything is perfect as the sunroof is moving so slow it's safe to say the motor is on its last leg and while it does work we don't advise using it, and the power mirrors are inoperable. We also wanted to note that the back recline control handle on the driver's seat is partially missing, but it does work, and that the steering wheel has some leather wear. Still, at a quarter-century old it is remarkable how well this car still looks and it was obviously cared for in a prior life.
The driveline was pretty cutting edge at the time. Unlike many of its competitors, the Pajero was optioned with a center locking differential and a selective transfer case. Its advantage was that the system could be engaged while the vehicle was moving at speeds of up to 62 miles per hour. Low gearing can also be selected if you happen to come across any snow or sand. The heart of the beast is the legendary 4M40 turbo diesel. This 2.8L mill is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. It idles with confidence and benefits from a new valve cover gasket, keeping it properly topped up on oil, and new accessory belts have been installed, too. Mated to a slick-shifting automatic, the Pajero is peppy around town and can sustain long highway jaunts with confidence. The power steering is light and the suspension is somewhat soft and forgiving, even over larger road imperfections. New front brake pads, calipers, and resurfaced front rotors inspire confidence when mashing the left pedal and the alloy wheels are wrapped in new 31" Falken all terrain rubber. The new tires look killer but most importantly will provide plenty of grip for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*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.