1994 Mitsubishi Pajero 2800

Sold: $12,995

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Stock Number: 4333

The Nissan Pajero is one hell of a truck and a savvy JDM purchase if there has ever been one. Its sibling, the Montero, was sold here stateside but lacked the best motor Mistubishi was offering at the time. With the 25 year mark finally eclipsing, this 4WD, manual transmission, turbodiesel equipped 1994 is offered with only 65K verified miles. Finished in a classic Green/Tan two-tone (G6UK,) the body is in good condition other than some scuffs on the lower cladding and a few minor dings and chips. Upgraded alloys, OEM rain guards, chrome bumpers, and running boards complete the rugged look matching this vehicle off-road prowess.

The cabin of this rig surprises many with how many creature comforts it has. Power windows, locks, and mirrors are all standard, but rear-seat climate and adjustable suspension were quite rare at the time. Utilizing the side steps to hoist oneself into the driver's seat, once aboard, the command of the road is impressive. The ride height and loads of slab-sided glass promote visibility and aid safety. The low slung dash is neither cracked nor distorted and interior looks like it's been somewhat protected from the sun. The seats, made out of soft gray cloth, are in good shape in all three rows. The driver's side captain's bucket has a small tear on the side of the seat bottom, but otherwise, no other major stains or tears of note. A separate climate system can be used for those outback, but the front systems are simple and easy to use. In a pinch, two jump seats can be unfurled from the D pillars and bring the seating capacity up to seven. For us Americans, we think it's a given, but the Pajero has cup holders for rear and front passengers, which is a rarity. The heat and A/C work properly and can handle warm and colder weather without putting up a fight. To distract you from the diesel clatter, Kenwood audio pumps the tunes into the cabin. An adjustable column, power windows, power locks, and mirrors all make the ownership experience much better than your typical older trucks. The headliner and door cards are in average condition, and the carpets have been protected by OEM mats, that we are including with the purchase. For sticklers, the factory books and spare key are also here at the dealership and will be passed on to the next owner.

One of the most important upgrades that this Pajero received in the early '90s was this 4M40 diesel engine. Its larger displacement can definitely be felt over its predecessor, and this midsized ute has no issues getting up to speed on the interstate. Delivering impressive fuel economy, and know for its durability, it definitely gives competitors like Toyota a run for their money. Up to date on maintenance, and receiving a fresh oil and filter service, this Mitsu needn't be serviced for another five thousand kilometers. The engine turns over with a twist of the key and sets into a constant idle. Mated to a manual transmission, the driver has a much greater level of control than most slushbox equipped SUVs. The close-ratio five-speed unit shifts properly and benefits from a fresh fluid change. A small hitch was noted in third gear, but the trans flush has helped and he transmission shifts flawlessly otherwise. The four-wheel-drive system can be adjusted to RWD on the fly and can switch between modes at speeds up to 62mph. The OEM adjustable suspension includes a sport and touring setting, so ride comfort can be adjusted according to preference. With generous approach angles and tons of travel, the Pajero is plenty capable off-road but demonstrates civil driving characteristics when on the pavement. The brakes feel assured and the steering is light, making this truck hassle-free when parking in the mall or daily driving to work and back. Five brand new all-season tires have been installed, ensuring safe all-weather grip for thousands of miles to come.

Priced several thousand below the Toyota Hilux, yet with more features, the Pajero is good value. With a reliable diesel, manual trans, and room for the whole crew, it hits the mark.

*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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