1994 Mitsubishi Pajero
Soft-roaders and tall uni-body cars masquerade around as sports utility vehicles, but enthusiasts most certainly aren't fooled. When this 1994 Mitsubishi Pajero was sold new capable 4WD systems and rugged body on frame design were the norm. The combination of a simple gasoline V6, durable driveline, and quality interior appointments allow this vehicle to switch between the trails of Moab and the local Price Mart parking lot. Finished in a stellar Silver Metallic with Gray two tone (HG1) the body is in good shape without any major dents or scratches, sans a ding on the passenger rear bumper. Outfitted with 31" Falken all terrain tires wrapped around 16" polished Power Volk three piece wheels, and a JAOS brush guard with oversized PIAA pencil lights, this truck has all of the curb appeal you could want.
For something as rugged looking as the Pajero, the interior is wonderfully appointed. If you had to complain, you could make the argument that there are almost too many buttons; however when you need to adjust the rear A/C or operate the large panoramic roof, you realize buttons are a good thing. Surprisingly, this purpose built truck has front heated seats, leather interior appointments, and power accessories like locks, widows and mirrors. The bolstering is above average if you desire to take this Mitsu on a long highway cruise. The material is in remarkably good shape for its age, and sans routine wear, are durable and easy to clean. Gray in color, the seats and dash have both managed to survive without any major issues. The driver has a great command of the road from the cockpit from the raised driving position, and lots of side glass and smaller pillars make this hauler easy to see out of. The headroom is abundant, and the headliner is free of any sags or major damage. Rear occupants ride in comfort with their own dedicated climate controls. The middle row has plenty of legroom, and in a time before it was common, actually has two jump seats behind them. The rearmost seats can be folded away and stowed for a larger cargo capacity if desired. The side hinged rear door swings outward and provides a huge loading area. The old owners even kept the OEM flashlight in its factory location by the rear cargo area.
Under the hood, a stout dual overhead cam V6 fires up immediately. With only 105K verified miles, the motor is only now just broken in and has new oil and filter. The most expensive service, a new timing belt and waterpump have been expertly installed by one of our trained technicians, and will not be required for another 100K kilometers. The automatic transmission is also in fine shape, and shifts into all forward gears without a hesitation. All 1994 versions of the Pajero did received an updated and stronger transfer case when selecting between low and high 4WD. Acceleration isn't as fast as say a Skyline, but this engine is tuned for longevity. Another added benefit is that parts availability isn't an issue, as with some JDM imports, as this SUV was sold with this drivetrain as the Montero here domestically. Besides the ABS and drivers side airbags, which were safety firsts in the segment, the Mitsubishi feels planted, despite its top heavy look. The suspension is electronically adjustable, and a sport and touring modes can be selected. The long wheel base is great for high speed stability and ride quality, providing compliant on an off road feel. The brakes can stop this heavy SUV without any stress, and power steering assists happily in low speed scenarios.
An affordable, stylish, and safe option, without the price premium price tag of a similarly sized Toyota Hilux, the Pajero is a great option for a classic Japanese SUV. This turn key example is federally legal, fully maintained, and ready to tear up American pavement.
*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.