1994 Pajero 3.0 V6
Japan is a hotbed if you're looking to find a quality used SUV. What is better than a low mileage, reliable, unique capable JDM rig, especially when the US used car market is full of car-based softroaders at inflated price points. This 1994 Pajero was designed during an era where manufacturers actually expected you to take your truck off-road. Offered with only 31k verified and documented miles, this 3.0L gas V6 powered Mitsubishi is fresh off a recent service and is ready to rock. Finished in a Balboa Blue Pearl over Silver two-tone (T88), the body is adorned with a mean-looking factory brush guard with functional amber fog lamps. Aside from your average minor scuffs, scrapes, chips, and dings, the truck is in good shape and the seven-seat, amenity-filled interior has been cared for over the years. Underpinned by a trustworthy 4x4 system with a center locking differential this beast is more than equipped to handle the elements, yet civil enough to run the kids to school. Affordable and easy to own, this impressive JDM Utility vehicle would be a great, year-round transporter and is a sure-fire Japanese Classic.
The interior arguably is better than more expensive Toyota models. Yes, that is a slight to the Hilux Surf, admittedly but we can explain why. For instance, this Mitsubishi offers digital climate control which wasn't offered by Toyota at the time. The cold a/c is nice to have on the last lingering hot days of the year and surprisingly the second row has dedicated settings that can be selected through a control panel on the back of the center console. The view of the road ahead is commanding and clear and the dash is in good shape on this Pajero. A field monitor with a compass, altimeter and inclinometer sits atop it and works like a charm. Even the factory audio is still functioning. The gray seats are in above-average shape and are soft to the touch. The front occupants receive dedicated captain's chairs with tons of adjustability and locking armrests. The second row looks just as good as the third row, and can be folded away for extra storage but provides two more spots to sit than the Surf. Power windows locks and mirrors are standard. This one also was optioned with a power sunroof but like the power-folding function on the mirrors, it no longer operates. Still, it opens up the cabin with plenty of natural light. The door cards, headliner, and carpet all have withstood major abuse and even the owner's manual is still sitting in the glovebox with some service records and a set of spare keys.
Mechanically this truck has a number of things going for it. It features a 6G72 3.0L V6 which was sold here stateside. This convenient fact makes servicing a snap as parts are readily available. The engine is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery. The juice supplied should last for the next couple of years, even in cold climates. The best accessory to mate to a new battery is surely a new alternator and a shiny new one was mounted atop the EFI six-cylinder along with a set of replacement serpentine belts. Power is fed through a selective transfer case to two of four wheels depending on the driver's preference. The system was far superior to Toyota's at the time and can be used at speeds of up to 62 miles per hour. Off-road fanatics will also be keen on the center locking differential equipped on this one. The driver can engage it to keep this rig churning over loose beach sand or through some gnarly trails. The adjustable suspension can handle the rigors of daily use and provides decent damping on the tarmac. The heavy Pajero feels composed at speed and it accelerates adequately to get up to highway speeds. The automatic transmission shifts seamlessly and the brakes feel reassured. The steering is on point and the factory alloys are all wrapped in new all-terrain Falken tires. We even replaced the spare to match. These new units will last for tens of thousands of miles to come and provide premium year-round grip.
*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.