1995 Mitsubishi Pajero
Mitsubishi's product range was especially good in Japan before the millennium ended. The brand was known for its rugged truck, van, and SUV models like this 1995 Pajero. Finished in a Balboa Blue over Silver two-tone (T88), the body and paint are in good nick except for some light scuffs, dings, and chips associated with normal use. The OEM rainguards, factory rear spoiler, and polished brush guard add to the tough-guy aesthetic. Best of all, this 4WD three-door is equipped with a real-deal manual transmission and torquey turbodiesel. Fresh off a recent service, this 96k verified and documented mile example is turn-key and ready to roll. For those looking for a capable, efficient, and reliable year-round JDM cruiser, this lovely Pajero would make for the ideal ride!
The cabin is spacious and well equipped, too. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and the tall Mitsu rides far above traffic. The dash is in good shape and lacks any cracking or sun fade. There is a minuscule amount of delamination by the center air vents but it's admittedly a bit of nitpicking for a vehicle of this age. A centrally mounted gauge suite works as advertised atop the dash, and relays the exterior temperature and direction of travel to the driver. It even includes an inclinometer, too. An automatic climate system with dedicated rear controls was cutting edge at the time, and it works as it should and a functional factory radio sits below. The driver receives electric mirrors and power windows for added convenience, and these along with the front sunroof make daily use enjoyable. The upholstery is in above-average shape overall. The tan cloth is textured and soft to the touch. The front occupants have adjustable lumbar support and long journeys can be had in comfort. For being a three-door, the rear seat is surprisingly accommodating. It can be folded away and stowed too, and the space is adequate for longer drives, not just short ones. The door cards, carpets, and headliner look good and have been cared for over the years. There is a little bit of leather wear below the steering wheel cover and we also wanted to note the power-folding function of the side mirrors doesn't work. Still, at 25 years old it's obvious this car was cared for in a prior life, and we even have a generous amount of service records located in the glove box awaiting the next owner!
The powertrain is a really good one, and later iterations of the Pajero were sold with an updated 2.8L turbo diesel. The 4M40 as it is known is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly with the twist of the key. The 2.8L idles with confidence and sends power through a five-speed manual gearbox. Shifts occur without an issue, and the truck is actually fun to drive around, compared to the traditional automatic versions. This rig is overly capable too, and is equipped with a center locking differential to get you through the most difficult of terrain. Combined with a low-speed transfer case this Mitsubishi is nearly unstoppable. As a leader in technology, Mitsubishi's engineered a transfer case that is selective while moving, at up to speeds of 62 mp/h. It's convenient to have within arms reach and saves the driver from having to pull over in sub-par weather conditions. The short overhangs and adjustable factory suspension are wonderful on and off-road. The same can be said for the brakes which are confident, and the steering is power-assisted and reasonably light. The factory alloys are all wrapped in brand new grippy 31" all-terrain Falken Rubitrek rubber. They look mean, too, and will last for tens of thousands of miles to come. We even replaced the spare tire, as well!
*California Residents: In order to register a Gray 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.