1995 Mitsubishi Pajero XR-II
Available for: $13,995
Stock Number: 4769
Mitsubishi trucks are well built, inexpensive to own, and surprisingly fun to drive. This 1995 example is offered with a mere 90K verified miles and is finished in a classic White/Gray (W09) two-tone. The body is in good shape other than some minor dings and scratches associated with normal use; its muscular proportions and oversized tires convey a tough aesthetic. Powered by a 2.8L turbodiesel, this little SUV is no slouch but perhaps the most impressive aspect of this Pajero is its well-equipped and handsome interior. A vehicle like this would be just at home Overlanding as a commuter or getting dirty on the back 40. Freshly serviced and legally imported, this capable SUV a killer ride is a real deal Japanese Classic.
The cabin is chocked full of power features and the overall condition is impressive. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding thanks to the skinny A-pillars and tall ride height. The dash is in good nick and lacks any major cracking or distortion. A gauge pod rests atop it and the old owner in Japan has also added a PIAA fog light control switch. These fogs have two settings and provide an astounding amount of visibility when driving at night. Across the pond, the OEM audio was ditched for an improved touchscreen Carrozzaria unit. It works as it should and pipes tunes to those in the cabin. Only the later production Pajeros have digital climate control and it's much better looking than the bulky old controls. The A/C has received a refresh and blows cold currently but we don't know how permanent that might be. The heat blows hot for these next few winter months and the system itself is intuitive and easy to use. Power equipment includes electric locks, windows, and mirrors. While the mirrors no longer function they can be manually adjusted and the driver also receives a tilt steering column for a bit more comfort. The seats are upholstered in a soft gray cloth; the texturing looks really neat in person and there are no major rips, stains, or tears to note. The matching material can be found in the door cards, and they look good to boot. The headliner and carpets are clean and lack major damage. The cargo area is surprisingly large and the rear door hinges at the side for a massive loading area.
Under the skin, this truck is all business. It starts with a hearty 2.8L four-banger known as the 4M40. Fresh off a diesel specific oil and filter service, it turns over with the twist of a key. While maybe not the most refined, this engine is loved for its durability and low cost of ownership. It features a noticeable uptick over the 2.4L it replaced, and this one gets up to speed in a jiffy. The automatic transmission shifts gears flawlessly and the gearing is better on the interstate than manual versions. The other plus to the diesel is the impressive fuel economy they return, especially compared to the slower, gasoline V6s. These Pajeros also boasted some cutting edge suspension and 4WD systems. The Pajero has the ability to shift between 2WD and 4WD on the fly, unlike less capable Toyota systems. And like Toyota, this chassis is improved by Mitsubishi's adjustable suspension system. The driver can select between hard and soft settings and this rig handles large and small bumps with ease. The brakes stop this two-door better than the four-door model and the steering system is power assisted for stress-free parking. The six-spoke factory alloys are all wrapped in new all-season rubber that can handle tons of sand, gravel, and snow. They should last for years to come and return a quiet ride than the Japanese tires they replaced.
These rugged little two-door SUVs are tough to find in such good shape. They can take you anywhere in comfort, and are efficient little rides as well. This unique truck would be at home on the Rubicon, just as it would be great to have to run errands in, and is a bonafide Japanese Classic.
*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.