1996 Mitsubishi Pajero 2.8TD
Available for: $14,995
For those looking for a practical JDM SUV, plenty of great options are available to you. While pricing is all over the board depending on what you want or need, it's hard to deny the overall value presented by the Mitsubishi Pajero. This 1996 is finished in a stellar Green over Silver two-tone (5SGD) and is optioned with the prized third row and turbodiesel engine. It's practical, spacious, capable, and fresh off a recent service, too! Offered with a mere 82k verified and documented miles, this 4x4 is barely getting broken in. Well-appointed, civil on the tarmac, yet ready to attack the road less traveled, this Pajero is a certified Japanese Classic and one of the best overall values out there on the market today!
We hear from clients that the Pajero is larger than most people think when they see it in person. Without feeling unwieldy and tough to park, this sizable truck is about the perfect size. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and the dashboard is in good shape overall. The Pajero features a functional field monitor to keep an eye out on the exterior temperature, the direction of travel, and an inclinometer for some trail driving. A sizable glovebox, complete with the Japanese manuals is great for extra storage and the center console includes two built-in cup holders. The center stack houses an upgraded Carrozzeria touchscreen head unit that appears much more modern than the dated factory one. The audio quality is actually decent, but we gearheads at the dealership are happier to mute it and listen to all the intoxicating diesel sounds admittedly. A simple to use digital climate control system is on hand and supplies cold A/C and functional heat to the cabin. Unlike many trucks of the time, the rear occupants have their own dedicated climate zone and controls. The switchgear is all at hand and electric windows, door locks, and mirrors make daily use stress-free. All of these options work other than the power-folding function on the mirrors. A massive powered panoramic sunroof sits atop the roof and can be unfurled with the press of a button. It's a bit slow at this point so we advise leaving it closed. Equipped with a sunshade, if you want to keep cabin temps down, the interior feels much larger thanks to the natural light the roof lets in. The seats are upholstered in a soft gray cloth. They are comfortable too, lacking any major rips, stains, or tears. The headliner, door cards, and carpets have all held up well over the years and it's plainly apparent this car was taken care of in Japan.
The powertrain is simple, stout, and easy to get parts for should you need a service. The 4M40 turbodiesel is a legendary unit, known for its durability. The 2.8L is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly thanks to two new 12v batteries. The I-4 idles with confidence and is mated to a selective transfer case. The way the system engages, the driver can switch between 2WD and 4WD at speeds of up to 62 MPH. For off-road enthusiasts, this '96 also includes the optional locking center differential and a setting for low gearing in 4WD. An automatic maximizes the four-bangers power output and shifts seamlessly. The acceleration is linear and enough to manage sustained highway cruising and can safely get up to merging speeds. The adjustable factory suspension is predictable and insulates well against small and large road imperfections alike. The brakes are confident and the power steering is nicely weighted and on point. All five tires including the spare have been swapped out for new 31" Falken all-terrain rubber and these will last for tens of thousands of miles to come, and deliver plenty of 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 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.