1997 Mitsubishi Pajero
The Mitsubishi Pajero is a do it all SUV and comes in thousands of dollars below its Toyota competitors. That's a good thing, as this 1997 is just as reliable, performance-oriented, and safe! Finished in lovely Summit White over Hamilton Silver (W09/A69), this truck is set off by an OEM brushguard and skid plate, factory spare tire cover, 16" refinished wheels, menacing privacy tint and period-correct vinyl. Aside from a few dings, chips and scuffs this rugged off-roader is no worse for the wear, and is turn-key ready to roll and fresh off a recent service. Powered by a punchy V6 and underpinned by a gutsy four-wheel drive setup, this spacious and safe seven-seater is offered with a mere 133k verified and documented miles on the ticker. For adventurers on the go, these rigs are great daily drivers and family haulers. Unique and capable, this Japanese Classic would make for a killer year round ride!
The cabin is expansive and this example includes the useful and desirable third-row option. For the driver a tilt adjustable steering column and lumbar support make finding an ideal driving position easy. The dashboard lacks any cracking or fading and houses dual front SRS airbags. The steering wheel does have some light wear as does the driver-side seat bolster which has flattened a touch, but overall the condition is impressive. Power windows, side mirrors, and electric locks make daily use enjoyable and work as they should, aside from the power folding function of the mirrors. A centrally mounted digital automatic climate control unit is easy to navigate, and rear climate controls are standard if your passengers care to tailor the cabin temperature to their liking. Adjacent to the HVAC, Kenwood audio works like a charm and the sound quality is above average too if you care to plug into the aux and blast your own tunes. The upholstery lacks any major rips, stains, or tears as well! The middle row is reclinable for optimum comfort, and the rear row folds up into the D-pillar to maximize storage. The headliner, door cards and carpets have withstood the past 25 years without sustaining major abuse and overall its clear this truck was cared for in a previous life, although we must note the steering wheel has some damage obscured and the rear seats no longer fold fully forward. We've even retained the factory owner's manual and maintenance booklet for some added history on this classic rig!
The convenient thing about Pajero ownership is that parts are readily available thanks to the Montero being sold here in the US. The 6G74 under the bonnet is fresh off an oil and filter service. It starts up promptly care of a new 12v battery and a new fuel filter and engine air filter aid its seamless operation. The GDI 3.5L is linked to a quick shifting automatic and includes an integrated manumatic gearchange option. Its linked to a selective transfercase that can be operated on the fly at speeds up to 62 MPH. For those who want to get down and dirty in the mud, a low range 4WD and center locking differential are on hand. Comfortable on the highway and maneuverable around the city, the suspension is forgiving on less than perfect pavement. The ABS brakes are tight and tidy and the power steering is light and the Mitsu goes right where you point it. The 16" alloys are all wrapped in new 31" Falken all terrain rubber. Not only do they look mean, but they'll quiet down the ride and will last for tens of thousands of miles to come. We've even performed a fresh alignment to maximize tire life and on-road traction!
*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.