1997 Mitsubishi Pajero
The market for Japanese SUVs is getting scorchingly hot! This 1997 Pajero is about as unique as anyone we have seen over the past decade. Finished in a one-off Sonic Blue, this three-door version is set off by custom graphics, privacy tint, OEM rainguards, nerf bars, an aggressive rear spoiler, and an OEM brushguard with integrated CIBIE foglamps. There's not much to scrutinize about the exterior condition, and some imperfections on the wheel graphics are the only defects worth noting. The good stuff doesn't stop there, and this Mitsubishi boasts a spacious cabin with plenty of features and OEM Recaro upholstery! Fresh off a recent service, this turn-key rig is offered with 74k verified and documented miles, and is powered by the same engine as our stateside Monteros. With this in mind, service is a snap, and this gutty little ute would make for a killer daily driver, weekend trail truck, or wonderful winter warrior! Reliable, capable and practical, this racy 4x4 is a special Japanese Classic that absolutely steals the show.
The cabin is in above-average condition and is highlighted by impossibly cool Factory Recaro seats. The buckets lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are in really good nick. They keep the front occupants from sloshing about the cabin when trekking through the backwoods and have extendable thigh bolsters. The matching material can be found in the door cards to tie everything together, and they are in equally good nick. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and the dashboard lacks any cracking or fading. Unlike earlier versions a centrally mounted digital dual-zone automatic climate control system is standard. It's intuitive to use and delivers cold A/C and piping hot heat for those who live in more seasonal climate zones. A Pioneer radio upgrade modernizes the center stack and works like a charm. The driver also benefits from an SRS airbag and adjustable steering column so that they may find the ideal driving position. Power windows, locks, and mirrors make daily use more enjoyable, and all work, except for the electric folding function of the side glass. The carpets are in good shape and the headliner is near mint. With the exception of the missing rear bench, it's really hard to complain about the interior, as this allows for more cargo capacity in the rear. We even have the maintenance booklet and owner's manuals are included in the sale of this vehicle.
The body-on-frame underpinnings are ideal for longevity, and parts and servicing is shared with many vehicles stateside! Simple and sturdy these Pajeros can take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. The 4G64 engine is fresh off an oil and filter service and churns to life care of a new 12v battery. The engine idles with confidence thanks to a new engine air filter and a new valve cover gasket ensuring the 2.4L stays properly lubricated. The lightweight four-banger is linked to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox that does a good job maximizing the powerplant's powerband. The trick part of the driveline is the selective transfer case. The driver has the ability to shift between 2WD and 4WD on the fly, at speeds of up to 62 miles per hour. If this Pajero encounters some sand or snow a locking center differential can be put to use, splitting torque between the front and rear axles. A low-range setting is also on hand, so feel free to crawl over some rocks with this truck's short overhangs and small wheelbase. The suspension does well over road imperfections and can handle the rigors of daily use and abuse. The brakes feel confident and the steering is nicely weighted and power-assisted. Massive Yokohama Geolanders with tons of tread sit at all four corners and are primed and ready for the first snow of the season. Turn-key and ready to rock, this Pajero is a seriously cool example of one of Mitsubishi's most heralded designs.
*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.