1998 Pajero GDi V6
Available for: $12,495
For a fun and frugal hauler with a refined powerplant and room for 8, it's hard to go wrong with a Mitsubishi Pajero. Offset by bold, muscular styling, a revised GDI V6 powerplant and surefooted Super Select 4WD, this trusty body-on-frame beast has all the trimmings to make for a reliable 4x4, and our 1998 is a fine example. Finished in Satellite Silver (A69) with Forest Green accents, the exterior looks the part, accented by a sleek integrated front brushguard, an OEM optional rear tire cover, privacy tint, and massive factory rainguards. Boasting only 118k verified/documented miles, this rig has plenty of life left as well and shows only a few expected light chips and dings in the paint from day to day use. Trustworthy, comfortable, and easy to operate, it's no wonder why we call this Pajero a true Japanese Classic.
Mitsubishi has always had a knack for designing timeless interiors and this Pajero certainly fits the bill as it's about as comfortable and well equipped as some luxury SUV's of the time. Upholstered in durable textured cloth, and set off by sleek OEM optional woodgrain accents, the cockpit of this Pajero is a great place to be. It was clearly well cared for in a prior life as the seats show no major signs of wear outside of a flattened driver's bolster. For the safety conscious, dual SRS airbags came standard up front, and the driver can additionally tilt the steering column at will to dial in a more comfortable driving position. The center stack is outfitted with staples such as digital automatic climate control which is remarkably easy to use . The A/C blows ice cold and the heat is piping hot, and rear passengers can take advantage of their own independent set of controls as well. For a bit more natural ventilation, a massive panoramic moonroof can slide open, and all four power windows work as advertised alongside power locks and power folding mirrors. Seating arrangements for your rear passengers are plenty versatile. A third row can deploy from the D pillars if you need to pile in a whole squad, and the rear bench is reclinable if a road trip nap is required. The remaining upholstery is all in good nick, from the headliner to the plush carpets beneath, and save for an inoperable head unit and broken cupholders, the cabin is truly in great shape for the miles it's traveled.
Built to withstand loads of abuse, this Pajero is a body on frame old school design. Powered by the first mass-market direct injected V6, this Mitsu is fresh off an oil and filter service. A new 12v battery was installed so that the new owner would have all the cold cranking amps necessary for the winter ahead and we also replaced the engine air filter and old fuel filter with new ones. The 6G74 is linked to a smooth shifting automatic transmission. A selective transfercase allows the driver to select between 2WD and 4WD at speed for any abrupt road surface changes. Even better, an optional center locker can be engaged for when the roughest terrain is in front of you. We did take care of an transfercase output seal leak while it was up on the lift for some added peace of mind. We did want to note how few squeaks and rattles this Pajero has when sailing over loose surfaces and rough pavement. This should come as no surprise, as we've replaced the front left idler arm and both front balljoints to get the drivetrain in compliance with VA state safety standards. For some added stopping power, new brake pads were installed all the way around. We mounted and balanced 4 new 31" Falken A/T tires, and lastly we threw her up on the rack for a fresh four wheel alignment to keep it tracking straight for the road ahead!
*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.