Mitsubishi Pajero 2021
After four model generations, and close to 40 years on sale in Australia, the Mitsubishi Pajero finished its local run in early 2021.
Mistsubishi Motors in Japan opted not to develop a replacement for the Toyota LandCruiser and Nissan Patrol rival due to "shifting buyer preferences." A run of 800 'Final Edition' models featured extras including a tinted bonnet protector, carpet floor mats, a cargo liner, a protective boot flap, a branded leather-bound compendium, well as ‘Final Edition’ badging.
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Mitsubishi Pajero 2021 Q&As
Check out real-world situations relating to the Mitsubishi Pajero here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
What's a good 4WD for the outback?
You really have two ways to go here. The fact that you want to go off-road in the best/worst conditions this country has to offer means an SUV or cross-over just isn’t going to cut it. With that in mind, you’re looking at either a dual-cab ute or a conventional four-wheel-drive wagon.
In the ute world, there’s plenty of choice within your budget, but you need to be careful that the vehicle in question hasn’t been worked to death by a tradie towing a bobcat Monday to Friday. The popularity of these vehicles, meanwhile, means that there’s lots of choice when it comes to aftermarket bits and pieces to complete your dream vehicle.
The other route – a conventional wagon-style 4X4 – also places a lot of choice within your budget. The Toyota LandCruiser Prado would be a good choice, as would something like a Mitsubishi Pajero which has always represented good value for money both brand-new and second-hand. You could also look at Nissan Patrols which also give you plenty of car for the money and, if you shop carefully, you could find a really nice LandCruiser 80 Series, reckoned by some to be the absolute pinnacle of off-road wagons, even though they’re getting on a bit now. There’s great aftermarket and service support for all these options, so it will come down to your personal preferences.Show more
What is causing my 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero to blow black smoke, jolt through gears and only go 60km/h?
The Mitsubishi Pajero is actually regarded as a very reliable vehicle, so your experience is not typical. There are several potential causes for this, but the thing I’d check first would be the air filter. Is it possible this was overlooked during the recent service? A blocked or dirty air filter will certainly make an engine blow smoke and operate poorly.
I’m assuming your vehicle is a diesel, so it would be worth checking the suction-control valve on the back of the fuel pump, too. Also, a stuck injector that is pouring fuel into the engine can also potentially create these symptoms. I’ve also heard of the Pajero diesel suffering from a build-up of black gunk inside the intake system that can also cause symptoms like the ones you’ve described.Show more
Should we replace our Holden Commodore with a Subaru Outback?
A car with a little extra ground clearance is great for camping as it often allows you to get a little farther away from the masses in their caravans who tend to huddle around the shower block at bush campsites.
The Subaru Outback is a good, solid choice and if you can find an independent workshop to service it, you’ll avoid the cost of dealership prices. And you’re right, the all-wheel-drive would be great for gravel roads. Another vehicle to look at would be a late-model Ford territory diesel which is big and clever inside and has the option of all-wheel-drive. The diesel engine is a plus on the bush where that fuel is more readily available (in really remote areas) and gives you more range for big holidays in the mulga.
Don’t rule out things like the Mitsubishi Pajero, either, which won’t be as around-town friendly, but is a proven quantity and is absolutely tremendous off-road. The same goes for a Toyota Prado or Nissan Pathfinder prior to the current model (which is a bit less hard-core adventure).Show more
Mitsubishi Pajero 2002: Is 324,000kms too many?
Engines are amazing things, Renee. Neglected, they can fall to bits in a surprisingly short space of time. But treat them properly with the correct preventative maintenance and you’d be surprised how far they’ll go before they wear out.
What you haven’t told me is whether your vehicle is diesel or petrol powered. That said, both the diesel and petrol engines fitted to this model Pajero are well regarded in the trade and capable of going the distance if, as you claim, the servicing has been by the book. Over the distance you’ve quoted, I’d expect the diesel to have needed possibly a new turbocharger and definitely new fuel-injectors, while the petrol V6 can cover this distance without any major work.
But while the engine might, indeed, have lots of life left in it, what about all the other components? The brake rotors, shock absorbers, transmission and many other intrinsic parts of the vehicle wear out, too. So, just because the engine is fit and healthy, doesn’t mean the rest of the car will be so tip-top and ready for another 300,000km.Show more
Mitsubishi Pajero 2021 Price and Specs
|Mitsubishi Pajero Model||Body Type||Specs||Price from||Price to|
|Exceed (4X4) 7 Seat||SUV||3.2L Diesel 5 SP AUTO||—||—|
|Exceeed (4X4) 7 Seat||SUV||3.2L Diesel 5 SP AUTO||$47,400||$59,950|
|GLS (4X4) 7 Seat||SUV||3.2L Diesel 5 SP AUTO||$45,200||$57,090|
|GLX (4X4) 7 Seat||SUV||3.2L Diesel 5 SP AUTO||$40,600||$51,920|