2009 Mitsubishi Pajero VRX DI-D Review & Road Test

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Versatile, strong, capable… but oh so average.

Model Tested:

  • 2009 Mitsubishi NT Pajero VR-X; 3.2-litre, turbo-diesel; five-speed automatic; wagon – $67,990 (RRP)

Options:

  • Metallic paint $495 (fitted – Cool Silver); satellite navigation & rear view camera $2500 (Fitted)

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- by Matt Brogan

You might recall quite some time ago CarAdvice took an Aston Martin DBS through the middle of the Simpson Desert.

What’s that got to do with a Mitsubishi Pajero I hear you ask?

Well as it happens very little, but what we did notice driving the long straights of Queensland’s channel country was the staggering number of Pajeros manned by grey nomads towing caravans.

So when it just so happened that my need for a tow vehicle coincided with our booking of a Pajero VRX DI-D last week it wasn’t hard to see how I put two and two together.

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While the Pajero may not be the most attractive or trendsetting four wheel drive on the market, it certainly is a very capable one, something proven by the amount of recognition it has earned through the numerous FWD magazine awards received and confirmed by my brief yet muddy off-road encounter last weekend.

Although looks may be subjective, I can’t help but mention that when it comes to bland interiors, the Pajero really takes the cake.

It’s not that it isn’t practical, or that it doesn’t work. It’s just that the mass of dark, cheap plastics, gloomy matt black leather, poor colour continuity (note the centre stack, ash tray and storage compartment lids), constant plastic rattles and flat, non-supportive seating really let down what is otherwise a spacious and well equipped cabin.

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Similarly I found a number of the control buttons are either too fiddly, especially those of the touch screen satellite navigation unit; poorly placed, such as the rear diff-lock, ESP or fuel lid release; or, for some strange reason, just not illuminated at night, like the power mirror switch.

They’re little, almost insignificant annoyances in the scheme of things, but really I believe in getting what you pay for, and when the rivals can manage it for the same price, it’s unfortunate Pajero is left lacking.

Perhaps the single most noticeable downside to the DI-D (direct injection diesel) Pajero is the incredible amount of engine noise.

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Now I know it’s a diesel, and I know direct injection is a little louder than other fuel aspiration systems, but the 3.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged unit found in the Pajero is especially noisy, and not just at idle.

It really is atrocious, almost embarrassing, and while most diesels seem to only present any sign of engine noise while stationary, the Pajero’s large capacity four-cylinder is raucous no matter what speed travelled.

That’s not to say it isn’t any good, because it really is a very confident and capable oiler developing 147kW at 3800rpm. The real strength of Pajero however lies in its 441Nm of torque availed from just 2000rpm.

There is a little turbo lag, and yes it is noticeable, but not so much that it detracts from the vehicle’s likely orientation as an urban dweller with inner city behaviour much sharper and more responsive than some of Pajero’s direct rivals.

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But how does it tow I hear you ask?

Exceptionally well as it happens. Loaded with a fat tandem trailer and my 1976 Holden HJ Monaro GTS the Pajero’s 3000kg of braked towing capacity made light of the task, even managing to return 13.6 litres per 100km average while doing so.

It maintains the same steering feel as when unloaded – which isn’t crash hot by the way – yet remains planted and settled on the road, even at highway speeds.

Larger hills will knock 10 or 15km/h off the Pajero’s top speed, but with an additional 2000kg on board it’s easy to see why. So in all I have to say this part of the equation is quite impressive.

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Ride and handling are about what you’d expect from a large four-wheel-drive – average – and though you don’t exactly expect a large 4WD to corner well, the Pajero has a tendency to push the front wheels, in other words understeer, at even the lowest of speeds causing a lot of tyre howl even through such fundamental manoeuvres as navigating a roundabout.

Steering feedback to the driver is also a little on the light side with a touch too much assistance offered through the wheel.

The ESP system too is a little confused in some instances with wet asphalt seeing the delayed threshold system sustain its intervention for an unnecessarily long period. Reassuringly the Pajero also offers front and side airbags to afford it a four-star ANCAP rating.

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Cargo capacity of course varies depending on the car’s configuration, but as a five-seater Pajero offers a generous 1081 litres. The side hinged tailgate however is quite a bother needing a fair amount of swinging space which in urban parking bays does limit access to the rear.

The third-row of seating is handy only as a short-term solution and is serviced by pop-out windows and rear ventilation ducts, though in reality small children are perhaps the only people really suited to this style of travel.

In all I have to say the Pajero is a decent vehicle considering its intended purpose, and if you’re all for long family road trips, hooking up the van or the boat, or even towing the occasional Monaro then you could certainly do a lot worse.

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Specifications:

  • Engine: 3200cc DOHC four-cylinder (16-valve)
  • Power: 147kW @ 3800rpm
  • Torque: 441Nm @ 2000rpm
  • Induction: Direct injection & turbocharged
  • Transmission: Five-speed automatic
  • Driven Wheels: Rear/All
  • Differential: Lockable rear & centre
  • Brakes: Discs with ABS & EBD
  • CO2 Emissions: 243 grams per kilometre
  • Fuel Consumption: 9.2 litres per 100km (ADR)
  • Fuel Consumption: 10.8 litres per 100km (As tested)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 88 litres
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Ground Clearance: 225mm
  • ANCAP Rating: Four stars
  • Airbags: Dual front & side
  • Safety: ESP with traction control
  • Spare Wheel: Full size alloy
  • Suspension: Wishbone(F)/Multi-Link(R)
  • Cargo Capacity: 1081 litres (Five Seat Mode)
  • Tow Capacity: 3000kg (Braked)
  • Turning Circle: 11.4 metres
  • Warranty: Five Year/130,000 kilometre
  • Weight: 2285kg (Tare)
  • Wheels: Alloy 18 x 7.5-inch




  • Andrew

    I know in other models of the NT Pajero they changed the grille, why does the VRX have the same old NS grille? Sure it looks sportier, but then doesn’t the whole car look like the NS?

  • Sumodog

    Interior has mass of cheap plastic? What do other cars have their interiors made of? Still plastic but maybe not one that looks cheap.
    Pajero is a good reliable car that will handle off road with ease. Engine needs updating.

  • Richo

    Actually, it MASSIVELY out-powers its direct rivals, it also produces more torque, and only marginally less power then the 4.5L turbo diesel V8 in the 70 series landcruiser.

    I don’t know of any 2.0L turbo diesel that has 440nm of torque and anywhere near 147kw, Reckless your absolutely kidding yourself mate.

    Also it is a 4WD engine, they have to be strong tough units, they cannot be the highly strung over turned diesels you find in road cars because they simply will not last, thats the reason that the power and torque figures of nearly all 4WD diesels seem to be slightly on the lower side. But the new Pajero motor is an absolute rocket compared to its rivals, It’s over 2 seconds quicker to 100km/h then the Prado and Pathfinder turbo diesels.

    • http://KIA Wibley

      Yeah, motors seems alright, but not much of an off roader. No only is it missing live front axle, it dosent even have a rear live axle. But then again its not designed to be a real off road competitor

      • Rick Patterson

        Hyundai Santa fe 145 kw and 436nm from 2.2l

  • Sumodog

    Mercedes 2.1 L found in 250CDI produces 150kW and 500Nm of torque.

  • Captain Mainwaring

    This vehicle is a good example of why Mitsubishi is dead in the water, worldwide. A below-average product in a declining segment.

  • Gibbo

    Matt I agree with you about the interior quality. Ive looked in the Exceed and for a $75000 motor vehicle the quality just doesnt cut it. The dash just looks too cheap and the over all interior is just bland. I like that you did a tow test in the article.
    Quick question how did the rear tyres look? Ive seen NM-NS pajeros towing heavy trailers and they always look like they are eating the inside edges out on the rear tyres badly. As for those complaining about the comaprison between this vehicle and a conventional car, The Pajero is a proper 4WD(one with a transfer case) that is the closest thing to a car on the market- 4 wheel independent suspension and a monocoque body are supose to make it the best of both worlds smooth on the road and capable off it. I wouldnt call the Pajero a “heavy duty” 4WD as it has been quoted in the comments section, with its car like under pinnings I’d call it a meduim duty 4WD. Id class a heavy duty 4WD salong the lines of a Landcruiser 70 series, Defender etc

  • Richo

    Gibbo – I’d consider an LC70 and defender a commercial vehicle more then a 4WD

    • http://KIA Wibley

      Well richo they are 4wds. Most commercial vehicles Ive ever seem are not 4wd. LC70 and defender, and patrol are the most capable “4wds” in this country! If you going out back, thats ok, but if your going outback, and offroad, these would be the only 3 that compete as 4WDs.

  • Jo

    The DID is loud.

    Car advice recently reviewed the Sorento diesel, Freelander2 diesel etc and apart from sounding like diesels at idle, the rattle disappears when the car takes off. This isnt the case with the paj. Its unrefined compared to rivals, but offers a hell of a lot of bang for buck.

  • Blinky Bill from Bellingen

    So what’s better the Pajero or the Prado? And ………will next year’s Prado be better than this year’s Pajero? And while they all seem great now….how will they be when their warranty expires?

  • Richo

    Blink Bill – That is more or less the question I am asking myself right now… I’m looking at buying either the Prado or Pajero but having quite a bit of trouble deciding between the two.. The Prado is a bit quieter and looks a bit nicer, Pajero seems to drive slightly better and goes WAY harder… I dunno probably leaning towards the Pajero at the moment but not sure.

    As for how they will go when their warranty expires, both the current model Prado and Pajero have been around for quite a while now, the current Pajero dates back to 2000 (it looks different but underneath is very similar to the model introduced in 2000) and the current Prado since 2002, both have solid reliability records

  • Richo

    and you would hope that next years Prado is better considering it will have all the latest technology and the latest design, but next year is also when an all new Pajero is due out which should also be better, but bottom line is its impossible to tell what a model that hasn’t been launched yet will be like

  • Tomas79

    Blinky Bill and Richo,
    I have been in the same position pondering over these two.
    Although they both a very similar vehicles, the Prado’s body on frame construction, solid rear axle, and better wheel articulation, not to mention it’s 180L fuel tank give it a slight advantage offroad.
    The Pajero has an on-road advantage thanks to it’s car like monocoque construction, and rear independent suspension.
    In australia Mitsubishy offers rear diff-lock for the Pajero, which is a great bonus offroad. But I prefer the aftermarket ARB air-lockers.

    Looks a very subjective, but i also prefer the look of the prado, and the look of the prado’s interior.

  • Bavarian Missile (.)(.)

    Oi Matt when you told me you were excited at picking up the Monaro a few weekends back I thought you were driving it hun!

    Sorry but after towing another hefty piece of Ozzie Muscle from one side of Oz to the other 12 years ago a 80 series Cruiser sitting on over 130 clicks at times did the job superbly……..not sure I would feel as happy with new 200 series with all the bad reports though!

  • Wheelnut

    IMHO The best looking 4×4 made by a major manufacturer would have to be the Mitsubishi Pajero EVO-K Concept from a couple of years ago.

    Unlike most 4x4s it didn’t look like a mobile fortress it was sleek and sporty with a range of innovative features [like an X6] yet it still had the ability to go off road

  • gaz

    Having owned 4 pajero’s and currently on my 5th which is a limited edition, and having driven to the top of cape york. across the simpson desert, dozens of weekend off road trips, and every christmas on the beach at Moreton island I have only one thing to say about 19 years of safe 4w driving with no breakdowns ever! keep up the good work mitsubishi and I will keep on buying.

  • George

    Just bought the GLS 2009 Diesel Pajero asked for rear parking sensors to be installed, thinking they would be the same as advertised as for the VRX and Exceed, silly me the opitional extra rear parking sensors are different aren’t they, they have all four sensors on the rear bumper not two on the bumper and two on the spare wheel cover, and also there is no button to switch it between towbar mode or no towbar mode as shown in the book. Annoying isn’t it.

  • Slugger

    Hi All.
    Dunno where Scott the tester comes from. I road tested a paj GLS yesterday, with my better half on board, who also had a drive. She liked it a lot. We could easily carry on a conversation at 110kph, speaking normally. Yes, it’s a bit prone to body roll if you chuck it around, but we can’t take the BMW into the Tanami, so I guess that’s the choice. The idea of comparing like to like should be mandatory, ‘coz anything else is just silly. But, if the vehicle is easy on the juice, comfy, will go up sandy roads, tow 3 tonnes, and feels good on HER bum, who could argue? None of the medium 4WDs are cheap, or particularly well-finished, but for equipment level, terms on warranty, and price the mitsu is a bit ahead. They also make nuclear reactors, where the reliability HAS to be good.
    So, think what you want the machine to do, exactly, and make your choice based on how well it will do what YOU want. Any review that presupposes the intended uses [other than what the vehicle is primarily designed for] is probably out of line, even tho’ I take the point that many buyers use these things as taxis for the kids. Perhaps that could be built into the reviews, ie, tell how it is for use as mum’s shopping trolly, and ALSO how it stacks up as a vehicle to take the van around Oz, with some off-roading mixed in.
    Happy test-drives,
    Slugger

  • G

    Just had one of these as a hire car yesterday and it was fantastic. Did about 1000km of highway driving – pretty quiet for a 4WD, and far better handling on the road than any other true 4WD I have driven.

    Also did some serious dirt track driving with large pot holes. Averaged 100km/h and the car lapped it up. Handled very well.

    Averaged 10L/100k. Agree that the interior finish is missing something, or has too much of something, but can’t put my finger on it exactly. I could put up with it though.

    Have always hated mitsubishis, but I was impressed and felt compelled to defend it here. It’s a bit expensive for me, but has made me re-evaluate the triton as an option for a ute. I hadn’t even considered it up to this point.

    As long as the reliability is OK, the pajero would make a fine family 4wd.

    Cheers.

  • Regger

    Went to trade my petrol NM in on a Paj DiD Exceed but was really dissapointed in the unchanged interior, general unchanged build quality, bloody noisy engine and shocking trade in valuation.
    I bought a V6 Tdi Touareg….. and I can’t stop smiling. (both on and off road)

  • Swanny

    I just picked up my 09 Pajero Exceed. I had a 2002 and it lasted 270,000 km off road and towing a double horse float most weekends with out a fault. If this one is as good i will be happy.
    The Sat Nav is fiddly and locks you out when the car is moving. Plus my weekender is not on the map. The Garmin Nuvi portable is way better so may be I should have got a VX.
    Any way does any one know how to upload speed cameras and school zones into it ?

    I always buy petrol as I can never work out how the life time cost of a Diesel is cheaper with inital cost feul price and serviceing plus smell noise and lower power.

  • Simon

    Can anyone advise on the running and service costs?

    Thanks.

  • Kenny

    Just to clarify few things about the NT Pajero’s engine. The Pajero’s main rivals are Toyota Land cruiser Prado & Nissan Path finder. The Toyota Land cruiser Prado hasn’t had a significant upgrade since 2003. This cheap looking plastic is perception. I have rented a few new Holden’s the interior plastic is soft and brittle breaks easily, they might not look cheap, but breaks like egg shell. The Mitsubishi’s chap looking plastic interior is hard and won’t break. What is the use in having nice looking cracked plastic interior.

    NT Pajero DI-D – 147kW/441Nm

    Toyota Land cruiser Prado 127kW/410Nm
    Nissan Pathfinder 126kW/403Nm

    • Blokie

      good post mate, will be interesting to see what happens in the next few years though with the Pathy coming out with a 3.0V6TDI pumping out 550NM.

      Anyone i know that has a Pajy, buys another one

  • ScottT

    Well had my GLS 3.2 for 2 months now and loving it, great to drive, makes my R51 Pathfinder feel like a tractor. Couldnt be happier. Only issue I have is the rear door, cant be opened when towing. Well not far anyway. But its all about comprimises isnt it?

    • craig

      if the rear door cannot be opened when towing then its out for me…and the Prado is probably gone now too. Thats no comprimise…thats a pain in the a**e! Apparently the Prado has a lifting tailgate with split window lift selling in NZ…why not here??

  • http://esekoncekiru.wordpress.com ESEKON EKIRU

    I dont like the shape of all Pajeros,they appear to be designed by amateurs.And I havent mentioned the noise emitted even at low speeds.

  • http://esekoncekiru.wordpress.com ESEKON EKIRU

    I wont touch a Pajero with a ten-foot pole,and their prices are ridiculous!

    • Tomas79

      Too right,
      The price is good, but it’s a fat fugly looking thing, with IFS and IRS, and monocoque construction…

      I reckon the challenger is a better serious buy for someone on a budget…

  • PajOwner

    Half of the clowns commenting aren’t even Pajero owners I bet…I’ve owned the NS 25th Anniversary VRX 2008 and just traded and got the 2010 NT VRX. First of all, the reviewer is probably staffed by Toyota…God knows they need all the help they can get right now.

    I am not necessarily a brand loyal person. Money talks for me. Bang for buck is what I ALWAYS look for regardless of whether it has an Aussie badge, a Jap badge or a Chinese badge. if it’s great value for the money, I’ll buy it.

    The Pajero is an exceptional vehicle. I have driven an 09 Prado (albeit not off-road) and a Patrol. Both are okay…but the Paj…you can see why it’s won the Dakar Rally a ridiculous number of times. The Diesel is the way to go…and if people complain about the noise, they need to get over it…The Prado and the Patrol are just as bad, don’t pretend they aren’t…it’s a Diesel engine for goodness sake…par for the course. The Paj burns off the Prado and Patrol in speed and power as well as torque.

    It’s a comfy ride and in my opinion Mitsu has built a great car. I don’t part with 65k easily…I did with the Paj…TWICE…

    • Joffa

      The Daker Pajero [wanker!] shares just the badge with what you can buy.

      NOTHING is the same, its a custome built desert racer.

      Anyway, last few years its followed the VW Toerags home…

      YES, Mitsubishi does excellant value-for-money and the BEST customer service in Oz

      Cheers

    • http://KIA Kev

      I own an Excced, and I know its less capble off road than the Prado, and dont even think about trying to stay with a Patrol off road. But good on road with the van. Thsi car is not built for off road!

      • Blokie

        actually most people will be suprised how good they are off road.

        most ozzies think if it hasnt got a badge saying land cruiser or patrol on it, then its no good offroad.

        solid front and rear axles are only good for crawling over pot holes, IRS/IFS is much better in sand as there isnt a big diff pumpkin hanging scraping the sand along and also IRS/IFS is better on rough roads as the diff doesnt move around like Solid axled vehicles

  • Brett

    Thanks for the unbiased feedback Pajowner, I’ve been looking at Kluger and Challenger but may opt on a 2 yr old Pajero with low kms for same price after your comments. If I was buying new I would be hardpressed not to buy a Mitsubishi with their great 5/10 tr warranty.
    I don’t see many (if any) 2010 Challengers on the roads, can anyone shed any light on that? I can’t understand it as they look great.I haven’t driven one yet but from all reports they’re good in the city as well as off road.

    • craig

      Because they just dont have enough here! Its now Jan 2011 and they still are very hard to find. The auto has 50nm less torque than the manual so pretty gutless when rated to 3T towing. Apparently great offroad though.

  • tom

    i am a family man and keen out back traveller with usually a off rd trailer or a off rd caravan hitched on behind the did pajero.we are always packed to the rafters with 5 of us in the paj.having owned 2 pajeros diesels and travelling over 420.000 ks between them not once has the pajeros ever broken down.we live in the country with some bad roads and have had no mechanical problems.i achieve 9.5L-km highway driving 13.5L-km towing offroad .comparing my mates 4wds that we travel with, our pajero has been more reliable,economical and comfortable .there hasnt been anywhere in the outback our pajero couldnt get to .when the time comes i will be buying another one.

    • John

      How does the Pajero go towing a van which weighs around 2.5 ton? I am considering an NT Diesel Pajero and am not sure how it would go with a large towing load?

  • Linda

    We can’t decide between the pajero and challenger.The later has better seating capacity for our 4 children and dif lock standard which would suit the conditions we sometimes find ourselves in. However the pajero appears to be better suited to towing our camper trailer offroad when we’re loaded to the hilt with kids and camping gear. We currently have a worn out pathfinder with a rear that drags on the ground when we’re fully loaded. Suspension, power and seating seem to be the big issues.Is the challenger up to the job as far as suspension and power go, as it would be the better car for the majority of the time just driving the kids around the city. Can anyone advise?

  • Capn Bazza

    Towing a caravan back from Sydney to Perth in a 200t VRX and scrubbed out the inside of my rear tyres, right down to the bloody canvas, $1000.00 to replace thank you very much.(only 35000ks on the clock). Since found out the rear wheels need to be aligned but no mentioned in the manual. Have since brought the 2011 RX to spend 3 months towing a bigger van (2500kg). Lets hope the tyres last longer

    • http://KIA Kev

      This problem is related to the rear independant suspension. Its just the same as a commodore suspension! Its too soft, and if you have a load on the tow ball, the weight sags the suspension in a way that angles the inside tyre edges inward. If you tow with a Pajero – the rear suspension needs to be beefed up.

      • Blokie

        or fix the load distrabution

  • InTheBush

    Pajero is seriously good off road, and better than most large 4X4 onroad.
    Many who have bought SUV’s to go off road should have bought Pajero (or Prado) instead. While its internal packaging is now dating, it really is of no consequence when you are easily carving up a beach, or scrabbling over well worn bush tracks. A split 3rd row would make it heaps more flexible in the rear for luggage.
    When does an all new model surface?

  • Wild Bill

    Just ready to buy new Pajero. Heard they are notorious for scrubbing out rear tyres under 20,000ks when towing. As I will do a lot of towing (2100kg tare) wondered if any owners have that problem and if so how to fix.

  • 4WD man

    I own a 2002 3.2 Did Pajero. I drive brand new 3lt Patrol for work on a daily basis. This gets changed over every year. All the carry on about Pajero’s not being good for off road is just brand bias. Personally, I do 60000 a year in the patrol, serious off road work including steep rocky alpine trails, snow & mud. The Pajero eats the patrol for breakfast. The Pajero is more powerful, more comfortable, economical, spacious and reliable. Broken Patrols more times that I can count. How Nissan sells these piles of junk and gets away with it amazes me. SIde note, why does a 3lt diesel hold 12lts of oil! What’s Nissan hiding? Any 4WD needs suspension mods if you are towing heavy loads or off roading in extreme conditions including a Landcruiser. If I could afford a Landcruiser I’d have one, but they’re not $40,000 better than a Pajero.

  • John

    Hi All
    WOW…lots of Brand bias here, after a screen and a half, I wanted to stop reading…wow paragraphs of it.
    My 2c

    Let’s start with why you bought your SUV, i.e, uses in it’s lifetime:
    98% on-road use
    1% towing caravan
    1% semi-serious off road.

    If you paid $80K for your 4×4, you will justify that debt you made to the bank, probably everything else will be bad.

    In buying a vehicle, you should do “some” research:

    Serious 4×4 enthusiast: Buy a Wrangler or something.
    buy something with solid axles, jack up the suspension, allow for 2m of flex.
    Know when you buy it, the on-road handling will be poor.

    Semi-serious 4×4 and don’t mind half-bad handling on-road, then
    buy a vehicle with independent front and solid axle rear, the handling may be half-bad,

    Do you want a safe and exellent handling SUV that is capable off-road, but you don’t expect to climb boulders and 2m deep ruts and you don’t care for 2m of flex, then full independent suspension is for you. It will be amazing on-road.

    How often do you do the following(1% to 99% of vehicle’s lifetime) :
    Towing a caravan/heavy load for thousands of km?

    Know that with a solid rear axle-the springs just compress.
    and..
    ANY independent suspension vehicle has it’s wheels “kick-out” a little for exeptional handling around corners and avoiding obstacles on the road- this happens as weight is put on that corner’s suspension. Logically a heavy load from a caravan will do the same. Talk to your local mechanic or dealer for stiffer springs or spring boosters (cheap)- this goes for Ford/Commodores as well- tow a heavy caravan and the independent suspension will angle the tyres out slightly- it’s not a brand issue (so don’t make it that) it’s independent suspension.

    If like I said above, in it’s lifetime you will be on-road or gravel road for 99% of it’s life with just people and some luggage, get a SUV with the best safe handling to avoid accidents, objects and people.
    It could be a Pajero over a Prado. The Prado has a truck chassis and doesn’t handle as well.

    However, if you want to go through deep ditches and climb up boulders, a Prado has better flex in it’s rear axle, then drive in to town, split your driving 50% / 50%. Then the Prado may be for you, just drive slow on the bitumen, say 80km/h as the handling and response is less accurate than with a Pajero.

    If you want a serious 4×4, get one with 2 solid ales with 2m of flex-remember the sacrifice on instant handling.

  • snowy brown

    what year did the pajero 3.2 diesel started to deliver 147 kw & 441 torque. Snowy

  • Steve

    Interesting debate. We’ve owned a 1999 Exceed 3.5 petrol for over 3yrs now and its been the most awesome motor ever. It just keeps going. A bit heavy on the juice in town but on the freeway its fine. I’m just about to buy a 2010 VRX 3.8 petrol – looks great and will last us for at least the next 10yrs………

  • Freo4ages

    2008 i bought the platinum addition pajero and since then have a fair bit of crap hung on me but have never been left behind on or off road. Here in WA we play on the power line treck a lot mostly rocks and steep climes. I have the petrol V6 had roof mount DVD window tint floor mats and paid $52000.00 less the $2000.00 cash back. Great deal when you compare to prado. I recommend this car to anyone after sales service you can’t fault and good price. The big service is 45thou and the only one mitsubishi didn’t get because of price. It now has ARB bar and new tyres. No issue with rear tyres scrubbing but only tow 1500kg camper. Great car don’t care what this fool says, must be sponsored by Toyota.

  • Rodgerh1

    2009 v6 3.8ltr petrol sports auto..approx. 1/2 litre engine oil top up required every 5000kms??
    Is this average usage or what??

  • Happy

    I have a twin locked (diff locked) 2010 Pajero that will eat the Prado / Patrol for breakfast. Spend $500 putting sound deadening (dynamat) in the doors and its as silent as my 5-series BMW. Pajeri is THE best package for a 4WD. 

  • Sabrina

    I have a 2009 GLX diesel and have found on the highway at around 80 to 90 kms and 100 to 110kms Pajero falters only momentarily but it is annoying and it is not consistent often when you reach those speeds, it is consistent in where it is roughly the same places on the highway when it falters just a miss but annoying, your travelling at highway speed and not hilly, not behind slow traffic, not towing, but good going,
    Another problem is that it blows smoke sometimes, we have taken in and had tappets, injectors, electronic diagnostic check and full service done, has anyone had similar problems or can sujest what might be happening, I have had other people drive it to see if it was just a me thing but they still get it to falter.
    All things aside I love it, we have had 2 earlier model petrol sports wagons, then brought a Xtrail what a let down, could not wait to go back to the Pajero mind you we looked at Prado, Pathfinder and a couple of others but found there was not the leg room and front seat comfort, down side no accommodating storage in the front