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Mitsubishi Pajero Montero 4x4 Review
Pajero / Montero 4x4
Type: 4 door wagon, 2 door wagon
Released in the Japanese
market back in 1982 (one year after the Isuzu Bighorn) the Mitsubishi
Pajero / Montero / Shogun 4x4 quickly established a reputation as a
tough, capable, and fun to drive four wheel drive vehicle.
Mitsubishi's goal with the
Pajero / Montero / Shogun 4x4 was to create a more all-around
recreational four wheel drive, as opposed to a hard-core trail-only
4x4, and given the vehicle's many options, accessories, trim levels,
and model variations, they seem to have accomplished this.
The Mitsubishi Pajero /
Montero / Shogun debuted in the Paris Dakar Rally in 1983, and by 1985
had taken first place in its class. This trend (winning) continued and
today the Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero / Shogun is the most successful
4x4 vehicle in Dakar history--although the 4x4 raced in the Dakar Rally
has little more than name in common with the production model.
Equipped with a variety of four cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as
well as V6 petrol engines in later models, the Mitsubishi Pajero
distinguished itself from its Japanese competition by offering features
more commonly found on top-end British 4x4s of the same era.
In addition to four wheel
disk brakes, limited slip differentials, and factory skid plates, many
Pajero 4x4s came fitted with push-button adjustable suspension, plush
interiors, and a centre-lock differential. Unlike the part-time 4x4
systems on most other 4x4s of the era, this enabled the Pajero's four
wheel drive system to be used both on road and off.
If there's one thing
Mitsubishi is known for, it's fitting electronic gadgetry to their
vehicles--4x4s included. And in the mid-90's, the Pajero 4x4 was
perhaps the best example of this.
Multi-zone digital climate
control, electric compass, altimeter, and incline gauges, suspension
seats, the previously mentioned electronic suspension adjustment, and a
plethora of electronic controls on the dash might not seem necessary on
a 4x4, but in many ways Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4 helped pioneer the luxury
Of course, the Pajero was
(and is still) a "real" 4x4 under all that wiring, circuitry, and
plastic. The chassis is tough, the suspension able to handle off-road
abuse in stride, and the 4x4 system proven in extremely tough
environments around the world.
With appropriate off-road
tires and the factory-fitted limited slip rear differential, the
Pajero's four wheel drive system moves the vehicle almost anywhere it
wants to go--with aplomb, style, comfort.
Like every 4x4, the
Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero / Shogun 4x4 has weak points. The vehicle
is heavy for its size, fuel economy can be poor, certain engines were
problematic, and ground clearance is inadequate in stock form.
Parts and repairs can be
expensive, and all that electronic gadgetry--while interesting and
useful--can be very troublesome in older, well-used vehicles. When
things go wrong, they really go wrong.
Fortunately, they don't go
wrong all that often, and since its inception back in 1982, the
Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero / Shogun 4x4 has developed (and earned) a
loyal following of 4x4 enthusiasts around the world.
Well equipped, well designed,
and certainly capable of handling whatever the average 4x4 owner might
throw its way, the Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero / Shogun 4x4 has proven
itself a real-world 4x4. Just mind the gadgets.
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Mitsubishi 4x4 Photos:
Mitsubishi 4x4s, like this Pajero / Shogun
pictured here, are some of the most popular 4x4s sold in many
countries. Originally built on a truck ladder-box frame, new Pajeros
ride on a reinforced rigid unibody platform and use a sophisticated and
proven 4WD system.