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First 4x4 for young bloke 2.8 Diesel Pajero???
« on: January 29, 2020, 05:28:26 AM »
Gday all the young bloke is about to get his L’s and I’m keen to get him his first four year. Would love a Toyota holiday or 75 for him but most are high k’s and still ridiculously priced.
Came across a 2002 2.8 Pajero with all the fruit and ready to head bush for $7k with 11montha reg and roadworthy and after any feedback if they are reliable. I hear there a bit of a slug but that’s fine
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Re: First 4x4 for young bloke 2.8 Diesel Pajero???
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2020, 10:20:14 AM »
I hear they have a habit of cracking heads, apart from that, and being a slug, all good as far as I know.
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Re: First 4x4 for young bloke 2.8 Diesel Pajero???
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2020, 10:47:05 AM »
How many Km's on it? A similar car probably worth comparing is the 90series Prado.

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Re: First 4x4 for young bloke 2.8 Diesel Pajero???
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2020, 07:06:00 PM »
There is an airbag recall on some models which I understand that rather than fixing vehicle Mitsubishi will buy back vehicle and scrape them, not sure if it extends to the model you are looking at.

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Re: First 4x4 for young bloke 2.8 Diesel Pajero???
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2020, 04:00:50 AM »
If ya Speewanize is good, Ring speewa after 7pm  >:D
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Re: First 4x4 for young bloke 2.8 Diesel Pajero???
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2020, 07:03:28 AM »
There is an airbag recall on some models which I understand that rather than fixing vehicle Mitsubishi will buy back vehicle and scrape them, not sure if it extends to the model you are looking at.

Looks like the one Swannie is looking at is Probably OK. https://www.unsealed4x4.com.au/1996-2000-mitsubishi-pajero-nl-in-new-takata-airbag-recall-mitsubishi-offers-to-buy-back-vehicles/

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Re: First 4x4 for young bloke 2.8 Diesel Pajero???
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2020, 09:26:01 PM »
Only have 460,000km on my old NJ with the same motor. But it does use water so I think it does have a cracked head. Still does what I need though (bush pig fire wood tractor).

Have had ours for 20 years. Have always heard rumours of cracked heads, but never come across any who has had an issue. I put the rumours in the bucket as the stories about Pajeros have crap gearboxes. But the gearbox issues relate to the Sigma derived gearbox in the mid 80's Pajeros behind the first petrol 4 cylinder models. Since about late 80's gearboxes have been really good, and about twice the size.

The NM model 2002 would be the very last of the 2.8s before the 3.2L was introduced.
The 3.2L to about late 2006 (pre common rail injection model) has expensive  issues.
Would be a good solid car, but make sure has been looked after. Like a car of any brand, at 18 years old it could have all sorts of gremlins hiding.
The 2.8L was introduced in the NJ in about 1993, so had been well developed (or outdated if you are a pessimist) by 2002.
Drive line is virtually bullet proof behind the later 3.2L with nearly 30 to 40% more power and torque.

He would be able to build it up and then transfer all the good bits onto a 2012 (for example) model down the track.

Everyone will say it lacks wheel travel due to IRS at both ends, but that just means you learn how to drive instead of just relying on sloppy live axle suspension  ;D

Not affected by the current airbag recalls.

Our No. 3 son has a 2000 3.5L V6 NL with only about 200,000km on the clock. Goes really good, but still prefers to drive our lazy, worn out 2.8L slug  :cup:


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