Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 20:35
I get the sense that the mechanics think "you're a female - what would you know about cars?" whenever I complain about a problem. I admit that I don't know much about engines, but I can tell when it is not running very well. My engine was idling rough for nearly a year before it was fixed. Each time it was serviced, they "couldn't find anything wrong with it". Then they suggested I go for a drive with the mechanic so I could "point out when it was happening". I am sure they thought that it would result in nothing. Anyway we went for a drive, and sure enough the car played up. It was so obvious that I didn't need to point it out to the mechanic. The car was then in being 'fixed' for over a week. It was a frustrating time because I was left with no vehicle during this time. One injector was replaced (they told me it was faulty), and they assured me that the problem was fixed. Anyway, it wasn't, so the car was soon back in and had all the injectors replaced. Problem fixed for a short time, but then recurred. This is when I went back and told them what I read on the forum
. They replaced the manifold, and it ran really well after that.... until recently it has started occasionally idling rough again.
Getting the DPF issues sorted out was a rigmarole similar to getting the intake manifold sorted out. I have had enough with this car. I can't rely on it to do an outback trip, nor do I want be stuck with the cost of repairs when it is out of warranty. I don't feel like buying another Pajero again!
My NL Pajero that I had for 9 years was great, except for a ticking noise coming from the engine at times. The oil light would also take a long time to go off after starting the car. It was checked out numerous times by 2 dealerships (we lived in Perth
for 12 months), but the cause was never found. I traded it in on my NS Pajero, and a mechanic from my local dealership ended up buying it. He rang me before he bought it to find out everything about it, and I warned him about the ticking noise. He said he had heard it, but couldn't see the cause. He had it for 12 months, then the engine blew up on him. At the time, he did tell me what the problem was, but I can't remember now. It was what was causing the ticking. He replaced the engine, and the car has been fine ever since. He still has the vehicle today.
It is a shame because the Pajeros do drive very well on the road, and come with a lot of features for the money you spend. Perhaps I have just been unlucky.....