New DID Pajero

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 13:34
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Hey all, in a few weeks I will be picking my new DID exceed from the dealership. My primary concern is how to wear in the paj, the right way. I have never owned a diesel before, so I am a little concerned how I should go about treating the new machine for the first couple of weeks. e.g. how long should I wait until I take it offroad or on long trips, is there a minimum amount of time I should wait before engaging low range for the first time. Any advice you could give me on the best way to wear in the new Paj, would be much appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 13:42

Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 13:42
Rodney,
congratulations. I reckon you are getting one of the best vehicles around (VW,BMW etc included) I believe the accepted wisdom is to avoid high engine speeds and loads during the first 5000 km. There is no reason why you shouldn't use low range straight off.Bob
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Reply By: johnsie - Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 16:17

Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 16:17
Congratulations a very good vehicle to drive the boss has one and took it for a spin up a couple of creeks,and as Rod said just dont red line it for a while untill you have a few k's on it.
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Follow Up By: harry5 - Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 19:33

Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 19:33
Congratulations I have one i just took it a bit easy fot 1st. 1000ks best vehicle i have owned just love driving it
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Reply By: Bob&Normaa - Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 19:52

Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 19:52
Hope the new vehicle goes well!
Mits have just rebuilt the NM petrol motor and denied problems with the transmission.
Still apart from the plastic trim falling off or coming apart, the leaking door seals when attempting any sort of river crossing, and the inability of the dealer to explain why a warning light comes on occasionally, we really cant complain.
Probably built on a friday before a long weekend!Great car just don't go too far from a dealer.
Southern Mits service manager suggested we should have bought a cruiser or patrol for real 4wd.
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Reply By: Graeme - Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 19:55

Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 19:55
Hi Rod

May I ask - why did you buy a Pajero & not something else Nissan or Toyo?

Interested because I face a similar decision shortly.
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Follow Up By: Rodney - Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 22:14

Sunday, Jan 25, 2004 at 22:14
Cruisers and patrols are just too big and impracticle, especially if you live in the city. Unless i intended on doing VERY serious offroading would i consider these two machinces. The Pajero offered the best of both worlds, offroad there great and do the job very nicely especially thanks to its standard traction control across the range, and onroad are a very well mannered car tackling the suburban traffic with easy. It diesel engine was to say the least FANTASTIC. The interior of the pajero felt more homely and comfortable than the cruiser or patrol.
Now the Prado was a big dissapointment from my perspective. The prado had a poor approach and ramp over angle, compared to the pajero and had a mere two degrees more departure than Pajero. Inside was very small and cramped, especially incomparison to the Pajero. The Pajero's auto box, super select drive terrian and diesel engine make it hard to step by. There was really nothing new with the all new prado except for its 4.0L engine, and even then its severly weakened by its transmission, both in auto and manual.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 00:03

Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 00:03
"Cruisers and patrols are just too big and impracticle, especially if you live in the city. "

They are no different in size, or anything.. Park them next to each other they are the same outside, sit in them they are the same (did yesterday while wife was lookin at Xtrail)...

The only reason I can think that they are in a class different in 4wd of the year is so they have a chance of winning..
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Follow Up By: Rodney - Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 01:38

Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 01:38
Ok the Pajero is smaller than both patrol and crusier but only by a fraction.
Cruiser is 6 cm longer and 4.5 cm wider than pajero
Patrol is 10cm longer and 3.5cm wider than pajero
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Follow Up By: Rodney - Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 01:40

Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 01:40
just to satisfy people's curiosity
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Follow Up By: Rodney - Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 01:52

Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 01:52
just to answer your last question, they are classed differently becasue of there weights. prados and pajero weigh atleast 200kg less than patrols or crusiers.
Exceed Turbo Diesel Auto Pajero and the Sahara Crusier Turbo Diesel Auto weighs 500kg less. Patrol top of the line 3.0L Turbo Diesel auto weighs an extra 230kg than Pajero.
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 10:39

Monday, Jan 26, 2004 at 10:39
Rodney , i've been driving trucks for 35 years, you can go anywhere you like in it straight from showroom but as others have siad just don't flog it for 5000ks & it will last you for ages. if you are using mineral oil in it change @ 5000k intervals & do oil & filters @10000ks & enjoy yourself.Regards Bob
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