Issues concerning a grey import Pajero

Submitted: Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 23:31
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Hi,

Currently I am considering purchasing a SWB Pajero 4wd privately via the trading post. The SWB's are not all that common and a bit pricey but I have come across one that looks quite worthwhile, the catch is that its a previous grey import.

I am after some guidance concerning this purchase. Basically I would like to know from anyone who has or knows someone who has purchased a grey import Pajero what problems that have been comfronted with. The model is a 1989 NF Pajero with a 2.5L Intercooled Turbo Diesel Engine.

The questions I have are;

1. Are there specific parts to this model, in others words different to models that were made sold here?
2. Are the parts hard to find?
3. Do they have any known problems as compared to the Australian sold vehicles?
4. Is it really cost effective to get a grey import vehicle? in other words do the initial savings out-weigh the problems if any?

I appreciate any feedback that would assist me in making the right decision regarding this purchase.

Thank You
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 01:01

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 01:01
Any reason your buying grey import over locally sold ones?
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Follow Up By: Ryan648 - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 13:19

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 13:19
Hi Truckster,

Thank you for your reply. The only reason I was looking at the grey import was because its had low km's and alot more options/features than the local models for the same price. The build quality also looked better and it run really well. I just wanted to know the pitfalls with it.

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 18:34

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 18:34
Check archives. THeres MANY discussions on grey imports.

Also, theres no law that says they cant wind back the clock on speedo between Japan and Aussie.. Laugh if you will, but would you be lookin at it if car had 300,000 compared to the 87,000 it has now?
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Reply By: stevesub - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 07:49

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 07:49
Some insurance companies do not insure grey imports eg RACQ. Get the insurance sussed before you buy.

Stevesub
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Follow Up By: Ryan648 - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 13:21

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 13:21
Thanks stevesub, a few people have forewarned me of that now.
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Reply By: Member Eric - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 21:27

Monday, May 31, 2004 at 21:27
Ok , I know I will get bagged but who cares lol . Imports come here and you cannot trace history thats why you get low kms , most are wizzed . Cant guarranty what country they spent there life in , for eg. did it snow ? Insurance can be a hastle , and resale , well your asking a million questions
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Reply By: redgreg - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:42

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:42
Hi Ryan648,

I'm in a very similar situation, looking at an imported 1989 NF Pajero with a 2.5L Intercooled Turbo Diesel Engine in Melbourne. Did you manage to find out any more information in regards to your questions?

My main concern is the cost of parts, and avaiablity. I phoned Mitsubishi and they said that they don't stock spare parts for privately imported vehicles (well this one anyway), and that I would have to contact the importer directly. The person selling the vehicle said that they have never had a problem getting parts (even from Mitsubishi) and that it's the same engine as the 1992 2.5L Intercooled Turbo Diesel Engine? Does anybody know anything about this?

Thanks in advance,
Red

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