help my mid life crisis....

Submitted: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 23:07
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I am hoping someone can help me! I have the chance to buy my first 4x4, an 89 pajero (nf?...or nfi???). the minister and I only plan to do some rough-road trips out of canberra, so no simpson deserts, gunbarrel hwy etc, thus the choice of vehicle. The paj only has 215k on the clock and has been well looked after (going by the manual, I don't know the prev owner). What can I expect? Milage (3.0l v6 version), anything likely to break? One of the wheel bearings is a bit 'gratey', what would it cost to repair etc. I would sincerely thank anyone for taking the time to provide any info on this model of vehicle.
with thanks
fieldmouse
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Reply By: kezza - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 01:30

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 01:30
Its bound to cost money either way, the pajs dont age quite as gracefully as the tojos and patrols, if you get it at the right price budget 2-5 grand over a year or 2 to get it reliable and set up - I use that figure for any Older 4wd vehicle as a rule of thumb depends on if you do the work or pay somebody else to do it.

kes
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 07:55

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 07:55
I had a Paj a few years back (1st 4X4) from new. In the end it owed me nothing I went on to a Pathy for a while which was great but not built for the long deserts, you have a tendency to want to keep going further & higher in Oz. It is great vehicle, up for sale now.
It depends on your budget and how quickly you want to get going but spend time looking around try not to be impetuous. There are some great buys out there. Talk to your local 4x4 service manager about what they spend time and money on fixing for clients, phone around even in Syd. There are some great Govt 4x4's turn up at the auctions in the ACT.
The most important thing is to know that you have a vehicle that's not going to leave you stuck up in the mountains.
Carpe Diem
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Reply By: Tony - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 08:03

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 08:03
Get a full vehicle inspection done at Nash Off Road in Mitchell, it will give you an idea of what is required and maybe talk a better deal.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin (NSW/ACT) - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 13:12

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 13:12
Monaro Off Road in Queanbeyan should also be able to do the same.Kevin - sitting here, thinking of there
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2002 GU Patrol ST 4.2TD
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Follow Up By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Friday, May 23, 2003 at 18:23

Friday, May 23, 2003 at 18:23
kenvn how do you find the getaway?Regards Bob
Wish i was still here / Gulf in July
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin (NSW/ACT) - Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 14:26

Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 14:26
Bob,

Getaway is excellent to date. Have towed it around the Watagans and out to Willandra Nat Park plus a few local trips - Tumut and Sawpit Creek. Innaminka and surrounds planned for later this year.

It's quite heavy - about 1900KG loaded - and fuel consumption increases to about 18 litres/100km Vs 13'ish around town. The 4.2TD tows it easily (as long as you don't try to hurry up hills).

Quality is good and construction appears very robust. It was two years old when we got it direct from Supreme in Melbourne and looks like a brand new one. I believe it will go all the places we want to go - any/all outback roads and tracks - with ease.
Kevin - sitting here, thinking of there
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Reply By: fieldmouse - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 13:25

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 13:25
thanks to everyone who have taken their time, appreciate the assistance
Fieldmouse
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 13:30

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 13:30
Hi fieldmouse,

We had an NH Paj, 3.5L V6 for several years and it was a good comfortable and capable 4WD. On the whole it was very reliable but we did have to spend a bit of money on various bits an pieces. We sold it with about 190K on the clock. What you have to spend will depend on how well its been maintained and what has already been done. Definitely get a full inspection check by a reputable company, preferably someone who specialises in 4WD's or/and Mitsubishi's.

If its still got original suspension it will probably have sagged considerably so you might consider getting this replaced or boosted, may need to change bushes, get the radiator fan checked (they are known to fail only you won't know until it starts running hot at the most inopportune time like low range 4WD work). Wheel bearings are another issue, we had one fail at about 120K.

Hope this helps.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: BAZZA - Friday, May 23, 2003 at 20:55

Friday, May 23, 2003 at 20:55
g'day fieldmeeci - go for it if it checks out ok by experts - expect them to find a few probs however if sound elsewise and within budget buy buy - had a 1990 machine ten years - no major probs - forever always with hand in pocket however as long as you realise UPFRONT that IT WILL KEEP YOU POOR compared to running a normal car HOWEVER you'll go places and see wonderful things/places in COMFORT that thousands of people will never experience. luvved my paj. however all good things come to an end. now have Forester so can still get away from the maddening crowds. just been to wilpena and arkaroola from broken hill via Yunta then down to adelaide 'appy 4wheeling mate .
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Reply By: BAZZA - Friday, May 23, 2003 at 20:56

Friday, May 23, 2003 at 20:56
g'day fieldmeeci - go for it if it checks out ok by experts - expect them to find a few probs however if sound elsewise and within budget buy buy - had a 1990 machine ten years - no major probs - forever always with hand in pocket however as long as you realise UPFRONT that IT WILL KEEP YOU POOR compared to running a normal car HOWEVER you'll go places and see wonderful things/places in COMFORT that thousands of people will never experience. luvved my paj. however all good things come to an end. now have Forester so can still get away from the maddening crowds. just been to wilpena and arkaroola from broken hill via Yunta then down to adelaide 'appy 4wheeling mate .
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