2009 Mitsubishi Pajero

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 12:10
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Besides newspapers and mags has anyone driven or have first hand knowledge of the 2009 Pajero? It appears that power, torque and towing capacity have all increased significantly to make it a solid option for towing and touring, especially off road.

Any thoughts from the wise out there? even on Pajero's in general?
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 13:56

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 13:56
They have always been short on articulation compared to Prado's etc Howdy , but could be a viable touring option apart from small tank, as I have always found them nice to drive on road.

I put my name down to test drive a new one , but the local dealer said they won't get there test diesel for 2 weeks.
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Follow Up By: marq - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 15:22

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 15:22
60L, 81L and 120L aux tanks are available for Pajero's cost about $1500 installed.

Diesels have 20% more power and torque, same engine block but different head and new automatic.
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Follow Up By:- Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 15:32

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 15:32
I would appreciate any feedback once you test drive.
I agree they are comfortable to drive and that is an important factor, especially for the better half!!!
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Follow Up By: Kurd - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 21:42

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 21:42

Could you tell me who is the supplier of these tanks please? I have checked the Long Ranger and Long Range Automotive sites but can't find them listed there. Are they really aux tanks and not replacement? It would be good to fit the 120L tank to get a total capacity of 208L. That would stop my Prado driving mates laughing at me when we cross the Tanami on the days Rabbit Flat is closed. My Pajero has a 146L tank which is rather inadequate on the long stretches so in spite of preferring the Pajero it looks at this stage that my next purchase will be a Prado. However, a 120L aux would save the day for me.

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt H (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 21:57

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 21:57
Long Range Automotive do a 60l for the SWB. Haven't really paid attention to the LWB but give them a call and see what they say. IIRC they do an 80l for the LWB but you lose the well that the 3rd row seats fold into or something.
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Follow Up By: Blaze - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 00:37

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 00:37
I agree with what Robin says about the lack of tank size compared to the Prado and also the articulation, but would like to point out that a similar optioned Pajero will cost you about $10,000 less and if you want just add $2,500 and you can have the factory fit diff lock included, after market long range tank and shocks fitted. Then along with power increase that the Pajero (147kW and 441Nm) has over the Prado (127kW and 410Nm) and the points I just mentioned, I dont see any comparison.

Take it for a run I think you will be pleasently surprised
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Follow Up By: marq - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 17:18

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 17:18
Long Range Automotive have aux (additional) 60L and 81L tanks do not affect the third seat (they are installed underneath) but if you have the 2nd air-cond then you can only have 60L or you have to remove the second air-cond for the 81L.

There is another manufacturer that has a 120L aux tank but requires the use (cut off) the third seat well.

The only time you need more than 170L (90L + 81L) is the Canning Stock Route (need additional 20 to 40L minimum) and maybe the falls off the GGR.

The dent in the tank is from the simpson (pounding on the tank where there was heavy scolloping)
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Follow Up By: marq - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 17:28

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 17:28
LRA have the 115L but seat well mods required.
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Reply By: Member - Matt H (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 17:21

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 17:21
I generally don't post here, just lurk but I picked up my new MY09 shortie diesel Pajero yesterday. Haven't driven it much as I've been at work but I'm very happy with it so far. Decent power and torque, comfortable, big enough for me (single and no kids) but small enough for around town. Should be good offroad and for the touring I have planned (I'll be fitting an auxilery tank to extend range).
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Reply By: jomahk - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 18:40

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 18:40
The new Paj has increased its torque to 440nm @ 200 rpm; & with an increase to 300 kg legal tow limit it sounds like the goods for a tow but beware. The increase in max tow weight has come at the cost of legal towball download weight from 250kg to 180kg. This means that when towing any load over 2500kg; the max permissable towball load is 180kg. Now, my van weighs 2140 empty & has a towball weight of 170kg; so it would not take much food in the fridge plus a few clothes to push it over 180. In my opinion there would be not many vans or trailers around maxing in at over 2500kg with a towball weight less than 180 and if that be the case the new Paj is really nothing more than a 2500kg tug just like the old one. I think its a shame because I think they are a good wagon and I cant understand why Mitsu did not leave the max towball limit at 250kg as it was with the old model.
I am in the market for a new tug & was very interested until I picked up on the reduced tow ball rating. The managing director had said to me "If you want a new car hon then get one. You only live once you know".We even had the cheque book in the purse ready to say "OK - Ill have the white one in the corner with the green hub caps"but sadly no go. If it cant legally tow the gin palace its a no goer. Bugger!!
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Follow Up By: jomahk - Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 18:43

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009 at 18:43
Oops; should read 3000kg tow limit. Have another glass of red!
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