Pajero NM 3.2 Diesel reliability

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 20:26
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Hi All,
Thinking of purchasing a NM GXL Pajero 3.2 lt diesel 5 speed manual.
Has done 98,000kms, Can anyone give me an opinion on these vehicles as far as reliability and comfort.
Looking at paying $22,000, car is in average condition,is this a fair price?
Thank you for any responce to my question.
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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 20:58

Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 20:58
I have a 2004 auto 3.2 done 160,000klm, about half of it towing 2.5t. Had no problem, other that the speeding tickets our son keeps getting in it. He had 10 years of V8 utes and no ticket.

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Reply By: Eric Experience - Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 21:13

Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 21:13
Thats a good price if the timing belt has been changed, if not get a price for the 100k service. Al Pajero vehicles are reliable and good to drive. Eric.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 21:48

Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 21:48
This engine doesn't have timing belt, Chain as far as I know.
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Reply By: OREJAP - Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 23:08

Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 23:08
Had a 2003 NP GLS for 6 years great vehicle traded it in on the new VRX NT auto did 3.2 I thought the NP went like a shoe off a shovel but the new NT "flies"
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Reply By: Member - Phil 'n Jill (WA) - Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 00:18

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 00:18
Hi Peteraw

Sounds good value.

Agree no timing belt in the diesel version.

Covered 70,000km in 2004 NP Pajero Auto diesel since purchasing S/H (72,000km on clock then) April 2007- nearly half of that towing at speed limits on two trips across this vast land and very satisfied with performance.

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Reply By: patsproule - Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 07:22

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 07:22
Peter, as others have said no timing belt but they do have a plastic guide on the top of timing chain between the cams that is prone to failure. It is about $28 for the part and about 1 hour to change so no big worry there. Just change it before it fails even if an MM dealer says they don't fail. A couple have, some with catastrophic results. This seems to be their only Achilles heal and it is no where near as prevalent as ZD30 failures.

If you can, find a later NP (shouldn't be a whole lot more $$$) as they have traction control, stability control & ABS standard. They are a fair bit more capable off-road. I had an NM petrol for 100,000 odd km and now I have an NP DID (5 speed manual) with about 75,000km under our belt. The difference is amazing offroad and the diesel is a delight when towing. Average highway cruise fuel use for us is 9L/100km, around 11.5 around town, and 12.5 towing our ski boat. Our neighbour has an NT and it's in another world again - more power - more refinement - less noise.

Lastly - head over to for a very active and useful owner forum.

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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 08:36

Friday, Jan 15, 2010 at 08:36
Some of the early NMs had dust seal problems, they needed a 'dust kit' putting in.
All you had to do was ask, but you had to know in the first place.
Check under back carpets for signs of dust.
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