Pajero 2003 Diesel

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 09:37
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I’m about to buy a 2003 PAJERO Diesel NP GLX from a dealer with 230,000 km. We’re planning a long on road trip towing a maximum 1.5 tonne caravan fully loaded. The car is in relatively good condition (chassis, suspension, driving, hoses etc ..) with all history in logbook, however the service book does not show that the timing belt replacement at neither 100k nor 200k. On Monday we’re contacting the Mitsubishi shop to check it out before proceeding. My questions to the honourable forum members .... :-)

1. Will the car “live” at all without timing belts at 100k and 200k?
2. If none was made, is it a big risk?
3. What are the most crucial services I should perform before hitting the road?
4. What are the ongoing important services I should be aware of except for oil every 5000 km’s?

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Reply By: Member - Phil 'n Jill (WA) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 10:00

Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 10:00
Hi Eli - being a diesel I don't believe your motor has a timing belt - but I'm sure you will hear about it if I am wrong.

Find yourself a reliable diesel mechanic and let him be your guide in things mechanical.

Happy travelling

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Reply By: OREJAP - Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 10:02

Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 10:02
Hi Elie L, I would also ask the question here
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Reply By: Kimba10 - Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 11:17

Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 11:17
My neighbour has an 06 DID no timing belt only chain. BUT he was warned to check the timing chain guide as there is a little bit of teflon/plastic (cant remeber exactly) on it and the chain can wear it out and when low enough the chain can grab hold of the pop rivet holding the teflon on to the metal part of the guide and well you could imagine what would happen if the chain did grab hold. He had his 200 thou k service done a few months ago and the guide was spot on no problems. Great motor the 3.2 DID, great pulling power and get up n go. The only other issue he had which he was told was common was the diesel pump leaking at a certain seal and leaking diesel down onto the starter motor killing it which did happen to him.........................
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Follow Up By: farouk - Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 12:57

Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 12:57
Further to the 3.2 Pajero,
Yes the timing chain guide can be a problem but from information gathered there are very few motors who have experienced a disintegration of the top chain guide but if it does fail could be very expensive so have the tappetts checked and replace the guide, it is only about $20.
Re the starter motor, this problem stems from bleeding the filter when replacing filter,the starter motor is just below it.
There is another problem which can be a problem and that is the companion shafts, they are prone to coming away from the diff housing in the NM and early NP models, it is about a $600 job to replace including parts..
There are heaps of these models which do not have any problems but be aware of these 2 faults and take appropriate preventative action.
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Reply By: Member - David L1 (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 16:55

Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 16:55
G'day Eli L
I have the 2002 Pajero diesel NM GLS with approx 200,000km on it.
Before leaving on our trip I had a major service & a thorough check over done including the ($28 ) upper timing chain guide replaced. Allow about $850 for this service.
About 1500km later the centre diff light flashed. Took it to an auto transmission specialist who charged $464 to reset fault code and service transmission including filter. Should have had this done prior to setting off.
Good luck on Your trip. The Pajero is a great car if looked after.
Check out My Profile to see what I have done to Mine.
Happy travels
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Follow Up By: Eli L - Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 19:58

Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 19:58
Thank you all for the great info, belt chain it is... :-(
I'll see how we'll go and will see a good mechanic

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