Review of Mitsubishi Pajero 4th Generation 2006 - 2021

Review of Mitsubishi Pajero 4th Generation 2006 - 2021

Posted by Extnix on 20th Feb 2024

Extnix Mitsubishi Pajero

The Mitsubishi Pajero holds a prestigious track record as one of the most accomplished 4x4 vehicles in the Dakar Rally. For individuals contemplating the purchase of a pre-owned Pajero, there are several essential considerations to bear in mind.

Despite operating somewhat under the radar compared to its competitors, the Mitsubishi Pajero has earned accolades from off-road enthusiasts and touring enthusiasts alike. With the current fourth-generation model now reaching its tenth year, early editions offer compelling value propositions.

Debuting in the early 1980s as a contender against the Toyota LandCruiser, the Pajero swiftly cemented its reputation for off-road prowess by dominating its class in the challenging Dakar Rally. Since then, the vehicle has undergone multiple iterations, culminating in the current fourth generation introduced in 2006.

The transition from a body-on-chassis to a monocoque design with the third generation marked a significant enhancement in on-road comfort and overall rigidity. This design ethos extends to the fourth generation, offering improved styling, interior comfort, and safety features.

Initially available in both three- and five-door configurations, the popularity of the three-door variant dwindled, resulting in its discontinuation in 2010. Consequently, the majority of used examples on the market are the more versatile five-door models, suitable for various applications including family use, towing, touring, and off-roading.

The Pajero lineup encompasses various trim levels such as GLX, GLS, VR-X, and Exceed. While the GLX serves as a basic entry point, higher trim levels offer luxurious amenities like leather seats. However, the interior, while spacious with ample storage options, has been identified as a weak point, particularly in earlier models.

Extnix Mitsubishi Pajero Modified vs Standard

Powertrain options consist of a 3.2-liter turbocharged diesel or a 3.8-liter V6 petrol engine, paired with either a five-speed automatic or manual transmission. Diesel variants, favoured for touring and towing due to their superior torque output and fuel efficiency, are especially sought after, provided they have received regular maintenance.

For off-road enthusiasts, the Pajero has always delivered commendable performance, thanks to features such as a switchable centre differential lock and, in higher trim levels, a lockable rear differential. However, prospective buyers should meticulously inspect these features to ensure proper functionality.

The infotainment system in the 4th generation Pajero depends on the year and model. Options included features such as a touchscreen display, navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and audio streaming, USB ports for connecting external devices, and compatibility with smartphone integration systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, depending on the trim level and options chosen, it may offer features such as a premium sound system Rockford, satellite radio, and voice recognition capabilities. At Extnix, we offer a great choice of upgrades for your factory radio headunit to our premium range of infotainment systems. Click here to view Extnix infortainment systems

So how good an Extnix Premium Infotainment System looks after installation? Below you can see the before and after upgrade pictures of 2006-2013 Mitsubishi Pajero Rockford Factory headunit with Extnix Premium Infotainment System with Wirless Apple carplay, Wirless Android Auto, 9" QLED HD IPS Touch Screen, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, DSP, etc. 

Extnix Premium Mitsubishi PAJERO Apple CarPlay Android Auto Infotainment System Rockford Compatible

When purchasing a used Pajero, it is imperative to consider factors such as mileage, service history, and potential issues specific to each engine type. Regular servicing is crucial, particularly for diesel models, to mitigate common issues like diesel particulate filter failure. Furthermore, buyers should scrutinize the driveline for any indications of wear or vibration, especially in older models, and exercise caution with modifications like lift kits, which can affect drivability and reliability.

Ultimately, a comprehensive inspection conducted by a qualified 4WD professional can provide reassurance when purchasing a used Mitsubishi Pajero, ensuring countless miles of adventure both on and off the road.