2012 Mitsubishi Pajero Review

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  • Mitsubishi, Pajero
  • Diesel
  • 3,200 cm³

The Mitsubishi Pajero has had a long and illustrious tenure in the 4×4 club spanning 37 years in which there have been only four major changes. This is not only a demonstration of its timeless appeal but also its ability to thrive in the ever changing automotive landscape. In Kenya, it reigned supreme in the 80s and 90s before it was dethroned by the Toyota Prado. Other competitors include the Land Rover Discovery, the Ford Everest and the Nissan Pathfinder.

  • Body Type: SUV
  • Extras: Sunroof
  • Safety Features: 3 Point ELR seatbelt, Active Stability Control(ASC), ASTC(Active Stability and Traction Control) Parking Assist, Curtain Airbags, SRS Airbags
  • Exterior Features: Alloy Rims, Fog Lights, Side Step
  • Interior Features: 7 Seater, AC Power Output, Optional Leather Seats

Detailed Review

The Mitsubishi Pajero has been in production from 1982 to present. The first generation was in production from 1982 to 1991, the second generation was in production from 1991 to 1999, the third generation was in production from 1999 to 2006 and the fourth generation has been in production from 2006 to present.

The 2012 Mitsubishi Pajero is available with 3 engine options, these are the 3.0 Litre 6 cylinder SOHC petrol engine, the 3.2 Litre 4 cylinder DOHC Turbo diesel engine and the 3.8 Litre 6 cylinder SOHC MIVEC engine. These are linked to either 5-Speed automatic transmission or a 5-Speed manual transmission, all with full range 4WD.

2012 Mitsubishi Pajero Grades
The Mitsubishi Pajero is available in short wheel base(denoted by Short) and long wheelbase versions(denoted by Long).

  1. Mitsubishi Pajero Short VR-I – This is a 5-seater, 3 door version that comes with the 3.0 Litre petrol engine, available in both automatic and manual transmission, 16-Inch alloy rims, keyless entry + key start and clothe seats
  2. Mitsubishi Pajero Short VR-II – This is a 5-seater, 3 door version that comes with the 3.2 Litre turbo diesel engine, available only in automatic transmission, 18-Inch alloy rims, keyless entry + key start, optional leather seats and cruise control
  3. Mitsubishi Pajero 3.0 Long GR – This is a 7-seater, 5 door version that comes with the 3.0 Litre petrol engine, available in both automatic and manual transmission, 16-Inch alloy rims, keyless entry + key start and clothe seats
  4. Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 Long GR – This is a 7-seater, 5 door version that comes with the 3.2 Litre turbo diesel engine, available only in automatic transmission, 17-Inch alloy rims, keyless entry + key start, optional leather seats and cruise control
  5. Mitsubishi Pajero 3.0 Long Exceed – This is a 7-seater, 5 door version that comes with the 3.0 Litre petrol engine, available only in automatic transmission, 17-Inch alloy rims, keyless entry + key start, optional leather seats, cruise control and AC power supply.
  6. Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 Long Exceed – This is a 7-seater, 5 door version that comes with the 3.2 Litre turbo diesel engine, available only in automatic transmission, 17-Inch alloy rims, keyless entry + key start, optional leather seats, cruise control, sunroof and AC power supply.
  7. Mitsubishi Pajero 3.8 Long Super Exceed – This is a luxury grade 7-seater, 5 door version that comes with the 3.8 Litre petrol engine, available only in automatic transmission, 18-Inch alloy rims, keyless entry + key start, optional leather seats, cruise control, sunroof, rain sensors and AC power supply.
  8. Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 Long Super Exceed – This is the ranging topping 7-seater, 5 door version that comes with the 3.2 Litre turbo diesel engine, available only in automatic transmission, 18-Inch alloy rims, keyless entry + key start, leather seats, cruise control, sunroof, rain sensors, AC power supply and Navigation system.

Interior
Legroom & Space
The Mitsubishi Pajero is a large 4×4 with capacity to comfortably carry 7 passengers. At the first row, the space is excellent space and there’s enough legroom even for tall people. At the second row, the legroom is similarly great with enough room to lounge. At the third row, the space is passable and passengers will find it tolerable. The seats are not as well elevated as in the Land Rover Discovery so passengers seat with a slight bend to the knees.

Cabin Storage
There are plenty of storage compartments in the cabin that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags etc. At the first row there are 4 cup-holders, door panel storage, a glovebox and the center-box. For the second row, there are 2 cupholders, front seat jacket pockets and door pockets. For the third row, there is one cup holder and a storage shelf.

2012 Mitsubishi Pajero Boot Space
In the 5-seater configuration, the boot space is humongous and can carry plenty of luggage. In the 7-seater configuration, the boot space is very small and cannot carry any meaningful luggage. When extra space is required to transport bulky luggage, the third row and second row seats can be folded down to free up space.

Other Extras: Sunroof, AC Power Output, Navigation system.

Safety Features: SRS Airbags, Curtain airbags, Active Stability Control(ASC), ASTC(Active Stability and Traction Control) Parking Assist, 3 Point ELR seatbelt

Exterior
The Mitsubishi Pajero is a tall car with sharp and angular edges which gives it a masculine look. All grades come with alloy rims and fog lights. Higher grades come with extras such as sidesteps and roof rails.

2012 Mitsubishi Pajero Fuel Consumption
2012 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.0L petrol fuel consumption: 9.0 km/L
2012 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2L diesel fuel consumption: 10.2 km/L
2012 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.8L petrol fuel consumption: 8.2 km/L

2012 Mitsubishi Pajero Acceleration
2012 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.0L petrol accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 13.5 sec.
2012 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2L diesel accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 12.0 sec.
2012 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.8L petrol accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 10.0 sec.

2012 Mitsubishi Pajero Fuel Tank Capacity: 69 Litres for short wheel versions and 88 Litres for long wheel versions

2012 Mitsubishi Pajero Stability and Handling
From the outside, the Pajero looks like a big lumbering 4×4 but step behind the wheel of the 3.2L diesel and you’ll realize how nimble it is. The gear shifts are fluid and the 5-speed INVECS II automatic transmission delivers power with precision. The 3.0L petrol labors harder to propel the big 4×4 and there’s an audible whine especially when climbing a steep hill. The 3.8L petrol on the other hand makes light work of the hills and climbs quickly with minimal complaints.

 

Service Intervals
Minor Service: At 10,000 km for petrol and 5,000 km for diesel. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: At 15,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
Service parts are affordable and widely available in Kenya. Body parts are also widely available and fairly priced. In Nairobi, most spare shops in Industrial Area and Kirinyaga Road stock the service parts. You can get listings for these shops in this link

2012 Mitsubishi Pajero Reliability
The driving conditions in Kenya are significantly different from those in Japan and Europe. Reliability reviews done for those markets largely do not apply to the Kenyan market. There are differences in roads, fuel, climate, spares, and technical expertise. To give you accurate and reliable local insights, we interview experts such as mechanics and car dealers, who have in-depth knowledge of the Kenyan market. We also test the cars ourselves. Our aim is to give you the right information to enable you make an informed decision when buying a car.

The previous generations especially the V6000 suffered from major issues such as engine and suspension failures. Most of these issues have been eliminated along the way and the current generation is as reliable as it gets. The diesel engine is sensitive and if not properly maintained several issues can crop up. We always advise that you thoroughly read the Owner’s Manual as it contains vital information on the maintenance of the car. To download the 2012 Mitsubishi Pajero Owner’s Manual, click here.

Resale Value: Good

Mitsubishi Pajero Competitors: Toyota Prado, Land Rover Discovery, Ford Everest and Nissan Pathfinder.

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: from Ksh.2,800,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh.112,000/- per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 40,000/- for 4 Tyres
NB: figures as at February 2019

What we like about the 2012 Mitsubishi Pajero
1. Spacious and practical
2. Affordable to maintain
3. AC power output

What we don’t
Below average fuel economy

Conclusion
The Mitsubishi Pajero is a practical car that is not as complicated as some of the modern 4x4s we’ve seen. It gets the job done in a fairly straightforward way using age proven technologies that are reliable.

The AC power socket is an immensely useful feature that comes in handy when you’re on the road. You can power most of your AC equipment such as laptops, car fridges, phones, TVs and much more. For example, we were able to quickly charge our camera equipment on the road without having to rely on our backup batteries.

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