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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 1st 2010
18--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 1, 2010 Portly Pajero cruises on TIME'S UP: The Mitsubishi Pajero comes with all the bells and whistles but there are better buys in the 4WD world. wheels Nothing exceeds like excess as Mitsubishi loads up the Pajero. Neil Dowling reports But it s a lovely cruiser. The wagon hunkers down on the road and absorbs bumps like a heavyweight fighter, remaining quiet and fuss free and even a bit economical. IT was once believed that the Inuit regularly abandoned the aged and infirm to die on the ice. The concept was that because they were a drain on the tribe, best they float off on a block of ice to another world and let the living share the last fillet de seal. It seems incredibly sad and heartlessly cruel but I really wish someone had done that to the Nissan Patrol about four or five years ago. It was --- indeed, is --- old and infirm and barely clinging to life. Yes, it is rugged, reliable and affordable four-wheeling but it is crude and truck-like in a sea of competitors that are blessed with high occupant safety, car-like handling and quietness and better efficiency. Not any particular ef- ficiency --- all efficiencies. It would be a lonely death for the Patrol aboard a block of ice so I have a suggestion. Bring the Pa- jero along for a bit of company. Don't get me completely wrong --- I really like the Pajero. But like the Patrol, it's become long in the tooth. Its top-line Exceed model is well named. Dressing it up as a mobile Kensington Palace anteroom com- plete with squeaking leather and rich wood and chrome trinkets may appeal to those who like ancient loungerooms but it only temporarily masks the Pajero's age. When it arrived in 2000, it was the first of the big-volume 4WDs to have a monocoque body. That is, no frame. This was to save weight --- starting at launch at a rather unexpectedly portly two tonneS --- and allowing unprecedented body rigidity. Ten years down the track, the Pajero weighs about 2.4 tonnes and has eaten so much over the years its once svelte body has been bloated to the point of having no advantage over its ladder-framed rivals. It feels heavy, too, and its weight has compromised fuel economy and handling, though I'd admit it rides like on air and once cruising, the perfectly hushed room in which to appreciate the brilliant 12-speaker Rockford audio. In short, it's time for a change. But just before it's parked on an iceblock and shoved off the shore, let's look at its virtues. It's been around long enough to retain a loyal following and, if pricing remains competitive, will continue to rob the more expens- ive Toyota Prado of sales. It gets the job done. In the dirt it is just as capable as the Prado and arguably has a more potent diesel engine even if that is dulled somewhat by an 88-litre fuel tank against the Prado's 150-litre tank. It is roomier than Prado and that benefits the children who can avail themselves to the third seating row. Pick the right model and you appear to get more for your money, too. But inside it is old fashioned and the instruments and gauges are hard to read. Even the wood and leather don't divert the eyes from the hard plastics and simplistic shapes that make up the cabin trim. Even in the Exceed, there's no real sense of luxury. Rather, it has a veneer of luxury. Like the cereal box in Kulbrick's 2000-A Space Odyssey, appearances deceive. The diesel version is a better option than the silky V6 petrol, primarily because it makes the most of the smallish fuel tank. Weight is the Pajero's enemy and even with the diesel, the suburban and highway average of 10.5 litres/ 100km was acceptable, not bril- liant. Load this baby up and even cruising you'll be shy of an 800km range. But it's a lovely cruiser. The wagon hunkers down on the road and absorbs bumps like a heavy- weight fighter, remaining quiet and fuss free and even a bit economical. The steering wheel is biggish but there's nothing wrong with the way the Pajero turns into a corner. In the dirt the low-range and differential locks easily eclipse the traction properties of the standard street tyres. It will slip a bit around on sand-strewn rocks but don't blame the Pajero - get a new set of tyres. As said, it's as capable in the dirt as the Prado and in sand, has the edge mainly because the 3.2-litre diesel has more grunt. Suspension is double wishbones at the front and independent multi- link with coils at the back. Serious 4WD folk would want more travel at the front but the drivetrain's ability to send torque to the right wheel at the right time means it's not critical. For the rest of us, only its size and weight could slow you down in thedirt.But---andit'sabigbut--- it didn't let me down. The Exceed looks glitzy and that will impress the neighbours with the chrome, the big alloy wheels and the interior of leather and wood. But this top model isn't cheap and if you're not an active off-road enthusiast, there are better pick- ings in the SUV sector. small torque Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed Origin: Japan Price: $76,790 Engine: 3.2-litre, 4-cyl turbo- diesel Power: 147kW @ 3800rpm Torque: 441Nm @ 2000rpm Fuel: Diesel Fuel tank: 88 litres Economy: 9.0 litres/100km Greenhouse: 216g/km (Corolla: 175g/km) Transmission: Five-speed automatic, sequential, 2-speed transfer case; part- time 4WD Brakes: Four-wheel discs, ESC, ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control Turning circle: 11.4m Suspension: Front --- Double wishbones; Rear --- multi-link, coils Wheels: 18-inch alloy, 265/60R18 tyres; full-size spare Length: 4900mm Width: 1875mm Height: 1900mm Wheelbase: 2780mm Ground clearance: 225mm Weight: 2350kg Tow (max): 3000kg Warranty: 5yr/130,000km (10yr/160,000km drivetrain), 5yr roadside assist Service: 15,000km Features: Dual-zone climate airconditioning; 12-speaker 6-CD 860W audio; 6 airbags; reverse camera; sat-nav; leather 81/100 Rivals Land Rover Discovery 2.7TDV6 ($68,490) --- 83/100; Nissan Patrol Ti ($69,690) --- 79/100. 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