The Mitsubishi Pajero is one of the best off-road SUVs that we can’t get in the United States – and that sucks.
Our friend from Dubai sent us a “Dude, I love (or hate) my ride” video of his 2006 Mitsubishi Pajero. A similar vehicle, the Mitsubishi Montero, was available in the United States up until 2006. It’s gone from our country now… but at least we have cool fans who still appreciate them!
You can read about the Mitsubishi Montero’s U.S. history (here).
He bought it used for about $14,300 U.S. back in 2010. It has over 146,000 miles on it and it still runs strong. It comes with a 170 horsepower 3.0-liter gas V6 and a proper 4WD system.
“The Super Select 4 (SS4) system was also further refined: bevel gears were replaced with planetary gears. This meant the front-to-rear torque setting ranged from 33 to 67, with the ability to adjust to 50/50 depending on surface conditions. The system was also made fully electronic, meaning the vehicle didn’t have to be in gear to switch between drive modes. After all the upgrades, the system was renamed to Super Select 4WD II (SS4-II).”
This generation of Montero/Pajero was ahead of its time. After building the Pajero for years on a ladder frame, Mitsubishi built a uni (unit)-body vehicle. It also had a four-wheel independent suspension. Rack and pinion steering replaced the recirculating ball steering system. Seating for up to seven remained, but the third row became more conventional in their layout. Despite these “car-like” additions, it was a remarkably capable off-road vehicle.
Unfortunately, with no true off-road-capable vehicle, Mitsubishi only offers crossovers in the States. They are not too shabby in the rough, but nothing they offer here could hold a candle to the old Montero/Pajero.
In this video, we get a fantastic tour of this fan’s Pajero in the middle of the desert. It’s a very cool location, one we hope to visit in the near future.