Mitsubishi Pajero NJ LWB GLS 1996


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Mitsubishi Pajero NJ LWB GLS, 1996

Good Points
Very comfortable interior
Handles well and responsive on road
Good turning circle
Reasonably strong plastic moudlings around rear of vehicle ( for when you slide into an embankment or two )

Bad Points
Could do with a bit more clearance, although at this stage, it is still stock in that regard

What mods have you done?
Alloy front bar
Recovery hooks front and rear

What mods are on the list to do?
UHF Radio
Better tyres for the mud and other slippery areas
Would like to add some lift one day

Why did you buy this vehicle?
Mates with similar models

How often do you go offroad?
2 to 3 times per month

What will your next vehicle be?
At this stage, another Pajero

Pure Yobbo

Nice looking rig. Is it Petrol? New a bloke one time who had one - let the timing belt go a bit long and ka-bang - might be something to keep an eye on. They are nice to ride in and look better than the later models with the rounded guards.



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Yes, petrol, 3.5 litre. Goes pretty well. I agree. I prefer the older models, they seem to be a bit tougher when you bump into the edge of a track or similar. Thanks for the info on the timing belt. I will get it checked next time it is serviced to determine the condition.


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Good truck.

I owned one of those for over 10 years and it never let me down until the LSD got a bit tired towards the end - 330,000 klms will do that and perhaps I shouldn't have been there anyway.

Lifts are easy on them if you keep it to about 50mm. The front torsion bars will crank up that amount and still keep enough travel to be be useful. The rear coils are easy and cheap to replace.

You need to keep an eye on the shocks, especially the front set as they are undersized and will wear out very quickly.

PY mentioned the timing belt - this is critical for this engine as it is an interference engine (the valves WILL tangle/bend/hit the pistons) if the belt pops where the older 3 litre engines would usually survive as they were not interference engines. Get the water pump done at the same time. This is not a cheap job, expect to pay close to $1,000 for the wrk.

Spark plugs - these were platinum plugs and also due to be replaced every 10,000 klms. They can be substituted with cheaper plugs if you want, but good plugs are important to this engine to keep it working well.

Other than that - enjoy it. It has a nice turn of power and works well on high speed bitumen and dirt roads.