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    Hi gents

    I've said in previous threads that I'm interested in buying a SUV in Mar/Apr next year, although I'm not in the market yet, I want to properly educate myself to make the right purchase.

    I've initially looked at a Pathfinder and Jeep GC, but from what I gathered the manual Nissan's clutch need regular replacing and its a costly exercise, while as the auto has issues with the radiator cracking and buggering the transmission which is even more of a money pit than the clutch replacement. I'm not quite convinced of the GC either.

    Now, a few of my questions regarding the Gen 4 Pajero.

    1) What should one be willing to pay for a early model with slightly over 100k on the clock?

    2) The 3.2 or 3.8, and why?

    3) How is the reliability, comfort, safety?

    4) Known or recurring issues?

    5) How do the 2 pajero engines stack up against my 3.0 Kb 300 wrt power (considering body weight) and acceleration? I'm not looking for a 0-100 sprinter, but more power is always welcome.

    The vehicle will be used for 95% (if not more) town driving and the rest bad gravel roads, probably no hardcore 4x4'ing, but I'd like to know I can should the need arises. I do realise should something go wrong on a premium product that it will cost a lot to fix, but I"m not looking at Touareg V10 tdi's repair bills if you know what I mean.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    1lum1nat1,

    Early Gen4, your three LWB options are:

    GLX - 121kw 3.2DiD with D/L and less of the comfort features.
    GLS - 121kw 3.2DiD no D/L with traction and stability control and plenty luxuries.
    GLS - 184kw 3.8V6 no D/L with traction and stability control and plenty luxuries.

    These cars all share the same auto gearbox and Super Select 4x4 system.
    There are no gremlins that I'm aware of with regard the reliability and endurance.

    The GLS models with the stability control, all round independent suspension and ventilated discs on all four corners make for extremely sure footed handling on tar and on dirt roads. There are airbags all over the place should you overextend the road holding ability of the car.

    Dealer services are expensive, simply because they choose to make them expensive (last time I even got charged R145.00 for the wash - good thing it is still under maintenance plan). The actual parts and oils are not expensive and are easy to do yourself. The 3.8V6 needs an expensive cambelt service every 90k km

    I am driving Pajero No7 since 1994 and really consider them to be EXTREMELY reliable.

    Fuel consumption for the DiD should be 10-12L/100km and the 3.8V6 will easily give 13L/100 on a nice open road and 15-16L/100km in an urban cycle.

    Enjoy your hunt,
    Roelf

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    Thanks Roelf, appreciate the info.

    I would most defintely go for the GLS. I think dealers are expensive no matter what brand.

    What are the chances of any decent independent workshops specialising in Pajero's?

    Any idea what one should pay for a 2007/8 Gen 4, for both the 3.2 and 3.8?

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    i have also been searching far and wide for one and the prices for Gen4 LWB start at about R225k for decent ones. The SWB is cheaper and you could pick one up for about R180k i would guess. It pays to search Autotrader and Junkmail for pricing.

    Happy hunting!!!
    2014 Pajero 3.2DiD SWB

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    I have just bought a Gen 4 SWB, after having a Gen 3 SWB, which my son in law took from me. I live on a farm with a not so good gravel road. My advice, get a Gen 3, as the Gen 4 has got a dash rattling problem due to the heavy radio/cd player. My dash rattles much more than the Gen 3.
    They are both awesome vehicles, but I feel, after owning both models, that the build quality of the Gen3 just seems to be better. More solid car. And in my opinion, Diesel, Diesel and Diesel. A friend of mine has a 3.2 that he managed to get from one of the mines, that has 780,000 km's on and is still going strong. Good fuel consumption too.
    Good luck.

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    Cherokee,

    1) Gen4 dash: mmmmmmmmm...

    I had brackets fitted by the dealer under the maintenance plan. It did help, but I'm afraid the dash needs attention. I'm in two (make that more) minds on how to address this issue. I have the exploded views of the dash (thanks to Marius) and am contemplating a complete dash removal and re-fitting. Question is: by who and do I wait another year for maint plan to expire first? The whole dash doesn't seem to have a single screw, it is all clips and stuff.

    The Pajero Owners Club of SA have approached Mitsu SA on this matter, but I'm not aware of any feedback yet.

    2)Diesel, diesel and diesel No comment

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