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    Default 3.2DID or 3.8v6 LWB

    I currently have a 2004 3.2DID SWB that has done 195k.
    No issues to date. It has been in the family since new as I bought it from my Father in-law in 2008.

    Unfortunately the kids have grown up a bit, and it is no longer working as a family car. I also need more space as I cant fit much in my swb when camping with my Echo 3. The bigger boot is a necessity. The economy however is preventing me from Upgrading too far up the chain to a new or a much newer 1.

    I am thinking of selling her and getting a similar age LWB, or possibly a 1st edition Gen 4 from 2007. I could basically do this and come out all square or close to it.
    The question however is, is it worth looking at the 3.8 petrol. I do not do huge mileage (10-12k pa) so the fuel will be more, but how much more? what is the consumption i can expect. The 3.2 is not very light on fuel, especially around town. Service costs would be less, as every 15000 instead of 7.5.
    What other issues to look out for in the petrol.
    I need to look at what I can get exactly for mine, but I recon R105 ish, so that is the price bracket I would need to look in.
    Vs the other brands, in the same quality, you seem to get more value in the Pajero. A similar Prado costs significantly more.

    On the diesel, what is a reasonable mileage to look at? is 280k (if decent service history) ok. Ideally I would like to stay in a similar mileage range as mine (under 200k) but if I go Gen 4, it would in all liklihood be 250k plus. Is the 50k mileage premium an issue for a car 2 or 3 years newer.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: 3.2DID or 3.8v6 LWB

    Fuel economy is about 25-30% more for the petrol versus the diesel. And with your mileage you won’t save much on services because you have to do an annual service before the 15,000km in any case, plus every 60,000km you need to do a cam belt service which is quite costly.

    On your question of the extra 50,000km for a diesel, it may only be a problem in about 4-5 years when it starts reaching 300,000km which is when wear and tear will start kicking in.

    If you can find a well looked after model in either engine guise you should be fine as they are all very reliable.
    2014 Pajero 3.2DiD SWB

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    Default Re: 3.2DID or 3.8v6 LWB

    I had a gen4 swb 3.8 and it's a great suv. It is heavy on fuel but remember no V6 in that body will win the economy run and I was crazy about the performance .Anyhow my Gen4 3.2 DID is something else. Great mileage. I enjoy mine as my family got bigger. We had a Gen 3 3.8 lwb when it was just my wife and I before the kids but also had plenty of money for petrol. Hope that puts you in a bit of a direction.

    My calculations was the following: The 3.8 petrol swb gave me 344km on 70 liter tank. The 3.2 give me 702km on 70 liter. I never runs my diesels past reserve.

    BTW my 07 GEN4 lwb has 278k on the clock with a FSH, new tyres etc and is in a brilliant condition for it's age with no accident history. It is for sale as I started a another business and need some $$ for cashflow startup. I'm based in Kempton Park and the price is negotiable. It is a no issue Pajero.

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/class...-gls-lwb/cat/4
    Last edited by magnut4.0; 2019/08/05 at 10:29 PM. Reason: wording

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    Default Re: 3.2DID or 3.8v6 LWB

    R112000? O my word thats a good price!

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    Default Re: 3.2DID or 3.8v6 LWB

    Yebo yes she needs to move as I'm getting a bit " kriewelrig" as they say. I have equipment I need to buy for another business venture by end of this week so it has to move unfortunately. I just dropped the price from 122k....Hijack off sorry
    Last edited by magnut4.0; 2019/08/05 at 10:30 PM. Reason: sorry

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    Default Re: 3.2DID or 3.8v6 LWB

    Quote Originally Posted by magnut4.0 View Post
    Yebo yes she needs to move as I'm getting a bit " kriewelrig" as they say. I have equipment I need to buy for another business venture by end of this week so it has to move unfortunately. I just dropped the price from 122k....Hijack off sorry
    What about a Pajero Sport??

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    Default Re: 3.2DID or 3.8v6 LWB

    Quote Originally Posted by magnut4.0 View Post
    I had a gen4 swb 3.8 and it's a great suv. It is heavy on fuel but remember no V6 in that body will win the economy run and I was crazy about the performance .Anyhow my Gen4 3.2 DID is something else. Great mileage. I enjoy mine as my family got bigger. We had a Gen 3 3.8 lwb when it was just my wife and I before the kids but also had plenty of money for petrol. Hope that puts you in a bit of a direction.

    My calculations was the following: The 3.8 petrol swb gave me 344km on 70 liter tank. The 3.2 give me 702km on 70 liter. I never runs my diesels past reserve.

    BTW my 07 GEN4 lwb has 278k on the clock with a FSH, new tyres etc and is in a brilliant condition for it's age with no accident history. It is for sale as I started a another business and need some $$ for cashflow startup. I'm based in Kempton Park and the price is negotiable. It is a no issue Pajero.

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/class...-gls-lwb/cat/4
    To the OP: I think you should have a serious look at this one...
    2001 Gen 3 Pajero swb 3.2 Di-D

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    Default Re: 3.2DID or 3.8v6 LWB

    Quote Originally Posted by KurtG View Post
    Fuel economy is about 25-30% more for the petrol versus the diesel. And with your mileage you won’t save much on services because you have to do an annual service before the 15,000km in any case, plus every 60,000km you need to do a cam belt service which is quite costly.

    On your question of the extra 50,000km for a diesel, it may only be a problem in about 4-5 years when it starts reaching 300,000km which is when wear and tear will start kicking in.

    If you can find a well looked after model in either engine guise you should be fine as they are all very reliable.
    What he said.

    but ....... that 3.8i motor is very addictive
    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

    2004 Gen 3. 3.8i petrol V6 (PAJTU)
    X Factor Bundutop trailer (designed by me)
    1998 Blister Fender Pajero 3500 24V (PAJ) (Sold)
    BMW R1200R

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    Default Re: 3.2DID or 3.8v6 LWB

    Best I ever got was 16.5lt/100Km's and easy to hit 18-20.

    If you want the horses you must feed them but that V6 is ultra smooth

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    Default Re: 3.2DID or 3.8v6 LWB

    Cruising around Kruger we got .... drum roll please ....... 595 kms and next refill put in 76 L

    That's like 12.77 L per hundred or 7.82 kms per L

    OK never went over 50 but still
    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

    2004 Gen 3. 3.8i petrol V6 (PAJTU)
    X Factor Bundutop trailer (designed by me)
    1998 Blister Fender Pajero 3500 24V (PAJ) (Sold)
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