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    Default Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

    Hi guys

    Believe this question have been asked a thousand times before and might even open up a heated discussion.

    For the guys with experience on either or both of these two vehicles, particularly 2017 - 2019 models
    (Pajero Sport 2.4 D4 4x4 and Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4x4 models).

    Both relative similar vehicles - which one to go for?

    Not for serious 4x4 trail use. Everyday family car in the city as well as gravel roads/nature reserves/camping.

    Thanks

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    Pajero Sport. But I'm biased.
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    Default Re: Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

    Iím a Pajero owner (on my second one since 2012) and I would suggest the Fortuner.

    Mitsubishi after sales and support is dwindling with dealerships closing. You just cannot get away from that, and the high parts costs.

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    I have driven both and much prefer the PS. I am just not a Fortuner fan and nothing can make me like them (unless it really was better than a PS or Everest or even MUX). Most road tests I have seen the Fortuner does not come out tops.....only in sales. People buy them because it is a Toyota.
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    Default Re: Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

    Hey, take a look through this thread. It was covered pretty comprehensively.

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...need-of-advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceHun View Post
    I have driven both and much prefer the PS. I am just not a Fortuner fan and nothing can make me like them (unless it really was better than a PS or Everest or even MUX). Most road tests I have seen the Fortuner does not come out tops.....only in sales. People buy them because it is a Toyota.
    I beg to differ on that statement, people buy them because they are generally reliable, generally keep their value better and generally are a good all rounder.

    The PS rides better and may be as reliable, thats about it.

    Parts are a problem, customer service is generally very poor if going by what this forum states, services are a problem if you live in the rural areas and they definitely dont seem to hold their value as well as a Fortuner does.

    Those are the facts unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KurtG View Post
    Iím a Pajero owner (on my second one since 2012) and I would suggest the Fortuner.

    Mitsubishi after sales and support is dwindling with dealerships closing. You just cannot get away from that, and the high parts costs.
    I rest my case.
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    Default Re: Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

    If you are not going to do serious 4x4 trial use, the Fortuner will suffice.




















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    Default Re: Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

    Maybe this will help in a way?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PwmqUrnYPk&t=42s
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    Default Re: Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

    Maybe this thread will also help:

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...78#post3811078
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    Default Re: Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

    Quote Originally Posted by Caracal View Post
    I beg to differ on that statement, people buy them because they are generally reliable, generally keep their value better and generally are a good all rounder.

    The PS rides better and may be as reliable, thats about it.

    Parts are a problem, customer service is generally very poor if going by what this forum states, services are a problem if you live in the rural areas and they definitely dont seem to hold their value as well as a Fortuner does.

    Those are the facts unfortunately.
    I don't know about this. Never had a parts problem with our Mitsu's and we have had 4 (nearly 800k km covered between them). I grew up in the Karoo 40km from the nearest town, Middelburg. That road is relatively bad gravel and two of our Pajero's did approx 300k km between them while we lived there, never an issue. A basic oil change does not require a specialist. I've found the Mitsu agents in Cape Town and PE very helpful and the only time I ever waited for a part was a little clip for the center console. They are stocked and managed by CMH, Group 1 and Rola, so by that would mean that all the brands that fall under that umbrella have the same bad service. I'm giving my personal experience as a Mitsu owner.

    You definitely are correct about them not holding their value as well, but nothing holds value like a Toyota and it's not like resale on the PS is terrible, its just normal.

    In my opinion the Pajero Sport is better in the areas of 4x4 system, engine, gearbox, but not in resale and as far as reliability goes neither of the latest iterations of the PS or Fortuner have had any major failures that I've heard about so I give them equal scores in my opinion.

    Maintenance costs only become relative if you buy 2nd hand or if you intend keeping out of maintenance plan. But to give you an idea, I have a gen 4 Pajero 3.2, my friend has a Hilux 4.0 v6, similar km's on both (260k km vs 275 k km) and in the last two years our vehicles have costs us nearly identically in terms of maintenance. We use the same indy so its not me making it up there, they are just similar in terms of running costs. I agree that some parts are expensive. A new headlight for example costs 20k in the Pajero, but its not an ordinary headlight (its xenon with self levelling and adjust). Ask VW what a headlight costs on one of the latest Polo's?

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    Default Re: Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

    I say drive them both, ideally back to back and see which you prefer.

    In 2010 I looked at both (granted older versions than those in question) and what I found was that I could find a more comfortable seating position in the Fortuner- even though on paper their dimensions were almost identical.

    I am rather tall, so seating position can be a bit of a challenge at times.

    I ended up getting a different vehicle all together at that stage, but drive a 2012 Fortuner now...

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    Default Re: Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

    Had the same short list as you last year and ended up with a 2018 MY17 Pajero Sport with 25k on the clock. The Toyota was a 2015 2.8 GD6 with 50k on the clock.

    Reasons were:
    • Pajero Sport was a nicer drive.
    • PS is a little smaller and felt more maneuverable in town.
    • PS faired much better in off-road conditions, based on various reviews.
    • The 2.8 in the Toyota felt lethargic, even in its "power" mode.
    • The 8 speed auto mated to the 2.4 in the PS felt like a better combination than the 2.8 and the 6 speed in the Toyota.
    • The 3rd row in the Toyota, ughhh.
    • Toyota was more expensive to buy.
    • Toyota insurance is higher than the PS.
    • Toyota required a compulsory tracking device from the insurance company and the PS did not.


    Concerns raised about service, I have had no real issues although the place where I regularly will service is a bit of a way from me, but they are top notch. From what I have encountered in the past, quality of servicing is very much up to the dealership you service at.
    Parts availability, not really worried. We live in the 21st century, I can order a part from anywhere in the world and have it on my doorstep in double quick time.
    Anyhow, I am not someone that buys a car based on what happens when it breaks down, or if I am going to have 1 day of inconvenience when it needs to be serviced.
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    Default Re: Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

    Just a simple thing, in February I needed to buy a radiator cap for my 2007 4.2 Cruiser and my 2000 Colt 2.8 TDI. For the Cruiser I drove 3 km to Toyota, buy the cap and drive home. For the Colt I had to search to find a dealer on the internet, eventually one in Centurion who told me I must put down the money and they will order the cap. I bought a Hella from Midas. Now what on earth will you do if you need parts in the Kaokoveld or more remote places in Africa for a Mitsubishi. Good vehicles though the latest Pajeros are soft (aka Andrew St. Pierre White).

    So it won't surprise me if they disappear like Mercedes p/u's, Amaroks's becoming Rangers etc. At least you know a Toyota, for better or worse will stay a Toyota.

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    Default Re: Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

    Quote Originally Posted by Wynandsc View Post
    Hi guys

    Believe this question have been asked a thousand times before and might even open up a heated discussion.

    For the guys with experience on either or both of these two vehicles, particularly 2017 - 2019 models
    (Pajero Sport 2.4 D4 4x4 and Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4x4 models).

    Both relative similar vehicles - which one to go for?

    Not for serious 4x4 trail use. Everyday family car in the city as well as gravel roads/nature reserves/camping.

    Thanks
    Here is a novel idea.

    Do some research on the internet and this forum.

    Go and drive both.

    Compare prices, re-sale and condition of the specific cars available to you.

    Make your choice.

    Unless you get feedback from someone that owned both you will be bombarded with confirmation bias, or disgruntlement.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PierredW View Post
    Just a simple thing, in February I needed to buy a radiator cap for my 2007 4.2 Cruiser and my 2000 Colt 2.8 TDI. For the Cruiser I drove 3 km to Toyota, buy the cap and drive home. For the Colt I had to search to find a dealer on the internet, eventually one in Centurion who told me I must put down the money and they will order the cap. I bought a Hella from Midas. Now what on earth will you do if you need parts in the Kaokoveld or more remote places in Africa for a Mitsubishi. Good vehicles though the latest Pajeros are soft (aka Andrew St. Pierre White).

    So it won't surprise me if they disappear like Mercedes p/u's, Amaroks's becoming Rangers etc. At least you know a Toyota, for better or worse will stay a Toyota.
    So the colt's radiator cap lasted 20 years and the cruiser's cap lasted 13 years.

    Yeah ok.

    If a car breaks down, it breaks down. It doesn't happen that often these days with modern cars anyway. Breakdowns are usually owner mistakes anyway. Then you make a plan or get your insurance to make a plan. Which one do you reckon is higher risk for theft or hijack in Africa?

    There are always many variables. You assess and you make a decision. Then you live with it.

    Seriously, "this toyota is the ultimate" on every thread by you is getting tedious. Giving constructive criticism is welcomed but answering "toyota" to a question on which meat to braai is getting tired.

    You realise that Mitsu and Toyota share many component manufacturers. Like Aisin for the gearboxes.

    They are good vehicles but not the best in all fields. Please remove your toyota polaroids when you try to help in future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post

    . Please remove your toyota polaroids when you try to help in future.

    I feel that's was an unnecessary personal attack for no reason. He just highlighted that spares for the one brand is easier to source than the other.

    You seem to be the biased one.
    Looking at the first few replies the posters openly admit their bias yet you don't attack them in the same way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post
    So the colt's radiator cap lasted 20 years and the cruiser's cap lasted 13 years.

    Yeah ok.

    If a car breaks down, it breaks down. It doesn't happen that often these days with modern cars anyway. Breakdowns are usually owner mistakes anyway. Then you make a plan or get your insurance to make a plan. Which one do you reckon is higher risk for theft or hijack in Africa?

    There are always many variables. You assess and you make a decision. Then you live with it.

    Seriously, "this toyota is the ultimate" on every thread by you is getting tedious. Giving constructive criticism is welcomed but answering "toyota" to a question on which meat to braai is getting tired.

    You realise that Mitsu and Toyota share many component manufacturers. Like Aisin for the gearboxes.

    They are good vehicles but not the best in all fields. Please remove your toyota polaroids when you try to help in future.
    LOL, someone asks for opinions on two of vehicles......what do you expect??
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    An honest response from someone who actually owns and drives both brands, thanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by PierredW View Post
    Just a simple thing, in February I needed to buy a radiator cap for my 2007 4.2 Cruiser and my 2000 Colt 2.8 TDI. For the Cruiser I drove 3 km to Toyota, buy the cap and drive home. For the Colt I had to search to find a dealer on the internet, eventually one in Centurion who told me I must put down the money and they will order the cap. I bought a Hella from Midas. Now what on earth will you do if you need parts in the Kaokoveld or more remote places in Africa for a Mitsubishi. Good vehicles though the latest Pajeros are soft (aka Andrew St. Pierre White).

    So it won't surprise me if they disappear like Mercedes p/u's, Amaroks's becoming Rangers etc. At least you know a Toyota, for better or worse will stay a Toyota.

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    Default Re: Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiaan Pot View Post
    I feel that's was an unnecessary personal attack for no reason. He just highlighted that spares for the one brand is easier to source than the other.

    You seem to be the biased one.
    Looking at the first few replies the posters openly admit their bias yet you don't attack them in the same way?
    Look at my historical posts. Im not biased of late.

    I wont take your post as a personal attack

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