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Topic # 238249 9-Jul-2018 10:35
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Hi all

 

 

 

My wife and I a currently in the market for a new car. We're currently looking at the Pajero Sport. Does anyone out there in Geekzone land have any feedback on what they're like to own and drive long term? 

 

Does anyone also have any idea on what sort of discount I might be able to get off the RRP? This is my first time playing in this space.

 

 

 

Thanks all

 

 


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  Reply # 2051841 9-Jul-2018 10:55
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Pajero Sport aka Mitsubishi Challenger. We had one of these a few years back, It had a good 4WD system, good off road manners. Was a little rocky rolley on the tarmac but no more than you would expect for a SUV that is more at home off the tarmac. I would try for the lowest kms on the odometer and get any prospective vehicle fully checked by a mechanic as it may have had a hard life towing or getting wet. Watch for oil burning as older Mitsubishi's are prone for this.

 

It was a good all rounder but not great and not Toyota Prado levels but it did what it had to do that is tow the boat and go off the beaten track. In the time we had our one it gave no problems and was comfortable to travel in.





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  Reply # 2051855 9-Jul-2018 11:00
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I can't specifically comment on the Paj Sport but we have a 2004 long wheel base Pajero with the 3.2L DiD.  The Pajero drive train and platform is highly regarded. 

 

We've worked ours hard as a MPV, tow vehicle (incl. beach launching a 6m boat), done a bit of off-roading and I simply can't fault it.  Great workhorse.  Comfy on long hauls.  Reliable. Relatively economical.

 

Here is a great site for reading about various models of Pajero: -

 

https://www2.pajeroclub.com.au/forum/

 

 





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  Reply # 2051901 9-Jul-2018 11:47
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I purchased a Pajero Sport last year when they were fairly new into the country - LOVE IT!!  This is my 3rd Pajero and this one is much more fun than the others.  I have now done over 37k in it with no issues at all.  Love the heated seats, the ability to switch from 2WD to 4WD whilst moving, and all the other mod cons.  I have the diesel version and generally get around 700kms out of a tank whilst driving around Auckland.

 

I do get a little annoyed with the safety systems that shout BRAKE at me when a car in front slows to turn left, but then the automatic braking has saved me on a few occasions on the motorway.  The car has great visibility all round and I can easily go from 50kms to well over 100kms in a few seconds if the situation requires it.  Servicing is pretty much once a year which is a saving.  I've done 2 long trips (Auckland to Taupo and Auckland to far north) without missing a beat.

 

Feel free to ask anything else

 

 

 

Edited - forgot to answer your discount question.  What I have found is get a price from your local dealer then get on the phone and ring all the other Mitsi garages around the country and ask them what they can do for you.  If you don't mind what colour you are getting then they will often have an ex-demo they can do for a better price, or one that they have had in stock for a while.  Then go back to your local dealer and tell them the deal you've found.  I purchased one of my Mitsi's from Dunedin as they were the most keen to haggle.  They then delivered it to my local Mitsi dealer for me to pick up.  The Sales Manager wasn't happy when I told him his salesman wouldn't match the price that Dunedin had done.  Generally I've managed to get $2 - $5k off new vehicles although that can sometimes come in the form of a fitted tow bar or boot liner etc. rather than cash off




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  Reply # 2052535 10-Jul-2018 11:41
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. We like the car but have decided we should wait 6 months or so before dropping the coin on it. It really fulfills a want more than a need at this point (although largely most cars do).

 

Perhaps an early Christmas present? 


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  Reply # 2052602 10-Jul-2018 12:59
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SheriffNZ:

 

Thanks for the feedback everyone. We like the car but have decided we should wait 6 months or so before dropping the coin on it. It really fulfills a want more than a need at this point (although largely most cars do).

 

Perhaps an early Christmas present? 

 

 

 

 

If you wait 9 months I'll be ready to sell mine cool 1 careful lady owner, regularly serviced, driven carefully, no issues and never, ever, driven over the speed limit *cough*


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  Reply # 2052607 10-Jul-2018 13:07
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Horseychick:

 

SheriffNZ:

 

Thanks for the feedback everyone. We like the car but have decided we should wait 6 months or so before dropping the coin on it. It really fulfills a want more than a need at this point (although largely most cars do).

 

Perhaps an early Christmas present? 

 

 

 

 

If you wait 9 months I'll be ready to sell mine cool 1 careful lady owner, regularly serviced, driven carefully, no issues and never, ever, driven over the speed limit *cough*

 

 

And never, ever towed a horse float!

 

 


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  Reply # 2052611 10-Jul-2018 13:13
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My wife and I are looking at one of these too.

 

Not brand new but a 2017 model.

 

She mainly wants it for it's towing capacity, for her horses.

 

None available up here in Whangarei, so haven't actually been able to look at one yet, or do a test drive, so need to make time to get to Auckland.





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  Reply # 2052614 10-Jul-2018 13:16
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Ones on TM seem kinda expensive for 2nd hand non fullsize SUV at $50k. Either remarkably low initial devaluation or Darryl Kerrigan reckons they're dreamin.

 

Can tow 3.1t braked though, so must have a bit of beef about them.

 

 




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  Reply # 2052689 10-Jul-2018 13:57
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kryptonjohn:

 

Ones on TM seem kinda expensive for 2nd hand non fullsize SUV at $50k. Either remarkably low initial devaluation or Darryl Kerrigan reckons they're dreamin.

 

Can tow 3.1t braked though, so must have a bit of beef about them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, they had one on the lot that had done 16k for $50k when I was looking. Might as well just spend the extra $6k and get a brand new one I thought. 




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  Reply # 2052699 10-Jul-2018 14:02
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Horseychick:

 

SheriffNZ:

 

Thanks for the feedback everyone. We like the car but have decided we should wait 6 months or so before dropping the coin on it. It really fulfills a want more than a need at this point (although largely most cars do).

 

Perhaps an early Christmas present? 

 

 

 

 

If you wait 9 months I'll be ready to sell mine cool 1 careful lady owner, regularly serviced, driven carefully, no issues and never, ever, driven over the speed limit *cough*

 

 

Sounds like a plan :)


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  Reply # 2052717 10-Jul-2018 14:05
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Yep they're great for towing.  I've towed 2 big horses happily with it as well as a float full of hay.  My small niggle is that as the rear door opens upwards it doesn't clear the jockey wheel thingy on my float so that can be a bit of a pain, but it will depend on the float you are towing.  

 

They definitely have beef when driving and towing.  Not sure why KryptonJohn describes it as a 'non fullsize SUV' as it's just as big as the Prado with as big a towing capacity.  Paid over $60k for mine so secondhand value with very low kms would be around $50k I would have thought.

 

Feel free to ask if you have any other horse towing questions :-)




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  Reply # 2052727 10-Jul-2018 14:14
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Horseychick:

Yep they're great for towing.  I've towed 2 big horses happily with it as well as a float full of hay.  My small niggle is that as the rear door opens upwards it doesn't clear the jockey wheel thingy on my float so that can be a bit of a pain, but it will depend on the float you are towing.  


They definitely have beef when driving and towing.  Not sure why KryptonJohn describes it as a 'non fullsize SUV' as it's just as big as the Prado with as big a towing capacity.  Paid over $60k for mine so secondhand value with very low kms would be around $50k I would have thought.


Feel free to ask if you have any other horse towing questions :-)



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  Reply # 2052728 10-Jul-2018 14:16
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Horseychick:

 

Yep they're great for towing.  I've towed 2 big horses happily with it as well as a float full of hay.  My small niggle is that as the rear door opens upwards it doesn't clear the jockey wheel thingy on my float so that can be a bit of a pain, but it will depend on the float you are towing.  

 

They definitely have beef when driving and towing.  Not sure why KryptonJohn describes it as a 'non fullsize SUV' as it's just as big as the Prado with as big a towing capacity.  Paid over $60k for mine so secondhand value with very low kms would be around $50k I would have thought.

 

Feel free to ask if you have any other horse towing questions :-)

 

 

Hi HC, wouldn't include Prado as full sized either. To me 'full size SUV' means Pajero Exceed, Landcruiser (200 series), Patrol, Range Rover etc. I think all are 3.5T tow rated with GVM > 3 tonne.


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  Reply # 2052758 10-Jul-2018 15:09
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SheriffNZ:
Horseychick:

 

Yep they're great for towing.  I've towed 2 big horses happily with it as well as a float full of hay.  My small niggle is that as the rear door opens upwards it doesn't clear the jockey wheel thingy on my float so that can be a bit of a pain, but it will depend on the float you are towing.  

 

 

 

They definitely have beef when driving and towing.  Not sure why KryptonJohn describes it as a 'non fullsize SUV' as it's just as big as the Prado with as big a towing capacity.  Paid over $60k for mine so secondhand value with very low kms would be around $50k I would have thought.

 

 

 

Feel free to ask if you have any other horse towing questions :-)

 



Currently on sale for $56k and appear to be quite frequently.

 

 

 

Yea we've been looking at some 2017 models that are advertised at $42,995 from a dealer, so could probably get them down on that price too.

 

Low Ks as well, less than 20k.

 

 





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  Reply # 2066002 1-Aug-2018 07:22
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Well we are getting a brand new one now.
With the $10k off and 1/3 1/3 1/3 interest free payment deal, Plus our trade in, just made it too good a deal not to.
Waiting on delivery and tow bar fitting now.




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