Likes

  • Arguably a cut-priced Suzuki Jimny.
  • Tiny dimensions and raised ride height equate to a brilliant city vehicle.
  • Surprisingly refined for a small box on wheels.
  • A very cool image and aesthetic.

Dislikes

  • Not as fuel efficient as you may assume.
  • Accessing spare parts can be a challenge.
  • Hard to verify vehicle histories.
  • Lacks really any modern safety standards. 

Stuff you should know

  • The Mitsubishi Pajero Mini can be considered Mitsubishi’s counterpart to the Suzuki Jimny, Sierra, or a scaled-down version of the 3-door regular Pajero, Montero, or Shogun.
  • In comparison to a regular 3-door Pajero, the Pajero Mini is significantly lighter, weighing about two and a half times less. Despite its smaller size, its engine capacity is nearly five times less, adhering to the 660cc engine requirement for Japanese market Kei cars.
  • The Pajero Mini is equipped with either a turbocharged or naturally aspirated 660cc engine to meet the Kei car specifications, resulting in its compact dimensions.
  • Despite its 18-year existence, the Pajero Mini has two distinct generations: Gen 1 (1994-1998) and Gen 2 (1998-2012). The first generation is available in front or four-wheel drive, featuring primarily two trim specifications, with some special editions enhancing the range.
  • The second generation, spanning from 1998 to 2012, saw growth in size, aesthetic updates, feature enhancements, revised suspension, and a unique range of special editions.
  • Between 1995 and 1998, the Pajero Junior, with a larger 1.1-litre engine, was introduced, offering its own set of variants.
  • Mitsubishi continually refined the Pajero Mini throughout its lifespan, with updates almost every year, resulting in a high likelihood that each used Pajero Mini on the market is unique.
  • As Japanese Grey imports, Pajero Minis in the used market come with some associated risks, which will be elaborated upon in the “What Goes Wrong” section.

What goes wrong

Exterior:

  • The Mitsubishi Pajero Mini boasts typical Japanese build quality and simplicity, leading to a scarcity of common exterior faults.
  • Instances of rust, typically associated with Pajero Minis from snowy areas exposed to salted roads, are reported, but they are not considered widespread issues.
  • Owners should check for accessories and ensure their proper functionality. Watching the ultimate 4×4 buyer’s guide video is recommended before making a purchase, with the link provided for additional insights.


Interior:

  • Some owners have expressed dissatisfaction with the subpar quality of speakers and the stereo system, suggesting potential replacements due to age or language barriers, especially for those not proficient in Japanese.
  • Electrical issues, such as malfunctioning switches, have been reported but are generally attributed to age-related wear and tear, presenting manageable challenges.


Vehicle History:

  • As an import, prospective buyers should prioritize essential paperwork. A comprehensive set of documents, including an Auction Report, Export Certificate, and compliance plate, must accompany the car. Inconsistencies or the inability to provide these documents should be red flags for potential buyers.
  • Odometer discrepancies, including instances of mileage manipulation, have been reported. Acquiring an accurate history and sourcing spare parts can be more challenging than with locally delivered vehicles.


Mechanically:

  • While there are few reports of common mechanical issues, mechanical unreliability can arise from owner neglect and a lack of mechanical care.
  • Automatic Transmission Control Unit issues have been documented, leading to gear shifting hesitation or non-shifting problems. Repair is possible, but in some cases, a manual swap may be the solution.
  • Engine-related issues, such as overheating and subsequent head gasket problems, are not prevalent but have been reported. Due to sketchy Japanese service schedules for imports, immediate replacement of the timing belt and all filters, particularly the fuel filter, is advised.
  • Common complaints include low power and erratic performance, often linked to ignition complications. Changing plugs and coils is highly recommended.
  • Age-related concerns, such as deteriorating rubbers and plastics, are noted, particularly in early models.
  • Parts availability is a significant challenge, as some components are specific to the Pajero Mini. While a few parts are shared with locally delivered models, sourcing specific mechanical components may pose difficulties.

Exterior:

  • The Mitsubishi Pajero Mini boasts typical Japanese build quality and simplicity, leading to a scarcity of common exterior faults.
  • Instances of rust, typically associated with Pajero Minis from snowy areas exposed to salted roads, are reported, but they are not considered widespread issues.
  • Owners should check for accessories and ensure their proper functionality. Watching the ultimate 4×4 buyer’s guide video is recommended before making a purchase, with the link provided for additional insights.


Interior:

  • Some owners have expressed dissatisfaction with the subpar quality of speakers and the stereo system, suggesting potential replacements due to age or language barriers, especially for those not proficient in Japanese.
  • Electrical issues, such as malfunctioning switches, have been reported but are generally attributed to age-related wear and tear, presenting manageable challenges.


Vehicle History:

  • As an import, prospective buyers should prioritize essential paperwork. A comprehensive set of documents, including an Auction Report, Export Certificate, and compliance plate, must accompany the car. Inconsistencies or the inability to provide these documents should be red flags for potential buyers.
  • Odometer discrepancies, including instances of mileage manipulation, have been reported. Acquiring an accurate history and sourcing spare parts can be more challenging than with locally delivered vehicles.


Mechanically:

  • While there are few reports of common mechanical issues, mechanical unreliability can arise from owner neglect and a lack of mechanical care.
  • Automatic Transmission Control Unit issues have been documented, leading to gear shifting hesitation or non-shifting problems. Repair is possible, but in some cases, a manual swap may be the solution.
  • Engine-related issues, such as overheating and subsequent head gasket problems, are not prevalent but have been reported. Due to sketchy Japanese service schedules for imports, immediate replacement of the timing belt and all filters, particularly the fuel filter, is advised.
  • Common complaints include low power and erratic performance, often linked to ignition complications. Changing plugs and coils is highly recommended.
  • Age-related concerns, such as deteriorating rubbers and plastics, are noted, particularly in early models.
  • Parts availability is a significant challenge, as some components are specific to the Pajero Mini. While a few parts are shared with locally delivered models, sourcing specific mechanical components may pose difficulties.

Exterior:

  • The Mitsubishi Pajero Mini boasts typical Japanese build quality and simplicity, leading to a scarcity of common exterior faults.
  • Instances of rust, typically associated with Pajero Minis from snowy areas exposed to salted roads, are reported, but they are not considered widespread issues.
  • Owners should check for accessories and ensure their proper functionality. Watching the ultimate 4×4 buyer’s guide video is recommended before making a purchase, with the link provided for additional insights.


Interior:

  • Some owners have expressed dissatisfaction with the subpar quality of speakers and the stereo system, suggesting potential replacements due to age or language barriers, especially for those not proficient in Japanese.
  • Electrical issues, such as malfunctioning switches, have been reported but are generally attributed to age-related wear and tear, presenting manageable challenges.


Vehicle History:

  • As an import, prospective buyers should prioritize essential paperwork. A comprehensive set of documents, including an Auction Report, Export Certificate, and compliance plate, must accompany the car. Inconsistencies or the inability to provide these documents should be red flags for potential buyers.
  • Odometer discrepancies, including instances of mileage manipulation, have been reported. Acquiring an accurate history and sourcing spare parts can be more challenging than with locally delivered vehicles.


Mechanically:

  • While there are few reports of common mechanical issues, mechanical unreliability can arise from owner neglect and a lack of mechanical care.
  • Automatic Transmission Control Unit issues have been documented, leading to gear shifting hesitation or non-shifting problems. Repair is possible, but in some cases, a manual swap may be the solution.
  • Engine-related issues, such as overheating and subsequent head gasket problems, are not prevalent but have been reported. Due to sketchy Japanese service schedules for imports, immediate replacement of the timing belt and all filters, particularly the fuel filter, is advised.
  • Common complaints include low power and erratic performance, often linked to ignition complications. Changing plugs and coils is highly recommended.
  • Age-related concerns, such as deteriorating rubbers and plastics, are noted, particularly in early models.
  • Parts availability is a significant challenge, as some components are specific to the Pajero Mini. While a few parts are shared with locally delivered models, sourcing specific mechanical components may pose difficulties.

Should you buy it?

Should you consider purchasing a Mitsubishi Pajero Mini? Well, the decision undoubtedly hinges on your specific needs and the individual example you’re evaluating. However, if the Pajero Mini aligns with your critical pre-purchase criteria and suits your lifestyle perfectly, then the answer is a resounding yes – you should go ahead and make the purchase.

What sets the Pajero Mini apart is its refreshing simplicity and honesty. Unlike cars that strive to impress with an array of technology, driving modes, and various bells and whistles, the Pajero Mini is focused on efficiently getting the job done.

Furthermore, for those who appreciate the Suzuki Jimny, it’s worth noting that the Pajero Mini offers a compelling alternative at a more reasonable cost. If you are contemplating a Jimny purchase, the Pajero Mini might just be the practical and economical choice you’ve been looking for.

Should you consider purchasing a Mitsubishi Pajero Mini? Well, the decision undoubtedly hinges on your specific needs and the individual example you’re evaluating. However, if the Pajero Mini aligns with your critical pre-purchase criteria and suits your lifestyle perfectly, then the answer is a resounding yes – you should go ahead and make the purchase.

What sets the Pajero Mini apart is its refreshing simplicity and honesty. Unlike cars that strive to impress with an array of technology, driving modes, and various bells and whistles, the Pajero Mini is focused on efficiently getting the job done.

Furthermore, for those who appreciate the Suzuki Jimny, it’s worth noting that the Pajero Mini offers a compelling alternative at a more reasonable cost. If you are contemplating a Jimny purchase, the Pajero Mini might just be the practical and economical choice you’ve been looking for.

Should you buy it?

Should you consider purchasing a Mitsubishi Pajero Mini? Well, the decision undoubtedly hinges on your specific needs and the individual example you’re evaluating. However, if the Pajero Mini aligns with your critical pre-purchase criteria and suits your lifestyle perfectly, then the answer is a resounding yes – you should go ahead and make the purchase.

What sets the Pajero Mini apart is its refreshing simplicity and honesty. Unlike cars that strive to impress with an array of technology, driving modes, and various bells and whistles, the Pajero Mini is focused on efficiently getting the job done.

Furthermore, for those who appreciate the Suzuki Jimny, it’s worth noting that the Pajero Mini offers a compelling alternative at a more reasonable cost. If you are contemplating a Jimny purchase, the Pajero Mini might just be the practical and economical choice you’ve been looking for.

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What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

Finance estimate ~

$30

Per week*

8.49%

Comparison rate p.a#

Models, pricing & features

Mitsubishi Pajero Mini-6

Models

Price when new: N/A

Price used: $11,000 - $21,000 (will vary)

Standard trim Specs:

VR-I (turbo)
XR-I (naturally aspirated)
VR-II (turbo)
XR-II (naturally aspirated)

Gen 1 Special Editions:

Skipper
Duke
Iron Cross
White Skipper
Winter Edition “McTwist”
Dessert Cruiser

Gen 2 Special Editions:

Snoopy Edition
Snoopy Edition II
Limited Edition VR
Active Field Edition
Dessert CruiserDuke
R
White Pearl
Anniversary Limited-X
Colour Edition XR
Exceed
ZR
Lynx-X

Standard features:

  • Heater
  • Air conditioner
  • Cup Holder
  • Assist grips
  • Power steering
  • Adjustable front centre armrest
  • Rear center armrest
  • Techno Meter Cabin lights
  • Map lightsRemote lid opener
  • Keyless door Fuel empty warning
  • Door open warning
  • Defogger (rear)
  • Relining and sliding front seats
  • Folding rear seats
  • Driver’s seat height adjuster
  • AM/FM/CD player
  • Radio antenna
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Front door pockets
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows
  • Speaker system
  • Tilt-adjustable telescopic steering wheel
  • Front console
  • Center console Opposed windshield wipers
  • Rear wash wipersSeat belts front
  • Airbags front (2)
  • Adjustable shoulder anchor (front)
  • Height mounts stop lamps
  • Fog lampsBrake override system

Tech specs

Body styles

  • 3 door SUV

Engines specs

  • 660cc, 4-cylinder petrol, 37 kW (50 hp) / 56 Nm (41 lb-ft) or 40 kW (54 hp) and 60 Nm (44 lb-ft)
  • 660cc, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 47 kW (63 hp) / 97 Nm (72 lb-ft)

Transmissions

  • 5-speed Manual
  • 3/4-speed Automatic

Fuel Consumption

  • 6 – 7 / 100km

Length

  • 3,295 mm – 3,395 mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1,395 mm – 1,475 mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1,630 mm – 1,635 mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2,200 mm (All Models)

Kerb weight

  • 780–930 kg (Gen 1) / 820–990 kg (Gen 2)

Towing

  • Unknown kg (unbraked)

ANCAP rating

  • Not tested (All Models)

Body styles

  • 3 door SUV

Engines specs

  • 660cc, 4-cylinder petrol, 37 kW (50 hp) / 56 Nm (41 lb-ft) or 40 kW (54 hp) and 60 Nm (44 lb-ft)
  • 660cc, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 47 kW (63 hp) / 97 Nm (72 lb-ft)

Transmissions

  • 5-speed Manual
  • 3/4-speed Automatic

Fuel Consumption

  • 6 – 7 / 100km

Length

  • 3,295 mm – 3,395 mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1,395 mm – 1,475 mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1,630 mm – 1,635 mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2,200 mm (All Models)

Kerb weight

  • 780–930 kg (Gen 1) / 820–990 kg (Gen 2)

Towing

  • Unknown kg (unbraked)

ANCAP rating

  • Not tested (All Models)

Body styles

  • 3 door SUV

Engines specs

  • 660cc, 4-cylinder petrol, 37 kW (50 hp) / 56 Nm (41 lb-ft) or 40 kW (54 hp) and 60 Nm (44 lb-ft)
  • 660cc, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 47 kW (63 hp) / 97 Nm (72 lb-ft)

Transmissions

  • 5-speed Manual
  • 3/4-speed Automatic

Fuel Consumption

  • 6 – 7 / 100km

Length

  • 3,295 mm – 3,395 mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1,395 mm – 1,475 mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1,630 mm – 1,635 mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2,200 mm (All Models)

Kerb weight

  • 780–930 kg (Gen 1) / 820–990 kg (Gen 2)

Towing

  • Unknown kg (unbraked)

ANCAP rating

  • Not tested (All Models)

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

Will vary based on dealership

Servicing

12 months / 10,000 kms

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