On a charge... for what?
The 65 000km on the Pajero’s odometer was earned the hard way: in 4×4 competitions, tough overland expeditions, and dealing with the daily stopstart traffic grind.
So recently, when the Pajero refused to start, we didn’t think much of it: it has certainly been worked hard. A jump start would do the trick, we reckoned. So we opened the bonnet and... what the heck? We’re no experts, but that battery was tiny! It seems as if someone swapped the Mitsubishi’s standard (and rather expensive battery) for an under-performing little one. This has now been rectified.
We’ve made a mental note though, to check the battery every time we leave a vehicle at a car wash or at a fitment centre of sorts. These days you just never know what to expect.
Mileage: 65 861km Average consumption: 12 litres/100km Rand per kilometre (@ R13.38 per litre): R1.60 Tank size: 69 litres Distance per tank: 575km THE GOOD: Comfortable and luxurious THE BAD: A tad thirsty. And a few rattles from the roof rack (which will be tended to soon)