Mit­subishi Pa­jero

On a charge... for what?

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - TEST LONG-TERM -

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)

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