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Old 3 Mar 2008
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Overland in a Pajero

I'm just wondering if anyone has done any longer trips in a Pajero? I'm fairly familiar with the vehicle, but not sure how it performs on long trips. Has anyone here taken one RTW (or close to it?)
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As a gentle suggestion, it may help to expand your question a little by saying what you mean by RTW and offering some advice on how you like to travel (being honest with yourself - we all like to think of ourselves as heroic adventurers, but three nights without a warm shower and most of us fall to pieces ;-)

So, will you do Africa north to south over two years? Or a 'Long Way Round' style fast blast? Will you stick to sealed roads and stay in hotels quite often? How many people will go? Will you be packing a hippo on the roofrack etc
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I've not done a long trip in a Paj but can't see a problem really. I presume your looking at a diesel vehicle and you understand there limited offroad because of the IFS.

As said it depends on what you intend to do and what mod's you do.
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My only concern with the Paj may be parts is some countries, particularly as there are regional variants.

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I bought one that had been driven to RSA and back, then I took it to Benin and back, then it was taken back to RSA, but blew up in Jordan after a dodgy engine rebuild (in London).
Went well on and off road, plenty of spares in West and Southern Africa, I have seen them all over the world, so shoudn't be a problem, but inherently reliable, which is the most important thing.
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Thanks for the replies....I'm thinking more for transcontinental trips (assuming that means one or more continent) or trips more than one month in length, for example. I'm mostly curious to know how much abuse and off-road use a Pajero can withstand. I often see images from Africa and the Middle East showing heavily laden Landcruisers carrying people, supplies, livestock etc, and I know their reputation for reliability.

But with all the electrics and IFS, do the Pajeros hold their own?
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I've got a link to a website (at home) about 3 chaps who went travelling in Africa, in a SWB shogun 3.2, a nissan patrol (i think) and a 110. the shogun looked pretty good with a mild suspension lift, some knobbly tyres and an ARB bar with winch.

I'll post the link when i get home.

my daily driver is also a SWB shogun, 3.2, "4work" (means no rear seats and the windows blacked out). it's supposed to have ETC ('lectronic traction control) but either mine doesn't work, or it wasn't fitted due to it being a "base" model..my dealership is trying to fathom it out.

either way, off road it "ok", nothing special, although my road tyres don't help at all. torque is plenty, and it is a great vehicle for eating up motorway miles, fast, quiet etc.

as you can see, axle travel isn't too special:

This was up on Salisbury Plain shortly after i got it. independant suspension all round on mine.

Here's that link, "sand up your bum tour"

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I'm travelling the whole southamerica with a L200, great car..!

Two danes did the whole RTW over 4 years with the closed version of the L200 (Nativa in the UK I think) and were very happy with the car.
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I've got a lwb 3.2 shogun as an every day car, goes pretty well. Cruised through Europe with it. Also have a Defender which we have been trans africa in and a whole host of other places. If I got up in the morning and was heading out on a major trip I would still go for the Landrover by choice but would happily take the shogun otherwise. Its a solid car, seems reliable, great motorway cruiser and alright offroad.
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Lots of older Pajero's/Shoguns in East Africa, sold a couple for regional touring. Seem to be easy to fix and good availability of parts in EA.
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