I have been part of 4x4wire since January of 2000. I've been a moderator on the Mitsu section for the last 16 years, and have also written much of the tech in the legacy area of the Mitsubishi content pages. Most importantly, I have met a lot of really cool folks who share my enthusiasm for these capable offroaders. I recently purchased a new...

I have been part of 4x4wire since January of 2000. I've been a moderator on the Mitsu section for the last 16 years, and have also written much of the tech in the legacy area of the Mitsubishi content pages. Most importantly, I have met a lot of really cool folks who share my enthusiasm for these capable offroaders. I recently purchased a new (to me) Mitsu 4x4, and hope to share my experiences with it, through this blog.

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Phil Hansford

My Pajero "Evolution" - Finding a Unicorn

My decision to begin a search for the rare and unique Pajero Evolution was fraught with peril. Being a limited production homologation model, with only 2500 ever produced, were there actually any parts that crossed over to the mass-market Pajero, beyond the obvious things like sheetmetal and glass? Beyond this pressing question, could I still find one in decent shape, 18 years on, that was ready for export? Finally, would I have to pay a king's ransom to actually ensnare the beast?

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Phil Hansford

My Pajero "Evolution"

I began my Mitsubishi 4x4 obsession in 1995 with a 4 cylinder, 1988 Dodge Raider (a badge-engineered Mitsubishi Montero SWB). This was after years of admiring its unique, boxy form, in a country (Canada) where they were a virtual unknown. Over the next 20 years I would own many variants of this theme: an 89 V6 Raider, followed by a long wheelbase Montero of the same year, and then two JDM import diesels. The first was a second generation SWB Pajero 2.5 diesel, and then a 93 2.8 LWB diesel. My sixth one took me upmarket to a North American 3rd generation Montero, which my wife promptly claimed as "her truck". Additionally, my satisfaction with Mitsubishi reliability lead me to branch out into cars as well, having six cars in this time.

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