Beauties........both of 'em. Wish I could get my hands on an ohhh six stateside......Hello all!
My name is Ryan. I am from Christchurch, New Zealand (by way of Alabama) and I finally get to make my first post here after a few months of lurking. In October 2018, I bought a 2006 Pajero (Montero) 3.8L SuperExceed LWB for my partner. She is involved with horses and was using a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe to tow her horse, and sometimes two horses, to different events around the South Island. While the little Santa Fe managed to get her and the horses around, I didn't feel as if it was the safest tow vehicle, so we made the switch. Meanwhile, I had also been saving up to buy some sort of 4WD for myself to get back into off-roading and overlanding, having been involved a bit back in Alabama. We both fell in love with the Pajero and I decided I wanted a SWB version for myself. After about 5 months of searching, I finally found a great deal on a 2006 3.8L Exceed SWB. The car was in Hamilton (North Island), so my partner and I took a long weekend on 23rd of March to fly up and drive it home.
The black one is mine and my plans are to set it up for a bit of Weekend Warrior touring - 2" lift (50mm), 32" A/Ts, rock sliders, and skid plates (rocky here in the South Island, especially in the river beds). But, nothing too wild as it will remain my daily driver; maybe a front winch bar and winch further down the line. The white one is shared with my partner and will likely remain stock as she drives it 80% of the time and has no need for any off-road modifications.
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Changes might come slowly; I had to stretch my budget to max to get the "shorty", wiping out any excess for mods. But, it was a great deal regardless and I am stoked. I hope to be an active part of the discussion here going forward.
Thank you. I have lusted after the SWB Pajeros for a while, being tangentially aware of them from watching clips of Dakar rallies and just generally being into "cars", but also first seeing them in-person on visits to see my partner here in NZ. It's a shame MMC never brought them, or the Gen4 at all, to the states. I feel like it would have sold well if marketed correctly. They serve the perfect mix of on-road manners and refinement and off-road capability - at least for the type of 4WD-ing I plan to do, anyway.Beauties........both of 'em. Wish I could get my hands on an ohhh six stateside......