Actually the 3.8l '03+ is preferred
What tires are you rocking? From the 120K+ miles of ownership of my '05 and several sets of new tires, I personally would not go smaller than 265/70R17 and not bigger than 265/75R17 (without lift) and no more aggressive than BFG AT T/A KO2. I had the first generation of Falken Wildpeak A/Ts on mine a few years ago and from new were very loud on this chassis. Ran them for 30K miles and then moved them to my old '92 on which they were silent.Reviving this thread to say that the drivetrain vibrations are surprising in my truck as well. If I look anywhere at the interior of the truck through the rearview mirror, I can see it all vibrating and buzzing if I'm going any more than 40mph. You hear it too.
Also there is a very distinct change in noise and feel as soon as I cross over exactly 50 mph. The cabin suddenly gets several dB louder, like a switch is flipped. It's just a hum noise. Sometimes it suddenly dissappears as well, and it gets much quieter and more comfortable inside.
I think I measured (if I remember correctly) about 90 dB inside the truck cruising at 75 mph. I'm sure some of this is my cracked head gaskets but man it's loud.
This may not help a lot however here are answers with respect to our experience - 1st generation Pajero in Africa and our current 4th generation in Colombia. Note that neither was/is very high mileage:1) ...some sort of driveline vibration at 45+mph speeds. A constant sort of rumble. .
2) How fussy is the independent suspension, alignment and longevity wise? .... Does the alignment get knocked out of wack from offroading?
3) How many of you have had the temp gauge or fuel gauge go wonky?
4)Are valve stem seal leaks a thing on the newer 3.8 trucks as they get up in miles?