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Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 Di-D and Lunar

M Hayes reviewed on 28-07-2020 a Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 Di-D (118 Kw/160 bhp year: march 2003 - february 2007) and a Lunar Ariva of (laden) 1000 kg.

I have a 2005 Shogun SWB manual with the 3.2 DiD engine, coupled with a 2004 Lunar Ariva. Didn't really buy the Shogun for towing as I had it well before the caravan came along but what a superb towcar it has proven to be. With a winterhoff stabiliser fitted the tow is absolutely rock solid even in very strong winds. Of course the car weighing over twice that of the van makes for a super stable set up. What I really love though is the fantastic pull from that 3.2 diesel engine. On long runs it sits happily in fifth gear, occasionally going to 4th for more control through bends etc. Rarely do you need to go lower than 4th gear but if required then it pulls like the proverbial train in 3rd gear. In fact you can accelerate very nicely indeed uphill. I rarely have anyone stuck behind me when towing and often pull away from other traffic when going up long inclines, when the massive torque this engine has really comes to the fore. This is hugely reassuring and I wouldn't now want to tow with anything else. I have the manual gearbox and find it well up to the job. In fact I prefer it over the auto (have used both) when going down hill and being able to use engine braking more effectively, although the brakes themselves are very powerful and progressive to use. I guess it is because of my light and small caravan but I get pretty good mpg when towing, normally a little over 25mpg and even better on a long run. Without the van this swb manual will easily do 33/34 mpg, which is darn impressive for such a large engine and heavy vehicle. It is the super select model and I always leave it in 4H (and the manual says to use this when towing) which makes it grip the road and power across slippery surfaces with ease. Having owned both the LWB and the SWB I would recommend the SWB (if you dont need the interior space) for towing since it generally feels more stable when changing direction, having a relatively short arm from towbar to rear axle. Add to this the usual Mitsubishi build quality and you have (in my opinion) one of the best towing vehicles available. I can't say I don't feel the weight on the back but I can say I feel totally in control at all times, arriving at the campsite relaxed and calm.

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