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Montero Buyers Guide - The Official Resource thread.
« on: August 12, 2017, 08:01:34 AM »
By now many of you have downloaded our official buyers guide. You've probably noticed it's a little incomplete and has some filler material in places that could use more detailed information. There's some errors and typos, but, all in all, for something that Brian Driggs was able to piece together in a matter of hours, the night before MOD2017, it's pretty darn good.

If you haven't seen it, you can get your copy here:

This thread is for general revisions and to help expand on individual topics. I ask if you're going to contribute information, please provide any source you can on it. We'll start with the overview of the Montero:

The mountain hunter. Seriously. That’s what it means. Of course, in most other markets outside North America, it’s called by its real name— Pajero. In the UK, it’s called Shogun. Why the different names? Well, as it turns out, Pajero might be a name for the Pampas Cat, a smaller feline predator found in Patagonia, it’s also Spanish slang for, um, let’s just say “wanker.”

A  little  history,  in  celebration  of  their  100th  anniversary,  the  Mitsubishi  Model A sedan was the first mass production car in Japanese history way back in 1917. By  the  way,  in  case  you’re  thinking  they  copied  Henry  Ford,  we’d  like  to point out Ford’s Model A wasn’t introduced until 1927—a full decade after Mitsubishi. Funny, that. Then, in 1934, Mitsubishi developed the first Japanese-built sedan with full-time  4WD—the PX33. Pretty neat, right? But wait! There’s more! Starting  in  1953,  Mitsubishi  built  Jeep CJ3s. And they continued to do so until 1998. That’s right. If you can find one, you can likely legally import an old school Jeep—with a Mitsubishi turbo-diesel engine.

The Pajero first hit the autoshow circuit as a prototype in 1973. The first
gen (aka: Gen 1, we don’t do that 1G/2G/3G stuff) hit showroom floors
in 1982. A year later, the first Pajero would enter Dakar. It would become
the most successful vehicle in Dakar Rally history, winning 15 of the last
32 races.

Oh  yeah,  and  the  4WD  system  in  all  those  Evos?  You  can  trace  its 
history all the way back to the Pajero drivetrain they stuffed under a
Starion back in the late 80s to go Group B rallying.