The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to The Mitsubishi Challenger


The Mitsubishi Challenger is a midsize to large SUV that was first produced by Mitsubishi Motors in 1996. The Japanese manufacturer has sprouted three generations of the model, the majority of which are still withstanding the test of time. The Challenger is an almost-ageless stalwart in every sense of the word, making it worth delving deeper to know everything there is to know about the classic SUV. Keep reading for the complete Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the Mitsubishi Challenger. We’ll also be covering what to do if you should accidentally misfuel your Mitsubishi Challenger.


Three Generations of The Mitsubishi Challenger – Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide


The Mitsubishi Challenger, as it is known in Australia, was first produced in 1996 and is as polyonymous as it gets. In its three generational lifespans, it has gone by the names of Pajero Sport, Montero Sport, Nativa, Shogun Sport, and Strada G-Wagon in different parts of the world. Since 2015, the model is, by and large, known as the Pajero Sport, barring the UK where it is still known as the Shogun Sport, and the Montero Sport in some other parts of the world.


The first generation of the Challenger’s life spanned over a decade between 1996 and 2006. The original exterior build was based on the Strada pick-up and shared several components of which included some body panels such as the front doors in the exterior design. Though it made use of the aesthetics of the model of the Strada, it was built on the same wheelbase as the second-generation Pajero, essentially making it a smaller version of the Pajero SUV.


The most commonly used engine during this time was the 3-litre V6 petrol engine which produced 175 hp (130 kW; 177 PS) at 5,000 rpm, though the model also came in a variety of bigger and smaller engines, both in diesel and petrol engines in the Australian market.


The Mitsubishi Challenger saw a few minor facelifts in its first-generation stint but it wasn’t until the introduction of the second-generation version in 2008 that major changes – and arguably – improvements, were noted in the exterior design. This time around, the vehicle was based on the ladder-frame chassis of the Triton and was gradually introduced into different markets around the world. The design was, in part, influenced by the mammoth (at the time) Pajero Evolution concept car and 2.5- or 3.2-litre diesel and 3.0- or 3.5-litre V6 petrol engines were available to choose from, just like before.


In 2015 the third-generation offering was unveiled in Thailand showcasing for the 2016 model year and featured the all-new 4N15 2.4L MIVEC engine. It also saw the name “Challenger” unequivocally being dropped from the model around the world, including Australia where it was still the designation since the second-generation model.


One of the stand-out features of this generation is the introduction of the eight-speed automatic transmission which replaces the predecessor’s five-speed INVECS-II automatic system of before. The new system significantly improves fuel efficiency when compared to the previous five-speed transmission without any noticeable sacrifice of in-gear acceleration.


Other notable new features of the first versions of the third-generation Challenger, included a sunroof, dual-zone climate control system, power-adjustable leather-contoured seats with multi-layer cushioning, an optional seven-seating capacity option in the Australian as well as a seven-inch infotainment system.


The use of CF plastics in the construction of the body meant that the Challenger shed a significant amount of weight compared to its predecessor and thanks to the 4N15 lightweight alloy block, the whole body got lighter, with a low centre of gravity, making it a fantastic option for the off road enthusiast.


The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to The Current “Mitsubishi Challenger”


Ever since the name “Challenger” was dropped from the naming line, one could say that, in a way, the Pajero Sport has had a bit of a battle with finding its identity, while at the same time it doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not. And even though some of the newer models have come under harsh and arguably miss-directed criticism, the Pajero Sport still has a lot going for – in more ways than one.


The Pajero Sport is a good all-rounder, large SUV, and as it’s available as a seven-seater in the Australian market, it’s more than adequate as a family vehicle that does commuting well while having 4×4 versatility too. Though the Pajero Sport is up against stiff competition in its class, being among the company of the Ford Everest, Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu M-UX, as well as the SsangYong Rexton, it competes well in certain aspects, while coming up a bit short in others.


First off, there’s the pricing. The Pajero Sport is a good value-for-money option, not only in price but in warranty too. The entry-level retail price of the Pajero Sport starts at $54,190 which is appreciably lower than the market leaders in the class. On top of that, all Mitsubishis are covered by a standard five-year/100 000km warranty that can be extended to an unmatched 10-year/200 000km warranty if you solely service within the Mitsubishi network.


Where the Pajero Sport really shines in its off road ability as well as its towing capacity. Though 4×4 doesn’t come standard, going 4×2 just doesn’t make sense if you’re the active type of family who enjoys off-roading, boating, and camping. The 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine gives an output of 133kW/430Nm enabling an impressive 3.1 tonne braked towing capacity.


The Super Select four-wheel-drive system can switch between two-high, four-high, four-high with a locked diff, as well as four-low with the diff locked. The system allows the use of 4×4 on-road, with the centre diff open, which is ideal for inconsistent conditions and distributing the load evenly when towing.


The all-around driving experience falls a tad short compared to rivals, as it lacks the same urgency in acceleration and overtaking. The eight-speed automatic transmission system is smooth enough under normal circumstances but battles a little when, again, it comes to acceleration. However, the traction control is not an issue and the vehicle handles gravel and wet roads effortlessly.


The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to The Pajero Sport Interior


On the inside, the Pajero Sport, whether intentionally or not, reminisces of the Challenger everyone has come to know and love over the years. The interior isn’t the most modern we’ve come to see, but it’s not exactly dated either. An 8-inch touch screen is embedded in the centre that can run Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and most other features one could expect from an infotainment system. On the other hand, the speedometer and rev counter lack digitality – something one has come to expect from a new SUV in this class.


In terms of space, the Pajero Sport scores well. There is adequate room for tall drivers and/or passengers in the front while the second row provides enough legroom for its occupants. The third row can seem a little cramped for adults and is thus better suited for kids – just like most other seven-seaters on the market.


There are numerous storage spaces for sundries throughout the vehicle with slots under the dash and centre console with two cup holders below the shifter in the front, map pockets and door pockets in the second row, as well as a fold-down centre armrest with cupholders. Aircon vents populate the entirety of the vehicle so no passenger will need to go without being cooled. Further, the boot space ranges from 131L to the third row, to 502L to the second row and a respectable 1488L with all the seats up.


Other noteworthy features that you can expect to find in the Pajero Sport include the following:


  • 7 Airbags
  • Active Stability and Traction Control
  • Anti-lock Braking System
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution
  • Brake Assist System
  • Hill Start Assist System
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers
  • Rear Park Distance Control
  • Rear View Camera
  • Keyless Operating System
  • Chromatic Rear View Mirror
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • Bluetooth with Hands-free Voice Control
  • Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA)
  • Colour Digital Instrument Display
  • Automatic Air-conditioning with Rear
  • Passenger Controls
  • Electric Windows
  • USB and Accessory Sockets (Dual USB at back)
  • Power Plug 150 Watt
  • LED Headlamps Low Beam & High Beam
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • Corner Lamps
  • DRL (Daytime Running Lights)
  • Electrically Adjustable and Fold-away Mirrors


Need a Wrong Fuel Rescue for Your Mitsubishi Challenger?


Misfuelling a Mitsubishi Challenger, or any of its namesakes, is something that can (and does) happen to anyone. From the most novice of drivers learning the ropes, to the most experienced offroad experts that are familiar with their vehicles and their fuel types – accidents still happen. And even though such a lapse is simple, the repercussions can be severe, which is why it’s imperative that the correct measures are taken if you’ve found yourself with the wrong fuel in your Mitsubishi Challenger.


Fortunately, Wrong Fuel Rescue has dealt with many a Mitsubishi Challenger that has been consigned with the incorrect fuel, and we have adequate experience to deal with the situation timeously and professionally. Here is what to do if you’ve found yourself in need of Wrong Fuel Rescue services.


Stay calm – know that most misfuelling situations can be rectified by Wrong Fuel Rescue without serious (and expensive) damage to your vehicle.


Cease any operation of the vehicle – even turning the ignition (which engages the fuel pump) can cause contamination between the different fuels, so avoid doing this when possible.


Stop driving as soon as possible – if you have already attempted to, or have, driven your vehicle, pull over as soon as you’re able to and when it’s safe to do so.


Get in contact with Wrong Fuel Rescue – we have the expertise to get you safely back on the road.


If you have accidentally filled your diesel Mitsubishi Challenger with petrol, or your petrol vehicle with diesel and are in need of a Wrong Fuel Rescue, there’s no need to panic. If you’re in any of the areas we cover, you can rest assured that our mobile mechanics will sort you and your Mitsubishi Challenger out in no time. As a mobile service, we come to you to drain and flush your fuel system right then and there, offering the ultimate convenience and the most effective solution.


If you have filled up your diesel Mitsubishi Challenger with petrol, you will require a Wrong Fuel Rescue after noticing the following warning signs:


  • Loud knocking noise from the engine
  • Excessive smoke from your exhaust
  • Slower than usual acceleration
  • The engine warning light is illuminated
  • The engine stops altogether
  • The vehicle struggles to restart


Alternatively, if you have filled up your petrol Mitsubishi Challenger with diesel, you will require a Wrong Fuel Rescue after noticing the following warning signs:


  • Your engine is misfiring
  • Excessive smoke from the exhaust
  • The engine cuts out
  • The vehicle fails to restart