The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to the Mitsubishi Pajero


Widely revered for its ability to impress in all aspects, the Mitsubishi Pajero may be one of the most versatile multi-terrain vehicles to currently grace our roads. While able to withstand even the most unforgiving of environments, filling your Mitsubishi Pajero with the wrong fuel can still spell disaster. Read through this brief Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide for an informative rundown on the Mitsubishi Pajero’s specs as well as how you can save yourself from any potential fuel-related mishaps!


The Mitsubishi Pajero’s History


Founded by Yataro Iwasaki, Mitsubishi originally started out as a shipping firm under the name Tsukumo Shokai in Japan during the 1870s. After first going through a number of name changes, this highly esteemed automobile company had only begun to produce its now-signature line of products in the year 1917 with the Mitsubishi Model A. However, it was only after the end of the Second World War that the original organization had disbanded, inadvertently leading the company to become one of the leading car manufacturers in the modern age.


With the company’s first multi-terrain vehicle being released to the public in 1936, the Mitsubishi PX 33 was widely respected by Japanese battle commanders for its ability to remain reliable during strenuous circumstances. By today’s standards, it may seem like a humble beginning for the off-road Jeep, but the Mitsubishi PX 33 showcases the high level of quality that this car manufacturer has since been striving to uphold with each new release. This leads us to the Mitsubishi Pajero, a full-sized vehicle that keeps sport’s utility in mind, which was originally released to the world in 1981 with a design best suited to compete in the coveted Dakar Rally Series.


Having redefined the 4-wheel drive vehicle type through its ability to respectfully compete in both the Dakar as well as Outback, this vehicle has still seen a number of improvements in its design as well as in its performance over the years as new editions see themselves entering the public market. With Mitsubishi Pajero now being discontinued in 2021, the manufacturer releases the limited “Final Edition” of this crowd favourite off-road vehicle, sporting a number of enhancements that allow it to stand far above its predecessors, as well as the general competition, in a number of aspects.


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Mitsubishi Pajero Performance


When it comes to performance, Wrong Fuel Rescue firmly believes that the Mitsubishi Pajero is able to impress even the most well-versed of motor heads. With its Super Select II 4-wheel drive system, the Pajero can provide a level of performance that is able to remain unmatched by many of its competitors, even when placed in driving conditions and terrains that can only be described as “challenging”, to put it lightly.


On harsh surfaces providing high or low traction, often seen with sand, snow, rocky ground or even thick mud, the differential lock that is expertly utilized by the Pajero is able to deliver traction control and handling that can help you drive your way out of, and through, even the stickiest of situations. Your off-road experience is enhanced even further when taking the Pajero’s stabilizer bars and coil springs into account too, which are both combined with the rear multi-link suspension as well as the front double wishbone. This simple addition provides the Pajero with the much-needed ability to turn each wheel independently from the other, which in turn provides you with a level of comfort that is rarely ever experienced on harsh terrains.


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This is all coupled with the Innovative Vehicle Electronic Control System II (IVECS II), an intelligently designed automatic gearbox that provides 5 levels of speed. Allowing you to swap between Automatic Mode and Sports Mode on the fly, the Pajero can see you shifting through gears as smoothly as ever to allow for peak efficiency and performance before delivering a driving experience with unmatched responsiveness and acceleration when shifting manually.


Manufactured to tackle the most gruelling of mountain trails, to cruise the smoothest of highways, and to tow the heaviest of loads, the advanced engine used within the Pajero, the Common Rail Direct Injection Diesel (DiD) 3.2 litre turbocharged engine is quiet, reliable, and smooth in practically any scenario you put it in. This is made a reality by delivering 141kW of power alongside a substantial 441Nm of torque. With a fuel tank capacity of 88 litres, the Pajero uses no more than just 9.1 litres of fuel for every 100km that you drive. It is because of this power that the Pajero is fully capable of towing a boat, trailer, or even a caravan with a weight of up to 3,000kg.


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Mitsubishi Pajero Exterior and Interior


With a striking design that is elegant, purposeful, and bold, the Pajero maintains its position as one of the sleekest looking off-road vehicles to currently be seen on Australian roads today. Catching eyes in the city streets as well as on the country roads alike, the Pajero sports a chrome grille alongside a tailgate holding a full-size spare wheel, to ensure that you are never left unprepared when stuck on the open road. This spare wheel, as well as those pre-installed, is 18” and made of alloy. To add to its unmistakable design on the road, the Pajero even makes use of fog lights and Daytime Running LED lights that will allow you to make sure that your presence is felt by those driving alongside you.


Now moving into the interior of the Mitsubishi Pajero, this vehicle has a tasteful design that is able to mix luxurious aesthetics with advanced technology. This allows you to enjoy comfortable drives along the road while ensuring your safety and remaining connected, regardless of whether you are pushing it on the road or trekking up a rocky peak. Ergonomically designed to remain comfortable and fully controllable during extended sittings, the Pajero’s controls are all wrapped in leather, which helps to add to the pristine style on display.


Speaking of displays, the Pajero even comes equipped with a 7” touchscreen monitor that is built into the front console. With Mitsubishi’s Smartphone link Display Audio (SDA) technology allowing you to connect your Apple or Android-based smartphone without any hassle, you can expect to remain in full control over your journey through the music you play, the route provided by GPS, as well as the phone calls and voice messages that you receive too. While this may all sound cumbersome once on the road, this potential annoyance is negated entirely through the Pajero’s voice command system and the controls seen on the steering wheel, providing you with the immensely useful ability to operate at full capacity without letting go of the steering wheel or taking your eyes off the road.


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With all this technology being crammed into the Pajero, we at Wrong Fuel Rescue would like to assure you that this vehicle still provides ample amounts of space for each of its passengers. With the interior being built with comfort in mind, the Pajero comes with three rows of seats that allow a total of 7 passengers at any given moment. When the back row of seats is stowed away under the floor, it creates a flat and spacious area for all your luggage.


If you are looking for even more space than this, then the Pajero has you covered as the back row of seats can still be taken out entirely, providing you with an additional luggage compartment underneath the floor. This is alongside the middle row of seats still being able to fold forward too, allowing larger forms of cargo and luggage to be hauled with absolute ease.


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Wrong Fuel Rescue for the Mitsubishi Pajero


Have you ever seen someone, or personally been in a situation where you have accidentally filled up a car with the wrong fuel? This is a simple mistake that can happen to the best of us, and even those who are familiar with their vehicles and the respective fuel type, can still find themselves accidentally adding the wrong fuel to their Pajero. Although this is definitely not intentional, adding the wrong fuel type to any vehicle is bound to cause issues and damage to the engine which can be an incredibly costly, time-consuming, and excruciatingly difficult situation to fix by yourself.


Thankfully, Wrong Fuel Rescue has encountered numerous Mitsubishi Pajero drivers who have found themselves in a wrong fuel scenario, and we have extensive experience in assisting drivers and their vehicles. If you find that you have added the wrong fuel to your vehicle your first step should be to give Wrong Fuel Rescue a call so that a member of our experienced team can assist you. Because we are a mobile service, we will be able to assist you efficiently, ensuring that you and your vehicle are back on the road in record time.


Once you have given us a call your next step is to turn off the vehicle’s engine and to remain calm while you wait for us to get to you. Although we are always going to be able to assist you in a wrong fuel scenario, there are a few things that you should keep in mind if you are looking to avoid adding the wrong fuel to your vehicle. This includes:


  • Staying calm and patient when filling up, and remembering to pay attention to the fuel type, no matter how much of a hurry you are in.
  • If it is a newly acquired vehicle, make sure to check if your old and new vehicle use the same or a different fuel type.
  • If you are using multiple vehicles, i.e., personal or business, make sure you familiarise yourself with which fuel type each vehicle uses.
  • Avoid becoming distracted by your passengers or by other motorists at the servo.
  • Different fuel types are often indicated through different hose types and colours.
  • When filling up at a different servo, make sure to see if the hose types and colours follow a similar pattern to the servo you most frequently attend.


If you have accidentally filled your Mitsubishi Pajero up with petrol instead of diesel, here is what you may notice:


  • Your car may struggle to start, or may not start at all.
  • Your engine may stop working entirely.
  • Reduced performance alongside slower acceleration than you may be used to.
  • Your engine warning indicator may start lighting up.
  • Large quantities of smoke pouring out of your exhaust pipe.
  • You may hear a loud knocking sound while having your car in idle or while driving.


On the flip side, here is what you can expect when filling up your petrol vehicle with diesel instead:


  • Your engine may cut out.
  • In spite of how much you turn it over, your engine may struggle to start, or may not even start at all.
  • The unburnt diesel fuel may cause excessive amounts of smoke to start coming from your exhaust pipe.
  • Your engine may begin to backfire, which can lead to abrupt and sudden jerking movements while driving down the road.