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Old 09-04-19
Dirt_&_Dust Dirt_&_Dust is offline
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Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Alice Springs
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Default Greetings from the Red Centre

G'day all,

My name is Josh and I've just become the owner of a 2016 NX Exceed.

I live in Alice Springs; I've been up here for a few years - I moved up from Tassie for work and haven't looked back. I'd been considering buying a 4WD for a year or two, as there are so many tracks to explore out this way. I haven't really been able to justify owning two cars despite my best attempts at explaining the rationale to my wife, especially seeing as I ride my bike most places around town and to/from work, and I have another car back in Tassie - a 1958 FC Holden that I built into a track car (and obviously don't use).

Anyway, I digress. A while back our trusty old Peugeot wagon let us down, so I managed to sell the idea that we needed a 4WD to my wife. Wife agreed. Little did she know that I had been secretly researching this very subject for about a year; I knew what I wanted, and which accessories to option.

At the time, my wife was pregnant; preparing for a young family meant that we didn't have a lot of spare cash floating around, so a budget was set. I had my heart set on a 76 series Landcruiser, and that was what I was going to get; well, until I drove one. We hired a 76 Workmate and drove out to Palm Valley; a sandy, rocky trail along the World's oldest river bed, about an hour out of Alice. The 76 was so uncomfortable on the trail that it should have induced my wife's labour; the drive on sealed roads was like wrestling with an FJ Holden caught in a sidewind, and it had less guts than me after a carton of Cascade light.

Next, a 200 series - but the budget could only stretch to a 2013, which had 230,000 kays on the clock. Went like the clappers, but I couldn't help but think my old FC Holden had more factory options.

Then, a Prado. My wife liked this idea, as she thought it would be practical. Luckily we have a fleet of them at work so I took one for a spin; it was completely underwhelming, slow and the body roll was akin to the Spirit of Tasmania caught in a Bass Strait squall.

My options were exhausted, and I stopped looking for 6 months.

Recently, the trusty old Peugeot left us stranded again, and we decided that for peace of mind and the safety of our son who had joined the family, we needed to get a new vehicle. I drove a Jeep Grand Cherokee and was really impressed with the TDV6, however, the fact that the dealership had left town wasn't exactly confidence inspiring.

Finally, my wife saw a Pajero in a car yard up here, and suggested we take it for a spin. I wasn't into the idea; to be honest I always thought Pajeros were a bit daggy. We took it for a drive and I was blown away; plenty of useable power, loads of space and really comfortable. We didn't get that vehicle, though. I wanted a white one, and I wanted a nice stereo for long drives, and leather seats too, so that we could wipe off all the disgusting things that our boy smears on them.

I was trawling through Gumtree recently and found it in New South Wales; 2016 Exceed, white, polished front bar, engineered lift and increased ball weight, snorkel, A/T tyres, 45,000 kays. Did the deal and now waiting to organise freight to get it up here.

I'm sure I'll have loads of questions for the forum, seeing as I am new to both Pajeros and four-wheel drives generally.

I'm looking to purchase a single factory 18" wheel for a second spare; if anyone has one they are interested in selling, please let me know.


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Old 09-04-19
paulq00 paulq00 is offline
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Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Brisbane
Posts: 34

Congratulations & hope you enjoy the car. I haven't regretted my choice of a Pajero & wish you the same good fortune!
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Old 09-04-19
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aussieintas aussieintas is offline
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Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Sorell, Tasmania
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Welcome to a previous 2 header!!
2008 NS X SWB DiD auto in cool silver, Pirelli Scorpion ATR's, MCC bull bar with Stedi Summit fog/DRL's, Airtec(TJM) snorkel.

88 NF SWB 2.6 manual
92 NH LWB 3.0 auto
92 NH J-Top 2.5 manual
95 NJ SWB 3.0 auto
99 Cruiser 4.5 manual with all the fruit
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Old 09-04-19
RUGGA RUGGA is offline
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Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Adelaide
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Originally Posted by aussieintas View Post
Welcome to a previous 2 header!!

Ps, welcome to both heads.
02 NM 3.2, Auto, Exceed, I/C and sump guards, L&B 2" lift, 265/75/16 OPAT2.
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Old 11-04-19
El_Freddo El_Freddo is offline
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Bendigo, Vic
Posts: 181

Welcome D&D, top place you’re at!

Awesome way to do your research! The Pajero is the surprise package I reckon. And after towing a tandem trailer loaded with house stuff I can see why so many grey nomads townwith then too.

I bet you can’t wait for it’s arrival!


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Old 14-04-19
Wicks747 Wicks747 is offline
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Alice Springs
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Hi mate. If you keen to explore get in touch with the outback 4wd club based in the Alice
Sold 2004 PA Challenger
Current 2010 XLT Ford Ranger. TJM winch bar, ARB rear bar, Gme uhf, Goodyear Wranglers, dual battery, light force blitz 240s, hard korr lightbar, bushskinz bash plates. Helical torque lock lsd.
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