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Default Is the Challenger a genuine Pajero & Prado alternative?

Hi guys, I've gotta say, I'm very impressed with the 'on paper' specs and reviews of the new Challenger. I'm looking to change over my NS Paj midway through next year and have been struggling to find a viable alternative.

I've looked at the NT but it's so similar to the NS it's hardly worth changing over, especially given I'd sacrifice most of my aftermarket mods. I also looked at the Prado last night and $65K on road for the GX poverty pack seems a bit rich despite it looking a very nice vehicle.

So, is the Challenger a genuine alternative for:

1. Towing (up to 2 tonne)
2. Touring (Simpson, Cape York, Kimberley)
3. Weekend offroading (with some challenging stuff thrown in)
4. On road refinement and comfort (is it as bloody noisy as the Paj's?)

Might have to pop up to MM and have a look if they've got one in stock!

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The short answer is yes, here is the longer answer

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So, is the Challenger a genuine alternative for:

1. Towing (up to 2 tonne) Yes
2. Touring (Simpson, Cape York, Kimberley)Yes but probably not as comfy
3. Weekend offroading (with some challenging stuff thrown in)It'll be an improvement
4. On road refinement and comfort (is it as bloody noisy as the Paj's?)Not as good I suspect in terms of comfort, but refinment will probably be as good if not slighter ahead of the NT as the drivetrain is all new whereas the NT's diesel drivetrain is still a bit loud and thrashy
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I had a drive of the Challenger yesterday. I was looking at it as an alternative to the Pajero, I really like the look of it.

BUT......it was even louder on the road than the Pajero! I thought it would probably be noisier but had to try anyway. For me the Pajero is too noisy so there is no way I could live with the Challenger.
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Walker - the NT is a big step forward over the NS in terms of noise at least...

... I guess I was wrong in assuming the new 2.5 would be a more quiet motor?

One thing that does frustrate me about Mitsubishi is with the likes of even Hyundai who are able to make a Diesel engine in a bloody iLoad work van so quiet that from inside the cabin you don't realise it's a diesel, why the hell can't mitsubishi make a diesel that doesn't sound like a rattly old bus?
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One thing that does frustrate me about Mitsubishi is with the likes of even Hyundai who are able to make a Diesel engine in a bloody iLoad work van so quiet that from inside the cabin you don't realise it's a diesel, why the hell can't mitsubishi make a diesel that doesn't sound like a rattly old bus?
You can't win on all scores!

The direct injection diesels are all a bit noisy.
The 4m40 (2800 TD) was much quieter, just because it was indirect injection.

I must admit that the Di-D's engine noise has never bothered me at all.
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You can't win on all scores!

The direct injection diesels are all a bit noisy.
The 4m40 (2800 TD) was much quieter, just because it was indirect injection.

I must admit that the Di-D's engine noise has never bothered me at all.
Aren't all the new diesels direct injection? Like the Prado, D3 & 4, Toureg etc?

Why is the Paj so much noisier?

It's disappointing to hear the Challenger is just as bad. I went and had a look at one last night too and they're a great looking vehicle.

To me, it seems like Mitsubishi have decided they can't compete with Toyota or the Euros in build quality and refinement so they counter with more standard options. These sound great on paper, but in the real world, after 6-12 months of driving, you tend to forget about the gimicky options (or I do anyway) and are left disappointed with the overall package.

The Mitsubishi 4wd's would be world beaters if they could match the others in this area.

Back to the Challenger, the other thing that worries me is the tiny fuel tank. 70l is outrageous and means you need to add $1500 for a long range tank and another $1000 for a rear wheel carrier straight away which would put the LS up around high $50's on the road.

Alas, I'll have to keep holding my breath for the perfect replacement. Fussy bugger aren't I
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the other thing that worries me is the tiny fuel tank. 70l is outrageous and means you need to add $1500 for a long range tank and another $1000 for a rear wheel carrier straight away which would put the LS up around high $50's on the road.
We brought an LS model at the weekend (inc Towbar, reverse camera) this cost us about $2k under $50K (on the road) so add in the LR fuel tank and rear wheel carrier you would be looking at $50k - pretty good value. (the GLX model is the one that starts out at over $50k).
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Sam,
Most of the European diesels have Pizo injection which makes them a lot quieter. For some reason the Japanese still refuse to go down this path. Toyota just add a heap more insulation.

I do agree that the NT is a lot better than the NS, but it is still noisy, but also a lot cheaper than other big 4Wd's so I guess it is a trade-off. I am just not sure I can live with the trade off anymore.

I have to admit that I have had a couple of visits to the Toymotor dealer. They are actually doing big discounts at the moment, which they have rarely done before. You can pretty much take off $8k from whatever the retail price is on the model you want. I was lookign at a VX which retails for $81k and there are plenty of people buying it for $73k. The fixed price servicing of $220 is good too.
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We brought an LS model at the weekend (inc Towbar, reverse camera) this cost us about $2k under $50K (on the road) so add in the LR fuel tank and rear wheel carrier you would be looking at $50k - pretty good value. (the GLX model is the one that starts out at over $50k).
I stand corrected That is good value. Certainly not what the ballpark figures my dealer was sprouting yesterday.

I stand by the fuel tank issue though. Bit of an oversight, particularly if you're towing.
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Discounts on the 150 Prado? Really? Hmmm.... sounds interesting.
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