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Martin

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

We wanted to hire a car for a couple of days to explore the island of Samui properly and I was keen to stick to my Ďwhen in Romeí policy of renting something made in Thailand.  The most popular hire cars seemed to be the Honda Jazz / Honda City and Iím pretty sure the City is built in Thailand, but Iím not small car  person and wanted something that would get me everywhere I wanted to go and deal with the roads in some comfort.   A CRV would have made sense I suppose, certainly more sense than a large 7 seater.... but the locals either ride mopeds or drive something like a Pajero Sport, so that's what I went for.

The Pajero Sport is basically an L200 underneath, so more of a truck than anything else.  Itís got a 2.5 litre 4 cylinder 178hp engine with a 5 speed auto, so not quick, but it had enough go to get out of the way of even the fastest mopeds and pulled easily up the hill to where we were staying (very steep road, probably between 45-60 degrees all the way up with a couple of sharp bends).  The gearbox wasnít as bad as I expected, but you really know itís changing gear, especially when you use kickdown.  The ride was pretty good over the worst roads on the Island, but pretty poor (bouncy rear end) on the smoother roads.  We did a little light off roading and got up to the highest point on the island, so it was perfect for the job.

The interior was full of hard plastics and the centre console rattled, but the driving position was good, visibility was excellent, the seats were comfortable and the air-conditioning really powerful.  Interestingly it had a heated rear window, but no heater (just varying degrees of cold) and no way of turning the air-conditioning off.

Even after a couple of days, I donít understand why anyone would think an L200 is remotely car like and how people live with one every day!

I might have a picture on my camera, but it looked exactly like this inside and out.



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Big Blue

Wow. Proper gypo wagon.
Martin

Big Blue wrote:
Wow. Proper gypo wagon.


Yep! †

This along with the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Toyota Furtuner are incredibly popular in Thailand.   The small resort we stayed at for a week (10 villas), had one of each to ferry the guests around. †The Toyota was the best one of the three by a decent margin.
PG

Re: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Martin wrote:
Even after a couple of days, I donít understand why anyone would think an L200 is remotely car like and how people live with one every day!


You're right. An L200 is a truck that can carry more people when required. It is not a car with an open boot.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Martin wrote:
... Toyota Furtuner ...

Martin

Fortuner even....
PhilD

Re: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Martin wrote:


I might have a picture on my camera, but it looked exactly like this inside and out.





So essentially an off-road version of your car!  
Martin

I'm not even going to dignify that with a response.
PhilD

Martin wrote:
I'm not even going to dignify that with a response.


Fair enough...

But in all seriousness, on the island of Samui what is the equivalent?
Martin

The only BMWs I saw on the island were a newish 328i and an original Z4 (which was available for hire!).   I don't know what the equivalent would be, it's mainly mopeds and twin cab pickups!  I didn't see a single car there that I would choose.

Very different in Bangkok, plenty of 5/7 series and E/S Class Mercedes around.
Roadsterstu

Has it got adaptive LED headlights? †

Hope you are enjoying the holiday.
PhilD

It doesn't have to be a BMW Martin, or a car you personally would choose. I meant what would your Thai cousin be driving on the island!
Martin

PhilD wrote:
It doesn't have to be a BMW Martin, or a car you personally would choose. I meant what would your Thai cousin be driving on the island!


Full fat Range Rover!

Or more likely, a Toyota Furtuner.

I've been back a couple of weeks Stu, but thanks!  It had projector lights, which were pretty poor.  Every Thai car fitted with fog lights had them on as soon as it was dark, genuinely without exception.  Apart from he car I was driving of course  
Alf McQueef

How was the awesome looking accommodation anyway? I'm guessing from the previous holiday thread that this vehicle was not the highlight of the stay?
Martin

The accommodation was fantastic thanks, even better than I expected, which is always a nice bonus.

No, the vehicle wasn't a highlight, but travelling around the island was one of them.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Martin wrote:
... Toyota Furtuner ...


The version for those with dogs that have thick coats, maybe ?

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