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  1. Since it's a Mitsubishi, I would recommend this place called Specialized Auto Care in Al Quoz. While they're a multi brand service shop, the main guy there called 'Rishi' is an ex-Habtoor Mitsu specialist. Fairly young chap in his early 30s, very enthusiastic. They're right by the Al Quoz Mall. I'll post a linky if it works. PS: No commercial affiliations with the shop. I've just had them work on my car and have been satisfied and they're fairly reasonable labour wise.
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    Rather quiet in here!

    With these Mustangs and LS430s though, a major portion of the cars in the UAE are US salvage. Even in salvage cars, if you look at the Copart/Manheim/IAA auction car purchases and subsequent rebuilds documented, most of them have minor issues and are simple to moderate difficulty fixes. But, the UAE used car dealers seem to buy absolutely totaled cars and fix them up. Moreso with latest models. I'd recently seen the latest Civic and Accord in such shambles, I wouldn't touch those cars with a barge pole. On the other hand, two of my petrolhead friends have clean US spec cars that were non salvage and brought in because the manual versions weren't sold here. Occasionally, such cars do exist. So, due diligence and knowledge on the car and issues can help save some $$$
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    My new ride

    Congratulations on the Pajero. Is it a 3.5 or 3.8? You surely meant 170,000 kms, right?
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    Arroyo Tires

    Never heard of them. They should be one of the thousand other horrible Chinese tyre brands. I would rather source tyres from Nitto, Hankook, Nexen, Kumho which are very decent depending on the pattern and compound , and barely cost a few dirhams over these absolutely atrocious Chinese tyres with their cheap constructions and compounds that ensure you bang the car up front during panic braking.
  5. I would give it to the Jeep Cherokee review for the quality. Meanwhile, a very enterprising Adil seems to have messaged me not once, but twice by PM to like his review. I wasn't aware of this contest and prize and thought he genuinely wanted views for his below average quality "review". With such rigging, I'd strongly recommend bringing changes to the rules of the contest. Just my humble opinion.
  6. Like all the others have stated, you shouldn't need engine flushing if the engine's been running on high quality synthetic oil of the correct grade and replaced at intervals mentioned in the owner's manual. A quality synthetic oil comes with a good detergent additive package blended into it which should help it do it's cleaning part of the engine apart from lubricating. If you feel car needs a flush, buy an engine flush from a brand like Wurth or LiquiMoly and follow the instructions. I used an STP one recently on a Suzuki engine whose ex-owner was taken for a ride by the stealership that didn't perform oil changes but billed the customer for it. 😧 Here's a link on souq. (I have no commercial affiliation.)
  7. If you have the bill, it should have a warranty card with a matching serial no. I'm sure you can take it to the consumer forum and the shop selling the spurious battery would be fined heavily. Atleast 20,000 aed, from my knowledge.
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    Gear Trouble

    How many kms on the 10 year old Pajero's odometer, buddy? How often was the ATF changed?
  9. Something similar with a 2.0 Litre engine today would make for a fabulous beater. I've got something like this with 517,000 kms on the odo. But, it's just a 1.3 Lancer off an acquaintance and the lack of power is disappointing. Planning to replace with a 2.0 beater when the time comes to renew it.