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    Music, fiddling with electronics, dogs, Hifi
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    '99 Pajero SWB 3.0
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    pretending i know what i am doing

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  1. True, i went for my regular maintenance of my BMW to one of the workshops behind BMW road (Sree BMW shop). I brought the car for maintenance and every time a part needed to be replaced they sent their guy on a bicycle to go and source the parts in the same street I've spent quite some long hours already there sipping chai.....
  2. I use the "Dubai Now" app that is basically gathering all Dubai apps. Select the category "driving" and you can recharge and top-up your account in a matter of seconds. Payment goes via my credit card or Apple Pay.
  3. Add to that the wind-tunnel performance and strict safety regulations that basically puts these companies in a very tight box.
  4. You have a spare Pajero in your car buddy ? 😂
  5. You're a little late to the party "dude"... This is post from December 2016
  6. Apart from the known stuff like deflators, gauges, etc.. what do you have in your toolbox that has either saved your buttocks a few times, or you deem as an essential tool of equipment while going off-road ? I'll start with mine: * Adjustable spanners and some basic wrenches up to size 13. * Basic screwdriver set (Philips and flatheads). * Multimeter/tester. * Some hose clamps for compressor hoses. * Tie-wraps * Electrical Tape * Set of fuses (5,10,20,30 Amps) * Pieces of nylon rope to tie something down temporarily. * Headlight / Torch. * Allen key set. * Some speaker wire for doing small repairs when necessary. * Spare set of stem valves.
  7. Coming back on this issue @desertdude you are right. After installing an additional, digital temp gauge, i can now see that the factory temp gauge does not budge between 65 and 110 degrees Celsius. So if something was indeed wrong with engine overheating i would have only known it when it’s almost too late. Although The OEM sensor was replaced and I read the same issues with gen2 Pajero on other forums. I’ll be keeping a close eye to the digital one on the next off-road drives. During normal highway it sits stable at 80 degrees so that looks ok.
  8. Hi Sunit, welcome to the forum and congrats with your Pajero ! Regarding your queries: 1) Yes, Mobil1 is a really good brand, @Gaurav his car runs on it. Not sure where you can buy it here in UAE. I have asked the same question to quite a few workshops and they all seem to have their own preference based on what they have available and the type of car. Have a look at the attached SAE grade range. 2) I bought Geolandar 265/70/16 about 6 months back and paid closer to 2000 i think, ill check my invoices and update you. I don't have the impression my tyres are fake but how to define this is the million dollar question. What matters is the fabrication date stamped on the tyres. Some shops try to get rid of their older batches of tyres at lower prices. 3) Have a look at the attached Pajero maintenance schedule. 4) I am not sure what the Habtoor guys do in every minor or major schedule. This might depend on the car history. If you just bought it and don't have enough reliable service information on what was done before, i would recommend bringing it do a decent workshop and going for a 25,000 service to remove any doubts you might have and let them inspect all belts while they are at it.
  9. Have a look at below article: https://jalopnik.com/should-you-swap-your-headlight-bulbs-for-leds-1728026383 While i like the look of LED, i am not in favor of replacing the halogen high-beams and low-beams yet.
  10. Good topic. * I do a complete clean after every drive and hose down the chassis of the car. The amount of sand that gets stuck in all these nooks and crannies is unbelievable, and after time it hardens up and becomes even more difficult to remove. * Check all fluids as @Gaurav mentioned rightly. * Definitely bring the tyres back to road pressure condition (34psi works best for me). Also inspect the tyres for unusual wear or tear. * Clean the engine bay (not hosing down, but with a rag and some soft soap) and inspect for leaks or loose fittings, hoses.
  11. Good topic Barry. I think many of our generation grew up on the street messing with scooters, bikes, motorcycles because there was nothing else to do to spent those long summers. Video games were coming up but watching 2 pixels going left to right wasn’t that much interesting. younger generation people now grow up with internet and a massive amount of information at their fingertips but I think it makes them less focused and they can’t decide if they want to be the next youtuber, DJ, Pro-Gamer, or anything else. I am sure there are still so many young people who are genuinely interested in technology although we might get the impression that this is not the case.
  12. I am happy with the performance, price, and skills of Specialized Auto Care in Al Quoz. Give Rishi a call on 050 115 3454 to discuss further as he runs the place.
  13. Hands down the most ugly car i have ever seen, although Nissan Sunny comes very close
  14. I am a bit dissapointed to see that "your" take on it is exactly the same as the old grumpy guy 🤐 There are indeed only very few standard 4x4's that are good for the desert in stock form, and that is no different for the Pajero. I fully agree that for proper off-roading the current generation Pajero could benefit from some tweaks and mods. What i honestly think about this guy is that he is indeed an old rambling has-been, and i know that he has lots of off-roading experience but moaning about the middle seat of the second row ? Come on, if that is the only thing you can find.... Yes.... The Pajero's interior is a bit dated in comparison with its Japanese rivals,but it has been around since 2008 and we all know Mitsubishi is not bringing out new models every 2-3 year. Of course the Prado and 100 Land cruiser are more capable vehicles, but that translates into much higher purchase price also. Bang for the Buck the Gen4 Pajero is unbeatable. I've paid peanuts for my wife's 2008 full option 3.8. No Prado or LC came close to my budget The oil and gearbox issues are unknown to me, but there are a myriad of reasons why people suffer from these things. I am probably biased towards Mitsubishi as i currently have two in my garage, but having owned at least 15-20 other brands in my life, my fair opinion is that Mitsubishi is a pretty good brand with proven reliability, no frills, and the Pajero has proven itself through the years as an affordable 7-seater with decent off-road capability to the likes of what most people expect from it.
  15. Many of us struggle with back pain, and the percentage of people is increasing every year. My career as DJ has also left me with worn discs on lower back so i understand your concern. Doing many commuter miles per day can be a real hassle. Having a good lumbar support is important, and also to try to find that sweet spot where you feel comfortable and the pain is manageable. That indeed depends on car to car, but like a mattress it is a bit trial and error i am afraid. Maybe you could rent a car for a while and see which seems to give the best comfort for you. Going Offroading is definitely demanding on your back, whatever car you have or use. And doing recovery work and running around in the sand is even making this worse. What helped for me was the Johnny Walker method.... KEEP WALKING. I walk about 8-10kms every day at work and long walks in the evening with the dogs. It helps to keep the muscles strong and flexible. Some tiger balm can give some relief before going too bed. I hope you find some relief and a method that works for you. Don't be afraid to explore accupuncture, massages, physiotherapy, or others. Only you can find what works for you. And don't go for operation unless you really exhausted ALL possible options. Doctors here are far to keen on operating and earning money on your back.
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