Last Call: Where can this Montero shuttle take you?

I love seeing all the different versions of the Montero/Pajero that have been built. My personal favorite is always going to be the Pajero Evo. I have a soft spot for the Pajero Camel Special too, of course. But this Pajero Shuttle Van? Amazing!

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  1. Is this like some of those American conversions on 4WD trucks that are converted to FWD only, to leave an unencumbered rear section with a possible lower load-floor?

  2. I have been ignoring the whining noise coming from my serpentine belt tensioner for a few months now.

    Not procrastinating; I ordered one from the NAPA in my neighborhood, but after a week of showing up every morning looking for my parts I decided never to go in there again. Same thing happened a couple years ago, I’m a slow learner.

    I only drive the van on the weekends, and when I can’t hear the noise, I forget it exists.

    So look forward to either an “I made one simple repair to my truck and I can’t believe the difference!” story or a, “One time in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere a $20 part let go and it cost me $500 for the tow and repair” story.

    Fuck NAPA.

    1. I absolutely find it interesting, just seeing a little glimpse into what’s almost a parallel universe. Especially coming from a country with similar climate and decent oil revenues, albeit coming out of a single province who resent sharing any of with the rest of the country, so we don’t get the same sort of incentives.

      One thing I haven’t seen, has there been any impact on the resale value of ICE cars? It’s understandable that the incentives would have a huge impact on new car sales, and I also assume we’re not far enough in to have reached a point where there’s a shortage of used ICE cars (where diehards have to decide just how much they’re willing to pay to not drive an EV).

  3. It’s a good question – so far, the value of ICE used cars has held up very well, even better in a few cases than before. That’s because early EVs were either short range only, a small Zoe, or somewhat unreliable, yet expensive Teslas (once Norway’s most sold cars).

    So there has not been much choice so far for used car customers and when we bought our Leaf 2.5 years ago, the initial price difference to an ICE car (no VAT, no pollution taxes, nothing) carried over into the used car market. It was a no brainer, financially, to get a Leaf.

    Long range EVs have held up well in value; the Ampera/Bolt had a yearly depreciaton of 5-7% (!) until the whole fire desaster, Kia e Niro is the same. That’s why we’re considering dumping up to 60k$ on a new car now. It’s still comparatively cheap and the money can buy us a car to do our regular 420km trip in one go.

    @Peter, the 5008 is a popular choice, with a good reputation.

    1. Are there ongoing taxes for ICE cars (other than when purchasing fuel)? The long-term ownership costs of EVs is still somewhat in question (generally looking better as time goes by), but I can imagine that for people who don’t drive much a cheap, reliable ICE car would have appeal; not to mention enthusiast cars!

      The price for enthusiast Holdens here has gone up quite a bit during the pandemic, to the point where the last models are almost worth more now than when they were new – 4 years ago!

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