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I have a 2.8 exceed on an N plate it was bought several years ago to replace a J plate 2.5 which was just a little underpowered but I did not notice until I bought this one! It costs £88 to fill the diesel tank from empty (tesco price £0.91 per litre) The servicing costs have been very good, on a par with a Vauxhall Combo van we also have. MPG? best yet 30/32 to the gallon generally 28MPG even with a trailer fully loaded 1 to 2 tons its still in the high 20's Now before any tree huggers start tutting, we use this PaJero as the family transport and workhorse and I sold my thirsty Transit van and a Volvo 760 (18 MPG) estate when we bought our first Pajero so it doubles as both . The car tax increase whilst stupid does not bother me, as if I had an estate car and a Transit van my footprint would be a damn site bigger with 2 lots of tax to pay plus double insurance plus MOT's etc The only major parts that have been replaced were the front shocks as they were the electrically adjustable type they were £170 each but could have had ordinary ones at £35 each I have towed 3 tons from Bournemouth to Cardiff and kept pace with motorway traffic no problem. You gan get 3 metre lengths of trunking, pipe, timber and conduit in the car without anything hanging out of the windows.i have recently got 2 1000mm double kichen floor units (prebuilt )in the car with a litle clever alteration to the flexible seating. Cant do that in a Volvo estateRange Rover Best of all these cars are safe wewere inFrane earlier this year and happened upon another Brit in a Pajero who had just moments prior to us arriving been involved in the most horrific headon crash with Polish lorry driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel.The Pagero would never ever drive again and the caravan he was towing had wrapped itself around the back of the car and disintergrated. There were 5 people in the Paj and everyone got out in one piece less a few bruises and very minor cuts mostly from bits of lorry that came through the front screen. The lorry driver was quite badly hurt . I knew there and then my third Pajero was inevitable I owe it to my family to buy a car that can withstand that sort of trauma. I think enough has been said about the comfort and gadgets in other reviews so I wont go over old ground. If you buy one there are 2 Pajero owners clubs ,I say join them both they are a wealth of help and knowledge you get a sticker for your windscreen and other members actually wave to you when passing. Oh yes! Dont ever stop in a layby and open your bonnet unless your in need of assistance, as you will have several other Pajero's turn up to see if you need help!!!!!.... all very nice a better calss of motorist I do belive. happy motoring