The car for the journey

Before I reach Varanasi in India there are approximately 17.000 Km road in front me (and my fellow travelers). And for sure the street conditions are not gonna be like in Germany. If you want to go all the way to India, for sure, you need a car which is made for the local roads. For me it was sure: I need a jeep! My budget was 5.000 €. The car has to be in a good condition. I preferred a diesel and for that I need the “green placket”. Germany’s big cities like Berlin have special regulations to reduce fine dust and to avoid smog. Diesel cars need at least a diesel particle filter to get the green placket. And with the green placket you’re allowed to drive in Berlin for example.

Looking for a suitable car

With the budget and the prospects towards the car I was looking for a used car. I wanted to have it at least one year before to get used to it, to do some fixings and to be sure that the car is made for that trip. I checked out Toyata Landcruiser, Mitsubishi Pajero, Landrover Defender, Lada Niva and Nissan X-Trail. Its very important too that you can find replacement parts for the car in the countries I was going to pass. So Landrover and Lada were out of scope (anyways the Defender was way out of my budget…).

The car was found close to Munich

For a while looking for the car. I’ve found my future travel buddy in a small village close to Munich. It was used as a company car from a local carpenter. And it is a Mitsubishi Pajero V20 2500 TD, 2002 year of construction, 128.000 KM, 2500 cm3 cubic capacity and 115 PS.

The Pajero on a field in Dresden from the front
The Pajero on a field in Dresden from the front
The Pajero on a field in Dresden from behind
The Pajero on a field in Dresden from behind
Pajero view from inside
Pajero view from inside (including altimeter and inclined position meter)

I was lucky to get it including with the necessary fixing costs within my desired budget. On the 6th of February 2015 I was registering the car as a homage towards my hometown: In Dresden.

The proof – The Pajero in action

The next months I was traveling a lot with the car. I tried to put it in any possible situation which can happen on my trip: Off road! Hell yeah I liked it sooo much! I took every dirt road which was free, or not free. I took dirt roads in Poland which gave me a foretaste of what I can expect in Kirgistan or China. And the car passed the proof. No problems at all.

Pajero in Action
Pajero in Action

Video about crossing a river in Vatterode.

 Video about crossing a river in Vatterode.

Making the car ready for the trip

Until now I didn’t do so many things on the car. I want to modify it that two people can sleep in it. I already tinted the back windows black to have it darker inside and that nobody can look into the car. Inside I am going to build a construction like described in this blog to have a bed inside the car. Still it should be possible to have 4 passengers in the car (including the driver).

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