SsangYong Korando Review from Israel

1997 SsangYong Korando 602EL 2.9

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.9 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Corsa


The best diesel off road car for its price!


My gear cables snapped as a result of hardened mud caught in the aluminum shrink covering the gear cables. The cables are cheap to replace.

General Comments:

This car has a very comfortable ride on and offroad due to its gas shock absorbers.

When in need of parts it is cheaper to buy them at a Mercedes dealer than in the Daewoo dealership.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2002

19th Nov 2003, 05:05

Is it easy to obtain spare parts for a 1998 Ssang Yong Korando 2.9 I diesel? I have heard that differentials especially are almost impossible to obtain. I would really appreciate your reply.


19th Aug 2005, 04:32

I like this car that one with 2.9 diesel engine. Has anyone can tell me whats good and bad about this car?

9th Jul 2007, 06:38

I have a 1997 Ssangyong Korando and live in Spain - It has just had its' official roadtest 'ITV' (know in England as MOT) and have been told I need registration documents for the factory fitted 'bull bars' - large additional bumper at front - can anyone tell me how I can find this?

11th Aug 2010, 13:10

I have Korando 602EL,2.9 diesel. It was produced in 1998, and I don't know it was with turbo-diesel or not. Right now I am absolutely sure that my car is one without turbo. Mechanics say that they have never seen a Korando before, and didn't see a difference between diesel and atmospheric diesel.

Please, can Korando owners or true mechanics help me with this?

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review