SsangYong Musso Review from Singapore

2006 SsangYong Musso 290S Sport 2.9 turbo diesel

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.9 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired200 kilometres
Most recent distance1400 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover 110

Summary:

Korean Excellence in a Magnum Size Bottle

Faults:

Digital Clock not working (Wiring fault - in every Musso on the planet.. there is a fix on the internet)

Aircon is too cold... in Singapore!

General Comments:

This car was bought 1 year old - in storage with 200km on the clock. Bought for $55K (was $70K new) but of course no warranty.

Smooth automatic transmission.

Merecdes Diesel engine very powerful for such a truck.

Once you wind it up - it goes like an express!!

Car not big enough...

So fitted bigger illegal 265/70 R16 tyres on stock steel wheels.

Had to lift up from suspension 4 cm just to clear the tyres when on full lock.. the back also came up 2cm in the adjustment.

Children could not get in.. so fitted steps for $300.

Luggage got wet... so fitting $1800 rear hardtop.

My old Landrover defender was a bigger "bully car"

But this one is so much more refined - and new - and does not leak water.

OK - it is ugly - but fuel economical with low road tax for Singapore... and even tax deductible.

Seems to live up to the New Korean image of reliability...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2007

31st May 2008, 03:51

10,000 km completed.

Very reliable.

Replaced the Battery (since truck was standing for 12 months) before I bought it.

Fitted V-Kool film.

Raised suspension 2.5 inches all round.

Still as refined and smooth as ever.

8th Dec 2008, 08:53

20,000 completed.

Sterling service from this Korean Truck.

Fully reliable except for the CD player and the radio reception.

Just changed brake pads - due to overuse due to enthusiasm for fast driving!!

Very refined auto transmission and noise levels. Better than most estate cars.

Great power and good consumption.

7th Jul 2009, 08:24

33,000 km completed.

Truck running like a dream.

Put on 16x8 Alloy rims plus 285/75R16 jumbo tyres on rear and 265/75 R16 in front.

Massive wheels give a large height advantage above other Mussos and XC90s.

Still great ride and ice cold aircon...

Korean reliability and power at its best!

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 1 review