SsangYong Musso Reviews from South Africa

2005 SsangYong Musso 290 Sport Double Cab 4x4 290 turbo diesel Inter-Cooler

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 290 turbo diesel Inter-Cooler Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance12000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Hi-lux

Summary:

With these changes I am very much satisfied with the vehicle as a package for what you pay

Faults:

The body panels are very soft and dent easily. Still need to find ways of protecting load body on top.

The clock is a disaster. Had it replaced under warranty. Still not working. I tried tightening the electric plug at back and seemed to have helped (for a while).

The radio can GO! - Tape decks don't do it!

Off-Roading the departure angle (load body over-hang) is non-existent and one needs to continuously take care, got some "brandy" marks on the sides.

General Comments:

Bought my Musso (3rd one) in May 2005 in Pretoria, RSA. Done 12000km which included highway, clogging through traffic in morning/afternoon and some off-roading.

Very impressed with smooth comfortable ride. Fuel consumption good. Ride comfort good. Off-roading excellent when compared to other open differential 4x4's. If you do not have one get one...

Overall:

Made some changes and additions to the vehicle to suite my need. This include:

(a) Fitting longer coil springs at back to stop sagging when carrying a load. In addition I turned up the front torsion bars, if too high one gets a very uncomfortable ride. Had to lower it. Stands a bit nose down, but comfortable and balance nicely when towing or load on back.

(b) Fitted after market shocks. Did not make much difference on ride comfort though scored more wheel travel as they are longer.

C) Fitted an ARB Air locker in the back. Had some difficulties as specs on diff changed from previous model and the locker did not. The guys did a great job and it makes a huge difference as the traction control requires a too high speed over rocky terrain and does not work if one wheel in the air.

(d) Made a protection bar below the back to protect rear, not tested yet.

Will definitely get another one after this one, hopefully they will bring it out soon with the 270XDI machine in the near future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2005

31st Jul 2006, 19:53

Any comments on the Musso Sports RX290S. Is it powerful enough? Would anyone prefer it to the the Nissan Navara?

11th Sep 2006, 02:24

I own a Ssangyong Musso sports dual-cab Ute and have done 20,000 with it. First off the good points. The styling is different, plenty of rear leg room (for a dual-cab Ute), it has enough power, good fuel economy and its affordable with reasonable off road ability. The turbo has already failed once. The gear shifts are very far apart and the clutch travel is huge as well as having gear ratios which are too short for Australian conditions or freeway cruising. The load area is small because of the good leg room. The rear sags a lot under load, but I corrected this by installing airbag suspension. I would recommend spending a bit more and buy a Rodeo or Navara.

2001 SsangYong Musso TDI Exec. 2.9 TDI

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.9 TDI Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous carSsangYong Musso

Summary:

Excellent value and performance for a 4x4

Faults:

Believe it or not. Nothing!!

General Comments:

Later model (my second Musso) do have improvements that made it a serious 4x4 vehicle.

Air-conditioning needs to be improved for better distribution in the cab.

My dealer (Peco in Pretoria) must be the best in the World!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2002

20th Apr 2003, 17:27

I hope that you will reply as I do need a qualified expert to assist me.

I less than three months ago bought a 1998 Musso 2.9 TDI with around 128,000 km on the odometer. I did not buy it from your Dealership although I visisted twice - you had nothing in my price range. I found that the vehicle I purchased had many faults, including oil leaks on the Gearbox and the Engine Sump. I insisted that before Bankfin pay the settlement to the dealer, that they sign and stamp the list of repairs. Including a full service and the repair to the oil leaks. After three weeks the dealer eventually took back the car for repairs. It came back three weeks later, with the oils leaks still in place. Many of the other minor repairs also still not yet done. I was informed that the vehicle had a full service history, but as yet the dealer has not been able to find the Service Booklet for me to check.

When I received the vehicle back the first time I saw no difference. When I received it back the second time the dealer had put 475 km on the odometer and the engine would not cut when switched off. It merely kept on idling. After taking it back, the vehicle now idles for approximately 10 seconds before stalling. After them tap dancing around the issue, they again stated, we should bring the vehicle in for repairs. This after the vehicle was in our possesion 21 days of the first two months.

By last week Thursday, the oil leaks were still there. I put grease on the drive shaft and other necessary areas as they were totally dry. I also put oil into the engine. I did not top up the Gearbox as I do not have the correct tool to do so. I drove probably 150 km on Friday at no more than 110km/hr. Most of the time it was much less as we travelled to Hout Bay. On Saturday around lunch time I returned from a shopping centre. I drove 150 meters from the robot and started slowing for a turn at the next robot. As I put the vehicle into a lower gear I heard a tremendous noise in the engine. I thought the Gearbox had gone, but it sounded more like the engine and further it sounded as though the exhaust had come off. I took the turn and parked the Musso some 70 meters further in a secure area. Only when someone from Hyundai (Somerset West) came past and assisted, he pointed out that the #4 cylinder had gone through the Block. He expects it is the con-rod that went. The oil that came out was pitch black. In fact the oil has been that colour since I received the vehicle. Although the dealer assured me that the vehicle had been serviced. The parts, such as the fuel filter had not been replaced with the 130,000 km (supposed) service. The part was market two days after I bought the vehicle and was still the same part when the con-rod went.

The vehicle has now done 131,000 km. The dealer who sold us the vehicle quickly came to collect the vehicle and took it to their workshop.

I need to know from an expert (I am told you are) what causes this. Is it possibly an inferior vehicle? Is it that the past servicing was not kept up and as such the vehicle took too much strain? If the oil level dropped to less than the required amount, would this have an influence on the con-rods? I know a bit about cars, nothing about 4x4 and even less about turbo charging.

Please help me with your advice. I must sort out in my mind if I made a mistake buying a Musso, or if I made a mistake buying that specific Musso.

Kind regards

Gerald Randall.

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews