SsangYong Korando Reviews from UK and Ireland

1998 SsangYong Korando gls 2.3

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Previous carMercedes-Benz SLK

Summary:

A great car on/off the road

Faults:

Engine cuts out when your going along.

Hard to re-start.

When it doe's coughs & splutters, clears itself.

Finally cut out & cannot restart.

General Comments:

I love my Korando, but it won't go! Replaced relay, ECRU unit checked & OK, fuses, relays, sensors, filters, petrol pump, leads & battery all OK.

When it's going brilliant.

Comfortable, handles very well.

All in all a great car to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th April, 2006

20th Jan 2008, 15:32

Mine is sound will never drive a car agine 4x4 always feel safe king of the road.

2001 SsangYong Korando SLX 2.9 Merc turbo diesel

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.9 Merc turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance10000 miles
Previous carFiat Bravo

Summary:

A Nightmare

Faults:

ABS System warning lights when driving in rain occasionally- resulting in ABS shutdown

Problem occurred several times all sorts replaced- Daewoo wanted to replace entire wiring loom- eventually problem just went during repair of engine see below---

Ticking Noise appeared in engine after long drive on main roads, but in torrential rain- no floods just heavy surface water-

Dropped into dealer for routine service and alerted to ticking noise- after week or two water damage was diagnosed- 3 conrods bent- engined severely damaged- Daewoo would not cover under warranty because of "environmental damage" forced to claim on insurance - cost of repair 6500 euro- claim resulted in loss of no claims and insurance doubled-

After 2 months off the road- car was returned - had numerous problems noisy engine, vibrations in drive train- broke down twice, coolant leak - you get the picture-

General Comments:

Here's the advice--- THE AIR INTAKE IS VERY LOW IN THE KORANDO WHEN COMPARED TO 8 DIFFERENT MAKES MODELS OF 4X4--- this car does not like water or even heavy rain-

Daewoo did not give a damn about me or what I thought of their car and my appalling experience of it. and the financial impact it had on me as a self employed service engineer.

It wiped out 14 years of claim free driving-

Dealer was OK tried his best I think- but NEVER BUY ONE OF THESE-

Yes they are great value, well spec'd, a good engine, but if thing go wrong the customer care from Daewoo (in Ireland) is indifferent to say the least.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2003

28th Mar 2003, 12:39

I have been considering buying a second hand Daewoo Korando and had heard about them having some problems. I would like to thank you for your advice, and I will not be buyig Daewoo now.

22nd Sep 2005, 12:20

You blokes complain about the Korando, all I can say is I owned a hideously expensive Land Rover. There is no comparison, the Landy never delivered, at one stage I was told to remove the driveshaft to the back wheels, apparently the 4x4 capabilities extend to 2 wheels only.

My experience with the Korando has been nothing, but excellent. The dealer I only see when she goes for a service, he is not a house friend. Something that tends to happen with the 4x4.

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews