SsangYong Musso Reviews from UK and Ireland

1996 SsangYong Musso SE 2.9 diesel

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carFord Courier

Summary:

Excellent value for money as a secondhand reliable 4x4

Faults:

Handbrake performance poor - awaiting further investigation.

Reversing Lights stopped working, sticking switch on gearbox.

Glovebox wouldn't open - easily sorted as hinge pin came loose.

Creaks from plastic trim, re-securing usually solves that..

Cold starts were a problem until Glow plugs checked and replaced (common fault on any diesel vehicle)

General Comments:

Overall this vehicle is outstanding value for money secondhand. If bought wisely and at the right price, a bargain 4x4 can be found. Reliability is built in from new, thanks to the input from Mercedes. Build quality is a poorer aspect, but at least it doesn't fall to pieces. Well equipped 4x4's don't usually come at this price - they seem to love gadgets in Korea!! The interior space is amazing, with plenty of storage where you need it, apart from tiny door pockets? The seats are very comfy, and it is a pleasure to drive long distance. The driving is effortless thanks to power steering and a good gearbox, which allows the 2.9ltr diesel to haul it along at speed on a motorway (indeed in excess of the legal limit for most of it if you don't watch your speedo!!)

Spares availability is a case of knowing where to source them from, but main dealers back-up depends on where you live.

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

Review Date: 8th December, 2004

1996 SsangYong Musso GSE 2.9 diesel

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.9 diesel Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carSkoda Felicia

Summary:

Low cost 4WD luxury with Mercedes technology

Faults:

None so far.

General Comments:

Solid heavy machine, performance lacking on non turbo models, but will cruise comfortably at motorway speeds.

Handling very precise due to rack and pinion steering rather than the usual 4WD re-circulating ball mechanism.

Fitted with all the electrical toys you could want as standard.

Limited off road ability due to large overhangs, but otherwise solid.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2003

1996 SsangYong Musso GSE AUTO 2.9 diesel

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.9 diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Great 4x4, lots of room, buy one

Faults:

Locks not working - fixed them myself.

Rear wiper motor gave up (again, I fixed it myself).

Nothing else wrong.

General Comments:

The seats are a little uncomfortable on long journeys.

Mine is the 2.9 diesel auto. It's a bit slow maybe, but it looks good, and I will never sell it.

For road use, it drives like a car, except when you get to a hill (needs a turbo).

Inside it's big, very big, which is refreshing after years of driving a normal car.

It's a little on the juicy side, but then it is a 2.9 litre.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2003

1996 SsangYong Musso SE 2.9

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.9 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired58500 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles

Summary:

A good value 4x4

Faults:

Vacuum idle system not compensating for load.

Leaking Rocker Cover Gasket.

General Comments:

My Musso has had a retro fit Turbo and Intercooler, the first mod any owner of a 2.9 Musso should make. It makes the car pull better than my old 1.8TD Mondeo. I still return about 25mpg around town and 34ish on runs.

The interior is bland, but functional, however, there are gadgets like speed sensitive intermittent wipe and air con.

Looks are odd, but for the price you can't grumble, for £5000 I have got a 4x4 that can tow two horses in a trailer no problem, for less than half the price of a Trooper.

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

Review Date: 7th May, 2003

10th Jun 2003, 08:52

My husband has a Ssangyong Musso and we are having great difficulty in finding a dealership to supply a new selector arm for the transfer box, any ideas anyone?

9th Oct 2005, 06:56

Your suggestion of a retro fit turbo sounds ideal! Any hints and tips, or suggestions as to where I can source the parts to do it?

4th Aug 2006, 23:57

I just bought a 1996 musso. I'm just wondering if anybody knows were the idling is as it is idling very badly.

10th Sep 2006, 09:42

For help on any modifications or parts, have a look at www.ssangyongclub.co.uk. Free membership for all drivers of any model Musso or Ssangyong car.

18th Oct 2006, 16:33

I have a problem with my Mussow 2.9 D.

It went out of gear, while I was driving.

And now it is stuck in 4x4 low ratio.

Anybody has any experience with this problem.

I guessed it might be a problem with the transfer box?

Can it be fixed, or do I have to replace the entire box.

If so, where could I find a second hand one? And for roughly how much?

Thank you very much

G.T.

10th Feb 2007, 19:23

Hi have bought a 96 musso 2nd hand have discovered the 4wd don't go and weird switches hidden under seat any adviceor suggestions? ITS an auto and is it true you have to go backwards to engage 4wd or do you drive forward and flick switch? the dealer never gave us a manual so in the dark.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 12 reviews