1996 SsangYong Musso SE 2.9 diesel
Excellent value for money as a secondhand reliable 4x4
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)
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