SsangYong Musso Review from United Arab Emirates

1997 SsangYong Musso IL 3.2.petrol

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.2.petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance56000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Cabrio


Excellent value for money, don't expect Landcruiser performance offroad


4 WD shifting from high to low. This fault however was self inflicted, ensure to stop the vehicle first.

Living in Dubai, part of the purchase decision was based on the fun of desert driving, in such a harsh environment it's easy to accelerate faults.

Most disappointing is the durability of the suspension. First trip to the desert the shock absorbers were trashed, I fitted Rancho uprated systems, had no problem since. At the same time I fitted larger springs to increase the height.

Other constant failures are track rod ends when driving aggressively in the dunes.

Door locks, power windows and power steering have also been replaced.

General Comments:

As far as four WD's are concerned I think this is the best styling on the road. Many reviews would not agree.

We as a family throw in a heap load of camping gear and head off to the beach or the desert.

Great engine with sufficient power to get up even the steepest of dunes. Take the tyre pressure down to 15lb psi and this engine will take you anywhere in the desert or in the wadi's. The biggest problem is the height. For serious off roading the ground clearance is insufficient.

On road the Musso is the perfect combination between car and truck, especially with the two fold away seats in the rear trunk space. A day out with the family and friends has seen the Musso load up with 4 adults and 5 kids.

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

Review Date: 6th June, 2001

5th Nov 2005, 15:53

You mention Rancho shocks, which Rancho?

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 1 review