1998 SsangYong Korando 3.2 3.2 petrol from Malaysia

Summary:

BEST 4WD OVERLOOKED

Faults:

The engine and automatic transmission was sluggish when I bought the car.

There seems to be an ECU programming error or maybe a defect at the engine electronic management cables/network.

The body wallows and rolls uncomfortably upon exiting a corner on heavily undulated asphalt surfaces.

General Comments:

This car sex appeal is tremendous, but unfortunately no matter what people profess the majority are racists. If not for the "Made in Korea" tag, I believe Ken Greenley's design would have taken the world by storm. A face lift would definitely be in order to satisfy the "taste of the masses".

However due to the Mercedes engine, the superb performance, rarity and the uniqueness of this design I believe it will be a prized collector's car in years to come.

This car is amazingly fast given the 3.2 normally aspirated petrol engine pushing 2,100 kgs of metal.

After some slight modification on the intake funnel which is just before the air filter unit and at the exhaust system my car could sprint 8.2 sec from 0 to 100 km/h.

It's a good car to learn on how to take corners fast because the body rolls dramatically and you sense the amplified handling dynamics cars go thru in racing environments.

However it is a very forgiving car, I could throw it at corners and despite the tyres screaming due to the sudden turn, after a slight fishtail (instantly corrected by the car), one could savour the corner in a rally like fashion. I have outdriven other more expensive 4wds and not to mention sprightly cars going up or going down winding roads and guess must have left them aghast.

This car needs to be treated like an exotic mistress, all the attention, care and love.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2003

30th Jul 2006, 05:32

You are confused, its the 2.3 MB engine that produces 104 kw.

The 3.2 MB engine as used by Ssangyong does indeed make the 167 kw same as it did in the MB vehicles.

In a Korando it is quite a potent performer!

Please get your facts straight.

14th Aug 2006, 09:29

I am running a 3.2 Korando and cannot help, but feel the engine is slightly sluggish on the acceleration front. I there anything you can suggest I do to improve this? You mentioned some modification to the inlet to the Carb??? Other than that I am pleased with the beast. Does what is says on the can!!

30th May 2008, 00:56

I have a korando with a diesel engine and I can bet you, that my car can beat any 1.8 tuning car.

29th Jan 2009, 12:07

Hey everybody.

I've got a Korando 2.9TD, originally 125hp. I modified the intake, exhaust, put on 2 electric superchargers for more power on lower revs, lift it only 1" and well the tires depend on where I'm going.

I have NOOO idea about the hp or torque line it has now, because of the mods I made, but it RUNNNNS guys. I mean it, all those V8 sand dune climbers with all their HP are nothing. This little beast has so much torque++, maybe hp not that high, but so much torque it's almost impossible to stop.

One of the best things is that it does outrun IN A STRAIGHT LINE most of those 1.8 tuning cars with their turbo and all that S*** hahaha.

LOVE the Korando... there's just no way of not loving it.

HAVE FUN EVERYBODY. KEEP OFFROADING.

10th Jan 2014, 12:20

Can you provide some more details of the modifications you've done?

Thanks.

2001 SsangYong Korando SLX 2.9 Merc turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

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.

1997 SsangYong Korando 602EL 2.9 from Israel

Summary:

The best diesel off road car for its price!

Faults:

My gear cables snapped as a result of hardened mud caught in the aluminum shrink covering the gear cables. The cables are cheap to replace.

General Comments:

This car has a very comfortable ride on and offroad due to its gas shock absorbers.

When in need of parts it is cheaper to buy them at a Mercedes dealer than in the Daewoo dealership.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2002

19th Nov 2003, 05:05

Is it easy to obtain spare parts for a 1998 Ssang Yong Korando 2.9 I diesel? I have heard that differentials especially are almost impossible to obtain. I would really appreciate your reply.

Moira.

19th Aug 2005, 04:32

I like this car that one with 2.9 diesel engine. Has anyone can tell me whats good and bad about this car? marat.tr@gmail.com.

9th Jul 2007, 06:38

I have a 1997 Ssangyong Korando and live in Spain - It has just had its' official roadtest 'ITV' (know in England as MOT) and have been told I need registration documents for the factory fitted 'bull bars' - large additional bumper at front - can anyone tell me how I can find this?

11th Aug 2010, 13:10

I have Korando 602EL,2.9 diesel. It was produced in 1998, and I don't know it was with turbo-diesel or not. Right now I am absolutely sure that my car is one without turbo. Mechanics say that they have never seen a Korando before, and didn't see a difference between diesel and atmospheric diesel.

Please, can Korando owners or true mechanics help me with this?