1997 SsangYong Musso Version 3 3.2 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
One of the best 4x4s I have owned
Nothing to date.
Well what can I say, except it is a top 4x4 vehicle.
Putting it up, side by side with the 2000 Pajero I had before, this is a much better vehicle in all ways. When 4WDing, the Pajero was alright, but a bit dangerous due to its high centre of gravity, but with the Musso and its low CG, it is just so much more stable off road, and it rides far better.
Around town it is a bit thirsty on the fuel, but what do you expect, running an engine that has a very high BHP and torque, and that has slightly low gearing, but saying that, it will suck the door handles off 90% of cars from a standing start, and as a tow vehicle - AWESOME.
The ride is top notch, both on road and off. Mine has the full leather interior and all the bells and whistles, except for the sunroof.
Top car, and very under rated as a 4x4. Most people that bag them really do not know what they are talking about, or have never owned a Musso. I have owned Patrols, Land Cruisers, Pajeros and a Range Rover, and I must say the Musso is top of my list as a 4x4, along with the Range Rover. The others in comparison are just over priced rubbish.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th November, 2011
I couldn't agree with you more, Ssangyong is so underrated as a brand, it is almost criminal.
I had the pleasure of owning a version 3 Musso for 3 years, and like yourself, I found it to be super reliable, ridiculously powerful (who would have thunk a 2 1/2 tonne 4wd could do 0-100 in 9.8s), and super entertaining offroad.
In the end I traded it in only because of the fuel economy for another... wait for it... Ssangyong, a Kyron diesel this time. It is also a fantastic and woefully underrated vehicle, although not as fast as the Musso LOL.