1999 SsangYong Musso Reviews

1999 SsangYong Musso td 2.9 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.9 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired19 kilometres
Most recent distance78000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 7 Series

Summary:

Run away now!!!

Faults:

Too many to list, Basically a comedy of electrical and general bad build quality problems FROM NEW. As soon as the guarantee ran out I sold it because I would be bankrupt had I kept it.

General Comments:

When it wasn't on its way to or from the Ssangyong's service department it was nice to ride in. The brakes were uneven from new which made emergency stops Hair raising. The handling is painful, soft, but the body roll was alarming. The acceleration was defiantly in the Lada category. When passing on a 100kp/h road the oncoming drivers would start to panic as 2 tonnes of Korean steel came hurtling the other way - on their side of the road. I will never buy one of these pigs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th January, 2005

23rd Aug 2005, 01:18

My TDi has been an unusual dream compared to previous 4x4's. (Landcruiser and Range Rover). Economical - 100k @ 9.1litres mixed country and city traffic. Most disappointing aspect was the non honouring of free servicing when GM took over ownership. For a medium size vehicle it has met all the needs of the family and has been a great towing vehicle for boat and for going bush for pig shooting.

I guess there must be lemons in all vehicles, but this Musso has been a joy.

1999 SsangYong Musso 3.0 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance122000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Stay away unless someone dares you

Faults:

4wd sensor failed, stopping it from going into 4wd.

Spare wheel hoist broke leaving the wheel to become detached from car on motorway, almost causing a serious accident.

Manual transmission selector broke off in my hand while driving.

Large chunk of metal blew out of the side of the turbo intake denting the underside of bonnet.

Steering makes creaking sounds when turned.

Handbrake always comes loose.

Seatbelt buckles don't click properly. Air Conditioning motor broke.

Electric passenger window stopped working, had a faulty connection.

General Comments:

General fitments of panels both interior and exterior is terrible, with uneven placement and weak connections.

This vehicle has cost a fortune to keep up to scratch, and although the vehicles are cheap new, parts are hard to come by, with only one distributor in New Zealand, they are extremely expensive and usually take 10 weeks to arrive from Korea, if at all.

Avoid these vehicles at all cost.

Only good points are that they are strong safe vehicles have a good 4wd system and are cheap to run (Diesel price)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st September, 2004

13th Feb 2005, 07:39

We have had our Musso for two years nearly and it has never given us a days problem.

Last week we were in a car accident and we were pushed against one culvet on our side of the road, spun around and pushed over the middle island across two lanes of oncoming traffic (with large kerbs) and then over onto the opposite side of the road's culvet. And, the tires never popped! The axles were damaged as well as rear rims/brakes/bearings/etc - BUT we survived with only whiplash!! Our friend in a Durango had had a similar experience and the front tyres exploded. So, we are GREAT fans of the Musso.

1999 SsangYong Musso 2.3 turbo diesel from Belgium

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance50000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

Value for money in the Big 4WD segment

Faults:

Nothing! (note: no real off-road use, we use it as a large and spacious family break).

General Comments:

Good value for money: big 4WD for a low price, especially this entry model on the Belgian market.

2.3 turbo diesel is not the fastest, but has a very favourable tax regime in Belgium.

Normal maintenance costs from the dealer are good (low) priced.

Nice design (Note: in Belgium the SSangyong models are sold with a DAEWOO badge and front grille : much nicer grille than the original design, rest of car is identical).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2002

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews