2nd Oct 2005, 09:35

What`s this "acceleration in the Lada category" nonsense! My 1.7 EFI Niva would not only out-accelerate your pretentious ex- Musso, but put it to utter shame in a comparison of off-road abilities. Sadly, some people who bought the Musso did it only for pose value- so they could boast about their "Mercedes" at dinner parties. These are the same individuals who make jibes at other makes of cars that they consider 'inferior'. Boring snobs!

12th Dec 2005, 21:05

I have a 2004 Musso which I am very happy with. It has now travelled over 20000 kilometres with the only problem being the clock which loses time occasionally. Other than that, it is a brilliant car with room for 2 adults, and 3 teenagers in the back. It is great value, has excellent fuel economy (10ks to the litre), and has a huge boot.

The car handles better on the road than my previous car, a 2000 Holden Commodore. It is great on the beach with its 255 wide tyres and only lacks ground clearance on very rough bush tracks, but handles well on your average dirt roads.

I love my Musso and believe it to be the best twin cab on the market for a family of 5.

I have done many mods such as PS2 with 4 monitors, bullbar, polyair airbags, 2 way radio, canopy, and intend to keep it for many years to come.

5th Apr 2006, 00:08

I brought the Musso and wondered if I was doing the right thing, unknown brand and all. I can say yes, cheaper on fuel than my wife's 626, handles good on the city roads, and very good of road, Beachport to South-end run through the dunes is child's play, although that should be. I am very impressed by this 4x4 on the highway and off.

20th Apr 2007, 08:34


I am from Belize in Central America. I own a 2001 Musso TD 5cyl 4wd. I am trying for the longest to find a thermostat. Can anybody shed some light to this problem? My e-mail is goldenstream@yahoo.com.

9th May 2008, 04:36

Hi, I have had my Musso for 7 years now, and all I've done with it is a new head gasket 6.5 years ago, then a radiator just last month, and now after doing 157,000, I need another head gasket, but it has done nearly a 100,000 miles on last one.

I have been all over this country (England) in towing without any problems until recently, but it's in getting repaired. I don't want a new car as long as this one goes. I'll do the repairs, but one day I'll have to lay it to rest.

Excellent reliable workhorse and off roader.

5th Jun 2009, 07:02

I have a 3.2 6 cyl Musso and it is brilliant. Sure the build quality is not quite as good as the Jappers, but for a first attempt at a mass market vehicle I think Ssangyong deserve credit.

Reliability wise I can't fault mine in the year I have owned it so far. Considering the fact I bought it at 10 years old and I regularly go bush with it, I think once again the Musso deserves more praise than it gets.

26th Dec 2009, 12:34

Just stumbled across this site and thought I'd let you know about my Musso 2.0D SE.

Bought in 1997 for £8000, it's a 1995 and it had 18,000 miles.

I've been all over UK and Europe, not once has it let me down. It's now done 160,000, everything original until last week, needed to put two bottom ball joints on, at £40 for both. Took gearbox out as 5th gear giving problems, cost to repair was £50, put new clutch in at a cost of £107.

Besides filters, oils, pad's etc, all still original, exhaust, discs etc. Will change disc before next mot, cost £104 for all four including pads and P&P.

This is the best car for value for money I've ever had, and expect to post again in another 100,000 miles.

If people serviced regularly and looked after their car, it should last at least 25 years.

Nearly forgot, 37mpg on a run and 30+ running around.

Less slagging off the Musso and more TLC will save you £'s.



11th Mar 2010, 17:59

Hi Mark.

How long did it take to remove your gearbox? My '98 2.9TD, manual, has a leak half way along and needs to come out. I've had Cortina boxes out in the past, but the Musso one looks heavy. Advice?



23rd Jul 2010, 00:33

My friend owns a 1999 3.2l petrol Musso that I have been trying to help out with, as it has been cutting out intermittently, then completely stops. Has been to a dealer where they stuffed around with it for three months, and still didn't fix it. I have located a clicking noise under the dash that coincides with the engine cutting out, and have demonstrated this to my auto electrician. I have seen posts of similar problems, but no solutions. Anyone?

17th Dec 2010, 00:00

We bought our Musso pickup new in 2004. The gearbox went within 2 months. This was replaced under warranty with a Borg Warner gearbox fortunately. Since then I have put 150,000ks on her.

The only problem I found was the electric windows, but they go in most cars. We have had 5 glow plugs replaced this year. We now have experienced an expensive transfer case meltdown. Brand new these cost 6,000. I was told we replaced with a second hand one that had only done 50,000, and still cost 3325. But it has been a beaut workhorse. My husband loves it, as he now has it for his work after putting a cab on the back, which is also great for our camping trips.


4th Feb 2011, 03:53

Bought new Musso Sport 4x2 automatic in 2007, done 65,000kms, only problem, a rear window cannot open via driver remote controls, 1 battery last year, servicing every 10,000kms, changed autobox oil early just in case. Never any problems whatsoever. Put catback open exhaust + KN air filter, goes like a bomb, original Kumho tires still good for 10,000kms more. They are still available here for US$22.000 with all options. Mauritius.

28th Mar 2011, 05:13

Damien, (+All)

Thanks for these comments. You just saved me 1200.00. I was trying to work out why the mileage was so low. The answer must be because it spends such a lot of time in the garage!


8th May 2012, 01:50

I have a 2.9TD. Perfect, can run on vegetable oil. Very happy.

29th May 2012, 20:56

I have a 96 Musso 2.9 diesel. It drives very well and is great on fuel I agree with all the comments posted. Safe driving everyone.