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Used car review Ssangyong 1996-1998

Graham ‘Smithy’ reviews the used Ssangyong 1996-1998, its fine points, its and what to watch for when buying it.

The promise of Mercedes quality at a Korean price was an proposition that drew buyers to the SsangYong Musso. The four-wheel drive wagon was first by Mercedes-Benz and sold ’Benz dealers, giving the an instant credibility few Korean enjoyed.

Although there lots of Korean makes and being sold here, were typically cheap and cars that appealed to with a severely limited With its Mercedes connection the caused a rethink of what cars were.

When it the Musso brought with it distinctly Asian styling. In a used to four-wheel drive with fairly straight and boxy shapes, the Musso’s shape stood out.

then it was case of love it or it, but compared to some of the four-wheel that now fill showrooms to the Musso fits right in.

The Musso had a head start in of credibility. Although the SsangYong was new to this country, the fact it was being imported and sold by Mercedes-Benz made it acceptable in minds that would have dismissed it as just cheap import from

At the time SsangYong and Mercedes involved in a joint venture the German star marque the Korean company with and access to engines that had superseded in the Mercedes range.

was also able to source from the same suppliers as so the quality came indirectly as as through the front door.

The was a four-wheel drive wagon of a similar to the Toyota Prado, Pajero and Jeep Cherokee, the models that were to power the push to four-wheel for every day round town

At launch there was a choice of or diesel engines, both strong Mercedes-Benz connections. The overhead camshaft, four 3.2-litre fuel-injected petrol gave 161 kW and 310 Nm, which was enough to it with a lively turn of

Not only was its acceleration off the mark it also had good mid-range for safe overtaking.

The diesel was a sturdy 2.9-litre single camshaft five cylinder produced 70 kW and 192 Nm for a much more drive.

By today’s standards the aspirated diesel lacks it’s sluggish away the lights, but it’s hard to for fuel consumption.

A double cam, four valve, four cylinder petrol was added to the range in 1997. 104 kW and 220 Nm, performance was not breathtaking.

When it arrived the petrol-powered Musso only be had with a four-speed taken from the S-Class but a five-sped manual was made from 1997. The diesel be had with both from

Two types of four-wheel drive were employed, both by a switch on the dash. The diesel had a system, which meant it be driven in two-wheel drive as as four-wheel drive, the petrol were full-time four-wheel Both had high and low range drive for useful offroad

All were well equipped a long list of standard including power steering, air-conditioning, alloy wheels, windows, power mirrors, locking, leather steering rear spoiler, metallic

Mussos have had a rough run their introduction in 1996, and reflect this. At first were sold through dealers, then that fell over, and the Musso was on to Daewoo and sold here that company’s somewhat banner. As a result there’s an air of about the name that values down.

Six-cylinder models range in price $17,000 to $21,000, deduct for the four cylinder engine, for the five cylinder diesel.

The suffered very few problems, is nothing major that to afflict them.

Early with the six-cylinder petrol could suffer from oil from the head gasket, but not a widespread problem that cause undue concern.

With the Musso so well it was really aimed at the buyer who their 4WD for every day transport only the very occasional beyond the black top, so from offtrack use is not normally

Even so it’s worth for signs of hard off-road like bashed brackets and underneath, dents and scratches the sides, and dust in the hard to get at inside.

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The transfer case some grief on early due to the electric shift motor blue) overloading the shift which was rectified on a service

Front upper control arm are also known to chop but improved aftermarket bushes are to eliminate that problem.

all cars Mussos need and proper servicing to keep running sweetly, so look for a record when inspecting one a view to purchase. Some owners were inclined to their Mussos and didn’t them as they should.

Retired Mercedes-Benz service Peter Hoockey owns a Musso diesel ex-Mercedes which has now done 160,000 km. to Peter it has been an excellent and vehicle. He likes the roomy the lift up tailgate, which weather protection when the vehicle, the reasonable roof for loading the roof rack, the quiet pre-chamber diesel, and auto.

Other good are the heated exterior mirrors, lay rear seat squabs, and sensing wipers. Acceleration is not neck snapping, but the with 10 km in city driving and 8-9 on the highway the consumption is excellent.

John and his wife, Michelle . own two Mussos. is a 1996 auto, with fitted turbo diesel, has done 142,000 km, John’s a manual 3.2-litre six which has 100,000 km. They have no mechanical problems whatsoever, from replacing a set of glow on the diesel at 140,000 km, at a cost of $30

John felt the suspension was too causing them to wallow rough roads and sag in the rear, but the rear coils and shockers Pedder’s heavy duty rectified that. John both are more than of handling some pretty tracks, but the diesel lacks the performance of the petrol engine.

• reliable Mercedes-Benz and transmissions.

• roomy and interior

• capable performance

• zippy petrol engine

• but economical diesel

• value for money

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