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Overlooked gem waiting to be discovered in the mid-size SUV mine
After 20 years in the motoring industry and being provided a company car a change in employment put me in the market for a privately-owned mid-sized SUV.
Disclaimer upfront: I worked for SsangYong for 9 months and was part of the team that relaunched the product into Australia in 2018.
Covid-19 led my wife and I to rethink our garage. Working from home meant we no longer needed two cars, and we started our search for a vehicle that met the majority of our needs.
Now in our 50s, we didn't want a hard-riding sports car. My work included regular (...
Purchased in February 2021 at SsangYong Dealers for $39,000.00.
Woeful Transmission Warranty
I have an aesthetically 'showroom condition' 2012 SsangYong Korando SPR with a failed transmission that was seen by three authorised multi-franchise dealer's service departments during the original warranty period (first notification of TX issue was in 2016 @ 32,700 km). On each occasion I reported the significant hesitation from either standstill or acceleration plus excessive fuel consumption. I also advised the respective service managers that this was most likely a transmission issue, not a turbo problem. Each time I was ignored, despite ro...bustly pleading with them to fix it. In 2019, and obviously out of new car warranty, the transmission failed completely and the vehicle can only be driven in "limp" mode. In addition to the three ignored attempts within the five year warranty period, this current unsuccessful attempt is my third at pursuing a warranty claim for the transmission. The first was submitted by the service manager at my local SsangYong dealer. The other two were submitted by me directly to SsangYong Australia's Warranty and Customer Experience Executive, who has directed me to contact ATECO (the initial importer). After reading posts from the many disenfranchised owners with similar warranty issues, I am now collating the data. Any further information you can provide by editing your posts or commenting on mine is appreciated. Please ensure your post reads correctly before submitting. Watch this space!
It is a good honest car
On long trips we get 7 to8 lt per 100k. The acceleration for a small diesel is good the suspension is the only thing that needs some work as there are no after market shocks the two rextons that we had were fitted koni shocks and were very good vehicles to drive.
Purchased in January 2013.
Bad Six Speed Transmissions
I purchased a 2014 - 2015 MY ssangyong Korando C200 with 105,000 Km on it two months ago and have had transmission problems with the vehicle from day one and after the dealer I purchased it from sent it to a Transmission Specialist for a full service. Eventually found out that the car has had warranty claims on the transmission a few times by the original owner, myself being the second owner. I wondered why Ssangyong have never bothered answered my emails after I sent them the Vin number and it's always on time service records.
Purchased in December 2019.
So many problems
First year car was great. Then timing belt had to be replaced, which was done in about 2 weeks. Then check engine light came on, was told I needed a new battery, cost $370. Next day check engine light on again took 4hrs to diagnose that i now need a sensor which is about $250 + labour. OMG when will it end.
Purchased in July 2018 for $20,000.00.
Timing chain went and done the head
Engine light came on - timing chain stretched and done the head. Over 6 weeks and still haven't got parts. Had to pay for hire car as car can't be driven. Loved the car until now - Sangyong need to have parts available if selling these vehicles in Australia. Problem not with the local service department. Problem is Sangyong!!!
Purchased in February 2016.
Bad Ssangyong experience
I bought my car in 2014 brand new within 15 months the timing chain went and had to wait 6 weeks before I could get it fixed and have had a few other small problems but I can live with that. The last few weeks the car started making the same noise that I had experienced before. Today I took my car back to the dealership that I bought from to o have the car checked out just to be told again that the timing chain has stretched and needed to be replaced but this time they have know idea how long before this can be done as Ssangyong is not replying...to the dealership I can still drive the car but it could just stop running at anytime and i could be stuck where ever so they can't even give me a rough idea how long before this could happen NOT HAPPY JANE. This shouldn't happen to a brand new car TWICE i did love this car but not now.
Bad Ssangyong experience
I brought my Ssangyong in 2014 with 15000kms still holds new car warranty was running really great couldn't fault anything in late June2018 l hopped in my car to go to work and it wouldn't start my mechanic looked at the car which was parked in my driveway and said found the problem of slip timing chaining so then l took car to dealership they replaced timing chain and now saying my car might have blown head gasket but car had never over heated
Now I'm starting to think Ssangyong are trash car my advise never buy Korean car Ssangyong dealerships are fools and will try to get out of fixing there dodgie engine they built
Korando S 2.0 petrol love the car I purchased 2 nd hand with26000km 2015 still under new car warranty it. Has been back to dealer for. Noise issues which were water pump making a grinding noise and noise in rear bearing of alternator both replaced and car runs brilliantly averages
8.5 l per 100 km
Diesel engine has plenty of power
Handles very well
Tows camper trailer effortlessly
Auto headlights,wipers and rear vision mirror work brilliantly
Very reliable 30000ks not one problem
Averages 7.5 litres per 100 km
Engine noise isn’t bad a bit noisier
than the petrol engine
I would recommend this car to anyone.
Yes it is no bad car. BUUUUUTTTT, if you consider to tow a trailer, the transmission is not good. Ac
There is nothing wrong with room, interiors, running costs, what it is wrong, there are not Ssangyong reliable points where you can go for service.
After 85,000km, the transmission of my serviced car, gave up. Cost? above 7,300.oo dollars. Still in warranty, and Ssangyong didn't want to pay for the transmission repairs. After 2 or 3 thousand km from transmission repair, had to change the brakes completely worn out. $ 1,350 about.
Now after about 5,000 km from the 7,300.oo dollars spent to repair the transmission, if I go in neutral while wai...
Excellent service from staff of Takanini Ssangyong.
My korando drives quite well but the 2.0 litre engine lacks the punch when taking off. Steering response is bit slow and handling on motorway speed needs extra caution. Seats are very comfortable. Enterior feels modern and soft touch areas makes the enterior more comfortable. Leg room at the back row with flat floor is an excellent point.
Ssangyong korando 2013.
I love my ssangyong korando 2013. 115,000 kms.
Having trouble starting it via ignition. I push start it. It starts immediately.
Runs perfect. Top gear. Put your foot down and engine light comes on. I have replaced fuel pump/filter and injectors. Winds over but no start. Does anybody have solutions
Good car for the price. Vibration 85-95 kmh
Had mine for 5 years and travelled 60000km. Great car, good level of power and pulls a load well. Fuel economy is no where near stated but it does improve a bit once fully run inc city 8.5 - 9.2 l/100km - Highway 7.5 - 8.5 //100km, 10.8 l/100km when towing a load. The interior is a bit cheap and prone to squeaking and rattling if the road is not smooth but what can you expect for a budjet priced car..
I have noted several people online mentioning the AWD having a vibration or shimmy in the drive line at around 90-100kmh. I have this issue it seems more pronounced when the car is cold or does not have a load in the back.. I have reported this to the dealer at every service but they can never find the issue. I guess tie will tell.
2012 2WD Diesel is a beauty but
It took me a while to buy one but I'm sure glad I did.
It drives really really nicely and has every feature under the sun that the big boys have....however
The fuel consumption is 580kms from a tank of fuel (57 litres). Not entirely happy about this considering it is driven carefully and it's diesel. Is anyone else getting better economy ?
Questions & Answers
Hey friends got a 2012 ssangyong korando losing power going up hill drop 40 in 2nd and does it on fstraights with no hills..gearbox seems ok just stuck on what could cause it
I have just had the regular yearly service for my 2015 (50,000k) SUV and was informed by the mechanic that a diagnosed whining noise in the engine is the timing chain, it may be twisted and repair costs are total $2200, labour $1200 & parts $1000. Has anybody else had this issue and what did you do and what was the price to repair.
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|Category||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.7 L/100km|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.5L|
|Max Power||120kW @ 5500rpm|
|Phone Connectivity||Android Auto (Wired), Apple CarPlay (Wired) and Bluetooth|
|Headlight Features||Auto High-Beam Dip and Automatic On/Off|
|Cruise Control||Adaptive (ACC)|
|Parking Sensors||Front and Rear|
|Hazard Perception||Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)|
|Lane Assistance||Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA)|
|Speed Sign Recognition||None|
|Built-In Navigation System||No|
|Heads Up Display||No|
|Release date||Jan 2019||Jan 2004||Feb 2011|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2006||Dec 2016|
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