Today I want to show you the very first brochure of the SsangYong Musso in Austria, which I got in 1994. In summer 1994, the first SsangYong-model was imported to Austria, the Musso 2.9 Diesel. It sold quite well because it was cheap compared to the other offroaders in this class, it was reliable and very good with a trailer on the back.
Sadly the early Mussos are nearly all gone now because of rust and problems with the gearboxes...
The engine and the automatic transmission were from Mercedes-Benz and bulletproof, the manual transmission was supplied by Borg-Warner. The problem was, they put the wrong gearbox-oil in, it was too thin so it disappeared through the gaskets even when the gearbox was brandnew. Many SsangYong-dealers knew that, but only few changed the oil when the cars came new and put an oil in that was more thick.
The gearbox was cattily, it started to whine when it was already dry and busted. That´s why the SsangYongs with manual transmission have a disreputability. With thicker aftermarket-oil, the manual Borg-Warner-boxes last almost forever.
On the second pic, you can almost see the steering wheel of the 96/97-versions, it was already with an airbag but they used the korean standard-airbag-steering wheel. It was used in the Galloper II until my 2000, in the early Musso, in the early Korandos and in the first Kia Sportage mady by Karmann. After a few years, all the mentioned companys made their own steering-wheels with airbag, so the ugly standard-one without any brand on it was not used anymore.
Sadly, you hardly see any aerly Mussos nowadays, they were sold 1995/96/97, so most of them are to old to survive the hard live of an 4WD-car in Austria.