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Thread: Sangyong Korando - Are they ok?

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    Sangyong Korando - Are they ok?

    Thinking about getting a cheapie 4x4 to leave at bach in mid Canterbury high country. For fishing and hunting. Doesn't need to be registered or WOFed as will only be on the local tracks.
    Spotted a 2003 Sangyong Korando for $2k. It's 2.9TD, 5 speed manual, 4wd has 2hi 4hi 4low, 228000km. Worth a go? Or are they crap? I'm not finding much info online about them apart from it's a mercedes diesel and they're not good when compared to the major brands, but they're still ok. Thoughts?

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    ssangyong is currently for sale by their indian owners as they arent selling very well.

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    Not surprised as seems they've always struggled with getting the look right. Bascially they're fugly! But looks are important for new sales.
    The 2003 sure isn't pretty but I'm not bothered by that. Want something for occassional use that can sit for weeks unused and then do it's job when need be.

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    Mate has some wangchung ute. Maybe sangyong, maybe greatwall. Holden colorado clone. Does alright and he's not kind to it.
    $2K is cheap even for a cheap vehicle which makes me suspicious . I suspect it's due a major service probably worth more than the car. Plan on doing the running gear.
    Longevity in the market is what I judge by, so I wont be able to tell you if they're any good for another couple decades.
    Ladder chassis or unibody? Unibody and 200k is probably past it's design life.
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    If you accept that it's cheap shyt and only expect to drive it into the ground then go for it. Any more you get out of it is a pleasant bonus.
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    Pieces of shit
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimms2 View Post
    Ladder chassis or unibody? Unibody and 200k is probably past it's design life.
    No idea. Can't find any detailed info online. It's over a hour from where I live so doing some research before visiting
    They seem capable off road https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqcAEn04Z0M

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    If you aren't worried about longevity it might be ok. I would seriously consider something more basic though in terms of no unnecessary electrics, no electronics and something that can be unplugged from all power without turning into a brick.
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    Get an old petrol landcrusier or Nissan patrol.Easy to tune up,start up, one with manual gear box for tow start if you have to.Cost stuff all to keep going as a hill hack.
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    Guy at work had one. Nothing but problems with the gearbox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trout View Post
    Get an old petrol landcrusier or Nissan patrol.Easy to tune up,start up, one with manual gear box for tow start if you have to.Cost stuff all to keep going as a hill hack.
    Why petrol??

    Other than that, agree. But either are attractive targets for thieves.
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    Not a bad thought, although its hard to get anything non electronic anything now days. I've got a 10W ish solar panel so could leave it connected to trickle the battery.
    An old suzuki SJ would be great but they're rare and $$. Vitara/Escudo more common but again $$
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    There was a lada on here recently...... least no one will want to steal it
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    Be better than a piece of shit musso as well

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    What was wrong with the Musso?

 

 

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