Ssang Yong Musso
Remember the Musso and how interesting it was? It was a turning point for the brand locally, though it seems they turned around again in recent years.
These machines were famously powered by Mercedes engines and much better than anyone had anticipated. Because of that, a reasonable number are driving about in South Africa and every once in a while, one pops up for sale.
This particular unit is on sale for R36 000, which is great value for so much car. A glance at our initial road test years ago reveals that the Musso is comfortable and a great companion on a long-distance trip. It also punched way above its weight, even back then. Just imagine how good it could be without the constraints of mechanical sympathy.
It’s powered by a 2.9-litre naturally aspirated five-cylinder diesel engine, produced under licence from Mercedes-Benz, which is a reliable motor if the owner stuck to the regular service intervals.
THE GOOD: Musso directly translates to Rhino. Now that’s cool.
THE BAD: You’ll have to explain to younger people what it is and it is ridiculously slow.
CAN IT 4x4? Yes. It may take 18 seconds to get to 100km/h, but once it gets going...