Our cars: Ssangyong Korando - April

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Ssangyong Korando
Ssangyong Korando
Ssangyong Korando 2.0D 4WD SX

Week ending April 26
Mileage: 14,076
Driven this week: 436


Ssangyong Korando review

As the weather begins to warm up, I have found myself reaching for the air con switch for the first time this year. I have clearly lost ‘the knack’ of setting the manually controlled system, because it took me quite some time to cool the car (and me). Last summer I didn’t have any particular problems so I am assuming that I’ve just forgotten how to find its sweet spot at the moment.

Andrew.Golby@whatcar.com

Week ending April 19
Mileage: 13640
Driven this week: 263


Since forking out £274 for the first service on our Korando, I have been contacted by another owner who reports better news on servicing costs. He landed a free servicing deal for the first 62,500 miles when purchasing his vehicle.

He also sends a word of warning though. When a neighbour reversed into the side of his Korando, he was faced with a two-month wait for replacement bodywork parts.

Andrew.Golby@whatcar.com

Week ending April 5
Mileage: 13,377
Driven this week: 301


This week the Korando got its (slightly) overdue service by West London Ssangyong (020 8748 8844) in Barnes.

I had originally braced myself for a bill of around £320, but in the event I was charged £274, which felt more reasonable. Perhaps they read my earlier report complaining of their high prices.

The car was not collected until mid-morning and was kept in overnight to test the cold-start issue I had noticed on sub zero mornings. It seems that user-error was to blame - I haven't been giving the glowplug enough of a chance. It feels like a slightly old-fashioned explanation, because most diesels fire immediately these days. Anyway, it's good to know there was nothing more serious at the root of the issue.

The car was returned washed and vacuumed, and with a freshly lubricated clutch pedal; it had developed a squeak, but the dealer assured me this should sort the problem. The rattle I reported last week from the headrest seems to be more of a mystery. The best advice offered was not to extend it fully, which I don't. Let's hope it cures itself.

Andrew.Golby@whatcar.com

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