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Oh yeah, I finally* got my hands on Ssangyong Rexton 2.9TDi. Who wants to touch me? 8)

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A few weeks back, it was decided my dad and I will go 50/50 on a 4x4, as we both will have the occasional need for one.
The qualifying critera was simple;
1) Be cheap and not rotten
2) Look half decent and be indirect injection, veg friendly

The Terrano II 2.7TDi was considered (he once owned from new, and it was a great car), but the way they rust and like a drink, ruled them out.
A few long trips would see it quaff quite a bit,

I started reading up on the Rexton, after missing out on a 500 quid 2.7 TDI (turns out to be common rail) and the fact that they rarely rust, can pull 3.5 tonne, are massive, return very good MPG from the built under licence, tough Mercedes OM602 5 cylinder turbo diesel and Tremec 'box, along with the fact they look weird, so are pretty under the radar, made one the ideal target.

He clocked this 120K example on eBay, Monday. It was a new listing, nice MOT history and with bids flying in. We arranged to view it the following morning.

We offered £1000 for it if it was as described/what we wanted and as matey needed it off the drive cos he had a new car coming, he said deal.
Looking at others, this was a good price.

To me Mondeo!

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The 2.9 engined ones are thinner on the ground, and sought after if you want a cheapish tough and basic older 4x4.
As it turns out, it jumped from 99p to £950, by the time we got there.

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I took it for a blast, and it is as described. Obviously it has a few marks here and there, but nothing like the state of some of them (that cost more) out there, and the interior is in good shape, engine nice and dry, 4WD works as it should, no smoke, no leaks, no dodgy noises etc, so money changed hands and I was the proud co-owner of a Korean Dream. My dad is fairly non-plussed about cars, but does like a useful and good value one.

We whazzed £40 of dino derv in the tank, which saw it climb to half a tank. He drove the Mondeo and I, the Rexton.
But first, breakinner time

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In the 180 miles of mixed driving and 70mph motorways, it used quarter of a tank/20 quid! Whats's that, nigh on 40MPG?
Some owners say 40MPG is possible, with 30 being about the average. Ideal.

It is very comfortable, the 5 cylinder engine is nice and torquey and it sounds great (like and old truck/Volvo 740TD). It has a nice, tall 5th gear so it is more than happy at 70.
The steering is over assisted, but for normal driving it is fine. What it is like with a snaking trailer could be interesting!

I am very pleased with it, and odd front end looks aside, couldn't be happier. It endeared itself to me almost straight away, due to being so versatile, sounding a bit mad, having great road manners and being very civilized for an old school diesel, with no dodgy noises etc.

I thought I wouldn't like the 4WD being electronic engagement, but it is great. Push a button at up to 43mph and there you go.

Hopefully it will behave, and be a keeper for good while!

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Spoiler alert
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MOAR spoiler alert

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GLASS PROTECTED BY SNAKES

I can only assume that the outside was de-badged in shame!

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Handy toe boar

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Nice n clean, freshly serviced 5 banger
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WEPPAN

I do like the sound of an IDI diesel motor, at idle. Unrefined, yes, but they just give the impression that they will run forever.

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Bigger

Come inside
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Kick back (i seem to have forgotten to take front seat pics)
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The clock that sometimes doesn't
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Told ya

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Guess how many cup holders I have found in the front. Wrong, the answer is five! / GOT WOOD? Nope, me neither.

 

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And I reckon this is for a Capri-Sun!

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I reckon you could store extra liquid in here, too

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and here

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Plus really small coats

 

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Classy*

 

It has speakers all over, and this thing reminds me of a ghetto blaster. It should say Sanyo or summat

 

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Spares - unrequired

 

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Wrong

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WHAT IS

 

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LOcking nut key but thankfully no locking nuts. Isn't it usually the other way around?

 

Some words to live by:

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Side pipes m8

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Along with these, helped the Estonian chaps at the handwash make me roof sans guano

 

Burt luckily they didn't grab these

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Or I would be guarded against no rain

 

All mod cons*

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(Lest we forget the natty poundshop front spotlights,too)

 

I tried to capture the audible symphony that is the licenced OM602 unit in action, but it is hard to (on a phone)

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I need to do a flyby with a fwiend, but had none, today. :-)

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A 2.9 litre, 5 cylinder, veg-friendly, turbo diesel?

 

Oooooh. *rubs thighs*

 

She'll be getting a good drink of bio or SVO next time she's called into action.

A cold start on mostly veg will sound class, clattering off the neighbours houses at Daft O'Clock. 8)

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I don't think it looks to bad at the front. The compartment under the fag lighter, if the same as an x-trail is heated or cooled, so pies stay hot.

 

Hey, that sounds handy! Now I need a pie.

 

Now that I am a well educated* owner of one of these, I can confirm that the 290 front grille looks better than the 270, thanks to the POWER NOSTRILS

 

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I think thats amazing. What more could you want for a grand?!

I bet you could hop in that, pull a speedboat down to lake Tanganika, get out for a walk to stretch your legs, then get back in and drive home. I bet us eats up the miles with maximum posterior comfort.

 

Shame it looks like a Ford Ka's abusive stepfather though.

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Goppingly gorgeous, petal. The Russians love those engines for their toughness.

 

Should be quieter on veg and start perfectly ok at low temps if the veg is liquid, even at 100%. Change (lube) oil frequently.

 

Them Russians like them square old Lada's. Urgh! What would they know?

My three previous veggie/cherry mobiles have definitely ran quieter so I do hope for more of the same, and will certainly stay on top of the servicing.

 

Dr Diesel would be proud.

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That is super-duper hot, you must be very pleased.

 

There used to be a Rodius parked near me.

 

Status: Strangely alluring.

 

I do love it, as I said to may mate yesterday, my car standards have slipped at an alarming rate, over the years.

Careful with the Rhodius, even RR may say they don't have 'potential'. Lol.

 

We should all buy these, and as mine needs badging, maybe I should favour Lonsdale or Horsey, for that extra allure?

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40MPG is incredibly unlikely but 30MPG is probably feasible, I don't like "I put £x in and it lasted x miles" calculations.

This is ace, I love the shiny plastics and unnecessary labelling, fucking ideal engine, common rail can get lost. Sluggish? Just turn the pump up.

 

Agreed on the wanky MPG calcs. I usually go off a full tank-empty-full again, and shall do before deciding anything.

I was just pleasantly surprised that it seems as though I could have got from Crewe to Sunderlandish on about 20 quid.

 

Yeah, it is funny how tacky it is when it is a cheap workhorse. When new, I bet a lot of people ended up resenting it, though!

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