Engine SsangYong G23D

The 2.3-liter SsangYong G23D gasoline engine was produced in Korea from 1993 to 2018 and was installed in almost all models of the company: Musso, Actyon, Korando, Kyron and Rexton. This unit was a licensed copy of the Mercedes M111 engine and was often called the M161.

Ssangyong gasoline engines: G16DF, G20D, G20DF, G23D, G32D.


Production years 1993-2018
Displacement, cc 2295
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 150
Torque output, Nm 210 – 215
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 90.9
Piston stroke, mm 88.4
Compression ratio 10.4
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive double row chain
Phase regulator at the intake
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 7.5
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2/3/4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for SsangYong Musso 2000)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000

The engine was installed on:

  • SsangYong Actyon 1 (CJ) in 2005 – 2010;
  • SsangYong Actyon Sports 1 (QJ) in 2012 – 2018;
  • SsangYong Korando 2 (KJ) in 1996 – 2006;
  • SsangYong Kyron 1 (DJ) in 2005 – 2016;
  • SsangYong Musso 1 (FJ) in 1993 – 2005;
  • SsangYong Rexton 1 (RJ) in 2006 – 2008.

Disadvantages of the SsangYong G23D engine

  • This is a reliable and hardy motor, it has problems at high mileage;
  • Up to 100,000 km, only the crankshaft position sensor, the mass air flow sensor disturb and the pump leaks;
  • After 100,000 km, the nozzles and the crankcase ventilation system may become clogged, the phase regulator sticks;
  • The weak points of the engine also include an electric throttle and ignition coils;
  • After 200,000 km, an oil burn occurs due to the occurrence of rings and chain stretching.

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