1996 Daewoo Espero CD 2.0
Reliable wedge-like automobile
Engine exhaust hose failed at around 100000km. This was easy to fix myself at around AUD$5.
Alternator failed at 175000km. This is a kicker for me. I'm looking at getting a new car instead of fitting replacement.
Drivers side seats worn, but not simply fallen apart.
The passenger handles fell to bits at around 60000km. A passenger used it on a bumpy road and it fell apart.
Rubber strip on back window fell down (faulty staple!) - AUD$1 to fix.
Manual Espero purchased some time in 1997 (it's now 2010!)
I live in Australia, and found this car to be very reliable, even if abused as much as mine was. Salt air, dirt roads, city short trips along with long highways. This particular car saw more offroad action than most 4WDs (SUVs). Took it amateur rallying once (no accidents and driving at high speed on dirt was fine). Survived it all.
Aircon seriously impacts on performance and driveability.
Power windows seem fine - they are only now showing hints at failing (slow to move, funny noise if 2 windows moving at same time).
Tends to wear the front tyres at a greater rate than the back (more than the other cars I've had). Make sure you rotate the tyres.
This thing has plenty of speed/acceleration around 3rd gear, and good acceleration at around 50 to 60km/h. Acceleration overall is good.
I mistreated this car pretty badly, and it still came up trumps. Maintenance was minimal other than the usual oil, water, coolant.
Watch out for the recall notices from Daewoo. There were a few, eg steering column. Mine didn't need it.
Oddly enough this car's greatest downside was the actual brand name - I got so many negative comments about it. Never understood why as it just kept on going until now. It outlasted several Commodores and a few Peug's also bought at similar times by friends and associates.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th April, 2010