Daewoo Espero Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 2 of 2

1997 Daewoo Espero CD 2.0 multipoint fuel injected

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 multipoint fuel injected Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired25 kilometres
Most recent distance52024 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz S-Class

Summary:

A cheap performance, good quality and good equipment bargain

Faults:

Nothing, I have never had a problem with this vehicle, apart from when the wheels came out of alignment when I hit a kerb.

General Comments:

The car has good equipment levels, the build quality and rigidity of the car is okay, performance is delivered in the 3000+ rpm range.

When you put some good tyres on it it goes and goes.

I have pushed it to 170kmh on the freeway, and the engine didn't struggle.

A bit gutless, but its not a supercar and there are some annoying rattles once the car gets pushed to about 140kmh.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2002

1996 Daewoo Espero CD

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Excellent value for money, but spares a problem

Faults:

Tyres continually going out of round.

Intermittent banging noise in car was diagnosed as a bent shaft. Took it in for repairs and was told there was a crack in the shaft and it broke in two. Unable to source a reconditioned drive shaft in Australia so I am having to buy a new one at twelve hundred dollars.

This fault had affected the differential centre which had to be replaced. Car off road for nine weeks as manufacturer was unable to source one even from Korea where they were manufactured.

General Comments:

I love the shape of the car and the way it handles, but spare parts for this car are obviously a problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th April, 2002

1997 Daewoo Espero CD 2.0i

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0i Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired13 kilometres
Most recent distance48564 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

A smart and affordable gem

Faults:

Only one thing, the front wheels popped out of alignment when it hit the footpath at 47,000 kilometres.

NOT ONE PROBLEM that the car has actually been responsible for.

General Comments:

The car was purchased in 97' and I have had no problems with it in the reliability section.

The car itself now is cheap because it's not popular, the quality is that of an acceptable standard, and the performance in acceleration terms is okay, but at 183 kph it isn't exactly a supercar.

The boot is large enough for many items and the room in the back is not barely acceptable.

It's a good car!

I also own a Mercedes Benz S-Class and I prefer the Daewoo as a town car, it's got good torque!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2002

4th Oct 2003, 02:50

Good torque? And you also own a Mercedes? There must be something wrong with your Mercedes then...

The Espero is not a bad car, not very good too. Quality is average. But it has no torque below 3000 rpm. I own an Espero 2.0 CD Aut.

1995 Daewoo Espero CD 2.0i

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0i Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 kilometres
Most recent distance123000 kilometres

Summary:

Could have been a good quality car if not for the engine

Faults:

Timing belt tensioner slipped resulting in instant engine failure.

Alternator burnt out.

Several oil leaks.

Engine overheated and the head cracked on the engine.

Fuel lock failed.

Coolant loss.

Central locking always fails.

General Comments:

This is the worst car that money can buy! It has died on the side of the road 3 times, and I've only had it a few months. The only good thing about this car is that I learnt heaps about cars and their motors. Also learnt some valuable lessions...

1. Never buy a Daewoo

2. Never buy a Daewoo

3. Never buy a Daewoo

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd November, 2000

1995 Daewoo Espero CD 2.0

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 kilometres
Most recent distance82000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon XE

Summary:

Unreliable car - stay away!

Faults:

* Alternator went *3* times!

* Electrics played up (windows, CD).

* Spring in the steering column snapped.

* Airbag lights and engine management lights randomly go off.

* Rust after only 3 years.

* Radiator and cooling system (inc. surge tank) had to be replaced.

* Car would overheat in traffic.

* Car would thud and shudder when turning on full lock.

* Electric mirrors and aerial didn't work.

General Comments:

Bad investment. Low quality build and finishing, even though high equipment levels. Would not recommend to my worst enemy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th September, 2000

1996 Daewoo Espero CD 2.0 litre

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired2100 kilometres
Most recent distance46000 kilometres
Previous carFord Mondeo 1993

Summary:

A nice car but with many problems

Faults:

Car alternator went on the way home from the dealer on purchase day, subsequently went twice since.

Faulty central locking and rear wheel bearings which have been replaced twice.

Electric aerial doesn't work, remote locking and fuel release keep giving me problems.

General Comments:

While the car is a good package and well priced, it helps if you get a good one and have mechanics who can fix it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th August, 2000

19th Jul 2008, 23:18

My alternator went on the way home from the dealer too!

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 10 reviews