Daewoo Leganza Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2000 Daewoo Leganza SX 2.2

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance33000 kilometres
Previous carDaewoo Espero

Summary:

It's a great car for the price

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this car, except a stone cracked the windscreen and it was quickly and easily replaced under insurance.

General Comments:

I have owned around thirty cars during my life and this is easily the best.

I usually owned six-cylinder cars, but the Leganza, having four cylinders, appeared to have just as much performance and power, with very good road handling.

It is very economical to run.

I was worried when Daewoo went through a financial crisis. However, Holden took over the distribution of parts and I have been assured there is no shortage of parts in New Zealand. Also, other new Daewoo cars have been sold on the market so I don't think there is anything to worry about on this score.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2006

1998 Daewoo Leganza SXi 2.2 petrol

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 kilometres
Most recent distance94000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Pulsar

Summary:

Well-equipped, very trendy, unbelievable cheap price

Faults:

Nothing that I know of. I got the car second-hand. There were several small marks on the leather, all not noticeable unless you search for them. Several very small thumbnail dents.

General Comments:

My parents brought me a 1988 Nissan Pulsar sedan after waiting for 5 months on my licence and being 17 that is a LONG wait, and as soon as it was in the yard the engine went. We got another engine from the Wrecking yard. Being a front wheel 4 cylinder my dad had never encountered on. It took us 4 hours to finally get it in. Then the clutch piece wasn't in the gearbox. I had my tantrum and the following day I came home to a 1998 Daewoo Leganza. Bring a Holden (Opel/Vauxhall) fan through and through, I didn't hold the Daewoo in high regard. Gradually its curvaceous shape and well-equipped interior deteriorated my original thoughts. It is an absolute blast to drive and the automatic gearbox is pleasantly smooth which surprised me. The engine is refined and the interior is pleasing to look at. On the whole I'm actually happy now that I didn't let a badge affect my decision about the Daewoo. I would recommend whole-heartedly to anyone to buy a Leganza. Being 17 and owning a car like that I expected to cop a little bit from my friends, but they like it. The Leganza appeals to all generations!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2004

1998 Daewoo Leganza SX 2.0 petrol

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance124000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Bluebird

Summary:

Bargain quality car

Faults:

Absolutely nothing, wonderfully reliable.

Only consumables like exhaust are failing (still on its original Korean battery!}

The arctic white paint is thin in places and stone chips easily.

General Comments:

Attractive Giugiaro styling.

Interior is like new, wears well. Good quality CD sound system.

GM dealer service is OK (the engine is a Holden after all)

Absolutely amazing bargain: Toyota-like quality for $$$ thousands less.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2004

1999 Daewoo Leganza 2.2 petrol

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30 kilometres
Most recent distance46000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Absolute garbage

Faults:

The car refused to start several times.

The brake pads were destroyed and replaced twice, once at 30,000km, and again at 41,000.

Frequent oil leaks have occurred.

The speakers have started to crackle and fizz, and one is blown.

The CD player doesn't work half the time.

The windscreen wiper mechanism has worked incorrectly several times.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute piece of junk.

It has been in for several "services" but the dealership never fixed the problem.

It is shockingly slow and unreliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th September, 2003

9th Oct 2003, 12:15

I have a 2001 Daewoo Leganza. I bought it at 36,000 miles and have had it for a while. This is a very dependable little car and I would recommend to anyone to buy a car. Maybe people should look at all the reviews before buying a car so they are not dissatisfied!

12th Jun 2007, 07:28

I just sold my DAEWOO 1998 Leganza, I couldn't be more happier. Buying a Korean car again? NEVEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRR.!!!

11th Dec 2012, 05:07

Hi, I am considering buying a used Leganza 2001 today. I have been told the seal is gone on the sunroof. Does anyone know if this is hard to do, and cheap or expensive? And any points I should look for, as I have never had a Daewoo before.

Thanks.

2001 Daewoo Leganza SXi 2.2L

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 kilometres
Most recent distance96000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Berlina

Summary:

A nice little car

Faults:

Rear view mirror fell off window when mum bumped it.

Right scoop light smashed for no apparent reason.

General Comments:

A very quick 4 cylinder beast, handles very well.

Lots of leg room, and a large boot area makes this car a good family sedan for going on family outings with.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2003

1998 Daewoo Leganza SX 2.0 litre

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance18000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Cordia Turbo

Faults:

Nil.

General Comments:

Has been very economical and has a good ride/handling compromise. The finish of the car was excellent from new and no rattles or noises have been heard after 18000 kls. The service has been good and running costs have so far been very low.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2000

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews