Daewoo Matiz Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2000 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8 petrol

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 0.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres

Summary:

This car is so much fun to drive, I love it, and would buy another one without any hesitation at all

Faults:

DAC distributor gave nothing but trouble. Replaced it with the other unit that Daewoo use, and has been trouble free ever since.

General Comments:

This car surprises everyone that drives it.

Acceleration from take off is faster than you would expect from 800 cc.

Room in the cabin is much bigger than it looks from the outside (it's a bit of a tardis).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2012

2001 Daewoo Matiz 0.8 petrol

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 0.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.5 / 10
Distance when acquired136000 kilometres
Most recent distance138000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Forester

Summary:

Don't even think about it at any price - buy a Hyundai instead

Faults:

Broken cam belt.

Bent valve.

Water pump needed replacing.

Thermostat needed replacing.

General Comments:

A pretty underwhelming piece of junk, really, though to be fair, it may have had very little servicing before I bought it.

Incredibly slow and gutless, it just dies completely on hills. It's not particularly economical, either, for such a tiny motor - small, modern diesels are vastly better.

The brakes are terribly underpowered.

It does have a very good turning circle, is easy to park and reasonably comfortable, and the air conditioning works OK.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th December, 2010

5th Jan 2011, 12:56

It was purely your duty to inspect everything... about your car servicing details... who's gonna teach you that...

You must get your belt inspected after 40000 kms... of course it has an interference engine.. if the belt breaks it will cause damage... The Matiz is a very economical car... it's just you don't know how to maintain this gem... I get around 22 in city & 25 on highway.. What else do you want from this strong tiny motor.. I love the Matiz.. Daewoo was a much superior product against Hyundai.. they are both from South Korea... it's just that you don't know how to maintain it...

7th Feb 2011, 23:17

To the 1st commenter - I don't own a Matiz, but I would put money on the fact it is a piece of crap. Yes it's cheap - and for a good reason! Hyundais are also crap cars for that matter.

2003 Daewoo Matiz 0.8

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 kilometres
Most recent distance81000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 121

Summary:

Woof

Faults:

Immobilizer failed, requiring car to be towed to an auto electrician so it could be disconnected.

Grommet around radio antenna failed, allowing rainwater to enter the roof space where it destroyed the interior light switch.

Flimsy driver's seat adjuster cable broke preventing fore - aft seat movement.

Windscreen wiper linkage broke.

Speedometer began oscillating wildly while emitting a banshee like howl.

General Comments:

Crap brakes and suspension, and a high centre of gravity make for very poor road holding. A very unpleasant car to drive.

Tiny engine provides just enough power for level roads and fair weather. Operating the air conditioner, climbing hills, carrying a passenger or even driving into a stiff headwind seriously reduces performance.

The car is cheap to run, but not as cheap as you would expect with such a small engine. It's only slightly better than our new Mazda 2, which has an engine almost twice as big.

Load carrying capacity is good for such a small vehicle.

While we have not had any really major mechanical problems (yet), the overall build quality of this car is so bad I feel sure it's only a matter of time before something goes seriously wrong with it. We have had it serviced and maintained regularly by the dealer, who has done his best, but the endless minor problems have left me decidedly underwhelmed, especially since the car has only done 81,000 km. The car is currently for sale, and I'll be glad to see the back of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st November, 2009

1st Nov 2009, 06:45

The only thing I can say is that my Daewoo Matiz is the best car I have ever owned, & she will be my first car always. Never regret my choice.

1999 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres

Summary:

Remember it's a compact and basic car - but fantastic for what it is and tries to be!!

Faults:

I recently had to replace the alternator (generator) - this was a bit expensive at $400 (aud), as I was told that the OEM unit could not be serviced, & a new complete unit was the only option (I'm still not convinced on this though).

General Comments:

I purchased the car from a friend of a friend, who owned it from new, & apart from maintenance, no major faults or repairs have been required. Given the age the car now - it cannot be faulted.

Overall this is a great little city/second car, but you have to appreciate it for what it is; a 0.8 3cyl - so don't expect neck snapping acceleration, particularly when carry additional passengers.

However the performance with just the driver is pleasantly surprising; you will pull away from lights, and merge with traffic without any hesitation - all this, plus twin air bags and very efficient fuel consumption.

I have to admit I was a bit sceptical at first, particularly with the demise of Daewoo in Australia, but this little car has won its way into my heart to such a point that I can't even think of selling it - although I now have a second car for longer weekend trips.

If this were my only car, I would most likely be disappointed by the ride and power that you so desperately want on long drives.

In summary, if you can find a well maintained example, this little car will prove to be joy to own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2007

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 9 reviews