Daewoo Tacuma Review from Belgium

2001 Daewoo Tacuma SX 1.6

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance32160 kilometres
Previous carFiat Croma


Technology and quality at stone age levels


Right from the first day on, it often went dead when the engine was hot and running at low engine speed. Like for example when waiting at traffic lights. The dealer replaced some sensors. This didn't help. Then he replaced the CPU.

At 16.000 km the left front wheel bearing started to make a noise. It was replaced under warranty.

One week later I was back at the dealership because the right front electric window lifter engine broke. Replaced under warranty.

Fuel consumption is really high. About 12.5 liters/100km. And I'm not a sporty driver. I wrote a letter to Daewoo, they came for testing my car together with my dealer and their answer was that the consumption was normal.

Now the worst part. I bought the car in July last year and now it start to rust on two different places. At the trunk opening and at the top of the door opening. My dealer however is not willing to fix it and from Daewoo I don't get an answer.

General Comments:

This is the last Daewoo I will ever buy.

And I strongly advise other people to stay away from it.

I was warned by a friend who had an Espero, but I told him that the Tacuma was a next generation Daewoo. This is NOT so. The technology and quality are still at stone age levels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th October, 2002

22nd May 2009, 16:09

The problem is the dealers not the cars. They have got stone age technology but can be picked up, used, at stone age prices, so you pays your money...

I got a three years old Tacuma with only 23k on the clock for £3500 - a bargain in anyones book. For a family car that will end up with crayon marks and fizzy pop spilt all over it anyway, it's ideal!

I'm happy to put up with a few minor faults for the money saved on a Renualt Scenic.

Average review marks: 3.2 / 10, based on 1 review