Daewoo Espero Review from Germany

1996 Daewoo Espero CD Deluxe 2.0

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Do not buy anything that carries Daewoo as its brand name

Faults:

The alternator had to be replaced completely shortly after the warranty had expired. Daewoo declined to pick up at least part of the tab.

The condenser of the air conditioner leaked and had to be replaced.

The windshield wiper motor burnt and had to be replaced.

The central locking system and the power windows have been repaired several times; the electric cables broke at places you would never expect to be possible.

The muffler had to be replaced after only two years.

The electric heater for the driver's seat had to be replaced under the guarantee.

In my former Espero (damaged by an accident after only 20000 kms), the fuel gauge had to be replaced under the guarantee.

General Comments:

The Espero is a sluggish, unreliable and depressing car. The European version of it was built in Poland by FSO, using blue-prints of Opel's (=GMC) first version of the Vectra. I was attracted by its good value and because I thought that I was about to buy a model that had proved to be reliable in every-day-use.

I was completely mistaken.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th October, 2001

24th Jan 2002, 06:31

My father owns 1 Daewoo Espero, 1 Mercedes Benz w140 S Class and a Toyota Landcruiser GXV. As you can imagine, Korean versus Japanese and German quality, it's hard to believe he likes it as much.

His Espero, which has travelled 48,546 kilometres, it runs well on standard unleaded petrol, the power windows are quite swift and the lighting power is quite powerful.

His Mercedes Benz which cost about $150,000 is treated the same way and my father thinks there is hardly a difference (except from the creature comforts and power).

77 kw is quite suitable, but not for a person who wants a powerful car. Obviously you are a critic that has a one dimensional mind.

12th Nov 2002, 14:03

I do neither know what makes you think that I am only interested in performance nor do I know how you and your father treat your various cars. I have owned quite a number of European-made cars (Volkswagen, Peugeot, Mercedes) as well as Asian-made cars (two early Hondas, one KIA and the Daewoo) and I have about 1.5 million kilometers on my personal odometer - without any accident caused by me. I accept your opposing view, but from my experience can only repeat that the Daewoo by far was the most unreliable and depressing car I ever had. So much for that.

Average review marks: 2.8 / 10, based on 1 review