1998 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.35


Reliable car


At 180000 KM the light check engine is on. The car runs so I ignore it.

I changed the water pump 3 times because of its leaking.

3 times disc brakes were changed, and 5 times the brake pads.

One time I change the muffler with an aftermarket in ox to avoid frequent changes.

3 times springs and shock absorbers were changed.

Today I have I little leak from the head gasket.

2 of my door knobs are broken (behind), the light of the trunk doesn't work, the headlights turned from white to yellow, and my left mirror is off.

General Comments:

I have had the car almost 11 years, the engine is still running (335.000), the interior is in good shape, and the spare parts are easy to find.

In general the car is good, but it has no power (only 75ps).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th June, 2009

2000 Daewoo Lanos


Good value for its price


Lights are weak for night driving. Cannot be corrected according to the local dealer.

Air flow from heat/air condition to the front windshield broken a year ago. Replaced wire, but broke again last September.

Wheel alignment problem. Shows at 110km/hr. Did not improve much after alignment at the dealership.

When driving fast we got high noise level from day one. This was probably from air leak at the windows (cannot feel the wind coming in though). We were told by the dealer that this is not typical for the model, but also not possible to fix.

After jump start a few months ago, air sensor had to be replaced. Mechanic said to jump starting it after disconnecting the sensor.

No serious problems so far. Replaced tires at 2 years (the ones we have are still good), brake pads (40000km), battery and engine belt (50000km) at normal service mileage.

General Comments:

The car is dependable and we are quite happy having it. Driving habits are average family transportation short trips (200km on the average) and daily 20km driving to/from work.

Space available and comfort is above average in its category.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th January, 2005

10th Jan 2005, 09:10

I have just sold my Daewoo Lanos. It was only the basic 1.4S, but I loved it. It was the most brilliant car I have had and the only problem was that because I did not drive it for 2 weeks because I went on holiday, the battery went flat and I have to buy another, but in over 4 years of having this beautiful little car that was all that went wrong.

I only sold the car because of the takeover that is happening by Chevrolet, but was maybe hasty in selling. I would definitely recommend this little car to anyone.

13th Jan 2005, 10:48

Why would you sell your Lanos just because Daewoo was taken over by GM (not Chevrolet)?

Makes no sense.

29th Jan 2007, 06:34

As far as the noise is concerned, have you checked if it comes from the radio antenna???

My wife owns a 1.4 SE Lanos of 1998 and, as far as she is concerned, is quite happy with the car.

1998 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.3


From the time I bought the car the only fault was two-three weeks later when it had some problems with the injection. I went to the garage and they replaced the faulty injection controller with a new one. After that nothing weird happened.

General Comments:

Generally it's a good car for the the price you pay.

It needs some more power.

But with the new "Extreme" series it's OK.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2001