Daewoo Matiz Reviews from India

1999 Daewoo Matiz SE

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired37 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous carMaruti Zen

Summary:

The BEST in compact car segment

Faults:

The engine started to behave haggardly and had to be eventually re-built. However, the local mechanic wasn't able to understand the complexity of the engine, so he was the major reason to re-build the engine; otherwise the engine was repairable.

The body of the car is very thin, and dents and scratches can be easily seen even if someone accidentally pushes the car a little forcefully.

The dealership and the after-sales service of the company was probably the worst, which also lead them to bankruptcy.

General Comments:

The car is amongst one of the best ones in compact cars. The car's ride is the smoothest of all (even smoother than the much hyped Hyundai Santro,) and it is perfect even for touring the country-side. The car is very reliable as it has never ditched us during its ride.

The seats and the overall cabin is so comfortable that it is almost an un-tiring ride even if a person is sitting for long hours inside the car. The car is also very smooth and very interesting to drive.

The looks of the car are so sleek and sexy that it could easily compete with a sports car. It was an everyday event that people used to stare at the car when we first purchased it.

Overall, the car is probably the best in its category and could work as both a primary or a second car. This is definitely the best one for ladies as it is both sexy as well as smooth to ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2009

2000 Daewoo Matiz SD High Performance 0.8

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance51358 miles
Previous carFiat Premio

Summary:

Masterpiece

Faults:

Complete masterpiece till now. No major faults except the complete damage of the water channel in manifold, but it got fixed on the same manifold.

Due to the water channel failure, my water pump & timing bearing got damaged completely. But everything was solved.

In the 8th year of my car ownership period, my alternator had some problems, but after surveying everything, the problem came from alternator with rectifier, which is located inside the alternator. It was changed & running absolutely fine.

After every 2 or 3 years, I have to change my exhaust pipe. This is due to the Matiz engine spilling water drops, which get stuck in the exhaust pipe. This is naturally a very good sign cause this indicates the engine is running absolutely fine & giving you the best performance under tough conditions.

Everything else is working like a new born baby.

This is going to the 9th year of my Matiz, & on my recent trip to Jaipur, which is 263 kms from Delhi, I traveled for 2 days. It gave me mileage of 21 kmpl without A/C, & 20 kmpl with A/C, which was nonstop driving. This indicates that Daewoo had the best technology at that time, which even new generation cars can never match. I wish Daewoo would get back into their own business again without GM.

Repairs.

1. Rectifier

2. Water pump

3. Timing bearing

4. Two exhaust pipes (which is normal)

General Comments:

Some important tips.

1st engine.

When you start your car, always remember that the car's engine is asleep if your car's engine is at rest for more than 2 hours. When you start your car's engine, always let it run for at least 1 minute so that it gets in a position to run more smoothly. Some people just start their car & run it high speed. One must give 1 minute of time to the engine so that it can wake up properly.

After every 1000 kms, check your engine oil lubrication to see whether it is sticky or not. The more the sticky oil you have, the more higher engine life you will have.

Change your cars engine oil after every 5000 kms. Never listen to dealers; they will say change your oil after 10000 kms. Never do that, the maximum limit engine oil is 7000 kms. Use only high quality oil such as Shell, Castrol Magnetec, Mobil1; these are the top three engine oil manufacturers. Go for Shell, that's what I use in my car, & believe me, my car's mileage graph is getting higher day by day. Before it was 15 on 1 litre, & now it's 17 with A/C.

Basically to get high mileage, you need to be very careful with your driving. Get your car serviced after every 5000 kms, after every 20000 kms clean your fuel injectors & change your fuel filter with coolant. If possible, clean your air filter after 300 kms with a vacuum cleaner ha ha; that's what I do. That helps the mileage of your car, or clean your air filter after 1000 kms, that will be better, & change it after 15000 kms only if your car mileage has gone down, then change it as quick as possible.

Always check your car's power steering & coolant level once a week. Once a month, splash one bucket of water with a mug at the radiator, which is located lower front of your vehicle, with pressure that will help your coolant to stay for a longer period & will drastically help your A/C cooling.

After every 50000 kms get your engine flushed. An engine flush is an oil which you will get in any spare parts shop. Use this, because during 50000 kms, your car runs at almost every condition day, night, summer, winter, rains etc in every season, you will get different experience. In this period the toxic products get stuck between your cars cylinders, which will affect your cars mileage. By flushing your engine, your car's engine gets as fresh as a new one. The oil removes all the sludges from the cars engine.

A month ago I got my car's engine flushed. I can't believe myself what a great thing I have done to my car. My car's engine is running very smoothly, better than before, giving high mileage in the city with A/C, better pickup with A/C (use STP engine flush) for the best performance.

After every 30 kms, change your spark plugs & always clean your spark plugs at every service, which is also known as tuning (use Bosch Mico), the best spark plugs available to date.

2nd - tyres.

Always go for branded tyres such Bridgestone, Goodyear, Yokohama, Toyo, Michelin. Never go for other tyres such as Apollo, Ceat, MRF, JK Tyre etc.

If you're using tubeless tyres, then don't be afraid of anything like people saying you won't get a puncture on the highway or in the city - everywhere puncture is available.

Maintain proper pressure in your tyres, such as 32 psi on highway & 33 to 34 psi in city, this is because in the city the car doesn't go beyond 50 or 70 kms, so the air inside the tyre doesn't multiply, which is very necessary.

On the highway, the car runs more than 100, so the air inside your car multiplies, that's why keep it little less on highway, which helps your tyres avoid getting burst.

Once a week, splash water on your car tyres cause water helps the tyre get cool down really fast & also increases the tyre life. A normal tyre life is 40000 kms, so after every 20000 kms, swap your front tyre to rear & rear to front, this will help the car's performance on road.

Never go for alloy wheels. If the company is providing you the alloy wheels, then go for it, but never go for aftermarket alloy wheels. If you wanna go for aftermarket alloys, then go for higher performance wheels, which cost more than 25 thousand, & use the same diameter of your car alloy, which the company has provided you. Never compromise with the weight of alloy. Never go for heavy ones. You can go for little lighter ones, but only 2 kgs per alloy, not more than that.

3rd gears & gear shifting.

This a major problem faced by users; when to change your car gears, when to not, so let's make it more simple for you. Today all the cars are equipped with an rpm meter. Never go above the 2500 rpm range, this is because it will ruin your car's performance. Some people go above 2500 rpm range in 2nd & 3rd gear, which is absolutely wrong. The lower the gear the lesser mileage you will get; the higher the gear the higher the mileage you will get.

Always press full clutch when you change your gears & leave them properly & smoothly. Always take your foot off your clutch when you're not changing your car's gears, cause even if you're not pressing, it get pressed sometimes, which damages your clutch plates. Apply the clutch only when needed to increase your cars mileage.

When you're coming down from a flyover, shift your gear into neutral; this is because it will help your car's engine rest, & will increase your mileage by 5 to 10%.

When using A/C, don't accelerate much because when your car's A/C is running, it sucks 40% of your engine power, & if accelerating more in lower gears, your engine life will get short & the mileage will be affected.

Change gear systematically. For example, this is what I do when I drive my car.

1st - till 2 to 3 kms

2nd - till 18 to 24 kms

3rd - till 37 to 40 kms

4th - till 45 to 55 kms

5th - no limit but above 50 kms

All these shifts are done when I use my car with A/C. I mean I always use my car with A/C, so these shifts are done every time.

Change your gear oil after 20000 kms to avoid any damage to your gearbox & gear system. Use less 1st & 2nd gear as far as possible. The lower the sound of the engine, the more mileage you will get. The louder the sound of the engine, the lower the mileage.

To check your cars mileage, first let your car get into reserve. That is get the needle of your fuel gauge below the red line, then after a few minutes, a light will be glowing on your instrument panel with a sign of petrol tank. Now go to a petrol pump & fill fuel upto your limit, & then put your odometer to zero & start driving. When the needle is again below the red line, & when the reserve light will glow then check how much kms your car has run from the day you filled the petrol. Now calculate the kms into the amount of fuel you have filled in your tank, for example 10 litres or 15 litres. The figure which comes on your calculator will tell you the mileage of your car per litre. Reserve tank capacity of spark is 5 litres up to my knowledge, or check your manual.

Basic things to remember.

When you're driving at night with the headlamps on, & by mistake your car gets turned off, first turn off your headlamps, then start your car, because when you start, your engine takes most the current from the battery, & will damage the life of your headlamps bulbs.

Never leave your car headlamps on when your car is switched off, whether in day or night. Turn on parking lights if necessary.

Once a week, open your cars hood (bonnet) & check that there should not be enough dust on your car's machinery. If there is dust on the machine, first clean it with a normal cloth & be careful that you don't touch any wire which you are not aware of. After you wipe it off, then splash 3 or 5 mugs of water with pressure on your cars machinery on engine coolant everywhere. Don't worry, nothing will go wrong in your machine.

Always fill your wiper water tank with shampoo water in case of emergency.

These were the things which I always do, so I'm sharing with you guys. Happy driving & safe driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2009

10th Feb 2009, 15:50

High Performance?! Matiz?! If you're used to walking I guess it might be. But in Europe the Matiz is a city car, not for long distances or high speeds.

18th Feb 2009, 02:12

The roads in Europe are world class. You will not find a single two wheeler or three wheeler on the freeway/highway. But roads in India are not that developed for high speeds like 180/ or above 200 kmph. The only freeway in India in which car can go above 200 kmph is Mumbai/Pune expressway.

Well in cities I have drove my Matiz @ 110 kmph. Now that's a really high speed in a city, considering on the highway it goes very easily above 130 kmph, so I'm very happy with it.

If I would have been in European countries I would have said the same, but this car {Daewoo Matiz 0.8} @ 130 KMPH with A/C it give me mileage of 21 kmpl. Now that's a masterpiece - high speed driving with pleasure to your pocket. So I'm very happy with it.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 10 reviews