Daewoo Kalos Review from Malta

2004 Daewoo Kalos SX notchback 1.4 DOHC

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 DOHC Manual
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance1200 kilometres
Previous carSkoda 120L

Summary:

Not recommended

Faults:

The car which is still brand new, (after only 1200 km) has an abnormal clunking noise when the clutch is pressed and released, which I find very irritating.

The manufacturer claims that this is a characteristic on all Kalos models, which I find is not a plausible answer.

Crankshaft end-float can be felt by hand from the front pulley which I think is excessive and the manufacturer has also dismissed this as being the cause.

General Comments:

I am not satisfied with the car and with the manufacturer's handling of my complaint.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th August, 2004

18th Aug 2004, 08:58

This is not so. I have a kalos and there is no clunking noise at all - try a different garage. In fact it runs beautifully - have had it for 6 months and no problems.

2nd Dec 2004, 03:00

Further to my comments of 27/11/2004 the sorry saga of my Daewoo Kalos continues. Having taken the car back yet again to the dealership on Monday 29/11/2004, I was informed that the car required the replacement of two components and I had therefore to return to the dealership yet again for these parts to be fitted. The dealership booked my car in for this work to carried out on Friday (03/12/2004). In view of the past experiences I had with the dealership I telephoned them today (Thursday 02/12/2004) just to confirm that everything was okay, only to be told that only one replacement part had arrived. Had I not telephoned them I would have found myself making an unnecessary (60 mile) journey.

The car has been returned to the dealership on 4 occasions, the next visit will make 5, the AA recovery service has been out to the car on 4 occasions and have reported that there is a fault with the car (like I needed telling!) and the car is only 10 months old and has covered only 6,000 miles!

I have also been in contact with GM Daewoo UK head office who are fobbing me off with excuses over the poor quality of the car, and the apalling service I'm receiving from their dealership. They have offered me a £30 fuel voucher as an offer of good will, this is an insult and I am of course taking the matter further.

Mr. G Pywell

Broughton

Nr. Chester

North Wales

UK.