2000 Daewoo Lanos S 1.6


Good car for the money!


The seats tend to move (tilt) back every other day and I have to constantly raise them (very annoying).

I had to put on seat covers after about a year because the cloth was discoloring and started to open at one seam.

I don't like the front of the car at all.

General Comments:

I liked that is very economic to run and is very reliable.

I hate that the value has decrease so badly that if I trade it in is worth next to nothing.

The 1.6L engine actually is peppy and responsive.

I hate that it makes a weird sound when I step a little hard on the gas, almost like metal hitting metal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th July, 2004

20th Jul 2004, 18:33

My Daewoo Lanos 2000 is a great little car. Only problem is when it comes to repairs. Ordered parts usually take weeks to get now...

2nd Sep 2004, 13:00

Just because you don't like the look of the front of the car (personally I do) it hardly constitutes a fault. And people don't normally buy cars they don't like the look of.

7th Dec 2005, 12:18

That Metal hitting Metal sound that you hear is what we call "Spark Knock" caused by cheap fuel and stomping on the gas.

2nd Aug 2008, 20:27

If the timing belt broke you probably have bent valves now. Costly to say the least.

3rd Aug 2009, 09:23

If you suffered from timing belt failure then you had your entire cylinder head overhauled. The knocking sound is probably rod knock. I have rebuilt various Daewoos and the Lanos seems to damage rod bearings when the pistons crash into the valves due to timing belt failure. The knock will develop several hundred miles after the overhaul was completed. Gradually getting worse with time. The reason the car will not run the same is due to the knock sensor detecting the knock and retarding ignition timing thus diminishing performance. The only fix is pulling the engine from the car, opening it up, and re-grounding the crankshaft and replacing the rod bearings with new undersized units.

4th Aug 2009, 07:47

Well the solution regarding the metal sound is the timing tensioner; get it checked properly. That could be the only problem.

2000 Daewoo Lanos ES


Super car at a super price!


Nothing went wrong with the car, it was perfect.

General Comments:

This car was great! Fast, quick, turned and stopped on a "dime".

Great interior, seats fit me perfectly.

Turned heads going down the street.

Many, many great comments!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2004

2000 Daewoo Lanos SX 1.6


I should have bought a YUGO, it might still be running


Dome light will not work (neither fuse nor bulb)

Back window will not roll back up (regulator)

Coolant flange broke (plastic two piece unit that separated as the plastic became more brittle-just bad design)

Finally: Drum roll please!!! Timing belt gave up a couple of teeth and it's an interference head!!!at 70k miles.

None of this is covered in the warranty because there isn't one. The local dealership folded and left all owners in the dry.

There should be a class-action suit against deawoo, but the owners can't afford lawyers due to maintenance cost.

General Comments:

I can't stress enough the importance of you to stay away from this car.

After 4 years of paying for it: Its still only worth $2000 while the payoff is almost $3000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th April, 2004

17th Mar 2005, 22:26

Timing belt gave up at 70k? That's why the owner's manual recommends replacing it at 60k. Build quality of a car means nothing if people don't maintain them. These are mechanical machines; they require maintenance!

1st Oct 2006, 07:03

I wish I still had my yugo bought it new in 1988 for 3,000 dollars had it for 8 years loved it, never drove anything better in the snow the only car I've ever owned that long.

2000 Daewoo Lanos


The worst buy I've ever made


Where to begin?

First, the windshield defogger stopped working because the cable to change which vents the air goes through bent.

Then the headlights started shorting out on me. Discovered that the wires were fried and had to be replaced.

Then my car started slamming from first to second gear. Not fun when pulling off from a red light. I took it to the dealership and they told me that I needed a new solenoid in the transmission. It took them over 6 weeks to get the part.

While waiting for the solenoid, the dealership gave me the car back and stated that it was still "drivable." However, one night while driving my car began to shake violently and was blowing out a lot of white smoke and unburned fuel from the exhaust. I took the car back to the dealer and was told that I had a bad fuel injector. That part came in within a few days thanks to the 1-800 Daewoo number I called for the part.

After I got my car back, the transmission slammed from first to second gear a few more times and then the problem never occurred again.

My car would occasionally (about once every 2-3 months) start shaking and smoking like it did when I was told I had a bad fuel injector. I took the car back to the dealership and they told me nothing was wrong with the car.

The valve for the air vents became damaged again for the second time. Again, it was a bent cable causing the problem.

Now the car shakes and smokes at least once a week and I've had to learn to live with the "check engine" light being on constantly. For some reason, this also effects my transmission because my car has horrible acceleration. It feels like trying to accelerate with the parking brake on. One day, the car couldn't get out of second gear at all.

But since the dealership "can't find anything wrong with the car," I guess it's all supposed to be a figment of my imagination.

General Comments:

Do not buy this car! The price is great, but you get what you pay for. The car is completely unreliable and once the company went bankrupt, it has become almost impossible to get parts and decent service, unless you can afford to pay outrageous prices for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th March, 2004

26th Sep 2004, 19:44

I would like to talk about the Lanos, and say that it is a cell phone with a high vibration. There is a problem with the suspension. When I ride the car on a bumpy road, I hear a sound that makes me park the car and take a taxi!