Daewoo Tico Reviews from Romania

1999 Daewoo Tico

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carDacia 1310

Summary:

Cheap to run, but offers no passenger protection

Faults:

Had to replace calipers because the left front wheel kept on overheating.

Replaced rear coil springs and shock absorbers due to bad roads.

Other than that, I did only maintenance repairs (brake pads, tires, timing belt, oil and filters).

The front seats are a killer. Although I am not very heavy, the driver's seat broke and I had to weld it. Also, the headrest broke and is of no use.

General Comments:

The car is small and easy to park almost anywhere. Fuel consumption is excellent (around 5.2 liters/100km combined, 4.5 extra urban).

The steering is good, although it lacks power steering.

At speeds over 100 km/h and around the bends, the car becomes highly unstable, due to its total mass (around 650 kg) and semi-rigid rear suspension.

It did 140 km/h, but that speed is pure madness for such a small car, with no safety devices, such as airbags or ABS.

I usually observe the speed limits and do around 60 km/h in town and around 90-100 km/h on the highway. That's more than enough for me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2011

1997 Daewoo Tico SX 0.8

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance175000 kilometres

Summary:

This ain't no car. However, it's damn cheap!

Faults:

Some pieces of crap at the service centre told me they had my oil service done, but they actually put in used, only less than 1 liter of used oil, and that partially ruined my engine. At the next oil change there was nothing in the oil bay!!! However, that cost me a full engine repair ($500).

At 10.000 km, the left front wheel blocked, it was because of a faulty brake system.

The braking system is not that good, had it serviced and re-serviced, no improvements still.

Had a clutch exchange at 150.000.

Oil leaked from the engine at 174.000km, paid about $15 to repair it (all costs included).

General Comments:

Car ain't that quick, and "eats" pretty much in the city (more that 7 liters/100 km), the fuel consumption is similar to a 1.9 VW Passat TDI, model that is more comfortable.

If driving outside the city, consumption goes down to about 4 liters/100km.

Parts are very cheap compared to other normal cars, however one can't find some spare parts that easily.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th October, 2010

6th Jan 2011, 17:08

Get an engine oil upgrade to Castrol Magnetic... new oil filter... install a new air filter... clean carburetor totally... Install new spark plugs... drain old coolant & upgrade with Castrol coolant with 80... 20 ratio... 80% percent coolant & 20% of water... Get your radiator cleaned with pressurised water to the whole radiator area... new fuel filter... & new transmission oil...

Things will work great for you... all the best!!!

1999 Daewoo Tico SL 0.8

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired500 kilometres
Most recent distance76000 kilometres
Previous carDacia 1310

Summary:

Cheap and reliable

Faults:

No major problems.

Changed distribution at 70000. Change the hand brake cable at 50000, tires at 60000.

The battery is not that strong (but the car is easy to push if the battery goes down); it has to be changed every 4 years.

General Comments:

The car is very small, which is good in a crowded city, parking is very easy.

Parts are also very cheap, and the fuel consumption is small. The car has only about 660 kg, so you can be the first to start at the traffic light.

The handling is not the best, but you can say it's OK.

For long distance drives, it's not the best car; you don't have much space in the trunk, and also it's not very safe concerning the impact, but the good thing is that you will never be able to break it :)

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

Review Date: 8th February, 2009

1999 Daewoo Tico SL 796

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 796 Manual
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carDacia 1410

Summary:

I do not regret my choice

Faults:

I had to change the battery and tyres immediately after I bought this car.

Nothing bad so far.

General Comments:

A reliable, easy to drive and economical car with trade-offs: lack of/zero crash security, lack of power when loaded and comfort for longer distances.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2005

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 12 reviews