2004 Chevrolet Optra Estate 1.6


Happy with it


Small issue, alarm false triggered once and fixed.

General Comments:

Very good car with big space, quietness, stability, and handling. One word, value for money.

Driving manual, easily achieve 12km/L, with clutch off when cruise, it will be more. So it is quite good FC for a 1.28 tone car.

As some pointed, the one thing unusually is the coollant drop a little bit fast than expected recently. Will have it check up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2006

8th Mar 2009, 23:06

Thanks for the info. I'm going to buy it next month. Are there any suggestions before I buy it?

15th Apr 2009, 09:41

Hi guys I need help. I am in Botswana and I bought Chevrolet Optra, but unfortunately my main keys got lost by the guys at the car wash. Now I do not know the Key Code and the spare key is not programmed. Can someone tell me the region where the chassis no. KLANA196E4H101255 comes from. We have searched everywhere in the GMDAT but we cannot identify the chassis no with any region.

My e-mail address is botsetswe@geoflux.biz

2006 Chevrolet Optra Sedan 1.6


The engine problem made me regret my choice big time!!


Did not expect that even with a small population of chevys on the local scene that I needed a week advance booking for my first 1k servicing.

As there were problems with my aircon and door alignment, my car had to be left overnight when I sent it in for the oil change.

Got it back the next day, aircon was improved, but doors still cannot close properly (unless you pushed or slammed them)

However, barely 3 weeks are coming out of my first servicing, on my way to work, I got a burnt smell coming from the aircon. Ignored it and continued to get to my workplace. When I got out of the car, was shocked to see smoke coming out the front wheel arch!! Opened the boot immediately and found smoke coming from the engine too!! Visual check reveal that my engine oil was leaking till below the 'min' line on the dipstick.

Finally, had the car towed back to the authorized dealer. During the 4 days it was there, no effort was made to keep my updated on what's happening or what was wrong and only at the end of the 4th day, received a call to collect my car. Knowing that if I collected my car after hours, no mechanic would be around to tell me what's wrong so I told them I would go down the next morning.

However, as expected, when I collected my car the next morning, the adviser just handed me my keys without a word! when I asked him what's wrong, he only told me what I already knew : engine was leaking... and that they have replace the oil and some other parts... when I wanted details, I got the "all I can say..." crap and "factory fault" crap too... and I still don't what's really wrong!

Inspected my car visually and was disgusted to find a big oily mess they left in my almost-3-month-old engine bay which they did not even bother to clean up!

4 days later, I got a "screeching' sound coming from my rear wheel... had to tap the brakes to stop the sound... wonder what's wrong now?? have not decided to send it down yet... still waiting for GM / Chevrolet in Thailand to reply to my queries. (although car was bought in Singapore, but the service here sucks!!)

Note : car is only less than 3 months from collection from the authorized dealer!! almost brand new!! so why the serious defect!? from my mileage, I drive little and same route everyday... so why such a serious problem?

General Comments:

Chose the car because of the GM trademark. Expected it to be reliable...but...

Really liked the 4 individual suspension system which made the ride more comfy.

I also compromised on the smaller boot space in exchange for a roomier cabin.

Car is very much quieter than my previous one... but still can be improved, especially on the driver side window.

Handling is pretty OK as its of continental design and heavy too.

However, pickup and overtaking power is greatly compromised because of the weight factor too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th May, 2006

8th Jun 2006, 09:08

I just can't imagine all these problems in your 3 months old car and guess what it's Chevrolet.

I was thinking of buying the OPTRA, but after I read your comments I will think twice before doing so.

Anyone has a positive feedback please join.

22nd Jun 2006, 23:09

Wow, that's really disgusting. I feel so sad for the person who's car is just 3months old and so many problems. Believe me the car is good. Its the service station. If you confident on your part why don't make a big complain to the relevant people. I bought by 1.8LT Optra on Nov2004. And until today I had clocked 53500km, I have no problems so far. Wonderful car I would say.