2006 Chevrolet Matiz SE 1.0 litre petrol 4 cylinder

Summary:

Underrated little gem

Faults:

Just consumables - tyres, rear section of exhaust just replaced recently. Brake pads, 2x rear wheel bearings - the legacy of two awful winters when the Matiz was the only 2wd car round here to get traction and get around in, and front ball joints recently - speedbumps eh!!?? Grrr.

Winter also put paid to a fuel filter that got damaged and leaked due to traversing deep rutted frozen snow.

Must get the cam belt changed soon!!!

General Comments:

Sounds a lot, but this is a hard driven, abused 2nd car that takes kids to school and college - stuff to the tip - seldom washed, serviced or cleaned inside, and it never lets us down. Cost £4k with C/L, A/C (needs a re-gas we have found in recent hot weather) and electric front windows - seats 5 with 5 full seat belts. Had a couple of nudges, so she wears her battle scars, and the rear washer gave up a wee while back, but hey y'know...

All in all, it's a cracking little motor, bought to do a job which it does admirably - and more!! Never complains, and I think we could quite easily keep it up to 100k miles with cheap maintenance costs. The only 2 drags are:

1. Old engine technology has meant a stupidly high road fund tax bracket, hence lowish cost marks for a car of its type.

2. Chevy are being withdrawn from the UK, hence I put no to buying another.

I may pick up a decent 2nd hander when we replace this car - one of the last ones maybe - and would certainly get one for my lad when he passes his test - a great 1st car. All these small Korean city cars (Matiz, Atoz, i10, Spark, Agila, Wagon R and so on) are excellent robust little cars, that are often wrongly overlooked by buyers they would serve well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th July, 2014

6th Sep 2015, 21:34

Over 80k miles on this little lovely now, and it still just goes and goes - there are a few car park scrapes on the bumper where other motorists have been careless, and the aircon needs a re-gas, but you just get in, turn the key and you're off. MOTs come and go, but the stereo entertains you and all the essentials work. £10 of fuel needed per week. As a run around, there is nothing out there that can touch it in my view.

2nd Jan 2018, 17:39

Our Matiz has died... 93k miles it failed its MOT needing brake lines - the clutch started slipping the week before and the rear wash had given up the ghost - plus a problem on the fronts - possible pump going AWOL. Faced with all this, we got nearly £100 scrap and it's been replaced with a Hyundai Amica. We got 11 years - 73k miles and all for £3900 purchase less sale, plus then petrol and consumables - if the Amica is half as good, we will be happy.

2009 Chevrolet Matiz 1.0

Summary:

Under 5k with air con and electric windows; can't go wrong

Faults:

7000 miles of trouble free motoring. I wish I could say that about my previous cars,

General Comments:

For such a cheap priced car, it's an excellent A2B car.

I am 6ft tall, and find the front seats very sturdy, and even on the motorway, I don't get backache. OK, it's not fast, but it gets there and back, and I can trust it for its reliability 100 per cent. The gearbox, steering, in fact everything about the car is just what I need, a to and from no fuss car.

Our other car, a XTR Berlingo, whilst it's a bigger car, and only 2 months old, is no better than my little Matiz. I would have had another Matiz next year, but they have stopped making them, but I will keep to Chevrolet and just hope the reliability continues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2011