2000 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.3 petrol
Fun + reliable in a cheap package
I stuck it in a wall while attempting to handbrake turn into a parking spot.
This happened at 20 - 25 MPH and caused the following damage:
Control cable to headlights severed.
Front bumper damaged, front right wing destroyed. Right headlight destroyed.
Replacement parts less than €200. Engine never stopped running.
Other than that, the airbag has never worked, thankfully. The selector knob for the cabin heater broke, but was easily repaired with a bit of duct tape and some superglue.
This car is unbelievably reliable. I have never had a single days trouble that wasn't directly caused by me driving into something.
Small engine gives a lot versus similar cars - Polo - Fiesta - Clio - Civic - Corolla.
Biggish boot compared to same.
This car is immense fun on the slightest of wet days or on any form of gravel strewn corner.
You'd swear you were in a Skyline the way this thing slides around corners.
Slightly let down by its garish looks and awful silver paintwork.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th March, 2010