2002 Daewoo Matiz Reviews from UK and Ireland

2002 Daewoo Matiz SE+ 0.8

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles

Summary:

I LOVE this car!

Faults:

I really haven't had any, except:

Clutch cable snapped.

Engine check light comes on inexplicably (apparently a common fault with the Matiz).

Cambelt broke at 60,000 miles.

General Comments:

This was my second car, and what a trouper she has been! Very nippy and compact, yet surprisingly roomy inside. The small engine means it does take a few seconds extra to gather speed, but I've been up and down the country literally hundreds of times in all weathers, and mine has never once conked out, and I don't make rest stops!

What I like about this car:

VERY economical, 5 door, good steering lock, nice-looking, exceptionally easy and fun to drive, cheap insurance... and most importantly, faultlessly reliable. Yes, the cambelt failed, but it did so on a dual carriageway, and not only did it still get me home - it drove to the garage the next day! I was later told this was pure luck, but still!!

This is only my experience of the Matiz and I'm no car expert. I do have to say I love this one because it is so comparatively cheap and took a real beating at times, yet mine never let me down or lost her looks. What more could you ask of a car?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2010

2002 Daewoo Matiz SE+ 0.8

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 0.8 Don't Know
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles

Summary:

Nice and cheap, but don't bother with Daewoo dealer for servicing as its so mechanically simple

Faults:

Clutch cable snapped when pulling off at roundabout.

CD Player (Sony) stopped working.

Daewoo Dealer servicing is expensive and so are parts e.g. I broke the rear right-hand light cluster and the replacement was over £100 UK.

General Comments:

Very reliable except the previously mentioned problem. Comfortable for the size with electric windows, sunroof etc. With the seats folded a visit to IKEA is even possible!. Very good on fuel, I average about 45MPG.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2006

2002 Daewoo Matiz EZ+ 0.8

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired1100 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles

Summary:

Brilliant first car, nippy and easy to drive!

Faults:

Nothing :)

General Comments:

This was my first car and I think it's a fantastic first buy. Its economical both to buy and to run. I travel 260 miles a week on £24 worth of petrol - Bargain! Because it is so economical, I have a much newer and smarter car than all my friends - very important obviously!

Its brilliant in the towns - zippy, quick and easy to handle. However, it doesn't deserve the bad press about not being a motorway car, mine zips up the M4 at 75/80 mph most days.

For the price you pay you don't expect so many extras - a CD player (another huge plus for me!) reversing sensors etc. The engine is a little louder on the motorways, but the excellent CD player covers that!!

Although originally I didn't like the shape of the car (being told it looked like a rollerskate or a shopping trolley!) I actually think it's a very neat, compact design. The height of the car and the space between the driver and the windscreen makes the car seem to much bigger than it is.

The fact its so small means you can street park anywhere! the amount of times I have parked in a tiny space is unreal.

The boot is 'compact' or small, but I regularly fit two saddles and sets of horse tack in it and it copes.

The one thing that I had to purchase was blind spot mirrors as the mirrors have the worst blind spots when motorway/carriage way driving - you can't see the car beside you when if you pull out you'll drive into it! Having said that, its not too much to ask is it?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2006

2002 Daewoo Matiz SE 850

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 850 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Get what you pay for

Faults:

An injector went early on.

It needed a gearbox overhaul.

It needed a new back box.

Breaks needed some work.

General Comments:

The car has had its faults, but the faults listed were attended to by the dealer through the warranty apart from the brakes.

However the car has never let me down IE. broke down, left me stranded, always starts first time.

Passenger and driving space good for two adults and two children.

Boot space limited.

Three years servicing,three years warranty, three years breakdown cover, for a brand new car under £6000.

Not a motorway car for journeys although quite able for 850cc three cylinder motor car.

Get around 45mpg no matter what speed or where I drive.

Poor trade return.

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

Review Date: 7th January, 2006

2002 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8 petrol

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 0.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Corsa

Summary:

Brilliant little car

Faults:

No faults.

General Comments:

Great little city car. 50 mpg+, zippy performance (in town), well built, fun to drive and reliable. And above all, cheap to buy.

The Italdesign styling still looks fresh, and there's remarkable space inside considering the tiny dimensions. The little three cylinder engine is willing and revvy, and although it struggles a bit on open roads, provides plenty of zip off the lights and for squirting around town.

Faultlessly reliable so far (unlike our previous dog of a Vauxhall Corsa) and far nicer and more entertaining to drive. Better handling and riding than the Corsa too.

For the price, and used as intended, the Matiz is a very difficult car to fault. I'd have another tomorrow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2005

2002 Daewoo Matiz SE 796

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 796 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired4500 miles
Most recent distance5000 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

Practical fun more like a pet

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Performs better on motorways than most road tests would have you believe. More comfortable than I had expected and is a very practical small car. Although I have only had the vehicle a short time the quality of build looks good for a budget car. The Matiz has personality and insinuates itself into your affections. I run a Ford Focus for work, a great car, but I love the Matiz more!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2004

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 6 reviews