1995 Daewoo Nexia GLX 1.5

Summary:

There are worse wrecks out there

Faults:

Nothing in the year I owned it until the clutch went. This made it uneconomical for repair.

General Comments:

This car was end of life when I bought it. It was a stop gap until I decided what I wanted to invest in.

The air con was deceased, but all else worked fine.

Quite nippy, but I think it would have been better with a bigger lump. Sadly someone had taken to the metallic graphite with something abrasive, so it didn't win any beauty points.

It wasn't particularly good on fuel, but not terrible either.

Very comfortable.

Whilst it was OK for the £300 I paid for it, I think if I'd have had it new, I'd have been a bit disappointed by performance, but then it probably drove a lot better when newer. It had a hard act to follow, as I remember the hype in its original guise as a Vauxhall Astra MK2, which had excellent performance for the era.

I doubt I'd buy another, but then it wasn't a choice purchase to begin with.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th August, 2012

1995 Daewoo Nexia GLXi 1.5

Summary:

Great value for money runabout

Faults:

Rear window motor gone @ 6yrs.

Halfords managed to drop a valve when replacing timing belt @ 4yrs - all sorted under warranty.

Air-con doesn't blow very cold, but uneconomical to recharge/fix.

Driver's seat broke @ 7 yrs (not really it's fault, I'm a very big chap!). There are plently of nexias in scrap yards now - a replacement seat was only £25.

General Comments:

I bought the car when it was just over 3 years old with less than 30,000 miles on it. It had the warranty extended to 5 years.

It's basically a Mk II Astra with an fuel injected Isuzu engine. Apart from the timing belt problem, which was entirely Halfords fault, it hasn't missed a beat in over 4 years. Admittedly, in that time I have only covered some 17,000 miles, but it is used for the short work/nursery run every week day. It never fails to start, even when left for weeks at a time in the winter. I just make sure it gets serviced properly every year and that's about it.

If you want a cheap reliable car packed with extras (electric everything, ABS, airbag, air-con) you'd have a problem to beat a good low mileage Nexia.

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

Review Date: 22nd March, 2003

1995 Daewoo Nexia GLXI 1.5 16v

Summary:

Money Pit

Faults:

Head Gasket went at 60,000 miles, Feb 00.

Rusting of passenger door, not covered under warranty, August 01.

The distributer went, resulting in a £400 bill, Sept 02.

The windscreen wiper linkage decided in the middle of winter that it had done its job and stopped working. (this was after it had wrecked about 6 sets of wiper blades. Cost to repair £90 for second hand linkage arm, Nov 02.

The Petrol sender unit likes to wind you up, one minute full tank of petrol, next empty it really is a guessing game.

The Air con unit sprung a leak in the summer and lost all its gas, never had it fixed as cost was too high for repair and re-gas, from Sept 02 - now.

Engine management light comes on and goes off when traveling on Motorways, however no problem is ever found when put on the Daewoo wonder testing machine. April 02 - now.

The car leaks in the boot through the plastic airbridges on the side of car. Jan 01 - now.

The radiator leaked, which was fixed, now the thermostat has gone so car overheats, oh plus I now have no heat in the car only cold air, Dec 02.

General Comments:

I purchased the car as I loved my old Astra mark 2, I wish I had never bothered.

The car was cheap to buy and now has no resale value at all, it is a money pit.

Daewoo have now sold out, gone bust or whatever and the parts are very hard to find and are very expensive.

I was told that the Nexia was predominantly still Vauxhall parts... wish someone would tell my car and Vauxhall that as nothing seems to fit it or work.

I do have a couple of good remarks about the car, the inside is roomy and light, I love the shape. The car does handle well and will quite happily plod along at slow speeds as well as those faster speeds.

I cannot wait to get rid and buy something better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th January, 2003

1995 Daewoo Nexia GLXi 1.5

Summary:

Reliable, fuel efficient motoring

Faults:

Back windscreen wiper intermittently fails.

Otherwise nil to date.

General Comments:

Came with alloys, power steering, ABS, electric windows and electric sunroof for £3,500.

Driving the car is very easy and it handles well.

Fuel economy and insurance are both very good and I can find no signs of any rust to date.

Local dealer - staff pleasant and competent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2001

1995 Daewoo Nexia Gli 1.5 petrol

Faults:

It's now an older car and one or two not unexpected things have needed attention. However the exhaust manifold gasket is particularly prone to excess corrosion due to overheating.

There is a particular problem, one which prompts me to write..Inherited from Vauxhall (Nexia came from the Astra), the ignition switch is likely to burn out..when it does smoke will appear to billow from the dash, very scary if you don't know immediately what it is!!

General Comments:

My dealer told me (inadvertently) that this is an inherent problem with the starter unit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

29th Dec 2000, 14:54

After 48,000 miles the head gasket went. Had problems getting hold of an Daewoo head gasket. I found out that a Vauxhall Astra cylinder head gasket fitted the same.

Having fitted the gasket to the engine I noticed the cam was running dry on 1 and 2 valves. Having stripped and unblocked the cam and refitted the engine, it ran a little rough to say the least. The fault was found by disconnecting the injector cables one at a time. This produced no difference in the running, the fault was then traced to 2 spark plugs. Having changed the plugs the engine now runs like a new engine again.