Daewoo Matiz Reviews from Venezuela

2000 Daewoo Matiz SE .8

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission .8 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Small, fun and economic

Faults:

The rear drums were rectified at 75.000 kms.

I changed the rear socks at 85.000 kms.

I changed the water pump at 92.000 Kms. After I changed the gearbox oil, the second gear became a little hard from 3rd gear. The polycarbonate headlights with constant sunlight exposure gets opaque.

General Comments:

It's a great car, even if my wife is who drive it. With 92.000 kms on it, it has the original tires and brakes. The filters and spare parts are reasonably cheap. Even if the engine it's small it's a fun car to go in the city or to travel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2003

2000 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8 petrol

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 0.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired250 kilometres
Most recent distance49000 kilometres

Summary:

The Atomic Flea

Faults:

None. So far no problems.

General Comments:

This is my first car. I have to drive everyday about 30 kilometers to college and in all this time the car has been perfect.

I never took it to the dealership because I don't trust them to care about my car. And because I never need it to.

I have to say this is a great car. It handles very well for an 800cc engine.

I have added platinum spark plugs and a set of 8mm spark plug wires.

I'm planing to add an K&N air filter and a 2.25inch exhaust, so it could run a little better.

By the way, my car is the smallest in my group of friends, and the mess with me because my car has the less horsepower. But me and my car can beat'em in Caracas traffic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2002

2000 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.796

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 0.796 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres
Previous carIsuzu Trooper

Summary:

An economical comfy car

Faults:

Battery went dead at 28000kms.

Interior light never worked until recently.

Brake pads worn at 25000kms. Dealer replaced.

Dealer were very un-polite in every service my car had and I usually notice very bad quality service. Thank god not much has gone wrong with my matiz :)!!

General Comments:

OK I have to admit that at first I didn't like the matiz cause I use to own an suv, but my parents had to sell it because they needed some quick cash. But after a while a decided I ought to make the best of my car and it started to grow on me. I started to appreciate how good this car is.

Now I can say that the matiz is super economical on gas; it seems you can go on forever and the gauge will barely move.

The interior is very big for such a small car. I have managed to easily fit 5 adult sized people in it and in an emergency you can get a couple more.

On long trips its OK, but can get kinda bumpy on bad roads.

Its handling is very unstable due to its tall and narrow shape.

All in all the matiz is very comfy and easy to drive, but in my opinion it really takes a long time to accelerate even though it eventually reaches 100mph. That's why I decided to see how fast I could make my matiz so I did a couple of tune ups including exhaust, headers, k&n filter, nitto tires, lowered suspension, Bosch spark plugs, spark cables, and a couple more that escape me at the moment.

After all that I have managed yo get it up to 120mph and bettered its 0-60 time from 17 seconds down to 11 seconds!!! no joke!

And the handling now is awesome, I never imagined I could get that car to handle so well.

I love the matiz mainly for its reliability, comfort and its economic value, but I wouldn't by another daewoo due to the dealer service which is awful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th August, 2002

2000 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance4500 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Excellent value for your money

Faults:

Nothing at all.

General Comments:

Very reliable little car. Not expensive but well built. The inside space gives a feeling like driving a bigger car. Excellent as a city car, but also good enough on highways, allowing average speeds of 120 km/h.

The rear suspension seems to me a little bumpy on irregular roads, but generally the suspension is very good for this size of a car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2000

29th May 2007, 05:28

I believe the aerial base unscrews from the aerial, not the other way around. access via behind the interior light.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 4 reviews