I'm Thailand who was asking in the previous post.
Thank you very much for the original poster valuable comments.
If I bought the car, I would drive it about 20 km. everyday for going to the office.
I will consider it hard and share this information of yours with my friends in Thailand (in many auto forum).
I hope that it will get improved by the Chinese engineer later or as when its the minor change, full model change come out.
I believe every manufacturer wants their car to have a good quality, and Chery needs to learn it for a couples of years to improve QQ quality. Anyway the looks of QQ is very good every time I look its pictures, but the quality issue we have to wait and see again later years or for the redesigned model.
I just bought a 2007 Chery QQ with the 800cc engine. It doesn't have power windows nor rear wiper.
I haven't seen the USB connector some of you mention, where is it supposed to be?
Car came with the manual, 5 speed transmission.
After the first 300km, front shocks began to sound like if they were 50,000km old! And there was a loud hum while taking curves, like if the front bearings were worn. This was all fixed at the 1000km service at the dealer, but now the dash rattles to a point that a piece on cardboard had to be inserted to get rid of it.
The transmission hums too, specially in 3rd gear, but they said it's because of the gear design, go figure!
The engine also hums like of the timing belt is too tight. Just this week it also began to lose power and hesitate when you shift from 1st to 2nd. Engine is useless with the A/C on.
Fuel consumption is terrible! After 2 tankfuls (7US gallons) it only gets 260KM before the low fuel light goes on! (no idea how much fuel is left when this happens). It feels like worse performance than the 6 cyl, auto trans Toyota Crown I used to drive! (and the Chery just has 25% of the power of the Crown).
I didn't buy a new car to have to take it to the dealer every week, so I will wait until the next service, at 5000KM, hoping everything will be foxed then.
Recommendations: don't buy this thing if you had driven anything else before. It's just a car for beginners that will not have nothing to compare with, but walking or riding Buses or Taxi Cabs.
I bought a Indian-made Suzuki Alto for my wife the same week and the Suzuki is a far better product, but has no legroom (I'm 6 feet tall) and that was the main reason I went for the Chery. Now I'm stuck in a 60 month loan with a car I'm not happy with!
I'm the original poster.
The car now has 25000 kms on it. I stopped driving it regularly for about 1.5 years now as I bought a Speranza 516. You can read my review in this site also.
The car now is with my wife, who drives it about 7 kms per day as we live and she works in 6 ocrober.
The following happened with the car.
1- The transmission was replaced by the dealer at no cost, it is now very much smoother.
2- The car started drinking fuel and a strong gas smell in the cabin. After some research, we found that the fuel pump got cracked and started leaking fuel under the rear seats. This is very strange as no one sits in the rear seats and the dealer insisted it was our fault. We ended up paying 800 pounds for a new pump. This is more expensive than my Speranza.
3- The car electrics had a fault and fried my cassette, I bought a new one on my expense.
I still don't regret buying the car because the next auto car at the time was Picanto at 15,000 pounds more. But I would never allow my wife to drive this car more than the 7 kms from and to her work.
This car is just totally unsafe. It should never be driven at more than 60-70 kms per hour. Even though it handled very well upto 130kms per hour, but believe me you will not survive a crash at this speed.
I'll probably replace it next year with another car, after my wife learns to drive better in it.
Hi! I am Onnie from the philippines, Chery QQ is now launched here and you will notice a lot of people looks very interested with the car. Do you think QQ car is suitable with high temperature (31-34 D) and rough roads.
Great input and feedback on these great city vehicle.
My right signal lamp burnt out. I wanted to change it but found it very difficult, or I still haven't found how to do so as in my previous cars. I'd hate to have to take it to the shop for such a "simple" procedure... still, I have no idea how to change it. What would you guys suggest?
Thanks in advance.
From Guatemala, Central America.
I'm the original poster.
Just want to tell you that the automatic gearbox failed again for the 3rd time.
If you want to buy this car, don't buy the automatic version, you'll regret it.
I'm definitely going to sell this car soon.
I'm the one who posted my opinions a year ago.
So far, the fuel consumption is better, now I'm getting almost 20km/litre, on the highway, on relatively long trips (450KM).
The service at the dealer is terrible! They don't trust the car, and any simple repair takes forever! In the middle of one of the trips, the flexible exhaust tube that connects from the manifold to the catalyst broke, making a very annoying noise. I took it to the dealer to get the part replaced under warranty. They didn't have the part on stock and it took them 3 weeks to figure out how to adapt a flexible from another car. Car has now close to 15,000km, and overall still runs great, both in city and on highways. I can go at a steady 120km/h without felling unsafe. Again, the problem is with the service center.
While changing a tire, right after the 1000km service, I broke one of the wheel lugs (maybe it was overtightened by them or even misthreaded) and since then, I'm running that wheel with 3 lugs, THEY DIDN'T HAD THE PART THEN, THEY STILL DON'T HAVE IT!!
Maybe I can find the lug somewhere else, and fix it myself, but replacing the lug is a little bit complicated (it involves removing/loosening the strut, removing the shaft, mess with the alignment, dismantling the brake disc, and some other stuff) and since the car is still under warranty, I don't feel like doing it...
So, If you are certain that your dealer is going to provide you with prompt and dependable service, go ahead and buy one, I just love driving the little thing...
I am driving a new Cherry QQ with manual gear and no frills. I have run it over 2200 km up until now. The first service is due after 2500 Km. I have had little problems with the car as yet. The rubber cover on the hand brake became loose, which I fixed with glue myself. The radiator cap was leaking and the dealer fixed it by putting a rubber seal around it. That is about all!
The car does about 15 km per liter in the jammed traffic of Dhaka city. I drove it to my town home 300 km away. Then I drove it to my village home over rough roads. It didn't give any trouble at all. The fuel consumption was about 20kpl on the highway.
All in all, it is an inexpensive way to get around. Do not expect luxury for the price of a Japanese motor bike! Use it as a basic car to get around the town and country.
Besides, you will get what you pay for. QQ.8 liter gives you what it promises. It is a very good value for money.