2006 Chevrolet Matiz SE 1.0 litre petrol 4 cylinder from UK and Ireland
Underrated little gem
Just consumables - tyres, rear section of exhaust just replaced recently. Brake pads, 2x rear wheel bearings - the legacy of two awful winters when the Matiz was the only 2wd car round here to get traction and get around in, and front ball joints recently - speedbumps eh!!?? Grrr.
Winter also put paid to a fuel filter that got damaged and leaked due to traversing deep rutted frozen snow.
Must get the cam belt changed soon!!!
Sounds a lot, but this is a hard driven, abused 2nd car that takes kids to school and college - stuff to the tip - seldom washed, serviced or cleaned inside, and it never lets us down. Cost £4k with C/L, A/C (needs a re-gas we have found in recent hot weather) and electric front windows - seats 5 with 5 full seat belts. Had a couple of nudges, so she wears her battle scars, and the rear washer gave up a wee while back, but hey y'know...
All in all, it's a cracking little motor, bought to do a job which it does admirably - and more!! Never complains, and I think we could quite easily keep it up to 100k miles with cheap maintenance costs. The only 2 drags are:
1. Old engine technology has meant a stupidly high road fund tax bracket, hence lowish cost marks for a car of its type.
2. Chevy are being withdrawn from the UK, hence I put no to buying another.
I may pick up a decent 2nd hander when we replace this car - one of the last ones maybe - and would certainly get one for my lad when he passes his test - a great 1st car. All these small Korean city cars (Matiz, Atoz, i10, Spark, Agila, Wagon R and so on) are excellent robust little cars, that are often wrongly overlooked by buyers they would serve well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th July, 2014