2004 Chevrolet Optra 2.0 from North America


First time leasing a brand new car I'm not impressed


Lost heat in the car not long after purchase.

Hand dented front driver side.

Hail dented entire body of car.

Had hood cable malfunction twice.

Had front head lights burn out twice at 63,000 km first time covered by warranty, four months after that burned out again not covered.

Crunching sound when going over a bump.

Car shakes when gearing up.

General Comments:

Loved the price and style of the car, but don't think I want to continue with it after the lease.

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

Review Date: 11th March, 2007

24th May 2007, 10:03

I have the same problems with my Optra5. Its just one thing after another. I feel I have bought junk.

2004 Chevrolet Optra from North America


I definitely do not recommend the Chevy Optra


I'm leasing a 2004 Optra and would strongly warn against purchasing or leasing one. Some of the little problems: little rust spots on the roof, hood and sides, the paint chips extremely easily, one area led to the discovery that the back driver side door was misaligned, the trunk as well, the steering wheel had been put on crooked. I’ve had the headlights replaced within the first year – both burnt out so I couldn’t drive when dark (in winter, that’s most of the time). I've had it recalled for some signal light issue. It had issues with the gear shifting (it’s an automatic) and they had to reprogram something in the computer to fix it. Seems to jerk often if I hover at 51-53km/hr, but the service department can't find it. Every six months it gets very creaky, I take it in they say they fix it, but six months later it's there again and I take it in once more. Yes, it's all under warranty - I actually complained about the car so much and had it in for repairs so often that they extended the warranty to 5 years, a year past when my lease is up. The latest thing that happened was the head gasket going (left stranded with a steaming car), a major thing and very expensive. I believe there are other things, but there’s so many I’ve forgotten a few. Way too much hassle to bother with, even if it is covered by warranty. I’ve had car rentals provided to me at least four times in the past two years while they do repairs.

General Comments:

Terrible car, big hassle with constant repairs. I suggest staying away from an Optra.

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

Review Date: 23rd February, 2007

21st Aug 2007, 16:34

My 2004 OPTRA had to have its transmission replaced! about 2 months ago. Then last week the head gasket blew! That also had to be replaced as well--

Did I say the car's 3 yrs old (NEW!!) AND I've put 80,000KMs on it. Regular oil changes, and semi annual inspections seemed to have not done anything to prevent these issues!

2004 Chevrolet Optra Estate 1.6 from Singapore


Happy with it


Small issue, alarm false triggered once and fixed.

General Comments:

Very good car with big space, quietness, stability, and handling. One word, value for money.

Driving manual, easily achieve 12km/L, with clutch off when cruise, it will be more. So it is quite good FC for a 1.28 tone car.

As some pointed, the one thing unusually is the coollant drop a little bit fast than expected recently. Will have it check up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2006

8th Mar 2009, 23:06

Thanks for the info. I'm going to buy it next month. Are there any suggestions before I buy it?

15th Apr 2009, 09:41

Hi guys I need help. I am in Botswana and I bought Chevrolet Optra, but unfortunately my main keys got lost by the guys at the car wash. Now I do not know the Key Code and the spare key is not programmed. Can someone tell me the region where the chassis no. KLANA196E4H101255 comes from. We have searched everywhere in the GMDAT but we cannot identify the chassis no with any region.

My e-mail address is botsetswe@geoflux.biz