2004 Chevrolet Optra LT 1.8 from Malaysia


A new breed growing well in Malaysia


Cup Holder clip broke on the first day. (Rectified and replaced).

Whining Sound from engine. (Bearing replaced).

Wind noise at 110km/hour. (Paned re-glued and rectified).

Air Conditioned compressor sound when pressed the accelerator. (Still awaiting parts to be replaced).

Tyre Noise. (Not under warranty).Therefore I have to resource other 'silence type' tyre by myself.

General Comments:

This car comes with Full Time Traction Control. It controls handling very well. Even a suspension was tuned nicely just like Lotus handling.

Cabin is seriously nice until those who sat in my car felt like it has no Korean car feeling. Legroom is spacious for front and back.

The engine derived from Holden.Rough, but tough. Somehow rather the engine timing has been advanced. Add some X1-R will soften the engine noise. Be careful with the type of fuel used for the engine. Lower fuel quality caused the engine to knock.Means, be careful with the petrol station you used. They may add some substance and it will reduce the fuel quality. OR buy octane booster.

Agent: No comment.

MAIN COMMENT:Dealer need to justify the promotion.'Quiet' car. A brochure shows the car in the philharmonic hall is not quite right. I can feel wind noise at 100km/h and tyre noise need to be rectified.

Customer: Technical knowledge needed. With the knowledge you will know how good is this car. I learned myself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2005

25th Nov 2005, 09:51

Hi, what is that X1-R you are talking about, can you provide more info of website.



Please email me.


23rd Jan 2006, 18:01

XR-1 is a oil additive that is supposed to reduce the friction in your engines moving parts, thus improving performance by abit and also reducing noise. shud be able to find it at most motor accessories shops.

2004 Chevrolet Optra 1.8 A from Malaysia


Value for money if you don't mind the fuel consumption


Timing belt snapped at 6000 due to loose belt guide inside the engine. Fortunately covered by warranty. Engine head, valves, belt & other associated parts had to be replaced.

General Comments:

Solid built, attractive body design & lots of spec thrown in (dual airbags, leather seats, ABS on 4 wheels, CD changer with MP3 capability, etc). However fuel consumption is very high; can only do 8 km/Ltr. (NB: Brochure stated 10 Km /Ltr which is not true).

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

Review Date: 27th August, 2005

1st Sep 2007, 09:49

Right about consumption!! You are lucky anyway, I consume 1l for 5km!!!

19th Feb 2010, 12:19

I go 330-400 km,

Depends how I am driving.

2004 Chevrolet Optra LT 1.8 from Malaysia


Wonderful car, worth the money spent


Battery failed after two weeks.

Throttle position valve misfunction, as the result, car sometimes jerks when shift from R to D.

Interior color is light, easy to get dirty.

Annoying tickling noise coming from inside the door panel of driver side.

Most probably due to some loose nuts or bolts.

Bad after sales service, they don't know much of the car. Also car manual not updated, some of the things mentioned different from actual.

General Comments:

Nice to drive and comfort.

Superior handling capabilities.

Good over-taking speed, excellent pick-up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2005

26th Jul 2005, 20:13

I'm sorry of what you had to go through. But I won't agree with that the car is lousy. Mine is fine and so so many others. You just had some small minor problems and the root cause of your main problem is bad after sales service. I do hope somebody could notify HICOM about this.

2004 Chevrolet Optra LT 1.8 from Malaysia


Solidly built for those who think of safety for the family


The auto transmission jerks sometimes when swifting from N to D. Wind coming through the driver side window when the car is traveling above 110KM.

Only one remote control key. Spare key is without remote control. Even my old Citroen's spare key come with remote control.

General Comments:

Fuel consumption higher than what it was stated in the brochure. Currently I am getting about 7km to a liter compared to 10km to a liter stated in the brochure.

Handling is perfect, ride is comfortable. Very stable when travelling above 120KM/hr. Lots of leg and luggage space.

Very good audio system (Blaupunk) with 6 speakers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2005

21st Mar 2005, 18:23

Actually fuel consumption stated 10liter per kilometer in the brochure states for highway. I own a Optra 1.8 too, I get 7 to 8 liters per 100 kilometers on city roads and 10 to 11 liters per 100 kilometers on highway, keeping in mine the r.p.m was in the 2000 to 3000 range. Jerking from N to D is setback for this vehicle, it occurs sometime. Few other setbacks leather seats are sort of brown color easy to get dirty. Alarm system is just a basic one, could have been better. Rest is really wonderful for this car, good buy.