2005 Chevrolet Optra LT Wagon 2.0 from North America
Who makes the Opel Astra? Daewoo, that's who!
"Lazy" sensor replaced under warranty.
Replacing the radio is difficult, as the housing is unique to this model, and there are no after market parts.
I leased this car to replace two Buicks, actually.
This car is built by GM-DAT (the fancy name for what GM bought from Daewoo), based on an Opel Astra frame and engine. I didn't know it at the time, but I got myself a rally car.
My priorities were interior space for baby stuff, and either a manual transmission or rear-wheel drive - both would have been nirvana. However, a station wagon with a manual transmission that's not the price of a BMW... ah, close enough.
I really didn't care about handling (O_O), but I was pleasantly surprised. The Kumho tires that were OEM were actually quite grippy. I've taken corners faster than modded Hondas do... and that was with the OEM tires. I've upgraded since then.
This car is easy to speed in. During my test drive, I found myself doing 145 km/h in a 90 km/h zone. *Once you get used to it*, the transmission shifter is quick to shift. Most reviewers who get in, drive for three minutes, get out, and start writing say that the shifter is the worst part of it... It really works well, but you do have to get used to it.
Negatives... try finding any after-market parts for this car. The radio control buttons are in the way. A tank of gasoline lasts only about 500 km, given a 55L tank (but I drive like Danica Patrick on steroids). People ask, "Why didn't you get a real car?" People ask, "Who makes it? Didn't they go belly up a few years ago?"
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 22nd April, 2006
24th Apr 2006, 16:36
Daewoo has nothing to do with the Astra. Daewoo don't make the Astra.
The Astra was designed and it is built by Opel in Germany (exported to Australia as a Holden) and built in UK by Vauxhall.
Daewoo has nothing to do with the Opel Astra. Although, Daewoo is owned by GM.
Your car is nothing more than a Daewoo rebadged as a Chevrolet.
22nd Jun 2006, 15:11
Actually the Daewoo Racer / Pontiac LesMans was nothing, but the old Astra (80's) however less reliable. Daewoo Cielo used as well the Astra platform. As far as I know Nubira & Optra are also using the same defunct technology... It is just the exterior and the interior of the car that look good in the Optra... but mechanics & engine are old technology.
11th Jun 2010, 00:47
GM still owns Opel, and lately bought dying Daewoo motors, so that is plain and simple why they produce outdated Opel models in Korea at the outdated Daewoo factory.