5th Jul 2006, 18:20

This is completely true! There is always a probability that a car will turn bad (a friend of mine bought a brand new Land Rover Discovery and about a month later the engine broke down).

I also know a few people that own the Optra, and they claim it is a fairly good and reliable car.

27th Nov 2006, 19:06

I purchased an Optra XL and have had it a year now. I have had the brake lights go out, cruise switch broke, the stereo replaced twice, the heater knob replaced, the belt and pulley broke off the motor after a tune up, and now the electrical/all lights go off three times while driving--problem still exists. and a certain solenoid clams up for some reason or the other if it gets cold.

Other that that I really like the car, rides good hugs the corners well, comfortable, lots of room. very nice car.

And many speeding tickets later. oh no!!

21st Nov 2007, 02:14

My Boyfriend has a 2005 chevy optra. He loves how the car handles, its safe, cheap on gas, and quick to accelerate.

However, he has had numerous problems with the engine, steering column, interior lights, and the list goes on and on. Thank goodness its still under warranty, as the amount of repairs have been ridiculous!

Overall, a nice car though.

21st Nov 2007, 21:15

To the posters of 27 Nov '06 and 21 Nov '07, the Optra must be quite a car if you still like it despite having all the problems and issues you've had.

Either that or you are on GM Chevy's payola.

16th Jun 2008, 17:28

I own a 2005 chev optra with 119,000 kms on it. I've never had any serious problems with it since I bought it. All I've done to it was a new radiator due to leaking transmission cooler, brakes front and rear, and struts on rear. Never any engine or electrical problems.

29th Jun 2008, 13:57


I am looking for a good car in mid range. I could get Optra 1.8 mint colour. I am not in a position to decide which is best one. Here in UAE toyota is best selling car. I am confused. Any optra users can answer me.

3rd Sep 2009, 18:11

My husband and I drive a Chevrolet Optra 2005. We love how the car handles and even had someone run into the back of the car at 90 kph and didn't even get a scratch! It's a great car however, when the timing belt broke it led to intake and exhaust valve changes, gasket changes etc! I'm having trouble getting the parts though could you guys post a couple of links to help me out?

11th Jan 2010, 02:46

I have a Optra 2006 model - no doubt the car is good, but the service is very very poor, this has been taken to the higher authorities several times, and till now no use, and the same happens each time, the vehicle is serviced. I even wrote to GM Middle East to see if they can improve; they simply referred me to the local dealer again and sat quiet. I'm fed up with their service, and now I am buying a car of another brand whose service locally is good - I hope someone from GM reads this and takes some serious steps - I can produce all details, contact me at maklu@rediffmail.com

21st Apr 2010, 13:01

I don't have one yet, but looking at a 2005 Optra 5 door, looks like it's in good condition. However, the car I have is a lemon and I'm now scared of purchasing one that old. Reading the reviews here makes me nervous to get this one based solely on the repair comments. I understand that you need to expect at least one thousand a year on used car repairs to maintain. Is there always something to fix, or just the luck of the draw that the same people always have something wrong?

23rd May 2010, 07:45

Hi all, I have my 2006 Chevrolet Optra.

Overall I would say the car is in impressive condition to date, though I already changed the compressor just last week with the same brand, and changed the front shock absorbers.

But overall I love the car. It's been 4 years now. No major repairs done. Just a routine check-up of the brakes. Change the oil periodically.

Yeah of course I changed already all the tyres after 4 long years... Hope this will help.

21st Mar 2011, 15:38

I have a 2005 Chevy Optra. It is at 148,000 km, and is in for the second serious repair in 2 years. I am replacing the engine in it now to deal with the 3 current issues.

I drive my car very nicely, and have it serviced regularly, and my oil changes are in line with what the recommended specifications are.

I am pretty disappointed at having to switch this engine out so early. Even though the engine is priced well, this is not inspiring confidence in the performance of the new unit. I like my car enough not to throw it away, but it is close to making me consider that option.

9th Nov 2011, 08:51

Hi. I have Chevrolet Optra 2005. I have a problem with the engine, because I already changed the spark plug cable and oxygen sensor, but still the engine is running no good, and the engine warning is still on. I want to ask you how can I fix the problem? Thank you.

6th Dec 2011, 11:10

About your engine running poorly. It could be as simple as your gas cap, believe it or not. I constantly had my "check engine" light coming on, and my mechanic changed the gas cap, and "poof", problem solved. Worth a try anyway.