20th Jan 2009, 21:16
The 2.0l version not only has high fuel consumption, which is hardly surprising in a petrol vehicle is this size, but it's high CO2 output means it has a high vehicle road tax band in the UK and will be hit very hard by the forthcoming increases planned for 2010/11. The 1.6 l version is only a little better but will escape the really high UK road tax.
19th Jul 2011, 13:58
Further to the above, had the car a while, but it was hard to live with; sold it, and would never recommend one.
I like odd cars, but this was a step too far; dreadful Daewoo design and dynamics with 80s tech and economy, dozens of design faults like a 5'4" height opening bootlid, which nearly knocked me out twice, and general unpleasantness throughout.
Any possible benefit you may think this car brings, is outweighed by three times more negatives, and even when being kind to it, you have to admit the only reason to consider one was the purchase price.
The 20s mpg, £435pa tax, high insurance group and 40,000 mile cambelt change costs soon outweigh the purchase price, leaving you owning a poor car, which costs the same or more to own than a much better car.
Even an LPG conversion does not alter this; factor in the even lower mpg on gas, having to travel to get gas, having to service the system and the complexities tracing a running fault - plus losing the boot space.
I saw a mint 2008 6,000 mile 2.0 CDX auto Tacuma sell on ebay for £1123. Even this is too much. Trust me.
I disliked the car within days, endured it for a while and sold it at a huge loss - I did not beat the system as per previous comment.
23rd Jul 2018, 18:52
The Tacuma's engine and gearbox are very reliable. The body is well made and very well protected against rust, and it has lots of options. What do you want man? A Jaguar in disguise? For the price, the Tacuma is great.
If you are rich and spoiled, buy an expensive car!!
24th Jul 2018, 18:22
And yet another interpretation of your comment, and perhaps shared by many others is... You can only expect what you paid for. What starting price in your mind is necessary for quality? Perhaps I am spoiled, but this car's price range goes from 25k up into 30k. In this modern era, automobile quality should be achievable without massive wealth or being spoiled. If I order a new 2019, some exacting standards of quality should be present for all classes of new buyers. My two cents.