1995 Daewoo Cielo 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand


Never again will I spend my money on another car from this manufacturer


New battery, head gasket blown, rusty wipers, noisy dashboard, another starter motor.

Water heater leaked, so now I have no heating as it costs another 600 to fix.

Loose hoses; had to stick sticky tape to hold them in place.

Paint fading, ignition lead replaced, poor seats falling apart.

Bonnet holding screw has fallen off; had to replace it or otherwise face danger of the bonnet flying into my or other peoples windscreen.

Oil pressure switch replaced as it was leaking oil, plus many other parts which I don't even want to look at the invoice, as it's usually about $400 mark.

First I thought my mechanic was taking me for a ride to get more cash out of me, but after reading on Internet, I see what the problem is.

As of now the car is heating up more than usual, because I don't know whether it's the temperature switch or the cooling fan that is broken.

General Comments:

I'll be worried just before I do go to bed whether the car is going to break down, and how much more do I have to spend on it as usual, in the hope that I won't have to take it to a mechanic.

I've had a few cars, and this is the worst car I ever purchased in my life. I just wish I'd read all the comments on this site before I bought the car, so this is why I am making an extra effort to document my experience with this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th November, 2008

6th Nov 2009, 02:48

You bought a second hand Daewoo Cielo, so it's not your or the car`s fault. The previous owner should have taken good care of it, or he must have sold you at that time when car was really behaving weird, that's why he sold it to you. Otherwise this is great sedan in its class, & the best car of that era.

2nd Jan 2013, 08:20

I agree with him. You bought a second hand car and the previous owner did not take care of the car. I recently bought the same car, and had the same problem. Had to overhaul the engine because the car have not been looked after. Other than that, I am well pleased with the car. You can get the best brand in cars and it can still give you loads of problems if it is not looked after. Good luck.

1995 Daewoo Cielo 1.5i 1.5 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Great car with junk components


Everything! Bent front stub axle, CV joints, wheel bearings, clutch, brake cylinders (master and slave) and they are still squishy, 2 timing belts, distributor recondition, exhaust rusted out completely. I think that is all, but it's been in and out of the garage so many times I have lost track of repairs.

It has cost me a fortune to keep it on the road. However it hasn't broken down in the last 18months, so perhaps that's a good sign.

General Comments:

When I first bought the car I was in high school and treated it like gold, never driving it hard nor thrashing around.

After 2 years of constant repair I became frustrated and started to give it hell on the roundabouts and corners, and it really surprised me how well it handles! The suspension is the only thing that hasn't failed. It takes corners very, especially sliding sideways on roundabouts like a true rally car. Note this was after the CV joints were replaced, and before the new wheel bearings.

The clutch is very tight which makes for quick gear changes.

Very spacious in the hatch. I have fit my mates 14.6ft inflatable boat folded up with floorboards and 30hp outboard motor in the back.

Great economy around town and on the highway.

Fastest speed I have reached is 145km/hr, but I’ve never held the accelerator flat.

The last year and a half the car hasn't caused me any troubles, but before that it was an absolute nightmare.

The Koreans have built a great car, but then ruined it by filling it with poor components.

I am not sure if my car is a Cielo or a Racer. The badging says 1.5i and i always thought it was a Cielo, however a dealer advised me that it is actually a Racer when he replaced a side indicator light. Can anyone provide some insight as to what I really have? It has been a mystery for quite a while now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd June, 2005

27th Oct 2005, 16:58

You have a Daewoo 1.5i. 1.5i is actually the model name for the first Daewoo in Australia.

20th Nov 2005, 19:01

I must say I haven't had much problems with my car being a cielo 1997 GL 1.5 Hatch except the fact I had to replace the head gasket :' (. I quite like the comment about the racer because I would have to agree with you on that one.