1996 Daewoo Cielo GL 3 door hatch 1.5L petrol SOHC fuel injected from Australia and New Zealand
A cheap and cheerful little car which is still a pleasure to own
Exhaust valves leaking on cylinders 3 and 4 at 126,000 km.
Exhaust valve guide number 4 cylinder very badly worn. replaced at 326,000 km.
Weld failed on clutch lever where it attaches to the shaft, which actuates the clutch fork/release bearing within the bell-housing (latter occurred at 357,000 km).
Certainly not a luxury car, being very much built to a low price.
Fuel economy is good and it generally does 100 km on 6 litres of petrol. Drops to 7 litres per 100km when towing a heavy trailer.
The car has only let me down once and that was when the weld failed on the clutch lever.
When I bought the car in 2001, I certainly didn't expect to be still driving it in 2017. As an ex-mechanic, I do all the repairs and servicing, and all servicing is done on or before the recommended intervals. Not using or losing any oil at all between changes. I won't be at all surprised to achieve 500,000 km on the original engine. Definitely the most reliable car I've ever owned. Quite easy to service and maintain.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th May, 2017