1996 Daewoo Cielo GLX 1.5 from Sri Lanka


It's a superb vehicle


There was a water hose that gave way, that's it.

General Comments:

It's a great car of it's standard.

Very smooth on high speeds.

Picks-up very fast 0-60km in 5 seconds.

I have used it for drag racing and it out beats most of the other makes of the same engine capacity.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2004

1996 Daewoo Cielo LX from Korea


Good value for my money at least


No serious problems so far. Regular preventive maintenance is done, oil changes are done every 3 months, transmission fluid changed once a year. No engine problems. Normal wear and tear on the brake pads and shoes.

General Comments:

*One problem, parts availability. I'm in Korea and can't find the plastic shift indicator: the long thin piece of clear plastic with the letters:

P R N D 1 2

If you have a source, I need to buy one please. The small light that lights up the shifter at night came loose and melted the shifter letters.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2004

23rd Jun 2004, 11:49

You live in the same country as where the car was built and you can't find parts?

21st Sep 2006, 01:40

If you can't find it in Korea... forget about it!!

Look in some junk shops in India.. You will find what you want.

1996 Daewoo Cielo GLX 1.5 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Value for money


The doors have hinges that are welded - bolted on like most cars. Consequently the most used i.e. the drivers door is misaligned. In any other car, this would be just a simple process of loosening the hinge bolts and realigning the door. This car with its misaligned door will remain as it is, as I cannot see any method to correct it.

The electric window on the drivers side stopped working a few weeks after I got it & the window although fixed, is still problematic.

The positive ventilation valve hose when I got it decomposed.

General Comments:

The car I bought was second hand & cost $5.000. For the money, I could not get any thing else that came close to the Kilometers & age.

For a small car, the interior is roomy, with loads of appointments.

It will run on the smell of an oil rag.

The paintwork and rubber seals are excellent.

It is rock solid on the steering at cruising, although fifth gear is a little sticky to engage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2004

1996 Daewoo Cielo GL 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand


A gorgeous disguise. A hassle on it's way


1. Brakes make a grinding nose when applied.

2. Breather hose needed replacing twice.

3. Transmission gears started slipping.

4. The panels weren't put together very well, doors grinding, hatchback grinding against metal etc.

5. Rear wheels screech.

7. Radio struggles to pick up signal.

8. A lot of vibration in the interior.

9. Seats weren't manufactured correctly, they aren't stable.

10. Rear suspension poor.

11. Brakes need force to apply, doesn't stop quick enough.

General Comments:

This car is not bad for someone who doesn't want to spend much, but doesn't want to be too behind on looks. It looks great and handles O.K. However, I wouldn't buy another one. My version didn't come with power steering which made life worse.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th December, 2003

1996 Daewoo Cielo GLE AC 1.5 petrol from Romania


Buy it without any doubt


At 210 000 a circle from the left rear spring has cracked, also the fuel pump died, but because it is a remake after Kadett (a GM car), I found it very easy in Greece, where this happened. Also during these 7 years in witch I used very frequently, my radiator cracked at approximately 120 000 km.

General Comments:

At this age and kilometers the car has 99.9 % original parts. The motor is untouched ; I cleaned the injectors at 150 000 kilometers. I never had a serious problem with it. I even have the original freon (in the air conditioning system). It is a very good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2003

1996 Daewoo Cielo GL 1.5 Single OHC from Australia and New Zealand


A car designed to be thrown away after 100,000 km's


Power Steering Leak on Delivery.

Broken Drivers Seat 1 week after delivery.

Safety Belt Lock problem rectified on recall by manufacturer.

Windscreen cracked near base cause unknown 25000 km's.

Irregular coolant loss from about 45000 km's.

Breather hose to top of cam cover replaced 50,000 km's.

Drivers side door window winder 80000 km's.

Clutch replaced 85,000 km's.

Head Gasket at 90,000 km's.

Left hand passenger door mirror.

Drivers seat fails again at 100,000 km's.

Windscreen cracks centre top to mirror and is replaced again.

Breather hose to cam cover replaced again 110,000 kms.

LH front CV Boot replaced 110,000 kms.

Muffler replaced 150,000 km's.

RH CV Boot failed 160,000 km's.

Oil Pump and Main Engine bearing fails 160,000 km's.

General Comments:

This car was the 4 door version of the Daewoo GL.

Generally it ran well and had enough power for most situations.

The build quality of the car I purchased was poor with leaking power steering lines and a manufacuring defect in the driver's seat. Panels were poorly aligned.

This car was purchased just prior to Daewoo introducing the 3 year Freecare program consequently services were paid for and in some cases not performed by a Daewoo dealer.

This car was relatively economical for fuel, but became too expensive due to the extremely high cost of replacement parts.

For example the retail mark up on a genuine Daewoo CV boot compared to the same part provided by an automotive parts chain is in excess of 300%

The quotes to rebuild the engine start at $2700. The Daewoo is heading to the wreckers after 7 years.

Daewoo makes home maintenance difficult by refusing to provide workshop manuals and prohibitive maintenance costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st July, 2003

26th Nov 2003, 15:15

Sell the car if you don't like it.you have too many problems with it

21st Mar 2004, 22:37

I've had pretty much all those problems with my '96 Cielo as well, and it's only done around 85,000km's. Including the water pump and fuel line just recently. The whole exhaust needs to be replaced as well.