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.

1996 Daewoo Cielo GLX 1.5 DOHC from Trinidad and Tobago


It is reliable, but has defects and costly to maintain


1. Serious problem with the radiator overflow bottle spilling over. The dealer cannot solve the problem after taking the car back on three occasions. Automobile Services Limited, San Fernando, Trinidad.

2. The Dealer offers very poor service for this vehicle and do not sell Daewoo vehicles anymore.

3. The parts and labour on this vehicle are very high and parts are very hard to get.

4. The braking system, the electronics and the front suspension system give a lot of trouble now.

5. The air conditioning system while in use consumes a lot of petrol.

6. The transmission makes a very loud noise and in some cases slips.

7. The vehicle cannot be cambered

8. The water pump goes very quickly and it is very hard to get.

9. The vehicle losses power very often and the firm cannot solve the problem.

10. The vehicle is very hard to work on and very few people have the skills to do so even at the firm.

General Comments:

I have owned this vehicle brand new, it is reliable and comfortable, but the above problems are costing me dearly. To part with it now would mean losing a lot of money as it has a poor resale value over here. I am looking for any suggestions or ideas that anyone may have. Thanks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th August, 2002

12th Oct 2002, 21:30

Get rid of it. Sounds like you've got problems with the cylinder head, and death is probably imminent at that mileage.

27th Jan 2003, 10:32

I own a Daewoo Cielo since 1999, I have no problem at all except the water pump. It is a reliable car, economic and very resistant (I drive it on bad country roads). Many people in my region want to buy it from me at almost its original price since the dealer doesn't sell them anymore. Good Luck with yours!

20th May 2003, 23:18

I own a cielo 1998 august model, it is in very good condition, but for mileage. Could someone give suggestion on how to tune the vehicle for mileage.

16th May 2008, 01:47

Brother, check the same at Mayapuri Delhi, all and every part is available here.