1997 Daewoo Cielo GL from Australia and New Zealand
Expensive in the long run
The clutch needed to be replaced at 16000 km.
Seats have worn down very badly even though I am a very light female. And also the only person who drives the car.
The front lights were inclined to such an angle that at night, driving was not possible. this needed to be fixed straight away.
A cable which attaches the transmission to the gear stick keeps on disconnecting. This results in no transmission control what so ever. I am quite lucky that this has never happened to me whilst the car is running. however on more than one occasion, I have started the car up to find that the cables have disconnected from each other and it cannot be driven at all.
At 54000 km there is major sludge formation at the top end of the engine. This will need a new engine to be put in.
This is a great first car, however can have a mind of its own. I have two daewoo's of the same make and model. one is going very well without any major issues at 120,000 km. however, the second one requires a new engine at 54,000 km.
My advice is that one should be very cautious when buying this car. it has known faults with the engine and the construction is very sloppy - resulting in cables flying loose quite often.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th January, 2004