1997 Daewoo Cielo SLX 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand
I am very happy that I bought this car
Radiator fracture discovered at 60,000 km. Replaced under warranty.
When I first saw this car I was a bit hesitant. The Korean cars were all so cheap compared to the local made Australian cars. But when I found out about the free care where Daewoo pays for all the servicing for the first three years I was sold. It would be in Daewoo's interest to make a good car.
I have not been disappointed. For over four years I have driven this car it has never failed to start first go. It has never let me down. It has been great to have such a reliable car.
It may not be the sportiest car on the road, but it can travel comfortably at 140km when I get to open it up out on a country road. It is good on the petrol as well.
I am so happy with my Cielo and Daewoo, that I have just bought a brand new Leganza.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th September, 2001
The little car is up to 105,000 km now. Had to have the head gasket changed over at about 90,000. Need to replace the exhaust which is still original, but rattling a bit. Driver’s seat is sagging a little and plastic mat on floor is starting to wear through.
Otherwise it’s still a reliable car that is still going strong and in 10 years has never left me stranded. Service is taken over by GM Holden here in Australia and the local dealership seems to be doing a pretty good job of it.
After almost 10 years I am still happy with this car.
So two years further on and the cars still going fine. The interior visor clips have broken but I have replacements on order. Spare parts seems to be not an issue. I had a small accident and needed the front bumper fixed. All the bits were freely available brand new.
I just had the 120,000 km book service done. I'd not had it serviced for two years due to low km’s. Needs a gasket for the head cover and the reverse light switch has failed. Also the window wipers have some surface rust on the arms that I should really deal with. Apart from that no other problems.
Still starts every time, very economical on the fuel and feels solid to drive. Quite exceptional for an 11 year old car.