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1996 Daewoo Espero CDXi 2.0 Litre Injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Litre Injection Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

Good value for money, worth every penny!

Faults:

Very little went wrong with this vehicle. The Air Conditioning never worked and was going to be very expensive to repair.

Boot began to leak.

Electric window motors were slow, especially on passenger side front window.

Fuel and insurance a bit costly.

General Comments:

Very good car.

Great fun to drive, handled like a dream.

Very quick of the mark when needed.

Safety features saved me from serious injury when I was involved in an accident.

This car did me proud, by far the best I ever bought.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2004

1996 Daewoo Espero LE 2.0i petrol from Indonesia

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0i petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired4300 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

If you're a "do-it-yourself"er , you're just fine

Faults:

The spare parts are hard to fine although the price aren't as expensive as Mitsubishis'. Maybe because Daewoos aren't common here so the availability is minimum.

I don't trust the dealer here, and yet they only have less than 5 service stations in Indonesia.

The 195/60 Hankook tires had poor grip, I replaced it with Heron/Marangoni 195/55 and it's way much better now (besides, the rear shock-absorbers were also replaced by gas-filled Monroes).

Sensor Temperature #25036979 cost me just 20US$ but it was hard to find (when it broke, I had to use a relay to directly start the fan everytime the key is on "ON" position otherwise that would mean TROUBLE specially here in this tropical Indonesia).

A pair of front ball joint cost me 40US$, and the tie-rods for 35US$.

The engine had detonation because I once downgraded the fuel from Super (98) to Regular (89), this was mainly because after some calculation, my Espero has only less than 9:1 compression ratio, so Super wasn't needed, I'm using Plus (94) now.

The automatic transmission & the rest of the car is still OK up 'til now, maybe because the car only has 60.000km on it.

General Comments:

The Indonesian Daewoo Espero LE 2.0i OHC has more features/equipment compared to rivals in its class, such as :

SRS airbag, ABS, leather seat, wooden panel, power/winter mode on automatic transmissions, reading lamp, and so on.

If Daewoo Indonesia had put a bigger intention than just trying to sell some not popular autos, it would've been not as pathetic as now.

Anyway, driving the car is okay, the steering feels the wheel as long as the rolling stocks are handling the road okay.

It's very roomy, although a little bit bumpy (and i have gas-filled Monroes, ouch !!!)

The very ideal thing to do with its engine compartment is to re-wire all the electrical cables.

That's probably about it, I'm keeping my Espero, but not another Daewoo in my garage in years to come, NO MORE

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th May, 2003

27th Mar 2007, 08:43

Here in the Philippines, we also experienced the same thing on our Daewoo Espero. The car had a lot of defects and also the service at the dealer is very bad. We will also not buy a Daewoo anymore.

1996 Daewoo Espero CD 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 kilometres
Most recent distance112000 kilometres
Previous carDaewoo Espero

Summary:

Good value for money

Faults:

Had two door trims replaced under warranty when two years old.

Drivers front seat starting to deteriorate internally.

Replaced thermostat at 96000km, the only mechanical item I have replaced on the vehicle.

Spare parts are expensive, luckily I have not had any serious repairs.

General Comments:

The 2.0 liter engine performs adequately.

Good fuel consumption with city driving and exceptional on country roads as long as it is kept under 130kmh.

Car is comfortable and has good rear space.

Great boot space.

Drivers position a little cramped.

Generally I like my car, when purchased it was very good value for the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2003

1996 Daewoo Espero CDi 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Comfortable, spacious and plenty of gadgets

Faults:

Electric starter had to be changed.

Recommended roof rack dented top of car.

Head gasket blew at 110,000 miles.

General Comments:

Most special features comes as standard, unlike other cars of its age.

Sounds keen and racy when idle, which I like.

More electrics than most houses.

Looks good with modifications, as car isn't well known, unrecognizable when De badged and extras added.

Unfortunately silver Grey version does not reach a high shine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2003

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 29 reviews