1996 Daewoo Espero CDi 1.8 from UK and Ireland


A wolf in sheep's clothing!


Leaking sunroof caused clock to burn out, easy to replace and cheap.

Water pump went at 50,000 miles.

Rear suspension coils snapped at 58,000 miles, known fault, cheap to replace £20 for both.

General Comments:

This is my first car yet is the best I have driven, those being VW's, Fords and Vauxhalls.

When driven sensibly you get a good fuel return, yet it has plenty of low end pull and high end speed.

It Will do 80 MPH uphill in third without breaking into a sweat.

Daewoo say it will do 115 MPH top speed, but I have got it to do 130 as I have fitted K&N filter and a scorpion exhaust so it can breath.

This car will impress even the most skeptical as I have beaten almost every body who challenges me even a 2.0 turbocharged caverlier.

Generally it has a huge specification, with air conditioning and electric every thing also mine has a oversize sunroof as it is an ex-demonstrator model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2003

4th Apr 2003, 02:31

A cavalier turbo will do a top speed of nigh on 150mph and hit 60 in about 6 seconds.

It aint going to lose to a 115bhp car.

And I doubt you will get 15bhp from a filter and an exhaust.

You will be lucky to get 3-4bhp which is not really noticeable.

1996 Daewoo Espero CDi 1.8i from UK and Ireland


Lots of toys for your money, but high cost of spares


Thermostat at 42,000 miles.

Starting problems particularly in cold weather.

Idling problems - car runs away with itself and takes a while to get down to idle speed.

Alternator went at 30,000 miles.

Rear right electric window's packed up 2 weeks after I got it.

Minor coolant leak.

General Comments:

Over all it's been very good value for money with loads more equipment than other cars for the same money.

Up until 6 months ago the car had been very reliable, but has since developed an idling problem and starting problem which I think are probably related.

Rear right electric window got stuck down, turned out to be faulty electric window switch. Luckily Vauxhall cavalier one fitted.

Minor coolant leak occured from radiator, rad-weld has solved it, though not the ideal solution.

Thermostat went recently, resulting in minimal cabin heating, Daewoo wanted silly money for new one. found Vauxhall equivalent one to fit. Runs 2 degrees warmer, but won't do any halm.

Similar story with alternator Daewoo wanted £250 for new one, Vauxhall found equivalent for about £90.

Air conditioning can't cope with the big cabin in very hot weather, resulting in it being quite useless, as we still have to open windows to keep cool.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th January, 2003

1996 Daewoo Espero CD 2.0 from Belgium


A no complaints car, good value!


Air-Coco was not functioning. This was due to an empty coolant reservoir.

ABS acts up. I suspect a dodgy sensor, but am not sure.

Leather seat worn a litlle. Probably due to an overweight driver slipping sideways into the car.

General Comments:

It seems to be a good car.

Certainly for the money it costs. It's priced under the market for similar cars.

It is a roomy car, so people in the back just love that.

The engine has power enough, but seems to stutter a little when accelerating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2002

1996 Daewoo Espero CDi 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


A lot of car for the money


Minor electrical problems including boot release, off side rear window motor and a failed audible warning sender.

The gasket on the engine thermostat housing has need replacing on 3 occasions.

Rear nearside shock absorber spring replaced.

The most expensive failure however has been the air conditioning condenser which developed a very small leak after only 39,000 miles.

General Comments:

It has been said before, but I still regard the Espero as a lot of car for the money, particularly the CDi and the CDXi versions.

The fundamental technology might be a bit old, but it is well proven and should prove reliable as the vehicle gets older.

The only fear I have as age sets in is that in the event of the electrics or mechanics on the sun roof whilst the roof is open there is no manual method of closing. The model I have is fitted with a removable plug on the inside of the car, but when removed does not access any manual closing mechanism.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2002

24th Jul 2002, 13:33

Hello I have just purchased a CDI and within the first week the sunroof decided not too close, but don't worry if this happens too you because you should have in your tool kit provided with the car a gold t bar so you can close it again. (if not a flat headed screwdriver does the same job)