1997 Daewoo Lanos Hatchback from Australia and New Zealand
A million and one things went wrong with this car. It was never-ending till I had enough and had to sell it.
Not long after I first got it, the coolant started leaking out of its container, so we thought one of the pipes might have a leak. I was driving it one day, and the coolant had leaked all out and smoke was coming out of the bonnet. Had to leave it at a public car park, and got it towed to the mechanic.
Turns out the water pump had to be fixed. Got that replaced, expensive job.
Not long after (less than a month), the alternator belt snapped while I was driving.
The aircon belt (I think) snapped at the same time too.
The battery went dead as a result of that.
Bad, unreliable car to own. Extremely slow in acceleration.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th September, 2010
27th Sep 2010, 05:27
The Lanos was a cheap and nasty car when it was new (like most Daewoos), so yours at 170k was way past its use by date.
Just be lucky you flicked it before you had an accident in it.
2nd Jan 2011, 14:56
Here is the common problem with people's views on Daewoo... They find them unreliable...
OK, just because the company went bankrupt doesn't mean the products were awful... keeping fluids fresh under the hood will always keep you out of trouble... Belts... coolant... hoses... timing belt... spark plugs... Needed to be replaced according to their age... things done.. They perform... great...
Just things to make clear with Daewoo... Their mechanism is simple, but working on an engine is a bit tricky... Always check engine compartments once a month... Have some knowledge of cars before buying.
I own 2000 daewoo matiz... I m really happy with it