1997 Daewoo Lanos SL 1.3 from Greece


Strong little thing


Its main problem is the TPS sensor; I have changed it about 5 times.

Its spark plug cables catch fire because they are between the exhaust manifold; by drilling holes on the cover, I stopped that problem.

All the other components I have changed I think it's natural to have been changed like shock absorbers, brakes, clutch, timing belt kit with water pump and thermostat. Also changed the front head lights; a problem that all cars have with yellow burned-out lenses.

I can find parts easy even now that Daewoo is closed.

General Comments:

I have had this car for many years. I can say it's very dependable for every day use. It's not a fast muscle car, but I love it and I will keep it as long as I can.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2020

26th Nov 2020, 02:43

Great to see someone getting good service out of a Daewoo, thanks for the review.

1997 Daewoo Lanos Hatchback from Australia and New Zealand


Unreliable car


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.

General Comments:

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

1997 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.5 SOHC from Croatia


Cheap and reliable


Around 40000 km I have changed spark plugs and cables for them.

60000 changed all engine belts.

That's about all.

General Comments:

Car runs smooth all this time and I never had any problems with it except spark plugs which were replaced.

Handling is good on uneven surfaces cause of the soft suspension setup which is stock, but it lacks precision on flat surfaces. Brakes are OK, but they need to be warmed up before any hard braking, it takes about 2 or 3 stops to warm them up.

Comfortable, cheap and reliable, uses around 8L of gas per 100Km.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th December, 2004

1997 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand


Expensive parts, but a reliable drive


Makes grinding noises when brakes are applied, have taken it to mechanic numerous times, but still no better.

Clunky gears.

Flimsy door hinges, door nearly blew off in strong wind. Has been realigned, but still not good.

Engine noisy, especially when air-conditioner is switched on.

Engine hoses, poor quality. Replaced at 100,000 kilometres.

No light in glove box.

Parts are expensive.

No power steering in this model.

General Comments:

For all its faults, this car is quite good.

Very reliable.

Very fast around town and on highway.

Easy to park.

Can tow a dog trailer quite comfortably.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd August, 2003