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

1997 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand


Well priced as an alternative to the very popular and common Excel


So far there is a shudder in the steering which is being dealt with by the dealer, at first I thought it might be the alloy wheels, but it seems to be more mechanical.

General Comments:

Not bad performance but we'll see after some after market additions.

Suspension seems soft but I guess it's set for comfort not stability.

Interior is very room, at 6'2 I am quite comfortable front and back.

Definitely needs the tachometer in the manual models, not the autos.

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

Review Date: 2nd August, 2001

1997 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.5 from France


Pretty good bargain, whether you like it or not!!!


None, everything is excellent.

General Comments:

We bought a new Matiz for my wife last year, and I got very enthusiastic about the Lanos. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to find a good second hand one from the same dealer, in order to replace my old Passat.

I really enjoy my Lanos, though it's a little short in power (86 DIN). But, the dealer having bought my Passat, I paid in the end just a miserable 33000 French francs. Not so bad for such a nice car! I hope my next one is a Lanos SX (105 DIN)...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2001