1998 Daewoo Lanos Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1998 Daewoo Lanos SX 1.5 from F.Y.R.O. Macedonia

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance89500 kilometres
Previous carSkoda Felicia

Summary:

Powerful

Faults:

No problem at all.

General Comments:

I really like my Daewoo Lanos. At the moment I'm making a tune so for now is 150HP. It has an excellent drive, lot of space for hatchback.

I changed some parts to improve the cooling so the car now is...just...great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2005

1998 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired16542 miles
Most recent distance32564 miles
Previous carDaewoo Lanos

Summary:

Cheap and reliable car to own

Faults:

ABS Sensor failed at 23000 miles cost to replace £55.00.

General Comments:

Very cheap car to own and run now GM have reduced the spares by 94%

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2004

1998 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.5 Unleaded from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 Unleaded Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

A great, nippy small car on a budget

Faults:

Bought second hand, so far I have had to clean wiper fluid filters. Have done 22000 miles in six months with no breakdowns or faults.

Wellll, I blew the front stereo speakers out, but they had been pushed way beyond all sensible limits.

General Comments:

First off the interior is this car's weakest point. Ugly fabric and seriously cheap looking plastic everywhere.

The controls are functional, and do their job with little or no style.

The driving position is flexible with adjustable steering column and loads of head and leg room, but the seats seem narrow and can be uncomfortable during a long (60+ minutes) drive due to poor lumbar support.

Lack of such frills as powered windows is in part balanced by the anti-lock brakes and duel airbags as standard on this model.

The outside looks good for a car this cheap and with a few customisations (14" alloy wheels, spoiler, racing mesh over radiator grill, fog lamps) it looks great.

Handling is great around town, but very bouncy and a bit wobbly on fast roads.

The engine delivers good acceleration and seems very quiet except when pushing maximum acceleration.

The car seems to be coping with the 40000 mile-a-year foot-to-the-floor pounding I'm giving it with no reliability issues yet. I commute 160 miles (city and motorway) per day and get just over 2 trips from the smallish petrol tank.

There is nothing particularly outstanding about the Lanos, but no major flaws either. It is quick, reliable and an ideal town car. With some tweaks (sports shocks and padded seat-covers) it's great for motorways too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2002

6th Dec 2003, 16:45

Update by Author :

It has just passed its fifth MOT, the third since I bought it with 12k on the clock back in Jan 2001. It's now got 49k on the clock and is still running even better than when I got it. I upgraded from a standard paper air-filter to a K&N 'filtercharger' (an advanced reusable filter) which has upped the power by 10-15%, not bad for 25 quid and 10 seconds installation time - seriously, do your car a favour and get one it pays for itself! (www.knfilters.com).

The Lanos needed a little work to pass the MOT test this time - just a new brake pipe and a suspension spring. Prior to that all I have had to replace is clutch, tyres and exhaust, which is not bad for a five-year-old car I work pretty hard. Of course being a compulsive tinkerer, there are lots of bits I have tweaked to make it a little more interesting, but finding cheap new and used parts or upgrades in the UK is getting much easier.

I've grown to love my Lanos.

18th Nov 2004, 08:03

(original poster)

I got a reasonable improvement by swapping out the standard air filter for a K&N Filtercharger.

Most noticeable was the smoother and faster acceleration in low gears and revs.

I also started using a premium unleaded petrol (Shell Optimax) and noticed a similar improvement.

These things have not turned my car into a monster racer, but have ironed out some of the performance quibbles I had. As the K&N filters need cleaned instead of changed and a lot less frequently even without the performance enhancement they are good value for money in my opinion.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 18 reviews