1999 Daewoo Lanos Base Model 1.35L from South Africa
Reliable and dependable; would buy a new one
Clutch fork in transmission bent (twice).
Plastic bits disintegrated/fell off.
Diode pack inside alternator failed.
Water pump (wear and tear).
"Engine check" light wouldn't go off. Ran for many miles with it glowing. Full service fixed that - suspect the spark plugs caused the problem.
Needs a new front windscreen because of scratches (not sure if it is abnormal wear or if the previous owner lived near the coast).
Seats mysteriously recline over period of weeks/month.
Indicator stalk flips over if you indicate and turn the steering wheel quickly.
It's an old man's or family car - boring but reliable and dependable (except for the internal Daewoo weak clutch fork problem, which can play up after extended mileage - why does this not happen in similar GM transmissions?).
Nothing overly expensive to maintain in this high-mileage car. Regular service parts are cheap, of the GM variety (a good thing).
Economical on fuel.
It's got slow steering in car parks; quite OK on the open road.
At this mileage it still does not consume oil between services.
Engine appears to be "unburstable".
It does not easily rust. Mine needs attention now.
Daewoo-specific parts are becoming hard to get (South Africa). Fortunately there are Korean specialist suppliers who may stock what you need. Things like oil breather hoses are hard to find. Can be ordered, but there's a wait.
Needs new tie-rod ends, possibly steering rack - not unexpected at this mileage.
I would buy a new Daewoo if it was still around.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st August, 2017