1999 Daewoo Lanos from North America
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The anti-lock braking system failed, which caused the back brakes to completely stop functioning. It is very hard to find the parts to fix this particular problem, and most modulators have an average cost of $500. This happened quite some time ago, and have put about 9,000 miles on it in this condition. It was only recently that I found the modulator, but because the back brakes had hardly been used, I had to replace the brake drums, shoes and cylinders, which also were very hard to find.
The air-conditioner went out at about 50,000 miles, and is much too expensive to replace or fix, so now we drive with the windows down, so hopefully the power window motors don't go out.
The water pump started to leak at 84,000 miles. The shop we took it to said that the whole unit had to be replaced. The water pump is one that is not hard to find, but is very difficult to install. The water pump is driven by the timing belt, so it is recommended to replace the timing belt as well if you are replacing the water pump. Replacing the camshaft seals is also advised at this time, which was done as well.
The check engine light comes on when the gas cap is not properly closed. We learned this the hard way, because we got charged by the dealer to hook it up to the computer to find out what was wrong with it.
The check engine light is on continually now. The car runs, so we tend to ignore it.
We bought this car new after some unfortunate events that removed our two ultra reliable Honda Civics were sent to the junkyard. This car seemed like an answer to our problems. It was cheap, and from a promising maker, and it was from a reliable dealer.
After a few years we got a letter in the mail from Daewoo stating that their company had gone bankrupt. After this, Daewoo dealers completely disappeared from around us, and it became rather difficult to find parts, and it is even more difficult now. Here are two places that I have found a lot of parts: Drivewire.com and RockAuto.com. Thanks to these two parts stores, my Daewoo is still on the road.
This car, when it is working properly, is rather nice.
It is reliable, in that it has never left us stranded anywhere.
Although it is such a small car, it does not get the gas mileage that one would expect from a car this size, but it will save you money on gas compared to other cars of larger stature.
If you have this car and it is broken, I wish you luck, otherwise I recommend putting it in a junkyard, where they will part it out and make it possible for other Daewoo owners to buy them.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th September, 2005