1999 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.5 from Netherlands


If you are happy with a driving car


This Daewoo disappointed me a little, compared to the Nexia. The interior is really cheap, and everything breaks. Especially steel cables break in my heater, passenger seat, central locking.

The 90hp engine feels less strong than the 90hp engine in the Nexia. A lot of plastics in the car.

Still, the mechanical parts are fine enough, and cheap to replace.

General Comments:

Interior plastic, cheap, inferior quality.

Fine car to go from A to B.

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

Review Date: 8th January, 2011

1999 Daewoo Lanos S 1.6 from Korea


It was a great car for the price and I wish they still made them


At 60K miles you MUST replace the belts on the engine. I was strongly warned by Daewoo when the were in business and by Chevrolet (my dealer for a while) that at or after 60K miles, the belts can wear out. They cost less than $20, but if they break while driving, they can cost you your engine. They are easily available, even now (2008)

The wiring plug in the headlights would wiggle loose sometimes. We added a fastener to hold it in place. Less than a dollar and no problems since.

Leaves collect under the hood and can block the air conditioning vent. If you don't clean the leaves out every so often, the air conditioning can back up and vent steam into the car. Steam looks like smoke, so it is disconcerting!

Car is somewhat airtight. (is that a good thing?) So I have to have the windows open or the fan on all the time or it gets stuffy.

Brakes are intermittently spongy. They work perfectly well, but even with new pads, I just have to press a little harder than normal once in a while. A bit disconcerting.

The paint on the rear bumper has faded and discolored. The rest of the car paint is fine. It is only the bumper. (Which has never been hit)

The trunk lid channels rainwater into the trunk on the sides. If you open the trunk during or right after rain, you do get some water inside the trunk.

After 8 years, 60K miles, the driver side seat is starting to sag a little. But I am a heavy person.

General Comments:

I love my car. Sure it isn't a luxury model, but it has been a good solid reliable car, even though I drive it hard and don't keep up the maintenance so well.

I get 22 miles to the gallon in the city. (25 freeway) even after 8 years, and even when not tuned up.

I have never had anything actually fail or go wrong on my car. Just little routine maintenance stuff. And a part or two I broke when I drove over something I shouldn't have.

The trunk is huge. And being able to fold down the back seats makes it bigger still. It is like having a hatchback but with the security of a trunk.

The insides may be cheap, but they are sturdy. Nothing has ever broken, ripped or fallen off. And I have KIDS.

I have never had a problem finding parts immediately. It hasn't needed parts often, though. When it was time to replace the drive belts, the local auto parts store had both IN STOCK, and the mechanic at the local gas station had no trouble doing the work.

I love my car and if the company hadn't gone out of business, I would have no reservations recommending it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd September, 2008

1999 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.5 from North America


Cheap car to get from point A to point B


Thermostat housing blew apart.

General Comments:

I race this car at least 3 times a week. Go at least 100mph every time and still no problems with the engine. Have had it for about 10 month now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th December, 2007

1999 Daewoo Lanos from North America


Good reliable car


The biggest problem is the power in this car. But what can you expect with a small motor like the one in this car. Obviously accelerations to get on the highway or to pass a truck up a hill is more demanding to the car. But we all knew that before purchasing the car.

The only other problem I got with it was the defrost button... There is a wire that made the air come out at the feet instead of at the top to defrost my windshield faster.

It's also not really reassuring to know that there are very few places to have it repaired though. Because in Canada, there are no more dealers.

General Comments:

The previous owner was in my family so I drive this car since my family member bought it. If I hadn't trusted it, I wouldn't have bought it. It's a 1999 and I plan on keeping it for another year or two.

It drives very well and the only reason I want to change is that because in the long run we don't know how it will react to age. It is not a high class car, we can't expect it to last 15 years!

In our rough winters here the car never let me down. I never had to plug it in to make sure that the next morning it would start. And when it's -40C, I'm glad I can trust my car.

Well treated and taken care of, repairs done regularly, etc. this car can be kept and enjoyed many years and never cost much.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2006

29th Apr 2008, 02:17

The car is a good car, it does fair well in cold weather. I also have that issue with the defrost.. oh well... The car, I have 107,000 miles (about 172,200km) on it, it does deal well with wear, so age shouldn't be much of a hassle with it if you maintain it well.