1999 Daewoo Lanos LE from North America

Summary:

An economical compact value for large sized people

Faults:

Turn signal switch, right position, broke at about 20,000 miles. I have to hold the lever in position for continous right turn signal.

Both passenger side automatic window cable systems have fouled and are inoperable. This happened at the over 40K miles point.

Plastic catch for the fuel door snapped in two pieces.

General Comments:

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with my Daewoo Lanos.

I am a tall man, and this is one of the only compact cars I've ever seen with enough leg and head room.

I have never experienced engine trouble to the point of requiring professional service.

I use the car for 40 mile transit, almost entirely freeway driving, and average over 30 miles per gallon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2004

1999 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Proving to be a bargain

Faults:

Aerial snapped.

Central locking problems on the boot. Still unlocks with the central locking, but will not lock with it. A minor pain.

Steering wheel started clonking on 20000 miles. A fitting had come loose. Very easily (and cheaply) sorted though.

Crunching sound coming from the front left wheel. Only does it every time I turn the engine on and first move off. Does not do it in stops and starts in traffic or at any other time. Been checked twice, but can't find a fault. Very odd.

Fuel consumption could be better.

General Comments:

Apart from the fuel consumption, some minor rattles inside the car (drivers door and parcel shelf) and the slight struggle uphill on motorways I'm more than happy with this car.

It starts every time and has taken me every where I've wanted to go (some long trips included).

No wear and tear showing inside the car as yet.

The crunching noise doesn't worry me. I've had it checked out twice and it's passed it's MOT twice with no problems and it doesn't affect the way the car handles in any way.

In short - I like and trust this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2004

4th Apr 2004, 08:19

UPDATE - The crunching sound that I thought was coming from my front left wheel is actually coming from my ABS. (Anti-braking system). Which would explain why it only does it when I first turn the car on. Been told it is not dangerous and in no way will it affect how the car drives (but I already knew that). Not sure what I can do about it, it's being looked into by a machanic friend. Seems it could just be one of those 'rattle' type noises you just can't get rid of.

Sorted my aerial out. Not a Daewoo one though - too expensive and too awkward to get hold of. Fitted a Rover Aerial. Fits perfectly and only cost £10.

1999 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Cheap, reliable, disposable

Faults:

Air conditioning makes has always been noisy (The dealer assures me that there is nothing wrong with it). It works, so for now I will leave it as is.

Timing belt needs replacing at 90,000kms. Don't bother trying to do this yourself unless you are prepared to take the power steering pump off.

There is a big blind spot in the rear of the vehicle, and the pillars each side of the windscreen are over large and cause a blind spot.

The engine is fussy with petrol types. This may sound a little silly, but if I fill up at certain brand of petrol stations (I will not mention the name, but it is one of the bigger chains around) the car will idle very poorly, almost stalling.

Driving for an hour or more will leave me with a slight back ache.

The front seats slowly lean back wards and you are driving. It is not noticable while driving, but nearly every time I go to drive I have to tilt the seat up just a little.

Factory CD player died at 10,000. Replaced under warranty, now skips over the slightest bumps.

General Comments:

If you can buy a brand new car for $13,000 what do you expect? For the price it is a great little run about. If it lasts me 10 years i will be happy.

There is surprisingly enough room in the back seat for 2 adults to sit comfortably.

I have had this vehicle since new and it has not once broken down or let me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2004