1999 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.4 from UK and Ireland
A value for money, reliable car
The aerial snapped off too easily after hitting a tree branch which was sticking out into the road.
Sometimes unable to unlock drivers door in frosty/very cold weather. Need to climb in through the passenger door which I imagine must have a mechanical lock.
Overall a good solid reliable car, although it does struggle a lot to accelerate on uphill stretches of motorways.
I had a very happy 63k miles in the car, and would have owned it much longer had a deer jumping out in front of me not caused me to roll the car upside down and write it off. However the fact that I walked away from this with scratches shows how happy I am with the safety of the car. Unfortunately as the car had lost much of its value, I didn't get as much for it as I hoped from the insurance company.
I was disappointed to find the rear seats didn't fold down flat, but at an angle which caused any small items to roll back into the boot.
I was also surprised to find the boot was narrower than the one in my smaller F reg Fiesta, meaning it wouldn't fit a guitar case very easily. This caused me to break the covers hiding the suspension, so they haven't stayed on properly since.
I ordered the optional CD changer with the car, and this wasn't very well positioned in the boot, restricting the available space.
The plastic bits of the interior scratched very easily.
The tires seemed to wear out quite quickly, but as my wife will testify this may be due to my driving style!
Passengers in the rear have commented that there is a good amount of legroom in the back.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th February, 2003
7th Feb 2003, 06:05
I forgot to mention, the rear left suspension was a bit creaky, but the radio usually masked this.
The paint was a bit thin in places.
The car was very quiet to drive.
4th Jul 2003, 14:42
I have had my w reg. lanos since may 2003 and I like it. but I do think it feels under powered. it certainly does not like the fifth gear. I wonder at times if it needs a tune up? quite good on petrol.