2000 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.6 DOHC 16v from North America


An average buy


Driver side locks don't work in cold weather.

Countless recalls, including airbag clamps.

Injectors went @ 100K, the dealer was kind enough to back date my warranty.

General Comments:

For the price I paid for the car new, I can't complain. The only problem is the high cost of repair.

Front brakes (pads, rotors) were $400 Cdn. installed.

Timing belts were $400 Cdn.

The car is does perform well, except if you have a heavy load.

In conclusion the car was done well, I took a chance when I bought and so far it really hasn't been that bad. I have put over and 100,000km on my Lanos and it's still running good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th April, 2003

2000 Daewoo Lanos from North America


Decent cheap car for 3 years or less


Intermittent check engine light. Dealer said engine wiring harness was faulty. Replaced.

Lack of performance after wiring harness change, again intermittent check engine light. Dealer replaced spark plugs, problem solved.

Head gasket started leaking water at approx. 20,000 miles. Dealer replaced.

Car stalls for no apparent reason VERY rarely, but still happens. Annoying when it happens, but not dangerous so far, always happens when pulling away from a stop.

Rear window defrost grid half broken. Top half defrosts, lower half does not.

Vent controls for the heater/AC are screwed up. Defrost is completely inoperative, and certain settings allow heat to come out of vents that the switch is not set to.

Brake rotors *constantly* warping, replacement or resurfacing every 15,000 miles is "normal" with this car. Symptom is steering wheel shaking during braking.

General Comments:

The above problems are what I personally would consider typical of a "cheap" new car. Most major faults occurred during the 3/36,000 warranty period, the "annoying" things, the front/rear defrost issues, have occurred after the warranty period. My personal belief is that the minor failures that have happened now are due to the low purchase price... build it as cheap as possible, to get through the 3/36 warranty.

Dealer service was excellent, to include free rental car for repairs that took more than one day.

No clock on the radio is bizarre to say the least. Never noticed how useful the car clocks are until I didn't have one.

In my opinion this is a "disposable" car, which should be traded/sold before the warranty is up. Offers good service for the price, but not reliable enough in the long run unless you have no plans to sell, and either feel like fixing it yourself, or putting up with the minor inconveniences.

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

Review Date: 10th February, 2003

12th Feb 2004, 08:29

I am just wondering? Does anybody have a problem of a noisy oil pump when the engine is first started? The car has only done 21000 miles.

The next problem is the engine has a knock, and sounds like it could be a small end bearing, although it is not that noisy. I am just wondering, is this a problem with a 1400cc Lanos?

I hope you can help or give your opinion.

Thank you for your time. Mr HB Coomer, Stoke on Trent, England.

2000 Daewoo Lanos 1.6 Liter DOHC from North America


A reliable low cost automobile when cared for correctly


Spark plug wires over heated, dried and lost vitality. Thicker performance wires (9mm Kevlar silicon) restored like new performance.

Vent switch broke.

General Comments:

I have enjoyed driving Daewoo's since 1998, when I first saw the cars in Italy.

I have been fortunate: I had two really great dealerships that tended to the maintenance of the car.

The key to the car is good, routine maintenance.

I routinely get 30 miles to the gallon with this car on the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2002

20th Nov 2003, 13:43

I hope the 30 MPG on the highway isn't a boast. A comfy Camry or Accord gets that, and a Civic gets 35-37. A small "econobox" that gets a max of 30 either has something wrong with it, or was just poorly engineered to begin with.