2000 Daewoo Lanos from Germany


So far since I have had Angel her oil has been changed at least 5 times in 1 year.

My coolant hose broke the first year I purchased her, and also I just replaced my cable that connects to my hood.

When I got my tune up last week my mechanic told me to sell her, because my rings in the engine are going bad. I love my car because she has been very dependable, but lately she's been dragging.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th July, 2004

2000 Daewoo Lanos LX from North America


What seemed like a great, economical car is now a nightmare


5,529 miles; Aluminum flashing stuck in thermostat which caused Check Engine light to come on - Repaired.

8,431 miles; Stereo system wasn't performing up to par; had to replace radio/cassette/CD player.

15,043 miles; Antenna was loose and fell off; had to replace radio antenna.

48,148 miles; Front passenger brake hose broke and unable to replace. Sat on side of road for 2 weeks as I had a custom hose made - Cost was $118.00 for the piece, I put it on myself.

63,538 miles; Check Engine light came on; misfire in the spark plugs. Windshield Washer Lever on steering column malfunctioning; had to replace all.

64,323 miles; Valve cover gasket is leaking, heater mode cable came unattached from behind the dash board, oil leaking from oil cap seal and still having problems with windshield washer lever; again, replaced all.

68,370 miles; car is running real rough, bucking and stalling. Into the dealership to replace Cam Sensor.

71,283 miles; Heater Mode Cable becomes detached from the dial again behind the dashboard.

74,737 miles; Car is burning excessive oil; lead to the replacement of valve cover gasket, cam crank, and replaced right outer c-v boot and timing belt.

76,634 miles; Severe rattle in front end lead to discovery of a loose front end suspension.

78,247 miles; New Valve Cover Gasket leaking oil; replaced under warranty. Smell of antifreeze inside of car; discovered water pump needs replacing. Replaced front end brakes and rotors, seeing that it had to sit in the garage for 3-4 weeks awaiting the water pump.

79,671 miles; air conditioning is blowing warm air; dealership went through the a/c system and repaired.

79,752 miles; air conditioning system is back to blowing warm air; dealership is puzzled. All tests were done for leakage and all a/c belts were replaced and still does not work.

80,112 miles; Car stalled at red light of very major intersection. Car is towed to dealership; Cam Shaft Position Sensor is gone. I had it replaced.

80,175 miles; Red Air Bag light comes on in dashboard. Car never been in an accident; Air Bag Sensor is gone now. Unable to replace this sensor and now my car cannot pass inspection!

General Comments:

Nice style car, good on gas, but cannot find parts for it anywhere.

Rides like a freight train if it is not properly maintained every 3,000 miles.

Hard to get it to pick-up in speed, especially up a hill.

Very durable car. Has sat out for 3 winters and always starts in sub zero weather and no rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd July, 2004

7th Nov 2004, 04:59

Done a far few miles there, maybe that's your problem.. unless you live in the country as opposed to the city.

22nd Apr 2007, 23:34

15,043 miles; Antenna was loose and fell off; had to replace radio antenna.- How does a mast antenna fall off? You must hit something with it for that to happen, buddy.

My 2000 lanos s has 40,431 miles on it, automatic and I get 34mpg. Never done anything, but change the oil and fill it with gas. You must have a lemon.

2000 Daewoo Lanos S 1.6 from North America


Good car for the money!


The seats tend to move (tilt) back every other day and I have to constantly raise them (very annoying).

I had to put on seat covers after about a year because the cloth was discoloring and started to open at one seam.

I don't like the front of the car at all.

General Comments:

I liked that is very economic to run and is very reliable.

I hate that the value has decrease so badly that if I trade it in is worth next to nothing.

The 1.6L engine actually is peppy and responsive.

I hate that it makes a weird sound when I step a little hard on the gas, almost like metal hitting metal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th July, 2004

20th Jul 2004, 18:33

My Daewoo Lanos 2000 is a great little car. Only problem is when it comes to repairs. Ordered parts usually take weeks to get now...

2nd Sep 2004, 13:00

Just because you don't like the look of the front of the car (personally I do) it hardly constitutes a fault. And people don't normally buy cars they don't like the look of.

7th Dec 2005, 12:18

That Metal hitting Metal sound that you hear is what we call "Spark Knock" caused by cheap fuel and stomping on the gas.

2nd Aug 2008, 20:27

If the timing belt broke you probably have bent valves now. Costly to say the least.

3rd Aug 2009, 09:23

If you suffered from timing belt failure then you had your entire cylinder head overhauled. The knocking sound is probably rod knock. I have rebuilt various Daewoos and the Lanos seems to damage rod bearings when the pistons crash into the valves due to timing belt failure. The knock will develop several hundred miles after the overhaul was completed. Gradually getting worse with time. The reason the car will not run the same is due to the knock sensor detecting the knock and retarding ignition timing thus diminishing performance. The only fix is pulling the engine from the car, opening it up, and re-grounding the crankshaft and replacing the rod bearings with new undersized units.

4th Aug 2009, 07:47

Well the solution regarding the metal sound is the timing tensioner; get it checked properly. That could be the only problem.