2000 Daewoo Lanos S 1.6 from North America


Cheap, but reliable


Around 8,500 miles the engine was running really jerky during the cold runs. It was eventually diagnosed as the cylinder problem, consequently it was fixed under warranty.

Driver side window does not close tightly, thus making a wind-noise while driving in excess of 50 mph.

General Comments:

With exception of above two issues, the car runs OK. We are satisfied with the dynamics of the ride, however, you have to keep the momentum high, especially on the hills.

I would imagine, the general quality of the car is the reflection of the pricing, which would be comparable to Cavaliers, Neons, and Focuses.

Having said all of this, I can't wait until my payments are finished (soon), so I can trade it in for something different, serviceable in my area.

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

Review Date: 12th March, 2004

2000 Daewoo Lanos S 1.6 from North America


This is the worst car I have ever had the displeasure of owning!


Radio had to be replaced.

Cam sensor had to be fixed.

Rims bend easily.

Seats slowly lean back.

Gas door wouldn't open.

I couldn't reset my traevel-ometer, so I took it in and found that pieces were missing, so it had to be replaced.

The recycle air to fresh air switch broke and had to be replaced, along with the cool to hot air dial.

The hubcaps pop up if you go over even the slightest bump in the road at any decent speed. I have replaced 3 out of 7. 3 times, I recovered them and the last time I decided it wasn't worth buying a new hub cap.

The driver's side window was rolling up slower than the passenger side, so I had it adjusted only to find now that the driver's side works fine, the passenger side is slower.

General Comments:

This car is a piece of crap and I would never recommend buying one. Thankfully they are out of the car manufacturing business, but if you see someone selling it, do not buy it. In fact do them a favor and tell them to trade it in or junk it, because it just isn't right for someone to sell this on their own. I would love to get rid of mine, but the trade in value is less than I owe and I could not sell it on my own in good conscious.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th January, 2004

25th Jan 2004, 12:27

Your complaints hardly seem to justify your statement "worst car I ever owned"--trivial stuff like the trip odometer and hubcaps falling off when you go over bumps (what is a "decent speed"?)

BTW, Daewoo is not "out of the car manufacturing business"-they are making the Chevrolet Aveo, and the Suzuki Forenza and Verona, as GM Daewoo Automotive Technologies.

2000 Daewoo Lanos S 1.6L EFI from North America


Many unjustified bad reviews


I'm a little bothered by all the negative comments about this car- from reading the posts I'm wondering if all of these people bought the same car I did.

Like many other people (who don't seem to realize that this is to be expected with a pressurized, closed fuel system) I have had the "Check (engine) " lamp illuminate because I failed to screw the gas cap on tightly enough. So I could say, "OO my engine light came on after just 100 miles! Inexcusable!" but that is a non-issue.

Seats are starting to wear badly. See above, however- I have over 60,000 miles on it and if I scoot back and forth in my pants as many times as I scoot across the seat, my pants wouldn't last a month. Again, a non-issue. I expect things like seat fabric and tires to wear out.

Passenger seat mysteriously ratchets itself to the reclined position over the course of a few days. The less-than-Cadillac-plush suspension settings jounce loose objects up and down slightly, and the no-pressure design of the seat mechanism frees itself in no-gravity situations. If the seat is already leaning back slightly it will lean farther. If it's not (like my driver's seat) then it holds its position. Odd, but hardly worth a frowny-face.

Had the same "dropped idle" situation that I've read about here: when coming to a stop (with the clutch pedal pressed) the idle will sometimes drop to about 400 rpm, almost killing the engine, then it always ramps itself back up and acts normal for the rest of the week. Keeping the compression high by using the engine to brake solved the problem. My Triumph will do the same exact thing if I don't leave the clutch out. So I adapted and in 20 seconds my problem was solved.

Other than that, no problems. Yeah, I'm on my fourth set of tires, but the way I drive I'm surprised I got that much out of them. Also, I've chewed through a set of rotors. BUT- at 58,000 miles! When I backed up I could feel the pads grinding but I figured that was rust being scraped off, alas it wasn't. That doesn't mean the rotors were bad, it just means I wore the brakes out by stomping on them regularly and didn't hear the wear indicator squeaking at me. It was totally my fault. The car is too sound-proofed (to those frequencies) to hear the wear indicator. Which is a good thing. Just check the brakes manually. Problem solved.

General Comments:

Porsche was consulted for the chassis, ItalDesign for the aesthetics, Mercedes for the engine and transmission. It's a fine car, but like any machine, things can and will go wrong.

I'm a BMW Master Tech and recently started working on Porsches, and want to assure you that every make and model of vehicle ever made breaks. I have picky, spoiled BMW customers who want BMW to cover scratches in the paint (from their own buckles and zippers) under warranty, and justify it by saying "they should make tougher paint." A Porsche guy hit a curb going about 40 and thought Porsche should buy him another rim because "it bent too easy." Those guys equate "this car cost me X amount of money" to "it shouldn't break" and that just makes no sense.

The space shuttle broke, too, so is it a lemon? Is every space shuttle a hunk of crap? You know better than that- it's better engineered than anything any of us will ever own, and it still breaks. But like the fellows said on this forum (and here I'm paraphrasing) "antenna broke too easy when I hit a tree branch sticking out in the road" and "My rear spring broke!! I didn't think that happened in 2000!"

What about "2000" makes a spring less susceptible to failure? Nothing. If $3,000,000 hand-built GP cars can break, your $8,000 Daewoo surely can. I read a pile of reviews of this very car, and about 5% of the complaints were legitimate, in my opinion. It's hard to read a dozen people complain about things like "my brakes wore out!" or "I had an oil leak!" and not say that things like that must be expected. Not in every car, but in more than you'd think. As a technician, how can I own one of these supposed "lemons" and be happy, knowing what I know about cars? My Nissan pickup broke ten times more often than this Lanos. Literally.

Daewoo supplies governments around the world with devastatingly effective weapon systems. They work as well as the cars, and Daewoo's reputation among less-demanding military organizations is solid. Hard to think of the South African Army being less-picky than most U.S. car customers, but they are! I have more trouble out of my cat than I do with my car. I won't be buying another one, since they were sold to GM, and Suzuki took their remaining cars. I think they went bankrupt because they spent a huge amount of money developing these cars, then used dismal marketing to try to sell them, not because they didn't make good cars. Gotta be more aggressive if you want to survive in this market.

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

Review Date: 11th January, 2004

12th Jan 2004, 06:21

Well said, logical comments.

2nd Feb 2004, 21:28

Eek! Seems I've overblown the development hype. I guess the fact that Mercedes, Porsche and ItalDesign were "consulted" may be too lofty if GM was going to bust everything out, eh? If I "consulted" the fellow who built the Sears Tower, but went ahead with my home's construction by myself it wouldn't exactly turn out that great. Heh. Good to know, however, that the transmission is what it is- that means getting the part from Daewoo is unnecessary. I do wonder just how much input the Germans had in reality, then. No mistaking the styling, at least.

Working at my dealership, the guys there told me if I bought a new car I had to have a Beemer or a Porsche, so I grabbed 6 BMW roundels from parts and took them with me to the Daewoo dealer. One on each (aftermarket) wheel and one on the hood and rear hatch, plus 4 hood-mounted fog lamps and people stare like you wouldn't believe! I even bolted the spark plug cover off of a BMW K1200LT over the Lanos' plugs (after removing the giant black engine cover) so when I pop the hood <bingo!> there's a BMW engine in there. Hehehe.

Anyway, people ask, "What kind of BMW is that?" to which I reply, honestly:

"Oh- BMW doesn't sell this car in the U.S." Which they don't. They don't sell it at ALL, and that includes the U.S. Aren't I a stinker? If someone tells me how to post a photo I'll send one over- the thing looks fabulous.