2001 Daewoo Lanos from North America
Very reliable and actually fun to drive
My suspension was thrown out of alignment easily, my error.
Poor placement of cup-holder.
Interior and upholstery has a very cheap feeling.
No power windows or locks.
When I tried to have a copy of the key made, no hardware store had Daewoo blanks.
Steering column and frame shake upon reaching 65 mph (you can hear the doors and windows rattling).
Makes a very strange noise when I turn the steering wheel, like you can hear fluid.
Transmission has a noticeable jerky shift and the brakes squeal when it rains.
Great gas mileage, approximately 200 miles per tank (this car has a small tank).
Great smooth, fast start with a nice "throaty" engine sound if you like that sort of thing.
Takes turns like a dream, unbelievable handling. I can take a sharp right turn doing 40 mph under try conditions very easily.
Roomy cabin and trunk.
Can handle almost anything you can dish out. I ran my Lanos into a muddy ditch after trying to take a sharp right turn doing 60 mph, and I hauled out of there pretty easily considering I do not have 4-wheel drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 18th May, 2003
29th Jan 2004, 18:54
I, too, am experiencing problems with the transmission-feels like something is getting hung up upon acceleration, but it doesn't do it all the time. Dealer says they can't help me. Sure wish someone could.
29th Oct 2004, 08:40
Maybe your car would hold up better if you tried not taking turns at 40-60 mph.
Driving it into the ditch doesn't help.
You didn't notice the lack of power windows or locks before you bought it, or that the interior and upholstery had a "cheap feeling"? Those are not things that have "gone wrong" with the car.
All in all, sounds like the little car has held up well against all the abuse you have given it!