2002 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.4 from UK and Ireland


The only thing that has gone wrong with the car in the two years I have owned it, is every time I start it lately, there is a lot of blue smoke for about 5 seconds, and also a very bad tapping noise comes from the engine until it gets warm. Haven't got a clue what it could be. Any ideas anyone?

General Comments:

This car is very good. I have had it for nearly over two years now, and not a thing has gone wrong with it, apart from the smoke when starting and the tapping noise.

The comfort is good on long distance runs. The suspension irons out any imperfections on our rubbish Irish roads. If I was to have a complaint about the suspension, it's that it's too soft. This shows when you want to take a back road in it; there is way too much body roll to give you any confidence to go fast.

The power is only average. I drive in Waterford city every day, and it's very fast in town, but that changes when you go onto a main road/motorway; you can hardly overtake, and if you're like me, as in you don't do slow driving, this is not the car for you; it's just too underpowered.

Also, if you are a very keen driver, you won't like the sloppy steering or the soft suspension.

Overall a good car, but not for the sporting driver.

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

Review Date: 10th June, 2013

11th Jun 2013, 23:02

Sounds like you have major issues with oil consumption, probably from burnt valves, which could also be related to the tappet noise. Do you service it regularly? Sorry, but I'm afraid it's terminal and not worth the car's value to fix it.

13th Jun 2013, 17:57

Hi, thanks for commenting.

Well I would service it every 7000 miles. The last service I got done consisted of oil/oil filter/air filter/fuel filter/spark plugs and an engine flush, and it still did not make a difference to the tapping or the smoke. What do you think I should do, get rid or try to fix it?

2002 Daewoo Lanos LX from North America


Awesome, and a heck of a conversation piece!


Wheel bearings squeaking at 100,000 miles.

Speakers are all blown.

CD player only works when it's warm outside.

Seat belt can be tricky, but needs finesse.

Nothing fits in the cup holders oddly enough.

General Comments:

This car as small as it is, is really pretty roomy.

I have taken her back and forth from home to college, and everywhere in between with ZERO problems!

I'm a Karaoke DJ and all of my equipment, 2 LARGE speakers, 2 awkward speaker stands, 2 large tupperware bins, 3 milk crates, 2 laptops, 2 mic stands with me and a passenger all fit in her no problem!

I wasn't sure about it at first, but it was the right price, and that's so far all the money I have put into it, and I love my Daewoo now!

Great little car that I feel I need to defend!

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

Review Date: 9th March, 2009

2002 Daewoo Lanos 1.6 from Puerto Rico


I won't buy a car like this anymore


I obtained a 2002 Daewoo Lanos from a seller. At the beginning the car was running fine, but after 3 months the car started to have a problem.

The problem I have with my 2002 Daewoo Lanos is that after the car has been running for a while and I stop, turn the engine off, the antifreeze returns to the water reservoir and overflows. I have changed everything in the car that has to do with the cooling system (ie. thermostat, cooling fan, water reservoir and cap, clean radiator, including rectifying the valve cover and the engine block. The mechanics cannot explain why still have this problem.

Can anyone please assist me on how I can fix this problem, or what else I have to do?

General Comments:

The car is a good car, specially the air conditioner, which works like a champ.

On the road it works good, with good traction, and speed is no problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th April, 2007

31st Jan 2008, 20:14

Try a new raditor cap. If you're still having problems a new colder thermostat 180.

13th Jan 2009, 12:34

You may have air lock in your cooling system.