2000 Daewoo Lanos SE from North America - Comments

17th Feb 2005, 21:46

"But I'm a girl" in regards to above post... LOL

That means your car is worse off! You don't know squat about it. Do you know that cars need oil? How long until you realized gas was necessary? Like you, I'm just "assuming" based on typical gender stereotypes. So, in order to avoid getting in a crash, you should stop applying make-up in your car, get off your 3 cell phones, quit trying to make and eat a salad in there, learn what you need to do to keep your car running (or just keep cryin to daddy, the MAN), and quit whining about how men stereotype women, because you (therefore all little girls who drive) are obviously no different from the men who think you are stupid. Nuff said.

16th Nov 2005, 20:06

Wait until the timing belt goes. I'd replace it if you still have it.

27th Dec 2005, 13:18

Wow, all this girl and guy stuff, shame. Well my Lanos is sitting in the drive way right now had to have it towed on X-mas eve 73 miles at a cost of $3. a mile plus the tow fee, nice eh?!Have had it since 2001 put over 60,000 miles on it with no problems, besides the ones I caused, like running over a two by four going 70, not good for the tires. Now I am very sad, car lost power traveling at least 80 mph. No noise or anything. Have checked belts, including timing belt, but it does not move when trying to start the car, starter does not engage? Any ideas?, if a rod bent or something wouldn't I have heard a noise? P S I am a girl and have had all regular maintenance done on this car, and of course gas and oil, so be nice guys I am serious, thanks!

6th Jan 2006, 23:58

I have a 2000 Lanos. I can say this has been a real nightmare of a car. I am now having problems with the engine light staying on, and it is sluggish and using a lot of oil and gas. I have replaced hoses, valve cover gaskets and sparks many times. Timing belt, thermostat housing and hose. Now I am told the O2 sensor is bad and may have to replace cat converter. My air-vent has never worked in 3 years. THEY cannot (or do not know) what the problem could be (I keep a lot of napkins in the car for wiping off fog). But for the longest time I loved this little car.

I have been in two fender benders; all by someone not seeing the red lights (not my fault) and the car held up really well. Not a great deal of damage to any major exterior parts. It was getting wonderful gas mileage. But not now.

I would say I would really think twice about buying another Korean car. But if these problems could be fixed without costing the car payment I used to make, I may keep it. Anybody want a Lanos?

3rd Feb 2006, 11:37

I agree with all this "guy/girl" stuff. Granted, a few girls are like that, but some really do know a thing or two about cars. Maybe more than you. Enough with the gender issue!

I got a little jipped with my 2000 Lanos. My aunt bought it for me as a gift for my high school graduation. It had a rebuilt engine with only about 40,000 miles on it. The engine light was on, as was the airbag. The dealer had told my aunt to take it to a dealer and just get them shut off. It turned out to be a bigger problem than that. The engine light was caused by multiple engine misfires and needed a new coil pack, and the airbag wouldn't deploy so they had to install a new one. $1600 and 3 1/2 months later I finally got my car back. I recently had my transmission serviced because the stupid dealer put in 2 quarts too much transmission fluid and was causing a lot of problems, and he didn't change the fluid so it was really dirty. Two weeks later, my car was in an accident (and no, I was not applying make-up or talking on a cell phone. It was 3:30 in the morning and I was parked and the guy ran into it at 40 mph. Talk about a wake-up call!). Now, I have a few broken motor mounts, $2600 in body damage, and transmission problems again. I can't say it was a bad car, because I haven't had it or driven it long enough in good condition to say it was bad. I think the only bad thing about the car is that it's cheaply made and extremely hard to find parts.

12th Sep 2006, 01:31

Sounds like poor maintenance or a mechanic was ripping you off. 61,000 no problems and original brakes which now need replace.

14th Jun 2007, 22:29

I, too have been ripped off on the 2000 Lanos car. I bought it and the car quit working the very next day. Engine light keeps blinking and the air bag light never shuts off.

So far I had to have a new transmission put in it, and new plugs and wires. Also had to put a valve cover gasket put in it, and now the mechanic tells me it needs a coil pack, which is another couple of hundred bucks. Who invented this piece of crap anyway???

I need help on someone to tell me when enough is enough? Will the car ever run right???

8th Jul 2007, 14:39

For my 16th birthday, my grandparents are giving me their car: a 2000 Daewoo Lanos SE. It's only been driven (a grand total of) 34,500 miles and has never had any problems. It was in one minor wreck that only damaged the exterior front fender - got that replaced. It still works perfectly and gets great gas mileage.

To spruce it up a bit when I get it for my birthday, I've added a spoiler and tinted windows, and hope to add a small sunroof and a dash trim in the future.

Overall it is a great car, and I have absolutely no complaints about it (although the position of the power window buttons is awkward).

I would recommend this car as a first car to anyone that doesn't mind some strange styling and little power.

20th May 2008, 12:22

I have owned a 2000 Lanos since 2005, got it for $500 with 55,000 miles and have had few problems with it, just replacing a few things, like the plug wires and water pump thermostat and tires (partially my fault for driving into a pothole and coming out with a bent rim). Currently it is in the shop for running real rough on acceleration and the engine light is blinking. Any ideas how much will this cost?

1st Jun 2008, 17:39

I bought a 2000 Daewoo Lanos in 2004. It had 35000 miles on it, and at 63000 miles the timing belt broke, so I had to replace the engine. Try finding car parts for a Daewoo!!! It took a year to finally find one at a junk yard. Now the car has 93,000 miles and the transmission went out on it yesterday with no warning whatsoever.

22nd Jun 2008, 18:07

Got an R reg Lanos for £100, because it would not start, and thought I could get it running for my daughter, Got it running by putting a new ECU in it, MOT, years road tax; all in total under £300. That was four years ago, my daughter uses it on motorways back and fourth to university. It's a good little car with cheap insurance and piece of mind for me, that at least it has airbags unlike her E reg Fiesta that she had for her first car. Need to get new hoses for it now; any suggestions where best to get hold of them in the London area would be appreciated?