14th Nov 2007, 15:51

My Daewoo also made a weird kind of dull sqeuaking noise when I was steering. My step-dad fixed it somehow. I think maybe he just added more power steering fluid.

(I have zero car terminology knowledge, so bear with me)

Make sure you have lots of spare keys; one night mine broke in half when I was 2 hours away from home.

I'm glad I'm not the only Daewoo owner that gets squeaky brakes when it rains.

Okay...for the person who said they're having trouble with acceleration and it only happens some of the time:

ME TOO! Sometimes it gets up to 50 and will NOT get up to 55. Then other times it goes right back to normal. I notice that when the acceleration is acting up the brakes get weird on me too. When I press them sometimes they just don't go down as easily or as far as they should. Also when all that is going on my car smells bad-like something is burning. Usually if I just pull over and let the car rest for 15 or 20 minutes it goes back to normal. So be warned-your Daewoo might turn out like mine. It just started out with a little acceleration problem.

My mom took my car to a mechanic yesterday and it would cost me 2500 to get it all fixed, when I only paid 2200 for it. That 2500 includes fixing a weird oil-leaking-into-the-driver-side-right-under-my-feet-so-when-I'm-done-driving-my-shoes-slip-on-the-pavement problem. But it would only take about 800 to fix that.

Watch out for your Daewoos! And be careful over pot holes... my car bottoms out way too easily.

20th Mar 2008, 11:09

I have an '02 Lanos hatchback I bought as a leftover in '03 for $5500. For the money it's great, but there are a few things worth mentioning. The gas tank is small; and the mileage is NOT what I expected from such a small car so the range is very poor (250 miles per tank). I feel like I'm constantly putting gas in it even though it doesn't call all that much to fill. The heat is only fair so if you live in a cold climate keep this in mind (yes I replaced the thermostat). The condenser corroded and had to be replaced at 35k miles. It was very expensive too! But the biggest problem, NO ONE CAN/WILL FIX THEM! So even though I like this car, it really is a big gamble. If something major in drivetrain goes, the car has to go.

22nd Apr 2008, 12:58

My engine blew up at 39k miles. It has cost me more than $10k to keep this heap on the road for the last 7 years.


14th Nov 2010, 12:20

Hello, well I have a 2001 Daewoo Lanos, and yes it's cheap, and yes it's good on gas mileage, and is such a good driving car. I can go pretty much 4 wheeling in it. It's great in the mud; can do donuts forever, and had nothing wrong with my car, but yesterday, the 13th, my car decided to start puking out oil and smelt horrible. We have been trying to find out what's wrong and where, and fix it because we don't have enough money to go out and buy one. I hate this cheap car.

16th Nov 2010, 18:52

Hay guys, if you treat them right, you can get around in these Daewoos just fine. Anyways, I have a 2000 Daewoo Lanos. It takes like 1/2 an hour to put 10 dollars worth of gas in. CAN you PLEASE help me?

12th Dec 2010, 03:59

So I've had my 99 Daewoo Lanos for some time.

It's been pretty reliable, but today my brakes went out all of a sudden with no warning (brakes are only 6 months old), and had a horrible burnt smell to go with it. And when I say they went out, I mean they really went out. I had my whole foot to the floor with absolutely no resistance. Then my brakes decided to work again with no problem. All of the fluids are fine, and there are no leaks. Checked the brake pads and drum brakes; all perfect... What could have caused this, does anyone know??? Help!!!

13th Dec 2010, 19:11

If you or anyone knows why the brakes suddenly went completely out, please let me know. My sister has the same car and it has happened to her twice and they seem to be working now, but random brake failure is to risky to drive. She thinks it might have something to do with accidentally leaving the emergency brake on.

30th Dec 2010, 15:00

Also experienced Daewoo Lanos 1998 brake failure accompanied by burning smell. Rear brake drums very hot. Consensus here is that rear brakes are stuck on or seized. Left the car at the road side. Will investigate tomorrow in the daylight. Driver thinks she could have left hand brake on while driving, but did use the hand brake to negotiate the hill before pulling over.

21st May 2011, 17:50

Please tell me what was the diagnosis for the acceleration, brake resistance and burning smell problem. I have a Mazda 6 that is acting the same way. This problem happens without warning, and can't be replicated by the car shop.


30th Jul 2011, 10:11

Hi, I have a Lanos, and have had some trouble with it recently. My rear wheel on the driver's side has frozen, and I'm not sure what will help. I've tried to roll back and forth to loosen it, as well as oiling it a bit to lubricate it, but no joy? Does any one have any suggestions, it would help a damsel in distress!

Thanks guys, hope to hear from you soon.


30th Jul 2011, 20:40

Well your brakes could be getting hung up and not releasing properly, or perhaps the wheel bearing is too blame. Any amount of lubrication is not going to help you. If the wheel bearing has locked up, then it's too late for lubrication to help it (not to mention most of today's wheel bearings are sealed units and cannot be lubricated), and if you lubricate your brake shoes/pads, you won't be able to stop safely. I would highly recommend you bring your car to a professional. If it is your brakes that have caused your wheel to lock up (which I suspect it is, it's not very common for a wheel bearing to cause this), then trying to get them apart may not be something you can do. If your vehicle has drum brakes in the rear (which I'm almost positive it does), getting the drum off is going to be extremely difficult, it may even require heating with a welding torch or a special pulling tool. All in all, this is a job for a trained professional.