1998 Daewoo Leganza CDX 2.0i 16v petrol/LPG from Serbia


Big comfy car, very cheap to own


Crankshaft pulley fell off the engine at 130,000 because it hadn't been changed at the 90,000 major service. 45$ fix, no damage to the engine.

Idle air control and throttle position sensor changed a few times, but the engine check light is still on, with no other symptoms. About 100$ total.

Expendables wear maybe too fast, but being cheap to change, ignore it.

Camshaft case cover gasket needs to be changed each oil service +5$.

135,000 - Power steering pump overhaul, 50$.

142,000 - Power steering pipeline leak, 30$.

150,000 - Exhaust repair, 50$.

162,000 - Steering cross shaft rust, overhaul was 30$.

General Comments:

Converted it to LPG first day I bought it. It has a very comfy cabin, yet the suspension is very hard and doesn't match the class.

Trunk could be bigger.

Its tall clearance is fine for bad surfaces and snowy conditions.

Running costs and spare parts are very cheap and the car is highly reliable. Never left me down; even when crankshaft pulley fell off the engine, I drove it safely to a local service center.

Cheap to buy, maintain, repair and drive.

Cruising speed can be up to 160km/h with decent consumption and noise level.

Air conditioning, electric seats, windows, R.W. mirrors and the rest of the equipment is doing a fine job, without a single fault, so far.

It has a GM bulletproof engine.

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

Review Date: 22nd December, 2012

1998 Daewoo Leganza CDX-e 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Cheap to buy, but no street cred!!


Head gasket oil leak at 33,000.

Auto box seals leaked at 35,000.

Rear hub bearing went at 50,000.

General Comments:

Costly repair bills from main dealer for above faults.

But a comfy all rounder with lots of kit (a/c. cd player. sat/nav.leather seats.alloys).

Fuel consumption 24 mpg city..37mpg motorway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2006

9th Dec 2006, 15:17

What sort of irrelevant comment is that? If one has a problem with the car then it is logical to take it to the manufacturer, in this case daewoo/chevrolet. It has nothing to do with attempting to establish credibility, it has more to do with the fact that the dealers technicians have full access to the engineering and electrical specifications of the car!

26th Jan 2007, 00:27

Bravo, well said !!

1998 Daewoo Leganza GLX 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Very nice car, but isn't worth anything anymore!


The alarm broke at 2,000 miles.

Cam-belt broke at 58,000 miles.

L.P.G. conversion fitted at 105,000 miles.

Rear shocks and steering rack leaking oil 110,000 miles.

General Comments:

By the time I had done 2,000 miles I have fitted sports suspension, 17" alloy wheels and a strut brace which has made the car look really good and handles great, but the ride is very hard.

The paint chips easy.

Loads of room, seats 5 people easy although it only has a lap-belt for the middle seat.

Needs more power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th December, 2004

4th Jan 2011, 14:40

Timing belt broke @ 58.000 miles.. It is claimed by Daewoo that they will last till 60.000 miles... But for 2000 miles left.. Why does anyone wants to take a risk... it just costs you not more than $60 or $70... Rather than getting the full life of belt... why don't people get this thing in their head...

1998 Daewoo Leganza SXi 2.2 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Well-equipped, very trendy, unbelievable cheap price


Nothing that I know of. I got the car second-hand. There were several small marks on the leather, all not noticeable unless you search for them. Several very small thumbnail dents.

General Comments:

My parents brought me a 1988 Nissan Pulsar sedan after waiting for 5 months on my licence and being 17 that is a LONG wait, and as soon as it was in the yard the engine went. We got another engine from the Wrecking yard. Being a front wheel 4 cylinder my dad had never encountered on. It took us 4 hours to finally get it in. Then the clutch piece wasn't in the gearbox. I had my tantrum and the following day I came home to a 1998 Daewoo Leganza. Bring a Holden (Opel/Vauxhall) fan through and through, I didn't hold the Daewoo in high regard. Gradually its curvaceous shape and well-equipped interior deteriorated my original thoughts. It is an absolute blast to drive and the automatic gearbox is pleasantly smooth which surprised me. The engine is refined and the interior is pleasing to look at. On the whole I'm actually happy now that I didn't let a badge affect my decision about the Daewoo. I would recommend whole-heartedly to anyone to buy a Leganza. Being 17 and owning a car like that I expected to cop a little bit from my friends, but they like it. The Leganza appeals to all generations!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2004