2001 Daewoo Leganza SX 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Get it cheap, get it regularly serviced, and you'll have a great car!


Nothing, really. The journey mileage counter is a bit temperamental at times, but will reset eventually. Other than that, had to buy a replacement rear view mirror.

General Comments:

I'd read that this was Daewoo's attempt to compete in the executive segment, against vehicles such as the Mondeo and Rover 75. The only Mondeo I've driven is my work's 2016 pool car, so don't feel it would be fair to compare it against a 15 year old Leganza, but I did own a 75 diesel a few years back, albeit in tourer form. There is simply no comparison - the 75 was just an all round, better built, better driving car.


...When I bought my 75, it had just under 90k on the clock, and I paid £2700 for it. My Leganza had just 67k on it, and I paid £450 (that's 'four hundred and fifty pounds', in the style of the old Grandstand vidiprinter when the figures seemed unbelievable!) for it, despite only having one owner for the first 15 years of its life and a full MOT.

With the price paid freeing it from the 'class segment' comparison, the Leganza is simply a very good car. The engine is fairly quiet, and surprisingly economical, managing better than the official figures of 40.4 MPG on a recent 1000 mile roundtrip to my mum's in Glasgow for Christmas, despite around 50 stone worth of adults in the car, and their gear.

The seats are very comfy, and even the backseats have a plethora of leg room. The boot is impressively large, and the little touches like the door lights are impressive.

There are some mild cons with it; The ride is slightly springy, and I'd have preferred it to be tighter; There's a little bit too much wind noise when driving above 55mph; the radio seems a bit too fiddly.

However, the above are minor gripes on what has been a superb car so far!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2016

2001 Daewoo Leganza 2.2 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Absolute garbage


Cracked engine head gaskets and broken exhausts, which affected the fuel economy significantly. The engine constantly made a tapping noise every time I pushed the gas pedal.

Every interior trim inside the car fell apart.

General Comments:

This was my first car I've ever had, and boy I'm glad, because my overall standard for a car isn't as high, thanks to this lump of turd.

Constant oil leakage, the car stopped working twice, every trim in the interior fell apart, it was hands down the worst car I have ever purchased so far in my entire life.

So glad I got rid of it; watching that going out of my garage was one of the best experiences I've had in my life so far.

Stay far away from that car; trust me, it's not worth the stress.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd August, 2015

2001 Daewoo Leganza SE 2.2 DOHC from North America


Very reliable


I have had my Leganza for about 7 years.

Since I got it, I have had to replace the alternator and a head gasket, an intake manifold gasket, and a valve cover gasket. Me and my friend changed them.

Besides normal maintenance and tune ups, this car has been amazing. Everything but my passenger window in the back works.

My A/C has never been charged, and it's not as hard to get replacement parts as you may think.

I really love my Daewoo, and would buy another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2013

2001 Daewoo Leganza 2.2L DOHC from North America


Wouldn't wish this car on my worst enemy


Dash peeled up underneath the windshield and around the instrument cluster. On a trip to the junkyard to look for parts, I noticed all three Daewoo Leganzas had this same problem.

Rear window passenger side motor went out. Window no longer rolled down.

Sunroof motor went out.

Front passenger window motor was on its way out.

Stuck valve in engine caused engine to start missing.

A/C was already out when I bought it. Replaced condenser, expansion valve, evaporator, and transducer. Was going to replace compressor next but then...

One of the idler pulleys in the timing belt compartment seized. Tried replacing timing belt and tensioners, but since this is an interference engine, and Daewoo's marvelous engineering department decided to use a belt instead of a chain it was too late. Engine was shot.

General Comments:

This car is a piece. They start falling apart anywhere from 60-100k and will cost you a lot of money if the stuff that goes wrong is even fixable. It looks nice, but that's about all it's got going for it. Mechanically it is not very sound, and is certainly not dependable. I had this car for a year and it left me stranded several times. After searching the web, it seems my experience is not unique among Daewoo owners.

Also, it gets terrible gas mileage. I average about 18mpg, about the same as what I was getting from my 6cyl F150.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th August, 2009

4th Jan 2011, 15:21

Bought a second car... If the car itself was in poor condition, why did you buy it... terrible on gas... Get the engine flushed... install new sparks... Clean injector.. Install new air filter... Drain out old coolant... Clean radiator...

Who's gonna teach you how to get your own car service... Rather then giving negative views about the car... A car's life is all about the fluids inside your car... Keep it as fresh as possible.

2nd Aug 2013, 21:51

I have to agree that the Daewoo is a deathtrap. Had it for about a year, do not buy this car! I also have a huge list of problems too! I'm actually waiting for my new car to be dropped off now, because one more day of driving the Daewoo with my baby in it is very risky; control arms and stabilizing bar is ready to snap! I'm buying a Honda! THANKS for the near death experience Daewoo! Not.