I have owned or had the use of many cars over my driving career including new Xantia 2.0 16v, Audi A6 1.9 TD, Toyota Avensis D4D and Seat Leon Cupra, and in all honesty my Leganza is the best overall.
I bought the car one owner,19k miles,2000 CDX model with leather, auto, CD, air con, electric mirrors, windows, drivers seat and sunroof, ABS etc for £2,600.
It has been totally reliable, economical and a pleasure to drive as long as it is driver in a relaxed manner that suits its chracter, it is superb. It looks good too in a nice metallic Merlot red with beige trim.
It makes other cars seem a rip off, and they are!
Steve Chapman Liverpool.
Compare your Leganza to the list of other cars in your first paragraph when it's done 50,000 miles, and again at 100,000 miles.
Don't get me wrong, they are attractive when new-ish as they represent lots of car for the money. Unfortunately the build quality and cheapened down Vauxhall components won't go the distance. Even the cambelts don't last to the recommended change intervals.
I purchased a brand new 2000 Leganza CDX in 2002 - I read other comments about timing belt breakage so I had mine replaced at 55,000 and 110,000. I had to replace the AC condenser (rock?) and brake pads a couple of times.
I currently have about 120K on the car and it looks and drives like new.
I drive mostly highway, never beat on it, and change the oil every 6-7 thousand miles.
It is a well engineered, solidly built vehicle.
Hmm, I think that some car manufacturers/salesmen have been let loose on this site, I have found my leganza to be a real nice car. I recently bought my wife a Focus, but she has refused it preferring to drive the Leganza. As for crashing and dodgy handling comments etc. I think somebody must have chosen the wrong car for their rallying, or they have been undertaking the type of driving that gives us company car drivers a bad name. If you drive sensibly and service it regularly it should provide many miles reliable/comfortable motoring. If you want to rally choose something else, but remember to watch for those trees, because they are unforgiving no matter what you drive. Its funny how, people hammer their cars yet expect them to last for ever. Guess what they don't! Daewoo does not deserve all the bad press it got from the likes of Top Gear etc and the rest of the motor trade putting the boot in.
You don't need to hammer a Leganza to notice the numb steering, lack of front end grip in the wet, vicious understeer and cheap build quality.
Just hope you never have to take avoiding action at speed in the wet. Otherwise it will be a big insurance claim.
It's not a case of people putting the boot in. It's not a very good car. That's why the company went bust. If they couldn't sell them with that aftersales package, what did that say about the car itself?
Besides which, a Ford Mondeo is hardly the epitome of image, but at least it's a decent drive.
I am a mechanic, and with all the cars I have fixed and driven, honestly the Leganza happened to be the best luxury car ever (apart from the Vauxhall engine). Trust me it is.
I'm in sales traveling in the USA. I put 240.000 miles on a Daewoo Leganza, it's the best car I ever drove. Last year I rented close to 20 brand new cars, every time a different automobile model, and none of those were as comfortable as reliable as Daewoo Leganza. I love that car; the engine performance, brakes, transmission, design, everything, including the price I missed, and I just love.
The best car I ever had.
I am considering buying a Daewoo Leganza and I wanted any feedback that would help with my decision. I haven't bought it yet, and the owner said that the only thing that it needed was a timing belt what should I do. This is my first car so I want to think reasonably and responsibly. Please provide your feedback.