1998 Daewoo Matiz Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1998 Daewoo Matiz MD 0.8 from Korea

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres
Previous carAudi 4000

Summary:

A real reliable bargain for city driving

Faults:

Faulty ECU (engine control unit) wiring at 30,000km (had to be replaced; cost - 80US$).

General Comments:

The car is very convenient for city driving.

Parking is very easy in tight spaces (even in small spaces fit for motorbikes!)

The car is surprisingly roomy for its size.

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

Review Date: 5th April, 2002

1998 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

An absolute lemon, don't touch it with a barge pole

Faults:

Rear number plate and interior light not functioning from delivery.

Within one year I had to take the car back to the dealer 7 times for the same problem, the car kept on stalling at traffic lights, finally tracked down to the immobiliser.

Passenger door lock is very hard to open from the inside.

Had a head gasket replaced at only 11,000 miles.

Dealer service is awful, don't expect them to call back, even worse it takes 6 weeks to get a courtesy car, so pray your car will last if it has to go in, otherwise enjoy public transport.

The ride is harsh.

General Comments:

A cute car.

Very nippy.

Problems outweigh the good points, never will I buy a Daewoo again, I have persuaded many others not to buy it, and I hope after reading this you don't as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th January, 2002

7th May 2002, 06:42

I have had a Matiz for 3 years. Its mileage is 45,000 kms and when considering Malta is only 26 kms long that is quite a lot.

So far I have had a totally trouble free experience, and would recommend it. Malta's roads are non existent as any tourist to Malta can confirm. Notwithstanding this I have had no trouble. I only effected the normal services and changed the brake pads after 20,000 kms.

Although small, I have managed to fit 5 average sized adults, 1 10 year old child, 1 3 year old, a baby and a carry cot in the booth.

This car is great to travel in, to own and to park.

I would recommend it to anyone especially now that the Daewoo mother company has been bought by GM.

Mark.

24th May 2009, 06:20

The car is absolute masterpiece. In my 9 years of ownership, nothing wrong till now, nothing means nothing.

It give me mileage of 17 to 18 in city with A/C, & 22 to 23 on highway. What else can a person want from a 796 cc small but powerful engine.

I'm a very proud owner of a Daewoo Matiz. I hope Daewoo starts its operations again in my country, they made the best cars till now.

1998 Daewoo Matiz from Greece

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired24 kilometres
Most recent distance75440 kilometres
Previous carNissan Primera

Summary:

Value for money

Faults:

The engine's performance has dropped 5-7%, probably because I have pushed the engine and transmission a lot. It takes longer to reach the 160-170 Km... he he.

Between 68000-75000 Km I had to replace two spark cables (they are three) twice because the engine was suffering from irregularity (warranty - free of charge). I believe the problem occurred because of the heat (engine and sun).

General Comments:

I am really happy to be the owner of this beautiful car.

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

Review Date: 15th July, 2001

25th Dec 2006, 10:52

Well, it is me again, 200.000 km and counting...no problemos!!! everything works OK, no rattles!!

1998 Daewoo Matiz SE Plus 0.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 0.8 petrol
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10

Faults:

Clutch replaced after 2 weeks. Oil leaks x 5 times. Engine overheating. Loss of power. Increased petrol consumption. Engine warning light keeps coming on. Exhaust blowing. Heater not working. Temperature gauge not working. Been back into dealership 9 times for attempts at repair.

General Comments:

I would never buy another Daewoo. The customer services do not want to know and have never responded to any of the six letters of complaint that I have written. I tried to ask for my money back after the 4th attempt at repair, under their 30 day promise as detailed in their brochure as I had only had the car for 25 days with four attempts to repair it. But they just ignored me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

1998 Daewoo Matiz SE Base 0.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 0.8 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

Great value especially three years free servicing, AA membership and 3 years full warrenty! Dealers were good too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

1998 Daewoo Matiz SE Plus 0.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 0.8 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10

Faults:

Nothing at all as yet.

General Comments:

A teriffic little car which is fun to drive and very safe. I feel it's a real bargain at just £7K on the road packed with extras and free 3 year service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 1998

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 9 reviews