1999 Daewoo Matiz SE+ 796cc 3 cylinder petrol from UK and Ireland


Overall a good value for money car


The cable (yes, it's a cable) from gearstick to gearbox snapped and stranded me in neutral on a busy motorway. It cost £145 to get it replaced at a small private garage. The cable cost £57 and the rest was labour. "The worst stick to box linkage I have ever changed in any car" was the garage comment. It required stripping of dashboard and panels to reach the gearbox end. This was after only 19000 miles.

General Comments:

Good car for town driving and very well appointed. My wife is only 4ft 10ins and it suits her fine! "Very comfortable & easy to see out of". (could she not see out of the Fiesta!!) The power steering is also great to have after the heavy Ford Fiesta 1.8 diesel non powered.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2004

26th Jun 2012, 01:48

I have also changed the linkage between gear stick and gear box, and faced no such problems. I changed the linkage, not because it was broke, but because the gear change started to become vague. The problem turned out to be the gear box oil, which was changed and the problem was solved. The only things I've had to remove in order to change the linkage were the gear stick cover and the air filter assembly (to have a better reach inside the engine compartment). I think the problem was an unenthusiastic garage mechanic, which is pretty much the reason I try and repair everything I can by myself. I haven't yet found a garage capable of solving a problem on this car without causing two others.

1999 Daewoo Matiz SD 796CC from India


A beautiful little car to own!


Nothing much wrong with the car. It is neatly packaged car with great combination of looks (it's really cute!),comfort, space and safety features in its class. However, lacks a bit of power (52 hp), especially felt in stop and go city traffic.

Suspension makes you feel the bumps and on bad roads, but within tolerable limits.

Gear shifting is not very smooth, especially from 1st to 2nd gear.

Brake pads tend to wear in my case.

However, our major concern (as is for other Matiz owner's in India) is the sales and service network for these cars as Daewoo has closed its operations in India. Probably, GM is going to revive the car in India. If it does, it will be a great relief!

General Comments:

The car is on the whole excellent. Will win any "beauty contest" hands down.

Is a "big" small car with adequate cabin space and driving comfort. Inside cabin with well arranged instrument cluster and controls.

Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning performs well though the the engine has to work harder when the Air-conditioner is switched on.

At high speeds, is a stable car with decent handling.

Lastly, shows a decent mileage, I get around 13 kilometers per lire of gasoline in city and 18-20 Kilometer per litre on the highway.

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

Review Date: 7th April, 2004

1999 Daewoo Matiz SE + 796cc from UK and Ireland


Capable, nimble, reliable


Nothing really major has gone wrong with the car. A new battery was fitted after 2 years, and the HT leads needed changing after the car refused to start one morning (thank god for the AA).

All 4 alloy wheels needed replacing after 1 year, as the old ones had started corroding. They were replaced under warranty with no fuss from the dealer!

The interior is nicely put together, but we have noticed some rattles and squeaks.

General Comments:

The car is extremely capable around town, keeping up happily with other traffic. We have taken the car on numerous motorway trips, and it will comfortably sit at 75-80mph all day, with the little motor buzzing away quite contently. Not quite a pocket rocket, but nevertheless, a nippy and nimble little runner.

If you are looking for a cheap little 2nd car, then the Matiz is for you!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2004

16th Jan 2004, 23:54

Lovely car matiz.

Also I like maltiz (dog)