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.
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.