1999 Daewoo Matiz SE 796 from UK and Ireland


A good car ruined by terrible staff and headoffice


Headlights fill with water.

Brakes squeal.

Won't start if parked on hill for a few hours.


Performance especially hill climbing far worse than when car was new.

General Comments:

Good car ruined by the worst dealer service I have ever known.

The car always came back dirty or scratched or both.

Would turn up early and find the female staff would be out doing their shopping in it.

Have waited as long as 14 months for one small body part.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th November, 2002

1999 Daewoo Matiz SE Plus 796cc from UK and Ireland


Quite good so far


I've only recently (reluctantly) bought this car at an auction. I was a bit unconvinced of the performance as it was only a 0.8 engine, but it turned out to be quite nippy. It does 80-90mph quite easily on the motorway. My only concern is the petrol consumption, I haven't pushed it overly hard, but its only done around 250 miles on a full tank. I read all the reviews and everyone mentioned how well it did for fuel consumption. My model is a T reg (1999) does anyone else have the same problem? Also, the paint (or whatever it is) on the alloy wheels is beginning to balloon up, I'm the second owner of the car and it is just out of warranty. Would I be able to have the wheels replaced by Daewoo as the car hasn't done more than 30,000 miles yet? I would appreciate a response asap.

General Comments:

Apart from the fuel concerns, this car is a beauty to drive, surprisingly nippy and it does get a lot of attention. It comes with a lot of mod-cons, much more than any other car in the same price and size range.

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

Review Date: 23rd September, 2002

18th Oct 2002, 16:58

Very well written entry, hopefully someone will post a response to this as I'm currently considering purchasing a Matiz.

2nd Aug 2004, 15:47

I hope someone replies to the wheel issue too as I will be picking up my new (used) V reg Daewoo Matiz SE+ tomorrow. Its my first car and I am hoping I don't have the same problems with fuel. I am reassured however by the comment on motorway driving as I had thought that the engine wouldn't be any where near powerful enough. Will no doubt have my own teething problems. Watch this space.

1999 Daewoo Matiz SE + .8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Cheap, functional, but stylish


First problem with the car was the alloy wheels showing signs of corrosion. I had two set of wheels replaced. No problem with the last set.

Let the battery run down due to leaving the lights on caused the engine management system to over rev the engine at idle, sorted by disconnecting the battery for a few minutes. New model has a warning buzzer if lights left on.

Rear brakes have "stuck" a couple of times, no big problem.

General Comments:

Other than these problems the car is cheap to buy, cheap to run and cheap to service.

I mainly use the car for commuting up to 30 miles each way per day and the odd long trip 200 miles each way on the motorway.

Great car would by another on, they are cheaper now too!

No problems with the dealer or service center (Coventry/Derby).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2002

1999 Daewoo Matiz SD 0.8 from India


Korean Junk!


A sound from the steering resembling the sound a plastic bag makes when it's ruffled hard just 30 days after purchase. Till now the dealer has not been able to solve it and few months back when the car was sent to him, he threw up his hands and said he can't locate the problem and I should bear the sound!!

All 4 doors keep creaking and no amount of greasing has solved the problem. Dealer says all Matiz cars have this problem and Daewoo have solved it in the 2002 year model. As for model year 1999 customers, he says you will have to bear with the creaking!!

I had a continuous sound coming from the underbody irrespective of the road surface the car was driven on. The dealer changed the Tie bar and lower arms citing a worn out suspension charging me Rs.6500 ($136 approx) and the problem still continued. Ultimately I had a big argument and after a through check up he said it's not a suspension problem at all!! He changed the brake calipers and strut package charging me another Rs. 2600 ($55 approx). That was 20 days back and till now the sound hasn't come back and hopefully it wouldn't.

The fuel indicator shows me wrong indications of fuel. Once the indicator was at the E mark and when I topped up the tank at the gas station, I could barely manage 15 liters!! Now, the fuel tank has a capacity of 35 liters which meant there was more than half tank of fuel, but the indicator was hovering at the E mark. The dealer says it's a conked out fuel pump and it will cost me Rs. 5500! (approx $115)

The exhaust pipe has corroded and the entire pipe till the middle has to be replaced along with the silencer muffler. The dealer says all cars have this problem and he is right. Water and poor fuel quality in India causes this. But I had got the car treated with Dinitrol Anti-rust agent when I bought it and it still corroded. When I asked the dealer how my dad's 6 year old Suzuki doesn't have that problem yet, he says I am just lucky. OK I agree all exhaust pipes corrode, but do they corrode in 2 1/2 years and after just 25000kms?? How come the Japanese and European cars don't have that problem so soon?

It's a piece of Korean junk and I will never again buy a Korean car.

General Comments:

Performance is pretty good for a car with a 796 c.c. 3 cylinder 6 valve engine. It has a peppy 52 bhp @ 6000 rpm enigne and good low torque of 7.3kgm@3500rpm. Of course at traffic lights the Hyundai Santro-Atoz and Suzuki Alto/Zen are faster, but then they have a 999cc engine and the Matiz is heavier than all these cars. 800kgs for the Matiz as compared to 765kgs of the Santro. However, switch the Air-Conditioning on and the performance just dies.

Ride and handling is much better than it's rival Santro. Coupled with a peppy engine and sharp handling it's so much more fun to drive than the Hyundai.

The Air-Conditioning is fantastic which is a boon in the hot & humid Indian summer.

Good design of the Interiors and comfortable seats. It's also surprisingly roomy for it's size. Inadequate boot space is a bit of a problem. Absence of a tachometer is surprising. Gear shift is vague and clunky with long travels for the gear lever. Daewoo claims it's a superior cable operated shift, but I don't agree.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th April, 2002

4th Mar 2009, 05:35

Incomplete information is always harmful to you as well as other.

Your exhaust pipe gets busted; this is because the Matiz engine spits drops of water from the engine to the exhaust pipe. According to the laws of engineering, any car's engine that spits water to the exhaust pipe is suggesting that engine is giving all the possible high performance under tough conditions.

I own 9 year old Daewoo Matiz, & I have already changed 3 exhaust pipes, & the current one is getting rusted pretty fast. This is not a problem with the Daewoo Matiz, & it's not Korean junk.

If you think I am making a foolish statement over here, then check by yourself. When you start your car in the morning or any time, leave your car to settle for 1 min without doing anything except starting your engine. After that, go back to the exhaust pipe & see you can see drops of water ( don't stop your car's engine). If you can't, then after your drive, when you're going to turn it off, go & check. I'm 100% sure you will see drops of water.

The Daewoo Matiz is a high performance car, & I'm a very proud owner of a Daewoo Matiz.