2000 Daewoo Matiz Reviews - Page 5 of 9

2000 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 0.8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carDaewoo Matiz

Summary:

Good cheap little car

Faults:

Rear view mirror fell off.

Car shook when in neutral.

General Comments:

The matiz is a very nippy little car. I could park it on a sixpence, and rear visibility is great. It makes an excellent 2nd car, and I would have kept it, except for the awful car dealership which dealt with its servicing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th January, 2003

2000 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8 petrol from Venezuela

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 0.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired250 kilometres
Most recent distance49000 kilometres

Summary:

The Atomic Flea

Faults:

None. So far no problems.

General Comments:

This is my first car. I have to drive everyday about 30 kilometers to college and in all this time the car has been perfect.

I never took it to the dealership because I don't trust them to care about my car. And because I never need it to.

I have to say this is a great car. It handles very well for an 800cc engine.

I have added platinum spark plugs and a set of 8mm spark plug wires.

I'm planing to add an K&N air filter and a 2.25inch exhaust, so it could run a little better.

By the way, my car is the smallest in my group of friends, and the mess with me because my car has the less horsepower. But me and my car can beat'em in Caracas traffic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2002

2000 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.796 from Venezuela

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 0.796 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres
Previous carIsuzu Trooper

Summary:

An economical comfy car

Faults:

Battery went dead at 28000kms.

Interior light never worked until recently.

Brake pads worn at 25000kms. Dealer replaced.

Dealer were very un-polite in every service my car had and I usually notice very bad quality service. Thank god not much has gone wrong with my matiz :)!!

General Comments:

OK I have to admit that at first I didn't like the matiz cause I use to own an suv, but my parents had to sell it because they needed some quick cash. But after a while a decided I ought to make the best of my car and it started to grow on me. I started to appreciate how good this car is.

Now I can say that the matiz is super economical on gas; it seems you can go on forever and the gauge will barely move.

The interior is very big for such a small car. I have managed to easily fit 5 adult sized people in it and in an emergency you can get a couple more.

On long trips its OK, but can get kinda bumpy on bad roads.

Its handling is very unstable due to its tall and narrow shape.

All in all the matiz is very comfy and easy to drive, but in my opinion it really takes a long time to accelerate even though it eventually reaches 100mph. That's why I decided to see how fast I could make my matiz so I did a couple of tune ups including exhaust, headers, k&n filter, nitto tires, lowered suspension, Bosch spark plugs, spark cables, and a couple more that escape me at the moment.

After all that I have managed yo get it up to 120mph and bettered its 0-60 time from 17 seconds down to 11 seconds!!! no joke!

And the handling now is awesome, I never imagined I could get that car to handle so well.

I love the matiz mainly for its reliability, comfort and its economic value, but I wouldn't by another daewoo due to the dealer service which is awful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th August, 2002

2000 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 0.7 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Fun, cheap, fresh and modern

Faults:

Rear seat retainer catch has broken.

Seats have not worn very well.

General Comments:

It handles quite well and is surprisingly nippy.

Its good to drive in town with its very small turning circle and diminutive size.

Very economical except when pushed very hard.

Will happily cruise on the motorway and feels safe enough even at 90mph!

Body panels are very thin and slightly tinny, but the paintwork is excellent (Poly Silver).

Gets strange looks from some people, but most people warm to it when they see how well it drives.

I love my little car, she's a beauty.

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

Review Date: 19th December, 2001

15th Jun 2003, 15:50

90 mph? I take it you haven't looked at the Euro NCAP test results for the Daewoo Matiz at just 40 mph then!

Nice nippy little car, but above 65 mph and it begins to feel very unstable!

Great fuel economy, especially at around 60 mph.

Gear box is far from great, but have seen worse on an earlier year 2000 SE+ (mine's an EZ+ 02 reg).

Air conditioning brilliant, and doesn't seem to affect fuel economy too badly.

Overall I'm very pleased with my car, perfect for parking and maneouvring.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 32 reviews