2000 Daewoo Matiz SE Plus 0.8 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Surprisingly roomy, comfortable, economical and easy to drive

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car so far.

General Comments:

I bought this car as I was attracted by its styling and small exterior size with roomy and stylish interior.

The four passenger doors as standard are very useful.

The fuel economy is very good, but does suffer if the car is driven hard.

The three-cylinder engine is surprising smooth and quiet.

The Matiz is the best car I have owned and very difficult to fault.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2001

2000 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Nice car if you have a good dealer in your area... otherwise forget it

Faults:

Had a small door dent which they were unable to repair without major damage to the rest of the car.

Unable to match the green paint on a 1000 mile car.

No dealer service at all.

Headlights misted up and took 6 weeks to replace (now misting up again).

They appear unable to service the Matiz.

They can't or won't supply parts under warranty.

General Comments:

For a small door dent we did not expect a whole door would be needed, nor that it and the surrounding bodywork would be blue on a green car.

We did not expect the repair to consist of them spraying the whole side blue or damaging the windows, carpets, seat, seals and body moldings.

To cap things off they then proved unable to carry out the first service without causing further damage.

We have now waited a month for the parts so they can fix the results of a service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th July, 2001

27th Aug 2001, 12:50

So your replacement headlights took 6 weeks to arrive? Top this - I've just waited 5 weeks for a Ford main dealer to get me some brake pads for my Focus diesel. Probably more due to the incompetence of the dealer, but just shows, even the best sellers in the UK don't necessarily mean you get good service at the other end.

28th Oct 2001, 04:03

TAKE IT BACK!!! I had a brand new Golf ruined by my local VW dealership in a similar way. This kind of customer service stinks.

16th Sep 2004, 07:14

I hate to put your car down, but Daewoo have a very poor build of car.

And as for the comment regarding the brake pads for a Ford, try your local Autofactors. They normally can help.

As for normal spares, I try the breakers yard. I do travel up to a 50 mile radius to find spares, or try http://www.1stchoice.co.uk. You can find spares at competitive prices.

13th Apr 2005, 05:36

Nothing seems to be covered by any warranty that Daewoo offer! I'm in the process of fighting to get a design & manufacturing fault rectified which has completely devalued my car which is low mileage and in immaculate condition. Honestly - I really don't hold out any hope of getting anyway! I would never recommend the Matiz to anyone.

2000 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Would like to be able to judge on a fully operational gearbox!

Faults:

Changing the gears down into second has been a problem since day one. The dealer said the gearbox would take time to wear in.

After 2000 miles the dealer took the car in but no improvement occurred.

After 3500 miles they agreed to re-work second gear and had the car in for three days.

Still no improvement, the foreman at the garage took the car for a test drive and agreed there was still a problem, but that was seven weeks ago and they still claim to be waiting for parts from Korea.

General Comments:

General performance and economy is fine.

Service centre is poor and rarely return your calls.

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

Review Date: 12th July, 2001

23rd Jun 2003, 05:50

I too have had the same problem with the gearbox, resulting in many trips to the service trips and they tried lots of different thing, only to be told that it could be improved, that changing down into second would also be clunky and stiff!! I love my car and have got used the problem now. But was wondering if you ever got your problem sorted?