2000 Daewoo Matiz SE+ 0.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
A great little cruiser
I've had a noisy exhaust heat-shield, water in the side indicators, and some gear-box modifications as it was clicking when changing gear.
For an 800cc car it's pretty nippy once you get it going as I have managed to get it off the clock at 110mph.
A must to all owners is to get the Matiz lowered, I had mine lowered with a set of PI springs which lowered it 30mm and it handles very well for a narrow, tall sided car.
I have also had my alloy wheels changed for slightly wider TSW Alpines which make the car look better, I am now in the process of fitting a Renault Laguna front splitter to the front bumper as well.
Also on the outside I have had the car de-badged to make it look wider and the reverse lamp has been tinted red.
I have had my brake calipers and drums painted silver which looks great on my car as it's finished in Cobalt blue.
Also on the outside I've fitted a stainless steel 2 inch big bore tailpipe.
I haven't done much on the inside yet, just altered the stereo slightly - I have a Kenwood mask head unit with steering wheel remote, Pioneer 10cm 3-way door speakers, in the rear I have Phillips 6x4's which are 2-way speakers and I have a 8 inch Vibe sub-woofer. My front and rear speakers, if anyone wants to know, are a straight swap for the standard speakers.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th June, 2001
19th Jul 2001, 10:24
Why has this entry got a glum face? It should have a smiley or neutral, judging by the owners comments.
20th Jul 2001, 02:49
This review has a glum face because the reviewer said that they wouldn't buy another car from this manufacturer. I appreciate that it gives a false impression of the review in this case, but it's usually a good indicator as to the reviewers satisfaction.
17th Oct 2004, 06:57
I Have a 2002 Matiz and I can get up to just over 167Kph (104Mph) when the rev limiter kicks in.
3rd Feb 2005, 01:51
My record is 100mph (160kph) at flat motor way. Beated Toyota Corolla 1.6L.
I think 160kph is my limit, since my Matiz has been 5 years and 140000km plus.
4th Nov 2009, 18:15
I've got a 2007 Chevy Matiz 1.0 SE. I got 105 max on a flat road. I really want a front splitter, but can't find one anywhere. Will a Renault Laguna one fit or not? Please help, I've got a set of 30 mil lowering springs, just want a splitter so it looks as though it's kissing the floor LOL. Please help.
5th Nov 2009, 14:30
Well I won't recommend you to do it, cause it can cause you some serious chassis damage while driving on rough roads. Don't change the factory settings at all.