2001 Daewoo Matiz SE (Extra) 0.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Excellent value - we love it
Sony CD player jumps sometimes.
Folding seat catch jammed.
Beautifully built - faultless on collection. Materials are lightweight, but well designed.
Performance is everything you could hope for in such a small engined car, but you need to row it along on the gearlever and you are not going to lose your licence without knowing! It will shoot straight past 70 in 5th. Great fun to rev and cruises quietly on flat motorways. Not recommended in very hilly areas though.
Space is amazing - room for four 6 footers. Boot is small and oddments space/glovebox appalling.
Interior has quality feel despite budget materials.
Ride is fine, although can be quite busy.
The dealers seem a pretty wet bunch and I'm still awaiting handbook, service folder and advice on running in after 2 months!
Excellent value - we love it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th October, 2001
15th Apr 2004, 06:53
My review above was posted after 2 months - I have now had the car for almost 3 years and intend to buy another the same shortly. Glad to get rid of the useless Daewoo dealers - Vauxhall/GM are much keener although not yet fixed all problems. Problems are all minor; car has stood up to use very well. Red paint looks like new, upholstery not worn. CD player has not jumped after the first couple of months. Door winder needed tightening and there has been a slight rattle from drivers door since new - I think it just needs a tweak to the lock, but have to convince dealer!
Overall, excellent value and completely reliable even on cold days. Have had to buy wipers and two new tyres.
22nd Dec 2005, 03:44
You obviously have the right idea - replace your Matiz (if you can bear having another one) when the warranty runs out, otherwise it will end up costing you a fortune!