2001 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8 from UK and Ireland
Excellent city car, excellent price for an average person
No problems as such with the car.
The only thing that could be a bit suspect is the carpet in front of the driver is flimsy and wears quick.
I have written this review on the Daewoo Matiz for all the people out there who consider themselves average and need a small car to run around.
Well, need I say more?
The Daewoo Matiz does its specification excellently, 56/58 mpg can't be laughed at.
Whatever most people say, being a 0.8 it gets laughed at for being a hair dryer, in actual fact it isn't that bad, we cruised 50 or so miles, with 3 adults, and one child in the back at almost 80 mph the whole way. Not bad motorway travelling for a 0.8 wouldn't you say.
So if you're clever, and get over silly British prejudices that don't strongly exist these days anyway, you can get real bargains and value for money with these manufacturers.
Servicing and AA cover is excellent, second in the world only to BMW, that's a fact. We even put our other car on the same AA cover.
Interior is much more roomy than it looks, a small Tardis!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th July, 2001
30th Jul 2001, 08:28
I too was a happy camper until I had the first problem, but it could be down to having a good dealer, but then should not Daewoo sort out the bad ones?
On Friday I should be having the problems caused by the first service sorted out but then, as with the headlight problem, another 6 week wait for parts. Can you wait 6 weeks each time a part is needed?
7th Aug 2001, 13:45
Re the performance of the Matiz - I used to drive a Nova 1.2, Toyota Starlet 1.0, and a Corsa 1.2. I'm contemplating a Matiz so came on here to read some of the comments.
Having checked out the performance figures in the Parkers Car Guide (albeit on paper and not through experience), the Matiz 0-60 is just as good if not better than the above, and the top speed is approximately the same. The engine might be smaller, but obviously car design has moved on a bit, so if I can get the same performance (not much) but with much better fuel economy then that's a bonus.
Re the 6 week wait for a headlight - that's a bit of a hassle, but I had a few very minor problems with my Toyota. Being a base model small car, you would think parts would be reasonably priced. How about £185+VAT for a window regulator (manual) or a total of £310+VAT for 2 parts to sort out the wiper linkage. They might have taken only a couple of days to arrive, but I would rather wait longer than pay silly money.