2003 Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8L petrol from UK and Ireland
Airbag light came on, rear windows winders jammed, door seals leaked, radio won't work, some rust getting pretty bad on the rear, etc.
Inherited this car from an elderly relative who no longer needed it. He had it since new in 2003. When I had it the last couple of years, it was very rough and I just used it as a cheap run about, and to be fair it soldiered on till the end.
The Matiz is a silly, gimmicky early 2000's car, there were lots like this at the time. I never cared for them and always drove something decent. The Matiz is exactly as I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, it is not a really bad car, just very, very basic and nonsensical for anyone who actually enjoys cars and driving. It is a shopping cart.
My SE model is green, with bug eyes. It looks as ridiculous as it sounds. If you have forgotten what these early Matiz's look like, do an image search and have a laugh.
Inside is very cramped. I am of average build and around 5'10 tall. If you are over 6 foot, try something else. There is also cheap looking plastic everywhere. Seats are comfortable enough, but the ride is far too rough, also very noisy on motorways, where it struggles to maintain 70 mph. Wind blows through this car on a cold day, very thin metal. Those wrecked door seals are doing it no favours, but the car still feels cold and unsafe in winter. Handling is pretty poor also.
0.8 petrol engine is very slow, struggling all day even in the city, but will always do over 45 mpg. Tax is still rather expensive for an older petrol car I thought, but everything else about the car is cheap to run.
Scrapped it last year, it was not worth much and the engine was sounding rough, plus the rust was not getting any better. It was 18 years old and did its job, cannot say fairer than that. But not a car I will miss. They used to be a common sight on the road, but there can't be many of this generation of Matiz left. Even so, value is still low and I doubt they will ever be a collectors item.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th December, 2022