29th Mar 2001, 12:14

I bought a new Matiz in January. Yesterday I went out to the car to find large cracks had appeared from both lower corners of the front wind-screen. My opinion is that they are stress cracks not caused by impact from a stone or other object. There is no evidence of such an impact upon examination nor can I recall any impact while driving. I spoke to Daewoo locally and await their examination and decision on whether they accept this as a fault. On discovering that there are others who have experienced this problem I find it worrying that replacement wind-screens too could stress and break meaning that repeat replacements could become necessary.

28th Jun 2003, 01:27

I have just bought a Matiz (2001 model) and also my windscreen has cracked at the bottom on the right-hand side! Very curious that it seems to be so common...

12th Feb 2005, 05:39

I also have a 2000 w matiz and this morning discovered a crack in the windscreen at the bottom corner (drivers side). Cannot see any impact from vandalism and suspect that these speed road humps are a possible contributing factor.

Thank heavens for insurance. I think these little cars do sustain bodywork bending. The other week I was driving in an exceptional strong wind and got a few really weird noises which I attributed to body flexing.

31st Jul 2005, 05:35

I have a 1999 Daewoo Matiz se plus. Last year I had to have the windscreen replaced as it developed a crack in the windscreen at the bottom centre.

29th Nov 2005, 17:44

I have just purchased a used 99 matiz and on my way home noticed that there is two large cracks at the bottom left hand side of the windscreen! I am obvisouly reluctant to purchase a new windscreen if this is going to happen again, but what choice is there. surely Daewoo should replace these. Does anyone know if they are or at least contributing to the cost?

22nd Dec 2005, 03:39

Don't expect Daewoo or Chevrolet to replace anything free of charge! Don't take your car to a main dealer - you'll pay through the nose for everything.

11th Feb 2006, 16:46

I have just brought a used Daewoo Matiz SE 2000 (V) model. After 2 days I noticed a 3" long crack had appeared in the bottom right hand corner of the windscreen. Over the following week this has grown and is now approx 12" long.

Since this seems to be a common problem I am going to complain to Daewoo, may I suggest that everyone else who has this problem does the same.

10th Sep 2006, 15:14

After a good old cleaning session the other day, I may add there was absolutely nothing wrong with my windscreen, I made a short trip to my mothers house. On leaving her house I noticed an 8" crack had appeared, on the drivers side bottom corner. Suprise suprise. The car is a used 51 plate and I was not insured for windscreen damage so had it replaced at a cost of £130 all in at Bradford Car Glass. It seems that it is a common fault with the car!!

6th Dec 2006, 03:48

Just to make my commercial interests clear, please note that I work for a company associated with Daewoo. However, I enter these comments as a private individual. I only do so to hopefully be of assistance to Matiz owners (I own one too).

In April 06 I posted comments regarding the two plastic blocks used to mount the glass.

These blocks are there to support the screen DURING INSTALLATION ONLY. Once the adhesive is dry, the blocks MUST BE MOVED AWAY FROM THE EDGE of the glass. If they are not, the new screen will crack where the block rubs against the edge of the new screen when the car is driven.

If the fitter fails to move the blocks away after installation and the screen cracks, its the fault of the fitter, no one else.

These cars are not faulty and the screens are not faulty. The fault lies with incorrect installation. Therefore, of course Daewoo won't pay. If you experience a crack following installation, suggest you take it up with the fitter. It's very easy to prove, just remove the lower cover and look closely at the blocks. If they're touching the screen and the crack is coming away from where the blocks are, it was installed incorrectly.

If you are having a new screen fitted, it would be wise to make sure the fitter knows about the blocks in advance so that this concern can be avoided.

Hope this helps owners of these great little cars.

12th May 2007, 02:27

My daughter had a W reg Matiz which seemed to self destruct in 2006. After spending a lot of money on repairs she finally traded it in. The main problems were with the alternator which left her stranded without even hazard lights, in the dark on a roundabout in rush hour, and then at traffic lights in the centre of town in the early hours of the morning. Having had this repaired she then had a gasket which needed replacing and cost a fortune as it is so inaccessible. Even after it was fixed the problem recurred soon after. I have now heard from a friend with the same model who is having exactly the same problems. Anyone else had this problem with a W reg Matiz?

5th Feb 2008, 12:44

Reading the above comment is like having Deja Vu! My Matiz is W reg and is going into the garage for the 4th time over the same problem (after a rash of other problems to boot!)

I was debating whether to keep this car as I cannot really afford a new one, but I think you have just persuaded me to stretch myself a bit and get something a bit reliable that won't leave me stranded in rush hour on my own!

Thank you!

17th Feb 2008, 07:39

I have an X reg matiz se plus which has been to 2 different garages lately plus hooked up to three diagnostic machines, but apparently there's 'nothing wrong with it!' When idling in neutral e.g at traffic lights OR slowing down at junctions or to park the engine will stall. When it is restarted the car will 'kangaroo' up the road and then stall again at the next sign of slowing down. It can be fine for a week or two between episodes of this so always catches you by surprise! Has anyone else had this or can you offer me any ideas as the garages don't have a clue!

4th Feb 2009, 13:43

Hello, I have a Daewoo Matiz 2000, the windshield just cracked while I was turning in the drive, same thing the 2 blocks were not moved down after the glass was fitted.

Daewoo should replace the windshield as they fitted the glass.

11th May 2009, 08:32

I live in Bermuda. I woke up one morning to find a big crack in my windscreen. The glass was fitted by Daewoo therefore, they should be responsible for fitting me a replacement windscreen. It is going to cost me almost $1000.00 plus just to get a new one and have it fitted.

20th May 2010, 03:37

Hi. I have a Daewoo Matiz W reg 2000. I went to the car one morning to also notice a crack bottom right hand of screen. Having it replaced today. I think these cars are rubbish. I've owned the car for 2 months and spent 500.00 in repairs up to now. The only place these cars should be is on a scrap heap. Problem after problem.

23rd Sep 2010, 14:39

I have a 2006 Chevrolet Matiz. Every time it rains, there is water in the passenger side foot well, coming from underneath the glovebox in the corner. Have tried the windscreen and the cowl, don't know where it is raining in. Any help please.

5th Dec 2010, 09:06

I have had so many problems with my Daewoo. The alternator went, it sometimes doesn't speed up over 40 mph, the heater matrix went, and now I have a crack on the bottom right hand area of the screen!!