Same problem here with the second gear and also reverse.
Thanks to all your comments you solved my worries. It's already the 3rd or 4th time I have to change the clutch cable in almost 7 years. I was worrying that maybe I don't know how to drive, but seems it's a common problem.
Well I own a 9 year old Daewoo Matiz SD.
The 2nd gear problem is manufacturing defect, but I came up with the solution for it. If your 2nd gear is not able to slide smoothly, just try to leave your car in 2nd gear when you park your car. Try this for at least a week, & after a week you will find that your gear will slide more smoothly than before. I had the same problem with 2nd & reverse gear. Well every car reverse gear creates some kind of noise, but I did the above mentioned procedure for at least for a week, then my reverse gear never makes any kind of noise, & by doing this my cars clutch has become easy to press than before. Try it & then comment. I'm hoping for positive comments.
Same problems here, I do notice a slight fault in the bracket holding all the gear stick guff, maybe a slight grind on the right hand side where a pin touches the bracket might help the 2nd gear problem.
But at present I need some cables as one has broken; any ideas on cheap available parts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, 2000 model thanks. Will let you know how I get on.
I have had my Daewoo Matiz for 3 years now & found the main problems to have been:
The clutch cable snapping 3 times now.
A whistling noise caused by the fan belt.
The back washer hose coming off at the washer bottle end (a real pain to reconnect).
Apart from that, it's been 25k of relatively trouble free motoring.
You get what you pay for I suppose. A cheap basic car by a cheap basic manufacturer.
We have our 2001 Matiz for 5 months now (bought secondhand), and we too have the gearbox problem. Have to be at a complete stop to put it into 1st and 2nd gear (and no 2nd gear coming down), but all the rest is fine. It would be great if we could find a similar gearbox that would fit. I still love my little car.
I bought my wife a Matiz for a very reasonable price, and hence accept its minor problems. Like many on this topic, it has a problem selecting first gear when on the move, it will go in with a crunch! I have put this down to the syncromesh being worn, despite the car having a low mileage.
My other experiences with Daewoo's is with several Musso 4x4. These also have a very clunky gearbox; perhaps the change to Chevrolet will address these issues???
Regarding the noise from the steering while turning; don't replace the drive shaft or wheel bearings, you will only waste your money. I replaced both and it made no difference. I have decided to just put up with it.
If the cornering noise you are hearing only happens when turning to the right, this is caused by there being too much clearance in the thrust of the gearbox mounting. If you are a skilled mechanic, this can be cured by removing the mounting, and elongating the mounting bolt holes to minimise the clearance. Do not attempt this yourself if you are not a mechanic, as the gearbox needs supporting; get someone professional to do it for you. This fault was difficult to diagnose, and I am not surprised that the remedy is not widely known.