1999 Daewoo Matiz SE Plus from UK and Ireland - Comments

11th Dec 2004, 05:01

I bought a Matiz in September (V-reg, second hand)... so far no problems with it... I love the car... but I agree the fuel comsumption matches my partner's 1.3 fuel injection... but putting that aside it's more happy going about 40mph than trying to break any world records (my last cars were a Skoda and Nissan Sunny), there again it has the capacity to beat any motorway traffic.

28th Oct 2005, 02:18

I have a 1999 Daewoo Matiz SE+, bought at 1 year old. I find it a purely functional vehicle and have had no problems with it (apart from needing a new radiator cap). Fuel consumption is excellent returning an average of 47mpg. Small enough to park almost anywhere, but capable of sitting on the motorway at 85mph with a bit to spare, although I do need to turn the air con off when going up a steep hill to maintain power. It's a car that has done exactly what I expected it to do. If I wanted Rolls Royce quality I would not have bought a Daewoo. This car does not try to be something it's not. It's primarily a city car, but copes with longer journeys when it needs to. I would consider having another.

31st Aug 2006, 06:10

Once the warranty expires - get rid of it. Daewoo (or Chevrolet) don't answer letters and trying to get anything sorted out is a nightmare. My Matiz has a manufacturing fault which was admitted by the dealership, but they won't correct it. A pile of junk with a poor after sales service - that'll be the Daewoo!!

7th Jul 2009, 15:01

The car is complete masterpiece, & till today this car doesn't have any match. Just drive carefully, try to use as little clutch as possible, cause new drivers always have nasty habit of pressing the clutch every time. Change gears within the range as this is 0.8 litre car, so you might mess her excellent performance. Anything else, just keep commenting.

7th Aug 2009, 12:37

Bought our Matiz 8 years ago. It's a 2000 SE Plus. Have not had much go wrong except replaced the camshaft sensor in the distributor 2 years ago. Put it in the main dealer for a major service and all they changed was the cambelt. Said there wasn't much else wrong.

8th Aug 2009, 00:42

Yes it depends how much your car has run, well exactly what went wrong with camshaft sensor. If your cam belt has been changed, then it's a good thing cause you don't have to keep the belt for a longer period.

2nd Oct 2009, 11:41

Someone please reply to this. I recently bought my 1999 Daewoo Matiz 800cc, and I don't know where to find the engine number, can someone tell me where to find it please?

And my engine check light just comes on when I'm at about 40kmh. What would be the likely cause, and how can I rectify it?

4th Oct 2009, 04:25

Well you can find the engine no. When you open your hood, near the left head lamp assembly, it is printed there.

Well get your timing belt checked, clean your fuel injectors (they might be clogged), with that get a new air filter, fuel filter, oil filter. This will solve your major problems.

If the check light still comes on, then remove your main fuse (40A) from the fuse box for 30 to 50 seconds, then place it back again. If the light still comes on, then you need to get your sensors checked. Maybe one of the wires is getting shorted. How many kilometers has your car run to date?

15th Dec 2009, 04:14

Can anyone please help. I have just been given a Daewoo Matiz V reg S Plus. A good car, won't start at all, there is a clicking noise coming from the relays in a fuse in the engine bay. Also no spark whatsoever. A few people told me they are known for this sort of problem. Any advice because I'm at my wits end? Thanks...

15th Dec 2009, 23:35

Check your relay properly; maybe they are not getting the current properly. Get it checked, there are four wires which connect to 1 relay. Maybe some of the wires have become disconnected. Check the ignition coil, ignition relay, fuel pump relay, check battery has enough water in it.

Mainly check all the fuses & relays. If they are all fine & connected properly with wires, then check your battery, distributor, or starter motor. These are the only things which tend to get fail. But I know the fuse & relay are the main issues with this.

21st Jan 2012, 17:39

Hi, can anyone help me. I bought a Daewoo Matiz today, and the air conditioning unit seems to be seized, which has caused a failure in the power steering belt, giving me no power steering. Can you bypass the aircon unit altogether with another belt?

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