23rd Jun 2007, 11:01

Hi there, I also had the problem with the intermittent stopping. Have a 800cc 2000 Daewoo Matiz SE. Was the distributor as well. I will also like to turbo my matiz, if any one has any info, please advise...regards.

6th Jul 2007, 10:36

I am an owner of a Matiz, year 2000.Have it for 4 years and the car has gone over 125000km without a glitch. Doing regular checkups, but all of a sudden the engine cooling liquid disappeared and the leak seems to be a big one as the water disappears in 10 min. Is it possible that some hose or something other got damaged while getting of from a high curb?

8th Oct 2007, 08:50

I want to know the dimensions of the front wheel bearings of the Matiz or the bearing number?



23rd Oct 2007, 10:50

I have a 1999 Daewoo Matiz since May 2005, had clutch problems at first, but has been absolutley fine since. Then 6 weeks ago engine light came on car cutting out, needed new distributor, and also new immobilizer, has been fine since. But last few days engine light started coming again, now I'm told its the engine speed sensor.

I love this car and hope these problems clear up.

4th Dec 2007, 09:40

Bought a matiz 5 weeks ago after writing off my beloved laguna (6yrs and lots of miles with no major problems).

All I've got to say is - never again!

In the space of those 5 weeks I've never so much of the AA guys and my local garage!

- alternator

- fan belt

- brake light constantly on

- 2 new tyres (nails each time so bad luck)

-and the icing on the cake today is the inlet manifold.

Total spent on the car - approaching £500.

5th Dec 2007, 12:08

I have recently bought a Matiz and am having a problem. when I pull away or brake hard I hear I knocking noise from below the car. I have had it in two garages and no body can find out what is causing the noise. Has anyone else experienced these problems, Any ideas, if so can you please email me at d12bees@hotmail.co.uk.

2nd Jan 2008, 05:29

Hi, I have a 2001 Matiz, and have just experienced the "dreaded manifold water leak problem". I wasn't sure what it was until reading comments on this board, but have found it really helpful.

I guess what it's made me do is realise I'm not going to chase good money after bad by repairing the fault. It's a shame really, because the little car has served me well, although the engine management light has been on for 4 years! I wasn't prepared to pay the Daewoo garage £70 to hook up to their computer and then tell me that it's a little probe that's failed, costing another £50! At the end of the day, we all want the best deal we can get for our money, and at the start the Matiz fits the bill, but you need to run it into the ground, as it isn't worth much after a couple of years.

When thinking of buying a new Matiz, ask the salesperson what he would allow you on a trade in after two years, and then watch him stutter the answer.

27th Feb 2008, 14:55

I've had my Daewoo Matiz (1999 model) for 3 years. Has been trusty so far until recently. Inlet Manifold has gone, water was pouring straight out and the water tank would empty in a few minutes. This forum has been very helpful, didn't realise it was so common. Have been told it's going to cost me around £350 to fix. Car only worth about £500. Not happy, but have had a good few years out of it. I've always had problems with changing from first to second gear too. Definitely time to get rid though and no, I won't be getting another one.

20th Mar 2008, 15:42

I have an 01 Matiz. Engine over-heated so I bought a second hand engine and fitted it. Now it won't start; have fuel but no spark. It was lying for about 4 months. Could the ECU have lost its memory?

18th May 2008, 13:29

I have had my 2004 Matiz from new. The main problem I encountered was the engine management light coming on. After several visits to the dealers to gt it checked under warranty, and reset, a sensor was replaced. I noticed a pattern to the light illuminating, and figured that as long as I didn't let my fuel gauge drop below half, then it doesn't illuminate. It is nearly 1.5 years since it last came on - I think there is a problem with the fuel outlet from the tank being too high, so if fuel levels drop below half, when you turn a left corner the fuel slops away from the outlet, air gets sucked in the fuel pipes, and engine management light illuminates.

So, to preven engine light coming on, treat the half way mark as empty. It works for me.

1st Jun 2008, 11:10

Hi! I have a 99 Deawoo Matiz. I parked it up outside my house last night; I got in it at 2pm the next day and now it won't start. I have checked my oil and spark plugs and petrol; it turns over but won't start. Any help would be good, thanks.

12th Jun 2008, 02:53

I have a 1999 Matiz, that cuts out after driving for a while, the engine MIL light comes on and it loses power and cuts out. It won't start for about an hour while the engine cools down. It was suggested to replace the distributor; it seems to be a common problem.

27th Nov 2008, 10:08

My daughter has a Matiz which had speedo problems. I've changed the speedo head which was easy. However the fuel gauge has stayed on showing half full. Do I need to reset this? If so, how. Thanks for any help.


16th Dec 2008, 10:24

Hi, everybody. I'm from Palestine, we turned our cars to run on cooking gas because the Israelis don't supply us with enough amounts of petrol. And since then the engine light came on, now when petrol became available I canceled every part added for gas and put everything to its original way.

But the light still on, finally I discovered the solution.

The problem of that light is in the relay box and the ignition part under the edge of the hood under the windscreen.

Now my Matiz 2001 runs normally and no annoying lights.

26th Jan 2009, 08:37

Well I own a 2000 SD Matiz. It has given me no problems.

The only problem it gave that was leakage of water in cooling system, that is due to the water channel in the manifold got completely damaged. Well my mechanic fixed it up with m seal; a mixture of sodium oxide & more. After that the water level didn't go down. This is common problem problem with the Matiz with its plastic manifold. This is the only flaw the car has. Due to this my original water pump got damaged completely. I installed a new water pump; after this no problems.

I have replaced 2 exhaust pipes due to rusting. This is due to the Matiz having a really high performance engine, which displaces drops of water. If the engine splits drops of water, that means your car engine is running more than perfect, giving you best mileage under tough conditions. It gives me mileage more than 17 kmpl in the city & 22 on the highways.

Stop criticizing this machine; you need to give a little care to it, & the rest it will do it for you. It has run 50700 kms & is still running perfectly. Mind, Daewoo has produced the best cars in the world.

The distributor problem is faced due to the fast start of engine. When you start your car's engine, wait till the check light goes off, then only start your engine; that light is provided to check whether the fuel pump, injectors, valves are working perfectly, & distributors checks all the above mentioned stuff, so be kind to start your car after the light goes off.

Service your car's engine after every 5000 kms, change the fuel filter after every 20000 kms, clean your air filter after every 5000 kms & change it after 20000 kms. Clean the injectors only when the performance has dropped, otherwise don't mess with the injectors. Use only unleaded gas of only 1 company @ a time, and don't mix the gas of different companies.