1999 Daewoo Matiz from UK and Ireland - Comments

20th Dec 2009, 02:25

This car is fantastic, no problems apart from the heater matrix, because the radiator has never been flushed, as you have to remove the lower pipe to drain the water, which is in a located in a confined space. Heater radiator will cause the heating in your car to stop working if it is blocked. Best thing to do is flush the radiator.

Just changed the brakes and tyres, and have been driving the car for over 7 years; very economical.

The Daewoo Matiz needs loving attention and care; should not be driven by boy racers, and you will love it.

2nd Nov 2010, 07:47

I bought my Matiz over 12 months ago and yet again the intake manifold blew on me sending water pouring out of the engine.

I had a mechanic remove it and he just blocked it off saying it would be OK. I find now that the engine will not run, unless you unplug the throttle position sensor at the front of the engine (this will do until I can afford to have the diagnostics checked).

I must agree that when they are running OK they are a nice car. BUT to anyone out there who has one, as soon as they start to go wrong... Get rid.

19th Dec 2010, 07:51

Hi, I have a Daewoo Matiz 2000, which I love, but a couple of days ago, it just stopped on me. Sometimes it runs for a little bit, and then cuts out again. I'm wondering if it could be dirty fuel or a fuel blockage, and how can I fix it?

19th Dec 2010, 12:40

Aahh... you need a new distributor... it's gone... one of my friends experienced the same problem with their 99 Matiz... it was distributor... I would advise you get that same distributor fixed... because it will hardly cost you anything... any electrician can fix that distributor.

I'm sure the rectifiers in the distributors are gone... because that's what charges & passes the high voltage current to the spark plugs... don't throw it away... get it checked first.

29th Dec 2010, 13:43

We have a Daewoo Matiz SE+. Bought it second hand from a family friend back in November 2009. Brilliant little first time car until we'd had it for 4 months, then things started going wrong.

1. Brake caliper, fuel injectors, engine management computer all needed fixing; cost around £800

2. MOT failed due to fuel tank leaking, wheel bearings, suspension arm. Needed a new fuel filter, has 1st repair, did not replace it. Cost around £380

3. Will not stay in gears, sometimes will go in first, third and fifth, but most of time will not. I now think this needs replacing, as it has been like this for a few weeks, and is getting worse, as 3rd gear does not stop in, which started on Boxing Day.

This car was a good little run about, but has cost me just has much has it did when bought it, seriously thinking about getting rid.

Just had a baby, and another reason to get rid is the seat belts are not long enough to fit around a baby's car seat; very tight fit.

Have a feeling that if I pay for a new gearbox, that something else will be wrong...

To all people who want to buy a first time car, cheap and reliable, then don't look at the Matiz; it's cheap to start you off, but then has an underlying cost.

New years resolution is to get rid and start again with something better. Never again will I buy a Matiz.

1st Jan 2011, 15:26

OK, first things first.

You bought a secondhand Matiz from your family friend.. Did you ask your friend about any problem issues with this car? No one will be so stupid to sell this gem, without major problems with the car. Let me explain where you went wrong.

Always keep in mind, whenever you buy a second hand car... Just think it's not gonna last for long.. Because the previous owner gets the full advantage of the brand new car... secondly, whenever buying a second hand car.. Always get it serviced first with all possible replacements; oil.. spark plugs.. filters.. Including coolant & engine flush.. Along with injector cleaning.

OK, one can understand the failure of tie rods... brake calipers... But ECM.. that's not possible until the car is at least 20 years old... Leaking fuel tank proves that previous owner didn't drive it much... I can understand the problem with gear shifting... Because the Matiz has the worst gear engaging system...

OK, now about my car.

I own 2000 Matiz... Sd model... Ran 66700 km... just checked today... with healthy kms on it..

The problems I faced in the owner ship..

Wheel bearings twice..

Tensioner once.

Water pump... Seal.

That's it...

Now I am facing the long unsolved problem of inlet manifold... The manifold itself is under leak since 2008.. But a temporary fix has helped to ran the car on same manifold for 2 years... Front right brake caliper is worn out.. Makes a noise while a road hits bump... irritating...

I m a happy owner of Daewoo Matiz... I know this car needs a extra care, but if done.. This car will never let you down... & it has never done to me...

If you want more info, check out my review under 2000 Daewoo Matiz... The first review... Or do comment, I will help you...

24th Jan 2011, 02:02

My name is Hamdan from Malaysia. I bought this car in 2004 (new).

Now the mileage has reached 134888. I have just replaced new ignition switch housing due to the inside contact having a problem. I have also replaced expansion valve for the air conditioning.

I'm quite happy with this car because it is normal for a car over 6 years to need certain repairs or parts replacing.

6th May 2011, 09:54

Hi there, my Daewoo Matiz has the problem of needing a new distributor. Now can a dizzy from a 2000 model work in a 1997 model? Or do I need one in the same year? *Note that the 2000 model is not a Chevy.

Thanks loads!

12th May 2011, 13:54

I have had my Daewoo Matiz 3 years this April. Was in good condition when I bought it, serviced every year, 1 lady owner previously.

In the last 4 months I have needed a whole exhaust, whole new cam belt, new water tank, radiator belt, new pipe for steering wheel fluid and other bits & bobs, and now I have a leak in the fuel tank.

Overall spent £1000 in 4 months, and bought the car 3 years ago for £1100. Was absolutely wonderful up until 4 months ago; cheap to run, cheap tax, cheap insurance. Dreading the fuel tank bill, anyone any ideas how much that could cost??

20th May 2011, 15:04

This might sound daft, but have you looked at the jack and tools in the boot? Take them out and see if the noise stops. I had the same problem, it was the jack.. LOL.

7th Jul 2011, 15:56

I am sorry, but I have a Matiz for 2 years now, and I can say that I have never had such a great, reliable and faithful car in my life. She will take me anywhere; motorway, side road, country lanes, near or far, and put most to shame. A truly remarkable vehicle that I recommend.