Yours seems to be a isolated case. Maybe you just got a bad model as I have had one since 1999 and have had NO problems whatsoever. The dealers have been rather slow in providing service.. as in the car is never ready on the time promised but they have been very helpful and friendly.
As for performance, the car is gr8. You can't expect a 796cc car to perform like a 1500cc model. Among 796cc engine powerplants, this one moves like a rocket!!
I have just purchased a matiz se plus and have found it to be a great little car. It looks sporty and has plenty of room inside. The speed is irrelevant as if you wanted to go faster then you would buy a bigger engine car with a higher insurance group. My friends think it is great and already two of them are looking at buying a matiz in the future. Service was great in Swansea. So well done Daewoo keep up the good work. This car does everything that it was designed to do and a whole lot more.
I too had a Matiz new in Nov 1998, but it kept giving problems and breaking down. I loved it at first, but got totally fed up with it due to reliability. Traded it in for a Rover Mini which is MUCH better.
I'm with the people who have had problems with the dealerships. Those of you who haven't, well, lucky you! I liked the car when I bought it, but it's strange how things seemed to start going wrong when the warranty ran out! And do I push my car like it's a Ferrari? No, I'm just a middle aged advanced motorist who is sick and tired of being fobbed off by a second rate company. And it's no better now it's Chevrolet.
I inherited my Matiz from my sister. Ohhh joy (not). I didn't really want it, but it was a free car.
I passed my test shortly after, and I was on my way to work when the r-clip snapped on the gears. Fixed for free by mate who owns a garage, then two weeks later, a gear cable came loose; stuck in gear, fixed by the RAC.
After that, a few weeks later, I lost second, fourth and reverse gear, so I took it to the garage and had to have my gearbox rebuilt, but oh well, 450 pounds later, back on the road.
I think it's a pretty quick car for an 800cc; can outrun a Clio and a Corsa, and I even beat a Saxo VTR (in acceleration).
I do thrash this car a lot, but now the gears are fixed, it's reliable and very fun to drive, and it was free, but if I had the choice, I wouldn't own one :)