1996 Daewoo Nexia SE 1.5 from Netherlands


Cheap and great


Bought this car for 700 euros, and it has been worth every dime. It had no love from me, only replaced the engine oil, in all this time, and yearly MoT test. Nothing went wrong except a worn ball bearing.

Took the car twice on holiday from Holland to Spain and the South of France.

Driven it like madman. I put the car away when the engine started, to hold back in the first minute when started.

This Opel Kadett 4 does not rust very easily, and is way better than the Lanos.

General Comments:

Great car to start with. The seats are great. You have great grip on the road when cornering.

The 90 hp engine has got enough power. It reaches 180 kmh.

The car does not rust fast, but be aware of the front bar above the bumper, there is steel I profile, which keeps water; better drill a leak hole, and paint it.

Great space in the back when the seats are down. Fuel consumption is fare; 550 km a tank, driving quick.

You can buy these cars now for like 300 euro with pretty low mileages. If you don't have much money, this is probably your best choice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th January, 2011

1996 Daewoo Nexia GLXi petrol from UK and Ireland


Reliable engine, but automatic gearbox not so reliable


Minor electrical faults when car bought.

Leaking air con pipe replaced 56000 miles.

Expansion tank replaced (with second hand one) 55000 miles.

Brakes drums and discs replaced 63000 miles.

Expansion tank replaced (with second hand one) again 63500 miles

Transmission problem 64000 miles torque converter solenoid needs replacing.

General Comments:

Engine is very reliable.

New expansion tank not available, had to buy correct part from second hand spares dealer twice.

New spares difficult to locate.

No handbook or repair manual available.

No garage knows how much hydraulic fluid goes into the transmission.

Lots of extras like electric windows and central locking.

Lots of boot space.

Had to find a specialist to check gearbox fault, whole gearbox has to be removed to replace faulty part, no inspection cover.

No dipstick for transmission fluid level, only a plug on the side of the gearbox, when the fluid comes out of that (if you can get it off) then it is full. If you overfill it the excess comes out of the overflow pipe and makes a mess in the engine compartment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th October, 2005

1996 Daewoo Nexia GLXi 1.5 from UK and Ireland


Hugely Satisfying for my pocket!


The petrol return pipe which sits under the drivers side sill split, but was very cheap to repair.

General Comments:

Performance is pretty good, with a 1,5 injection engine (General Motors/Vauxhall) the Nexia is quite nippy yet economical too!

The Interior looks like Grandads tweed jacket and needs a few pounds spent on seat covers.

Although not keen on Red cars, as this one is, due to being from the Blue part of Merseyside this Car gives you a lot for your money and is hugely cheaper than a Vauxhall Astra.

If you have a few hundred quid this car takes some beating for value for money!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2005

1996 Daewoo Nexia GLI 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland


Not the cheapest to run and maintain


Rear offside brake cylinder decided to leak fluid. New pads and cylinder needed.

Both offside brake pipes require replacing due to severe rusting.

Poor paintwork on bonnet.

Boot strip snapped off as I shut the boot!

Rocker cover gasket has developed an oil leak.

Front offside spring split and sheared off!

Poor door locks.

General Comments:

I was given this car from my dad as he brought a new Skoda and all they would give him for the Nexia was £500.

All in all, its not a bad car, but its getting to that age where everything starts to go wrong!

Various niggles, but my own pet hate is the poor door locks, It was broken into outside my house within seconds!

I must say that it's starting to get expensive repairing the faults that keep cropping up now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th March, 2005