1997 Daewoo Nubira CDX 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Easy to drive, a great entry level car


The engine is quite noisy when revving.

When I first bought the car, there was a problem with the lock on the driver's door, but fortunately, that was easily fixed by the mechanic.

The fabric lining on the passenger's door has started to loosen and pop up.

The passenger's window can only be closed using the button on the driver's door.

General Comments:

I had the car for a year and it was generally functioning very well. I didn't have to spend much on maintaining the car, apart from changing worn out tires.

I felt that the seat was comfortable, and it was good that the steering wheel could be adjusted up or down to the desired level.

This is my first car and I found it very easy to drive.

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

Review Date: 2nd February, 2008

8th Apr 2008, 02:07

Umm from 1997 to 1999 the Nubira were not 2.0 litres, they were 1.6 litres. After 1999 they changed the engines and used 2.0 litres!! Yours is a 1.6.

1997 Daewoo Nubira SE 1.6 DOHC from UK and Ireland


Cheap to buy, expensive in the long run


Within the first year of owning the car, electrical faults began to occur. The car was taken to a main dealer and a wiring loom under the dashboard was replaced under the manufacturers warranty.

The exhaust manifold cracked at 50,000 miles and had to be replaced. The replacement manifold was very expensive.

My head gasket blew at 72,000 miles. Since the car is now seven years old it is uneconomical to have the engine repaired at a main dealers. This causes its own problems as spare parts are very expensive (head gasket set costs in excess of £100, as does the timing belt and pulley set). In addition Daewoo will not allow you to purchase a workshop manual for the car.

Electrical faults occur periodically during wet or cold weather.

General Comments:

Little dealer support.

The manufacturer will not sell workshop manuals for this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th November, 2004

18th Nov 2004, 10:50

Workshop Manuals are available from Daewoo, it is the law that every company makes this info available.

I would suggest you try another dealer.

1997 Daewoo Nubira Eurowagon 1.8 twin from Australia and New Zealand




Petrol gouge was showing 1/2 when petrol tank full. Unit replaced THREE times, and still shows 1/2 when full!!!

The 5th door on the station wagon is not working on central locking. After three different services It's still the same - always open - I can lock it manualy with a key!

Rust on the roof rack - black plastic peels off. Replaced after warranty because the mechanics were ignoring my calls to replace it earlier!

CD player replaced after only 6 months - it was full with water from the rain!

Camshaft replaced after mechanics ignoring my request to be checked!

The glue on the inside of the doors is dry and from the moisture the material is loosed.

General Comments:

After having Holden I thought there is no way that I can buy bigger lemon - it is possible and I got the CHAMPION OF THE LEMONS!

Do not come near this car - I got three years warranty and this company NEVER fixed anything.

Worst customer service - CUSTOMER CARE CARD is useless - I was treated as "I do not care customer": when I broke down they call me ONE WEEK LATER!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th October, 2003

1997 Daewoo Nubira SE 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


A good runner, but a problem with parts and dealers


Brakes needed replacing after 50,000 miles.

Dealer tried to get me to part with £500 for new brake disks, pads and a new clutch at the 60,000 mile service. Told them I'd wait a bit. Nothing was needed at all, so watch out!

Now got engine problems that are going to cost about £500-800 to fix. Problem is, no-one can do it because Daewoo UK are in administration. Be very careful!

General Comments:

The Nubira is a very good car. Fairly economical (~30-35 miles per gallon) but parts and servicing are a real problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th October, 2002

23rd Dec 2002, 04:26

As an update on the car above; I replaced it when Daewoo UK was wound up. I got £1200 for it after the car broke down when the dealer was test driving it! I was going to get £2000 in the part ex. The dealer, who said he used to work for Daewoo (or Halfords, I can't remember) said that the fault I had (according to him it was a dropped valve) is fairly frequent with Daewoos. I liked the car, but I'm glad to be rid of it. I got a Citroen Diesel Estate, which isn't as nice, but is saving me so much in running costs it's unbelieveable! Moral of the story is; don't buy Daewoos, they cost the earth to repair (and service) and only the dealers (or Halfords) will touch them!

18th Jul 2015, 12:12

If it had dropped valve, you would know about it. I had this happen once, and it locked the engine and it didn't go quietly. He was just conning you to give you less money in the part exchange deal.

28th Aug 2018, 19:39

I think the dealer fooled you. I bet the car could have been fixed easily and cheap.

In Romania these cars run lots of kilometers without big troubles. Lots of them have 2-300.000km on clock and still run.

1997 Daewoo Nubira CDX Estate 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Aalternator 5,000 miles (replaced under warranty).

General Comments:

Best equipped estate in its class - air-con, ABS, twin airbags, electric everything, 3 years warranty/AA service. Good motorway cruiser with 0-60 in 9 seconds. Nice load space - how about supplying cross bars with the roof rack as standard, Daewoo? Hope more service centres open, bit of a journey for many.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 1999