1998 Daewoo Nubira SE 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand


I really like the design of the wagon; it was modern looking when new and still is


Just a bunch of small things, but I'm sometimes a bit picky.

Had roof bars replaced twice because of paint pealing off, under warranty.

Had radio and CD unit replaced 3 times because clock didn't keep correct time, sick of adjusting it. Eventually they wouldn't do any more about it, so I use the clock above the rear vision mirror.

Muffler literally fell off at about 20,000km and replaced under warranty, then again after warranty. At about 40,000km after warranty was finished same again, but this time replaced with a custom made system, so far no problems.

Front disc brake pads didn't last long and left the alloy wheels dirty all the time, replacement pads are still going at 88,000km.

Vehicle was rustproofed when purchased. 1 month after the 3 year warranty was over, when checking under the bonnet, which before that time I didn't worry about, as it came with free servicing for 3 years, I found serious rust at the front of the bonnet, sort of repaired under warranty.

General Comments:

I have found the wagon runs and handles to my driving requirements (nudging 60 year old grandfather). My sons say it handles like a boat, whatever that means.

Caught in a hailstorm 2 years ago and was written off by insurance company, bought it back for $700 (not bad for a 7 year old car with 70,000 kms, so I'm happy to drive it around as is till it dies.

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

Review Date: 26th February, 2008

1998 Daewoo Nubira SE 1.6 from UK and Ireland


This Daewoo car saved me


The tensioner on the cam belt collapsed which saw off the cam-belt and then all my 16 valves! That was partly my fault - when I had the car serviced just one month before, I took it to an independent garage to have the work done. They changed the cam belt, but didn't change the tensioner. The repairs cost in excess of £800.

Needed its brake cylinders renewing on MOT time and few other bits and pieces, which cost £200.

General Comments:

Just a couple of days after the MOT whilst driving on the dual carriage-way, a ford transit van hit the back of my car and caused me to hit a mitsubishi 4x4. There was a very loud bang and I woke up in hospital. My car was crushed in this accident, but when I later thought about it the safety features in this car were critical. ABS brakes, Dual airbags, and emergency fuel cut off switch on detection of collision.

The driver of the ford transit was prosecuted with dangerous driving, I have no idea what happened to the people in the mitsubishi.

I am grateful to the designers and engineers at Daewoo that I am still here to write this...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2006

1998 Daewoo Nubira SEi 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Berty Bus, but cheap and practical


The car burns a litre of oil for every 200 miles it does.

Averages around 23.5MPG which is awful considering the previous car (Punto) does 50MPG.

Movement in gearbox.

Slight tracking alignment issue.

Vague steering.

General Comments:

If your after a cheap estate with loads of equipment and space then this is for you. The petrol consumption is awful along with its facination with drinking oil.

The car comes equipped with (E/W, A/C, ABS, Dual Airbags, Alarm, Remote Central Locking with Deadlocks, Immob., and loads of bings and bongs (Seat Belts etc.).

The would compare this car with a Lada, its not quick, sexy or bone shaking. More bland, laughable and practical.

For £600 on an R plate for an estate I would say its good value although it was only kept for two months due to the petrol.

The security and equipment is excellent with a loud siren and standard across the range.

Boot space is excellent and as I kayak it came in very handy along with the roof rack.

No wind noise up until around 90 (on private race track) and brakes fairly good.

This is not a performance vehicle, the acceleration is similar to a go kart. But someone claims on here to have done a 0 - 60 in 5 seconds, more like twenty.

Reason for sale; going back to the Punto. More fun to drive and economical. Fiat Rule!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th April, 2006