2001 Daewoo Nubira CE 2.0 from North America


Great value for the car


Absolutely nothing. Have only performed scheduled upkeep and replaced wipers.

General Comments:

This car has had no warranty work whatsover. Nice quiet ride. Comfortable.

The only complaint is no arm rest and the cup holder is just under the radio knob, which means if one places a drink there, you have either just turned off the radio or turned it on. If you wish to change stations, you must remove the cup~ grrrrrr

Past that, it is a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2003

2001 Daewoo Nubira 2.0 CDX 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


A truly appalling piece of junk


Rattling timing belt tensioner (replaced about 10 miles before it failed completely - lucky!)

PAS rack leaked

Front suspension bushes collapsed

Gear linkage went out of adjustment

Fan blower packed up

Half the dash illumination packed up

Cupholder broke

Fuel gauge packed up

Demister never worked properly.

General Comments:

Took a company car allowance and bought this two year old, FSH'd Daewoo for the princely sum of £3,000. At the end of the day, I was just after a tolerable drive, reliability and something I could chuck in the bin after a couple of years while pocketing the majority chunk of my allowance each month. Using proven Vauxhall parts, I thought this would meet my criteria, and owning a Caterham 7, I didn't need to get any enjoyment out of this car, just for it to work. I screwed up!

It's a piece of junk. The engine is ace though - a good growly 2.0 16v Vauxhall lump which kicks out the best part of 140 bhp and delivers truly surprising performance. 8.something to 60 and an indicated 130 and still pulling. Trouble is the hopelessness of the chassis makes using it nothing short of terrifying. Like I said, I didn't expect fun, but it truly is horrible. The steering merits particular comment as one of the biggest pieces of evil ever to come from the engineering hand of mankind. Might as well not be connected to the front wheels for all the feel it has and the effect it has in the wet (i.e. none!)

Brakes are crap too - the ABS cuts in woefully early to the point of making the car dangerous in the wet. In the snow it simply refuses to stop at all. Rides like a skateboard, yet floats and wallows like a drunkard if you so much as point the car at a corner.

I could have lived with most of this had it been reliable. The engine never missed a beat apart from the timing belt tensioner, but the rest of the car was utter crap. After a couple of years, you can see why these cars cost so little. Despite using "proven" Vauxhall parts, Daewoo seem to strip every piece of mechanical integrity out of every part before chucking it onto the production line.

Avoid this steaming piece of junk at all costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th December, 2003

27th Dec 2003, 14:44

It is truly unfortunate to see that when they retired the Espero for the Nubira they did not, at the very least, improve the awful steering.

15th Mar 2004, 10:13

I note your comments about the steering. I have been experiencing problems with my Daewoo as well. I have a 2 litre CDX (2000 model) and the steering seems to have a mind of its own- particularly when the road is wet. If there is a rut in the road the wheels tend to want to follow the rut, which can be quite scary if you are trying to steer down a narrow country lane with on-coming traffic. I have had the car for 11 months now and I'm sure the steering wasn't this bad when I first got it.

2001 Daewoo Nubira CDX 2.0L DOHC 16-valve from North America


The car is a nightmare


Front Lower Control Arms replaced at 23,000 miles.

Front brakes worn out and were replaced at 23,000 miles. Front rotors had to be machined. Car has only highway miles.

You have to floor the brakes in order to stop the car even though the brakes are in good condition.

OEM Kumho tires wore out completely at 23,000 miles.

My car is unable to hold 4 wheel alignment despite keeping tires at manufacturers recommended 30 psi and rotating tires per factory recommended maintenance schedule.

Check Engine light on problems required several visits to the dealer to resolve.

The front seats make a creaking sound while driving which is very annoying.

The engine is very noisy and the gas mileage is very poor.

The paint on the car is fading in several areas which gives the car a blotchy appearance in the sunlight. The paint has also started peeling near the underside of the car.

The metal on the car is so thin that it dents very easily. This is a big safety concern.

There are very few dealers sevicing Daewoo's and they are very far from each other and there is no guarantee that they will fix your car. It is very frustrating and time consuming.

The car is very expensive to maintain and has to be taken to the dealer where it remains until they are able to get parts for it. I have spent a lot of money on rental cars and taxis.

I have tried to trade in the car, but the dealers either don't want it or they want to give me nothing for it.

I am praying that the car holds up until I pay off the auto loan.

General Comments:

I will never buy a Daewoo again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th November, 2003

14th Dec 2003, 18:54

The Lack of spare parts is my biggest problem. So far I am waiting Two weeks for a Thermostat ordered from a main dealer. No other stat will fit as it is molded in a plastic case. I would not buy another Daewoo for this reason. The car is only 3 years old.