I just got a 2001 Daewoo Nubira SE for a birthday gift and I love it. I have a friend with a 2002 Civic, and his car has a smaller engine, gets worse mileage, is slower, and has nowhere near the same ride quality as mine.
As far as people having overheating issues, LOOK AT THE GAUGE PEOPLE!!! If the temp gauge starts to rise, shut it down and add some coolant. I drove it 30 hours straight from Ohio to Texas and the temp gauge never even tried to get too hot. I was averaging 32-36 MPG at speeds from 65-80 MPH with no cruise, so I was constantly slowing down and speeding up slightly. I love this car and plan on driving it until it won't run.
Look here all you people who are degrading Daewoo, every time the guy drove his car for 30 hours, the car didn't heat up & gave him excellent mileage.
It's true you need to service your car at regular intervals to keep it running like a dream. I own a Daewoo vehicle too (Matiz). One of my friends uncle's drove his Matiz with 5 people inside and a fully loaded boot. The A/C was on continuously for 28 hours, now that's what I call a Daewoo power & performance. Despite being an 800 cc car with excessive load, the car didn't even cause them a single trouble while on the run. You guys need to change your views on Daewoo vehicles.
I have a Daewoo Nubira 2002. I love it. I bought it 4 years ago, still runs like a dream, just usual wear and tear; tyres etc.
I will run it for as long as I can. Just service your Daewoo, it will look after you.
This past summer (2009) my buddy followed me to the junkyard in his NUB. It sounded like a swarm of angry hornets was following me. Parked it at the junkyard, got his $250 and ran away from it. That car was such a turd. I've never opened a hood on a car that had under 70,000 miles and had as much oil sprayed around as much as his NUB. It never made it to 80,000 miles. What a waste of resources.