This is an update to my original entry. At 40,000 miles the dealer had to put in a new set of front and rear brake pads (all worn out - I just do a few miles on the highway everyday without much stop and go traffic), replaced a hose (leaking coolant) at 34,000 miles the dealer replaced the valve cover gasket (oil leak), replaced the serpentine belt (cracked), replaced the driver's side weatherstrip (cracked in several places), replaced the drivers side front seat cover (fabric had completely worn through), installed new dash clips (left side dash kept coming off). The repair charges put me out several hundred dollars. This car just keeps on consuming money and time. By the time I've paid off my car note I probably will have spent several thousand dollars on repairs, rental cars and taxis. This car can bankrupt a middle class person. I will stick to Toyota next time.
I've had my Nubira for 3 1/2 years and have put 43K miles on it. I haven't had any mechanical problems. I finally replaced the OEM tires at 39K miles. I agree it's no Toyota, but then it didn't cost as much either. I've got my fingers crossed that it will last a long time (100K miles?) since there is no trade-in value.
I have had my car for 3 1/2 years and it was a good car until about 8,000 miles when the engine light came on and ended up doing so 3 more times after that. I have had it in the shop several times and finding parts is a nightmare. The nearest shop that even can get parts and do the labor is 45 miles away from my house and I have had to spend money for rental cars as well. My seats squeak too and the inside of my door handles are peeling. I have recently had the sway bar links and control arm bushings replaced which was very expensive and while visiting the shop for that reason, I was told that the timing belts on these cars have been breaking between 40,000 and 50,000 miles so I am also "looking forward" to fixing this too. I just think that there is no reason a car that is only 5 years old should be having this much trouble. I would never buy another car like this and I am finally becoming "unburied" in it as far as the loan goes. I will be so happy to get of this pile!
I have had this car since 2005 and it has around 97,000 miles on it. The gas mileage stinks. Getting parts for it are extremely difficult!!! I live in Kansas City and the nearest Dearer to get parts for it is 80 miles away and parts are extremely expensive. It has not broke down often, but, when it does it is expensive to fix and local auto part stores do not carry Service manuals manuals or parts for this vehicle. This vehicle is becoming more of a nightmare the longer I own it. I am looking forward to paying it off and trading it in.
I made the original entry. After spending thousands of dollars and countless hours on repairing my 2001 Daewoo Nubira, it was involved in a hit and run accident and eventually totaled. I should have bought a Toyota or Honda and avoided several years of headaches. I will never try a new car brand again.
I loved my 2001 Daewoo Nubira until I started having major problems in May and was not able to find parts. May car sat at the repair shop over a month while they tried without success to find parts. Fortunately I discovered that you can find parts at www.daewoous.com (for now). I really like my car and do not want to purchase a new one. I have heard too many horror stories from people who have bought brand new cars and have major problems. I can't imagine having the issue that I have now while paying a car note. I have really gotten my money out of my Daewoo since I have skated by for six years with no major issues. Even though I bought the car new, I was still able to pay it off early because of the reasonable price. However, my current situation is still frustrating.
Here is what has gone wrong so far:
1. Peeling chrome door handles (this could have been fixed while I still had a dealer in town for no charge, but they had to get the parts from Europe, so I didn't want to deal with it).
2. Light bulb went out in ashtray.
3. One of the lights in the A/C control panel went out.
4. No longer "dings" when the lights are left on or keys are in the ignition.
5. Valve in A/C had to be replaced.
6. Stopped going into first gear, extremely hard to get to second gear (replaced clutch, flywheel).
I bought a 2001 Nubira to get out of a Ford Taurus with broken wrist pin. Daewoo was the only dealer who would even listen to me and offer me a deal, so I jumped on it.
Since then, I have had some mechanical problems, but nothing that was out of the norm. My car has 68000 miles on it and it does the most important thing right every day... it starts right up and runs well.
In the last ten years I have put approx. 1100.00 total into it in parts and labor. That's not bad for a car that Car and Driver Magazine wanted "pushed into the sea".
I have had no problem finding parts online. There are several places to find parts. I found a thermostat for 25 dollars that was 80+ dollars at the dealership. Shop online not at local places and you will not get ripped off.
The manual in PDF is approx 10 dollars and worth the money.