2002 Daewoo Nubira CDX from Australia and New Zealand - Comments

24th Mar 2009, 23:52

My 2000 Nubria SDN is amazing!! It's not a caddy people!! It's a compact.

Well any ways, at 184,000 miles it still gets 35 mpg and looks good!!

I live in NWPA where winter is brutal. Only problem is the rockers are getting rusty (easy fix) and the trunk lid had a rust spot. I would like to know where all their (junkers) are because I would buy them and fix them up.

I always have people asking to buy mine, but here are only a handful within a hundred mile radius. I have even checked junk yards.

Well anyways mine is fine, I have lost more money (value wise) on my Caddy than these things cost new. The caddy was 42,000 new, now after never being driven in winter and only 128,000 miles, high book on caddy is only $4200. The Nubira was $12,500 and books for $2000. You do the math LOL.

8th Apr 2009, 11:14

I am ashamed to say I have been scammed too. My 2000 Daewoo Nubira is the most disgusting piece of junk and waste of money I've ever seen.

Bad financing, which had a jumbo final payment of $3000.00 after the original 5 years of $235.00 per month.

The problems have been, improperly installed dashboard (which dealership then re-improperly installed with left-over parts), cracked head, timing belt broke, brakes have been replaced 4 times all-around, shifting-belt (this is why it won't come out of park) replaced 3 times, fuel tank cracked and had to be replaced and still leaks every time the car is filled-up, cracks and pops every time I turn the steering wheel... and that is just the beginning.

Just today... the steering has gotten so difficult that I'm afraid to approach any curves. I'd venture to say that over the last miserable years I've spent a minimum of $10,000.00 on repairs and parts. Best advice I can offer is that if you see one of the cursed lemons for sale... run away and don't look back. There should be a program that seeks out and destroys these heaps at a scrap yard. Someone should be forced to give us duped consumers restitution.

10th Apr 2009, 04:23

Hi there, I am another Daewoo owner. Just bought one, and yes most of you are spot on, these cars are nothing more than a heap of crap.

29th May 2009, 04:06

Had one for 3 months no problems. Bit of a suspension knock. Today went from 1st to 2nd just stopped running and won't show any sign of starting again. Couldn't push start and starter motor wouldn't even engage... Grrrr.

22nd Jul 2009, 14:17

I own a Nubira CDS 2002. I have had no problems at all. Until now.

It refuses to start in hot weather? Yep, hot weather. I have changed sensors and fuel filter etc, but still when it's hot outside it fails to start.

It is now occasionally not starting, but if I open the petrol cap and leave it for a minute or so it actually starts.

Has anyone any ideas?

29th Nov 2009, 21:17

Hi there, I've got a series II Nubira, and yeah with the problem starting in hot weather. It's not just a Daewoo thing. Hyundai, Kia, Ssang Yong all suffer the same thing. When the fuel pump is on the blink they get bad vapour lock. Releasing the filler cap usually sorts the problem out. Eventually you're gonna need a new fuel pump. Think about replacing the wiring around the pump too, Korean cars are renowned for their dodgy electrics. Hope this helps :-)

3rd Jun 2010, 21:41

I purchased a 1999 Daewoo Nubira in 2002, and had it serviced regularly, but it ended up costing me more than it was worth, and it cost my $7,000.00 worth of motor repairs.

I would not encourage anyone to purchase a Korean made car because they're crap.

My car spent more times parked up than it did on the road, and has been parked up for the last year because she's too expensive to repair.

3rd Jun 2010, 23:21

I have a Daewoo Nubira 2000, which I bought last year in 2009.

Since then I am still paying to fix that car; there was engine leakage, A/C gas leakage, gas kit leakage. I fixed that, then I had to fix the outer body, put the new windscreen in, get a new number plate; it all cost me about $4000 including rego.

I bought in $1200, but now it's working quite well, but still need fixed bits like the A/C condenser and body, so I have to pay $4000 for the body.

I pray to god that will be fixed and I can breath.

13th Jul 2010, 04:35

I have recently (3 months ago) purchased a 2002 Daewoo Nubira CDX limited edition. It has been a wonderful and comfortable car to drive so far. With it came the full service history and books. It has always been a reliable car that has been serviced regularly. It has the same engine type as my previous Pulsar and mother's Camry, both proven reliable and economical cars. Parts have been easy to find and relatively cheap.

However, I have had to get a major oil leak fixed recently; the mechanic said this was usual wear and tear. It was easily and cheaply fixed. The factory CD player also proves to be difficult... often turning right up when you go to turn the volume down. It also has a few minor aesthetic problems, expected with any used car.

As with many Korean built cars, it was cheaply made, so there are a few rattles and bumps, however this is not effecting the mechanics or reliability of the car.

Overall, a good, cheap to run, reliable, comfortable car to drive. Although cheaply made.

Remember: As with any car... there are plenty of failures, however just as many if not more successes. Like people, you only remember the 1 one who did you wrong, not the 10 who did right by you.

22nd Jul 2011, 13:02

I was wondering; I have a 2001 Daewoo Nubira also. They have 2 fans to cool, do they come on together, or one at a time, and the other when HOT?

22nd Nov 2011, 15:45

Hey, if it's stuck in park, stick a screwdriver in the little hole next to the shifter.

14th Jan 2013, 04:03

How can you be driving til your tyres are worn to threads? You don't appear to be maintaining it properly. You need to change your tyres when the tread wears! I lived in the country on a winding road, and had to change my tyres twice per year. If you don't keep the appropriate air pressure in them, then they'll wear even faster!

I was thinking of buying one of these things to get by for a year or so. They're so cheap cos parts are hard to come by, and maybe they need more maintenance than other makes???

14th Jan 2013, 04:07

I think I'll just stick with one of the hundreds of Holdens about then! :)

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