I'm really sympathizing with you, and you should know that you are not alone. There are other Daewoo victims out there.
The Nubira was my worst car ever, and I've owned a second hand 1977 Leyland Princess 25 years or so back as my first car. That says everything.
I took a 85% deprecation when I sold this one. And this car was just 4 years and 7 months when I sold it. But it's better to drive a safe and reliable car for me. I thought this car was as good as Hyundais, but they are not. They are totally unsafe and ureliable.
The Daewoo brand is now gone and it's sold under the Chevrolet brand and there is a new model line-up. But there is no way I'm going near those cars. Old ***, new wrapping as the saying go.
Incredible that these bad cars are sold under the Chevrolet nameplate, but I guess that Daewoo goodwill was as low as it gets, and they figured that nobody wants these cars. So they changed the name.
How do I explain the woes of the Nubira? Tricky.
The moral of the story is that it is getting me around for the time needed until I finish school and can get a more reliable car.
At about 30,000 miles, the bushings on the car went bad, making the car steering swerve and jerk the opposite direction around curves, or sometimes at the slightest turn of the wheels. Thankfully, friends of the family are mechanics and replaced it for under 200 dollars. I highly suggest replacing the bushings on the car as soon as you can, and not emptying your pocket repeatedly on new tires.
They are great get around town cars, but for long-term heavy driving consider an American made GM car or a Honda. My boyfriend is still driving his beloved Honda at 300,000 miles.
I've read a lot of reviews of sad, problem-riddled lemons on this site, but so far, yours takes the cake. Between the self-releasing hood and the disappearing brakes, that car sounds like a true pile. I hope your new car is treating you a lot better.
I'm sorry that sucks so bad... it seems as though your car really is a giant piece of crap... hope everything goes well.
I bought a used 2000 Nubira after the mechanic had "supposedly" re-hauled the engine. He advertised and sold it to me as a reliable car. I didn't make it six miles past his house and the motor blew a hole out the side the size of a softball. Piles of crap. And after I bought it I find out that parts are unavailable and worthless even if you find something. NEVER AGAIN DAEWOO!!! And cars are not the only thing these ripoffs make.
MY parents bought a 2000 Daewoo Nubira when I was in high school. And needless to say, we ran it hard, took it on go-cart tracks, and raced anybody that would race us. Routine maintenance does wonders. Plus the car came with a GM engine, so just don't blame one company.
Wow I finally found others in my same situation, who can relate! I too bought what I thought was a great car (2000 Nubira) off my family's then Daewoo/Lincoln dealership, and assumed I would easily later resell it and make money off it, since I got such good price. Well lo and behold, a year later into my car payments, my family tells me they are selling all their cars and not going with Daewoo any longer. 6 months later I get a letter from Daewoo telling me they filed bankruptcy and if I have a parts claim I can file it now (uhh, how would I know what parts I would even need yet). Of course I didn't get to return my mine, so I figured heck, I will pay it off and drive it to the ground.
Well the ground has been hitting hard ever since. My car's value went from 10k to $2500 in less than a year, I have replaced the tires 4 times, the AC went out, the heat went out, the check engine light was stuck on for at least 2 years, I have changed all the hoses, plugs and routine items to still have a continuous oil leak.
One summer day on the way to the store, the brakes hit the floor, only to return an hour later after the tow truck arrived.
My stereo sounds like wires clicking together behind it every time I push a button.
My driver's inside door handle broke off trying to open it.
My trunk pop doesn't work except when it feels like it, and now I have reached the all time high; when driving down the road, it decides which lane it wants to drive in at any given time. It jerks to the left or right suddenly, and swerves me all over the road like I deserve a DUI.
So it's paid off for 5 years now, valued at a whopping 250 dollars, and only has 107k miles.
I planned on just giving it away, but at this point that is like handing someone a bill rather than transportation! Wow, never again will I buy a new off brand car! It was a cute car though, and cheaper than a Civic, but not once did it act like one...
Oh gosh, and I almost forgot the best part, the paint has decided to start chipping on in chunks off the top of my trunk, so now I have a white & polka dot gray car!!
Wow, I feel better - Thanks for letting me vent... They should have support groups for us Daewoo'ers. Ha ha
I couldn't agree more, I have a Daewoo Nubira. I have had it for about 4 months now.
First while I was driving it, the car just switched off... like some electrical fault. No one knew what it was, it would start up again after a few hours. Turns out the radiator needed to be replaced at $700.
Then we had to buy a new battery for the car at $200.
After that, both of the CV Joints broke and were making a ticking noise around every corner. $800 later and the brakes started squealing really badly, and the brakes were really bad, they barely stopped. I had to buy new brakes for $1000 after that!
Then my car would have trouble starting up in the morning, and was apparently missing a pin? That cost a lot too! Daewoo obviously don't know how to put cars together. Please don't buy this car, it's a financial burden!
I want to thank everyone for their comments.. I was seriously thinking of purchasing a Daewoo Nubira, that I located on Craigslist. I am poor, and in desperate need of a car. I lucked up on some money and saw a beautiful looking car for sale online. Thank you again for your comments. Because I have been burned a few times.. as far as car buying goes, I decided to research this vehicle. Phew! I am so grateful for this site.
I purchased a used 2000 Nubira, and my son drove it around, normal care and maintenance, but pay 1000 for brakes and other things; probably you must change mechanics - the engine is GM and the rest is cheap, but that is what you pay - mechanics are screwing car owners - once they get you, they repair something, and lose/break other parts.