Daewoo Tacuma Reviews

2001 Daewoo Tacuma SX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

Good MPV body, engine performance not great

Faults:

Cam sensor intermittent fault had to be replaced.

Cam roller found to be split during routine belt replacement (earlier than recommended) This could have turned into a serious fault, £800 plus, if not discovered according to a mechanic.

R/OS electric window not working when purchased from used car dealer.

Worn bush on the front suspension, causing a clunk.

General Comments:

Space and extras (heated mirrors, multi-speed intermittent wipers, F/R fogs) etc.

Seat height and visibility good.

Looks good (IMHO)

Engine is a Vauxhall derivative and does not perform, very sluggish from junctions lights etc. maybe 1.6 too small for this weight.

Tax is high, but insurance is reasonable.

Fuel consumption neither good or excessive. I tend to make lots of short journeys.

At idle the engine is very quiet, but at speed it gets noisy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2009

2004 Daewoo Tacuma CDX 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired29500 miles
Previous carDaewoo Tacuma

Summary:

Good value, cheap, reliable family motor

Faults:

So far nothing has gone wrong since I've had it, although the previous owner had a new ECU fitted under warranty.

Door plastics scuff and mark easily.

General Comments:

Good visibility. seats nice and high up. Loads of flexibility in seating arrangements.

Good acceleration for a MPV, but it's a load lugger not a sports car, so handles as such.

Catastrophic early depreciation make it a good used buy.

Fuel emissions way too high. The car tax band will rocket in 2010. Daewoo / Chevrolet need to get the emissions down. No point in making value for money cars if they're too expensive to run every day.

I estimate it will cost me over £400 for a year. Will get rid of it before that happens. These cars will plummet in value after this.

Fuel economy not good. Not getting 30mpg even driving steady on a run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2008

2001 Daewoo Tacuma SX 1.8 from Poland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired21451 kilometres
Most recent distance43980 kilometres

Summary:

The prices of the newdoes not reflect the expected quality, but comfortable and no problems.

Faults:

Camshaft sensor broke down. Replaced under guarantee. Handling on bad surface roads is unstable. But on highways no problems. Soft suspension is a problem here.

General Comments:

The car is said to have suspension designed by Porshe. Well, Daewoo should then claim the money back. It's loud in the rear and soft in the front. Some may say that 1.8 litre engine is to lazy for the car, 2.0 is better. But I wouldn't complain here. It's not a race car. Cockpit plastics are really bad compared to the price of the car as new (in Poland between 63000 - 70000 zloties, 1 USD = 3.2 zl). I bought it for 44000 zl. That's okay taking into account the mileage and remaining one year guarantee. Spare parts available the same as for Lanos, Nubira and Leganza and for reasonable prices. No problems here.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th October, 2005

2002 Daewoo Tacuma CDX 2 itre from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2 itre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired100 kilometres
Most recent distance17000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Comfortable

Faults:

NO faults with Daewoo Tacuma CDX.

General Comments:

Generally very comfortable car. Been on 5, 2000 kms return trips with no problems. Tank of fuel did 800 kms. Pulled up hills with ease. Air conditioning works well, engine seems to cope with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th August, 2004

5th Jun 2007, 02:52

So why did you put a frowning face when nothing's wrong with the car?

5th Nov 2009, 14:28

Yeah that's true, when everything is good then why the frowning face. Well I must say these people have created negative vibes for Daewoo vehicles.

2000 Daewoo Tacuma CDX 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance30500 miles
Previous carFiat Brava

Summary:

Comfortable cheap motoring for 3 years

Faults:

The Electronic Control Unit and other electrics failed at 22,000 miles and replacements had to be shipped from Korea. I was without the car for 3 months.

General Comments:

This car is probably the most useful and comfortable car I have owned. It is not built for speed, but it is practical and comfortable and I have been unable to find anything in the same price bracket to match it. Even after suffering major faults, which were all repaired free, I shall probably buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2004

2001 Daewoo Tacuma SX 1.6 petrol from Singapore

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired44 kilometres
Most recent distance4900 kilometres
Previous carDaewoo Espero

Summary:

A value for money MPV left unnoticed by the Hyundai Matrix

Faults:

The fuel gauge does not function properly. It always stays at the half-mark although the fuel tank is either full or empty.

More road-insulative materials should be used to make the drive more quiet and comfortable.

The airconditioners were not cold enough.

General Comments:

It has a very smooth pick up. 100km/h felt more like 60km/h. The ride was very comfortable, until we drove over humps. Overall, the ride is more refined and supple than its direct rivals.

A lot of space for an MPV in its class. Better than a Hyundai Matrix, seriously.

The sound system is simply fabulous!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2003

29th Dec 2003, 00:56

I beg to disagree with the fact that this car is more spacious than a Hyundai Matrix. With the rear sears completely folded down, Daewoo Tacuma (Now known as the Chevrolet Vivant) offers a total of 1320 litres of space. On the contary, a Hyundai Matrix gives you more than 1500 litres of space with it's innovative foldable rear seats.

13th May 2004, 11:50

The Daewoo Tacuma is a great family car and is definitly Daewoo's best effort yet however it cant match th Hyundai Matrix for build quality or comfort

22nd Oct 2004, 05:50

I agree with the first comment.

My fuel gauge is doing the same.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 12 reviews