1999 Daewoo Tico from Romania
Cheap to run, but offers no passenger protection
Had to replace calipers because the left front wheel kept on overheating.
Replaced rear coil springs and shock absorbers due to bad roads.
Other than that, I did only maintenance repairs (brake pads, tires, timing belt, oil and filters).
The front seats are a killer. Although I am not very heavy, the driver's seat broke and I had to weld it. Also, the headrest broke and is of no use.
The car is small and easy to park almost anywhere. Fuel consumption is excellent (around 5.2 liters/100km combined, 4.5 extra urban).
The steering is good, although it lacks power steering.
At speeds over 100 km/h and around the bends, the car becomes highly unstable, due to its total mass (around 650 kg) and semi-rigid rear suspension.
It did 140 km/h, but that speed is pure madness for such a small car, with no safety devices, such as airbags or ABS.
I usually observe the speed limits and do around 60 km/h in town and around 90-100 km/h on the highway. That's more than enough for me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th April, 2011