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.

General Comments:

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

1999 Daewoo Tico SL 0.8 from Romania


Cheap and reliable


No major problems.

Changed distribution at 70000. Change the hand brake cable at 50000, tires at 60000.

The battery is not that strong (but the car is easy to push if the battery goes down); it has to be changed every 4 years.

General Comments:

The car is very small, which is good in a crowded city, parking is very easy.

Parts are also very cheap, and the fuel consumption is small. The car has only about 660 kg, so you can be the first to start at the traffic light.

The handling is not the best, but you can say it's OK.

For long distance drives, it's not the best car; you don't have much space in the trunk, and also it's not very safe concerning the impact, but the good thing is that you will never be able to break it :)

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

Review Date: 8th February, 2009

1999 Daewoo Tico SL 796 from Romania


I do not regret my choice


I had to change the battery and tyres immediately after I bought this car.

Nothing bad so far.

General Comments:

A reliable, easy to drive and economical car with trade-offs: lack of/zero crash security, lack of power when loaded and comfort for longer distances.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2005

1999 Daewoo Tico SX 0.8 from Romania


Cheap to run, ideal for hard urban traffic and small budget


No problems yet, but my car mileage is very low.

General Comments:

Very small car, ideal for my home towns traffic.

Everything fits and seem to be a product of a very thought mind.

The best thing about this car is the consumption which is 4.3/5.5 outside/city.

Not a good car for long trips and fast roads. Unstable when taking corners at fast speed.

Otherwise a great car for my budget.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2005

1999 Daewoo Tico 850 from UK and Ireland


It does the job, it costs peanuts, it is bad to drive, but there are times when this has to do


The Ticos are said to be generally well-built by the Uzbek factory which now produces them.

In fact, I was told by an Uzbek friend that in their home country they are used as taxis - and do up to 300 000 km before overhaul.

Mine was as solid as they get - not a single fault noted in 30 000 km of driving, apart from the battery which died because of old age.

General Comments:

A Tico would make a nice urban get-around for somebody on a very tight budget.

It can be parked literally anywhere, it seems to be able to do almost without fuel at all, it is nippy and cheap, cheap, cheap.

It will never get stolen or broken into, but the downside to this is that you shouldn't expect it to attract that nice-looking 20-year-old female hitchhiker.

You would not believe it, but this tiny motor actually has an air conditioner and even a factory fitted stereo.

Both are totally and utterly useless though. With the A/C on, driving a Tico becomes a slow and solemn process, with traffic lights acceleration akin to that of a donkey. And the stereo will happily accompany your commutes with lots of hissing and crackling sounds - but hardly any "well-defined treble" or "deep bass".

The car accelerates nicely up to about 60 kph, but do not expect it to be capable of dealing with motorways. It feels ill at ease at speeds above 100 kph.

In fact, it seems to be willing to lift off the ground as soon as you pass the 100 kph mark. Not a nice thing at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th January, 2005

1999 Daewoo Tico SL from Romania


Very economic and cheap car


Nothing.After 139000 km-s.Only the oil filter and petrol filter was changed every 10000 km-s.

General Comments:

The best car for city and outside if you don't like speed after 100 km/h.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2003