I bought a 2002 Daewoo Lanos with only 51,000 miles on it about 11 months ago. I bought this car when gas prices were at $4+ per gallon, and I got stuck needing a new car at the wrong time. I've always driven small 4 cylinder cars and prices on them soared last summer right when I needed to replace mine. This Lanos was the only thing I could find in my price range so I fell for it. The only car I've ever owned that was actually crappier than this car was an '86 Ford Escort. There really is no comparison between this car and the other 4 cylinders I've owned. I've owned Volkswagons, Toyotas, Nissans, Fords, etc. and this Daewoo is by far the cheapest piece of junk I've owned since the Escort.
None. The whole thing should never have happened.
Pretty much everything. Use thicker steel, make it driveable, ever hear of sound dampening? Mileage is poor for a car this small and light. Engine is noisy and sounds like it could blow up and any moment.
I purchased for fuel saving. Drove it for about 8 months then threw a rod. It's been sitting in my driveway since June of 07. No one will even look at it. They say there are no parts availible and they cant work on these anymore. But when it was running it was a great car. Broke down at 61xxx miles.
In February 2003, we bought two used 2002 Lanos S sedans sight-unseen from a wholesaler in Arizona for $3,650 each. Both cars were loaded, used only 10K miles, with remaining factory warranty. We could not be happier! They drive well, get 30+ mpg, and have been totally reliable. Factory recall [electrical] handed PDQ by local Daewoo dealer [our cars didn't have the problem]. Cars now have 21K each.
Of the dozens of cars we've owned, these Lanos S sedans are the best transportation value ever!
2002 Daewoo Lanos Sport 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
The car is excellent! I was also
thinking twice on how on earth am I
going to get parts for Daewoo since
they are no longer in the US. Then the
Chevy Aveo comes out and the Suzuki
Reno in the US, which are rebadged,
Daewoo Kalos and the Daewoo Lecetti in
europe also the Reno is called the
Chevy Optra in Canada. The Chevy Aveo
has a 1.6L engine the same as the
Lanos. This solves engine parts
Two Tone Leather on the sport model.
More aftermarket styling parts.
Possible Turbo upgrade. Since the Aveo
might come out with a Chevy Aveo SS it
might be easy to do.