Stay far, far away from this vehicle. My Daewoo was dirt cheap ($2000 with decent mileage) and now I know why. In 2 years, I've had to replace the starter, the alternator, front & rear brake pads, the timing belt, mechanisms for the tires, 2 batteries/loads of bulbs due to the faulty wiring, various hoses, bearings and fuses, oil leaks patched every year, the sunroof broke, the CD player shorted out, all 4 door handles popped off, buttons stopped working on the dash, and more. As we speak, the high beams are stuck "on" because of the bad wiring, so I have to disconnect the battery or pull the fuse when I stop. Good luck getting replacement parts, which are expensive and hard to find.
I purchased a Daewoo after driving one as a rental in Europe. It is a great car: reliable, well-performing, and well designed. The only problem is that Daewoo left the US market after bankruptcy making service at times difficult. Fortunately I have had no problems with the car and needs little service. I have driven the car cross-country three times. It has a comfortable ride and performs well under all conditions.
Even though many people are down on these
cars I have to say I have had little to
know problems with this car. Of course
finding parts and someone who knows the
car hasn't been easy. The people at
Daewoo have been very good about finding
the right people to work on the car. So
I have been lucky. I think the motor and
transmission in the car are outstanding. Just a
shame what GM did to all of us poor
folks stuck with a Daewoo.
Bought in Sep 2000 and now has 73000 on
it. Main belt broke at 52000 killing
the engine but was covered on
warranty. Tires do not last as long as
other cars. I get 27 in town and up to
35 highway. Nice handling and brakes.
Has developed a vibration in front end
at 70000, and is on its 3rd battery.
Power mirros quit early on. No resale
so I'll keep it another year.