I've had the Daewoo Matiz 0.8SE model for over 8 years and 58,000 miles. It has never let me down and little has ever gone wrong with it, just normal replacement items such as Catalytic converter, brake pads and shoes etc. Recently replaced the brake pipes due to corrosion. The only 'fault' was a misfiring at low revs which I fixed by replacing the sparkplug leads. Servicing by the local Chevrolet dealer was most unsatisfactory.
I can't understand the complaints about handling - mine corners on rails with hardly any roll. The engine is not powerful but what do you expect from 798ccs? It keeps up with the traffic even on the motorway and is comfortable for any length of journey. With 4-up it does struggle quite a bit, so I'd class it as an 'occasional' 4 seater. I'm 6ft and 15 stone and don't find it at all cramped.
As a comparison our Kia Picanto is a much more 'luxurious' car and better equipped, but I always choose the Daewoo when I go driving.
I sold the Matiz last night, only because after 8 years I want a change. I'd buy another but don't like the new style and I'm no so sure about the quality since Chrysler have taken over.
I have the Daewoo version of this car and it's been almost perfect from day one.
I bought it second hand when it was four years old (one owner). It's now eight and I've had no serious problems with it. MOTs are getting a bit pricey, but mainly because parts are hard to come by. The only things I've had to replace have been consumables like brake pads and tyres, and the alternator last winter. No problems with the engine or gearbox yet (touch wood).
Cabin quality isn't great but it's fine for a budget model. I find it quite spacious for a small car, which is mainly down to the headroom. I can easily get three passengers in.
I love driving my Matiz: it’s very direct and almost go-kart-like. Obviously it's not luxurious and bump-free at this price, but I love that - if you're going at speed, you can really feel it and enjoy it.
Running costs would have got 5 out of 5 if it weren't for those expensive replacement parts (some of which my garage has had to order in). Tax and insurance are incredibly cheap, and fuel economy is great but getting a bit worse as time goes on.
All in all, this is a brilliant car that defies logic. Partly because people have such low expectations of it, they are consistently surprised at how much kit you get for your money, how reliable it's been, and how fast a 0.8 litre engine can go!
I'll be after a sportier car once my Matiz has died, but I'm perfectly happy to keep her until she's on her last legs. I will be sorry to see her go.
I've just come back from holiday, where I was unfortunate enough to have one of these as a hire car, and I have to say this is truly THE worst car I have ever driven and I've driven some rubbish in my time.
The exterior feels like it's made of tin cans and the interior, well, a kinder egg comes to mind. I would not want to be in a crash in this car! The gear change is hit-and-miss, akin to stirring porridge; the steering feels as if it's connected to the wheels via rubber bands, the lean whilst cornering at anything more than the most pedestrian of speeds is terrifying or exciting depending on your point of view - going round a corner at speed is like a ride at Alton Towers.
Everything feels as though it's connected via rubber bands and brake cables from a cycle. I'm convinced the brakes too must come from a bike - stopping quickly, is again, a terrifying experience. I've never been in a car where one can hear the fuel pump working - wheezing petrol from the tank to the engine every time I put my foot down. Although it is amazing that one can hear anything over the din of the noisiest, roughest engine since the demise of the 2CV.
It may be cheap, but it's anything but cheerful. Does anyone need a brand new car this much? Surely, far better, not to mention safer, to invest in a better second-hand car.
I was due to hire this car for a few days, but after the first evening, I had to swap it. There was nothing wrong with the car regarding faults, it's just that it's such a poor car. The interior feels thin and brittle, the gearchange is like spooning runny honey and the steering wheel is nearly vertical with no adjustment available. The Matiz does have good headroom, but because it's narrow, shoulder room is tight and makes for a cosy set up between the driver and passenger. Power is adequate around town, but pathetic as soon as you need to drive above 55mph. In summary, buy a nearly new Yaris or Corsa. If you have to have brand new, try a C1/107/Aygo.
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