I purchased a second hand Tacuma because I previously owned Daewoo's and experienced no major problems with either. Also, Daewoo/Chevrolet vehicles are made from the GM parts bin so you are unlikely to experience difficulty getting one serviced or pay much for parts. I picked up a 2007 Tacuma CDX+ with 9240 miles on the clock for £3999. The nearest competitor was a 2005 1.4 Vauxhall Meriva with 58k and a wrecked interior. Cleaner examples failed to inspire much more confidence and after reading owners reviews on this site the Meriva just looked like a breakdown waiting to happen. I can't claim the Tacuma is prefect. Plastics are thin, parcel shelf doesn't fit very well, the engine is thirsty and it wobbles a little when cornering. It also costs £400 to tax due to high CO2 emissions. On the plus side, load space is big with the seats pushed forward and massive when removed. Leg room is as good or better than most MPV's. The view front and rear felt restricted at first but I forgot about it within a few miles driving. The engine, auto gear change, handling and ride are not as good as a Renault Scenic but considering a similar spec Scenic costs twice the s/h price of a Tacuma you can understand why. The Tacuma turned out to be much as I expected, good value transport that goes where you point it in reasonable comfort.
GREAT CAR. AN ABSOLUTE BARGAIN SECOND HAND. YOU CAN BY A 2008-2007 CAR FROM A CAR SUPERMARKET FOR BETWEEN £4000-£4500 WITH THE BALANCE OF THE 3 YEAR MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY AND ALSO THE BALANCE OF A 3 YEAR AA RECOVERY PACKAGE. BUT THIS CAR IS SO RELIABLE YOU WILL PROBABLY NEVER USE IT. I HAVE THE 1.6SX, YES IT IS NOT THE MOST ECONOMICAL BUT I GET 35MPG ON A RUN. WHICH I FEEL IS GOOD. WHERE ELSE CAN YOU BUY A VERY RELIABLE MPV THAT COST £12000 NEW FOR JUST £4000.
MY ADVICE WOULD BE TO GO AND TEST DRIVE A 2007-2008 RENAULT SCENIC (COST ABOUT £9000-£12000). THEN TEST DRIVE A 2007-2008 TACUMA (COST ABOUT £4000-£45000). THE SAVING YOU WILL MAKE ON THE COST OF THE CAR WILL BUY YOU A HELL OF A LOT OF PETROL. PLUS YOU WILL BE SAVING ON THE DEPRECIATION OF THE CAR. I AM SURE IF YOU KEEP THE TACUMA FOR 3-4 YEARS YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SELL IT PRIVATELY FOR £1500-£2000 AFTER THE 4 YEARS.
THE CAR HAS EVERY EXTRA YOU COULD EVER WANT, THE BUILD QUALITY IS GREAT. PLENTY OF ROOM FOR THE KIDS, WITH THE BACK SEATS OUT, YOU CAN TAKE LOTS OF ITEMS. TOOK MY DAUGHTER TO UNI RECENTLY, WITH THE BACK SEATS OUT, WAS ABLE TO TAKE ALL YOUR CLOTHES ETC IN ONE LOAD.
DONT FORGET, DO NOT BUY ONE FROM A MAIN DEALER, BUY ONE FROM A CAR SUPERMARKET, YOU WILL SAVE ££££££'S
I have driven this car for 3 years on a Motability contract and thank god i am about to give it back. This is without doubt the worst car i have ever driven. It took 3 weeks to get used to the gearbox, the back parcel shelf doesn't fit and has a tendancy to rattle but then again everything in it has a tendancy to rattle. You have to watch your head getting in, not so much a firm ride more like having no suspension at all, seat are not comfortable and you realize that in actual fact you are no higher up in this than you would be in most good salooon cars. After the first year both front tyres had to be replaced due to excessive ware. After the second year it had new discs, break shoes, anti- roll bars, etc, etc, etc, well lets just say under warranty it had the whole front end rebuilt. Now remember at the time of writting this the car has only done 20,000 miles. the steering wheel shakes when you step on the breaks at 50mph. Town mpg averages around 23mpg and at 70mph you'll be hitting around 3,500 rev's in 5th gear. The internal door handles are plastic coated in an extreemly thin layer of rubber which started to come off well within the first year as did the strip on the lower half of the back door. The dealer asures me that this car is not a lemon and therfore the only reasonable conclusion it that this is just a very very badly made car. My advice is if you want a MPV don't get this one.
Tested this car at Shah Alam Stadium Car Park and i thought it was a pleasant family MPV.In Malaysia,called the Daewoo/Chevrolet Tacuma is used as a KLIA hire taxi but i think its OK but when it turns out that this car carries the Chevrolet Optra(Lacetti) flaws like the bad,low-rent plastics and switchgears in the cabin.Eventhough the interior of the car is big and it has a compact-dimensioned body than its rivals...it is still quite hard to park because of its slightly heavy steering and buyers in Malaysia can't option for a 5-speed manual while it comes only with a slow reacting 4-speed auto.
One thing good about this car is the way it drives and eventhough it has a tall body,it is still nimble and controllable,albeit with plenty of body roll but it is stable.Overall i think that this car is average in everyway because the most thing that spoils this car is the quality and average fuel economy though,but it has a high rating in reliability and family-friendly practicality,but i rather get this car than getting a Citroen Xsara Picasso which it's pricey and it is much more cheaper too.Good for family starters but like WhatCar says...todays saving's are tomorrow's depreciation...try to get a better car than this if you have the cash that can hold its value stronger in 3-4 years time.
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