I opted for this car on Motability. The salesman pointed out the drivers' cup holders - several times, almost to the point of obsession. That was my 1st mistake, if that was the best thing he could have recommended about the car, I should have walked out there and then!
I opted for the 1.6sx Vision with DVD players in head rests and blacked out windows. This is the worst car I have ever had. I have had it for 5 months - it was about a month late and took over 2 weeks to get to me from Southampton.
My 2nd mistake was not cancelling the order. If you put an adult in the passenger seat, the blind spot caused by them, headrests and DVD player is a scary 20 inches! How can that be legal? It is not clear in the brochure that the DVDs are not built into the headrests, but fastened onto the outside of them. Pulling across traffic is a nightmare-you can't see and even reversing off my path, I have nearly come a cropper due to not seeing other cars coming up on my left. The ABS kicks in when it likes, the gears are rotten when the car is cold and 5th gear takes 3 or 4 attempts sometimes. It guzzles petrol and the cd player makes your cd skip.
It doesn't hold the road very well when cornering and is quite noisy on the motorway.It is not very cushioned going over speed bumps. The air-con is not up to much. If you are looking for a car of this size, buy a Picasso. I am giving it back ASAP.
I drove this car for a week, clocking about 720 miles. The terrain included a mixture of country roads and motorways both in wet and dry conditions.
I was bitterly disappointed with the quality of the car. It is tacky, plasticky, lacks power and does not inspire much confidence in the driver. Speeds exceeding 70mph are not recommended, as the road holding and stability are seriously compromised. Lateral winds are also a problem.
Fuel onsumption is average, leg-room at the back is very good, visibility is excellent and the boot, although sizeable, is not as conveniently shaped as that of an estate. It would be a problem fitting two large pieces of luggage in it.
If you want a car that gets you from A to B, go ahead and buy it, but I'm sure that there are better cars at the same price. If you want something more out of your car, stick to the traditionally European marques and some of the Japanese.
I own the Daewoo version of the Tacuma 2.0Ltr Auto. It's now two years old and its never failed me.
Daewoo/Chevrolet offered me as a disabled person buying my car on Motability Finance a great deal.
The two litre petrol engine sings like a bird and the automatic box is a pleasure. fuel consumption is fair enough for a engine of this size and the air con is great on the CDX.
Try the kick down and the engine loves to sing and on hand controls that's one hell of a rush.
My only fault is its just too high to pull yourself into the driving seat from a wheelchair and that gets harder the older you get.
Would I buy other Chevrolet, sure I would if they ever made the Lacetti Station Wagon( don't you just love the Americans... ESTATE) with an automatic transmission.
I don't think this is suitable for anyone over 6' tall because the driver's seat doesn't go back far enough. Also, the cup holder can get in the way of your left leg when driving.
The gearbox was awful - the car had 3000 miles on the clock yet half the time it needed a hard pull to get it into second gear! Folding the seats was fiddly.
It's an ugly beast, although it's OK on the motorway - mainly because I didn't have to go near the gearbox.
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