I have bought my Daewoo Lanos 7 years ago second hand for quite a price.
It was in really good shape and low mileage, that was a love at the first sight.
The way it looks just cool. The car is red with 15"aluminium tyres and and blacked windows and of course big music system. ;)
The car took me everywhere I needed. I used it properly. Short and long distance. I had to pay only the necessary things e.g. oil, brakes, timing belt and water pump.
Because it`s engine is from Opel all the parts and accessories are really cheap.
So if you spend the money what a car needs than you`ll be happy with this car.
although this car eats quite a lot because it is heavy and the engine is small. The best I could squeeze out is 6 liter/ 62 miles.
You`ve got to be careful with the speed anyway because there are so many cameras out there.
This is the fourth car that I've had the pleasure of driving in my short(ish) time on the road and it certainly hasn't disappointed. It's certainly not going to win any prizes for looks....nor performance....but I have found it to be extremely steady and reliable.
The biggest things I have noticed about this car over other small cars I have driven is that it handles well. It has power steering (which I was very thankful for!) and is nicely responsive. It also has some get-up-and-go if you leave it in the lower gears to accelerate. The engine is fairly quiet. The dashboard is easy to understand and effective. It has plenty of little cubby holes to be able to store things. I have found it to be a very relaxing ride. The mileage is reasonable...I am getting roughly 50MPG which is more thirsty than some of the cars I've had but is still good.
So there are some down sides. You miss out on all the "frills"...no sun roof, the air conditioning is whatever temperature air is blowing, the back windows only pop open instead of winding down. But for the price this car is likely to be, you don't expect anything too fancy.
The boot is of a nice size, the fuses are in a nice easy place to be able to change. Under the bonnet is also easy to deal with...I'm nowhere near a car enthusiast but I can easily identify what is located under there.
So far, I have had to put this through 3 MOTs and it has sailed through every time...a change of bulbs here and there....which is very good for a car that is 12 years old! This was probably the biggest factor when I decided to buy this car...I'm not fussy, I just wanted something that would get me from A to B and be cheap to maintain...and this car certainly fits the bill.
So go out and surprise everyone...don't buy a BMW or an Audi....get a Daewoo Lanos! I guarantee your wallet will thank you for it ;)
I purchased this car recently, not perhaps a popular model, but I am very pleased with it. An undervalued car, I am delighted with my 2003 model. Perhaps feels a little underpowered in 4th and 5th gears, there is plenty acceleration in 2nd and 3rd, and so a great little car for town driving.
With power steering and a very tight turning circle, it has excellent maneuverability and great to park. Gears are positive and although a high action, clutch is effective, and car is forgiving of wrong gearing. Interior is basic but comfortable, does not feel cramped and has three back seats. Boot is of adequate size too.
Fuel consumption seems good, I have been calculating 43 mpg, with a mixture of rural and town driving. Overall a great little runner, perhaps a good choice for a second family car, big enough to pack away a weeks shopping and a few kids in the back.
However in Tax band K is perhaps not the cheapest for a small car.