Although at first the Matiz doesn't look like a great car, it's small and thin with a tiny engine. Although the tiny engine sounds bad, it held it's own on the motorway and never let me down. During the time I owned it not once did it break down or cost me anything other than petrol, tax or insurance. I didn't expect much from this car and being the special edition I was surprised by the SONY tape player that was connected to a 10 disc CD Changer under the passenger seat, this is so easy to use and meant I didn't have to waste time taking a single CD out each time I wanted to listen to something different, the player had a Shuffle option which I haven't seen on any other in car player's I've seen although I know there are some. It's a thin car but I still managed to get 4 of my friends in safely when we went out. The car was simple to drive and helped me a lot whilst I was passing my test, I was confident in driving this car knowing how easy it was. I have had 2 more cars since this yet it was only a year ago and part of me really misses this car.
Sold the car as I wanted something a bit faster and bigger. The car was fuel efficient and the cheapest of all my cars to run. As it was my first car the insurance was £3,200 with Adrian Flux but was cheaper than any other car or insurer I could find at that time.
Boot space was pretty good, I managed to fit a 12" sub woofer in the car and still had enough space for if I really needed to carry anything else in the boot.
Some people rate the Matiz as unreliable , however any second hand car can be unreliable, I had a 2005 Fiesta Diesel what was 6 months old, and in two years, the clutch, the Turbo and the Duel Mass Fly wheel has all to be replaced, luckily all under warranty, since then i have had 2 Matiz cars, and as long as they are serviced well, regular oil changes, i would trust my Matiz to go anywhere, with regards to the guy who thinks his back was sore because of the Matiz, it must be old age coming in as my Matiz if very comfy both on short and distance runs, nothing is to cheap to run in this day and age, around £37.00 to fill and expect a realistic 300 miles, thats with the air con off as well, my latest 2010 matiz come with 1200 miles on the clock a pre reg car, paid £4200 for it , which was a bargain not to be missed, remaining 3 years warranty, they give it a service, so thats not due till Dec 11, now the bits what do let the car down, crap radio but you can live with it, dont loose your remote key as they are just under £100.00 , small boot but livable, i have added a towbar to mine for a small trailer, all in all as long as the car your looking at as full service history what is all genuine then you should have a great runabout for very little money, would i have another , well i would but they no longer make them, so i guess in a couple of years i will have to try the Chevy Spark, but def stick to Chevy,
I was hesitant to review any of our cars as I do not drive myself. After hearing of yet another Daewoo Matiz with the same problems ours had, though I decided to give it a go, especially as I arranged most repairs, and my husband is collaborating on this review. The sections on driving and handling therefore are from him.
Our Daewoo Matiz was a 2000, .8 litre. We owned this car for four years.
Daewoo is owned by General Motors, the American car company and produced in Korea. The Daewoo Matiz looks identical to GM's Chevrolet Matiz if you ask me. The Matiz is a small economy car with 5 doors. It came with immobilizer which I believe was a standard feature.
Handling was okay on this car. It's small size made it easy to park and manoeuvre. The light weight was a drawback in heavy winds, as you had to realign steering constantly to avoid being blown into the next lane.
Another problem with driving was a lack of power. My husband isn't terribly big, but many of his friends / fellow doormen were, and this car really struggled on hills with a few large passengers, and had no ability to accelerate. Steering was very good, braking was good. This was comfortable to drive, and nippy enough if my husband was on his own.
SPACE AND COMFORT
This is a small car, but even so I found it comfortable riding as a passenger. Even in the back seat was okay, but would require passenger in the front to have the seat pulled forward. As to seating 5 though, not likely. There is no way you could fit 3 adults in the back without nearly sitting on each others laps, and fitting three child seats would be impossible. There was however a surprising amount of room with the back seats laid down, and my husband was able to transport flat packed furniture with ease and even managed a small cooker, a 42" TV and a swing set and slide once. Of course with passengers in the back, the boot is very small and many times we would have to pile messages on the floor in front of passengers after a large shop.
FUEL CONSUMPTION AND RUNNING COSTS
This is where the Daewoo Matiz really shines. This car seemed to go forever on a tank of petrol, which at the time was about £25. I have read various estimates of fuel consumption stating this car would make 48 - 50 miles per gallon, and I do think this is not far off the mark. The max mpg listed was 62. Even very heavily loaded with aforementioned doormen this car would do very well on petrol. My husband also says the tires lasted for ages considering the amount of mileage.
TAX BAND AND INSURANCE
The newer Daewoo Matiz have been modified to reduce emission and thus qualify for the £35 tax bracket. This only applies to 2008 and later models. The 2000 model has an emissions rate of 161 g/km which places it in group G for tax at £155 per year. The insurance group for this car is 3, which is very low, but of course premiums are affected by many other factors as well.
This car includes two front airbags and was rated very well for frontal impact collisions. It was found to be a high risk for life threatening injuries to adult occupants. The total rating was 2 stars for adult safety, 3 for child if seated in Brimax safety seat, and 2 stars for pedestrian safety. However rear end collision was not assessed anywhere that I could find. A mechanic friend advised that in a rear end collision the back seats would be folded up like an aluminium drinks can. As my children ride in the back, and once older are no longer in the heavier baby seats, I am not so convinced about child passenger safety, and this was one of my major reasons for wanting a different car. the very small boot made of such thin metal just does not look as if it would provide a lot of protection to the children.
My husband says this car " was a great runner when it ran". Yes, I know that sounds a bit Irish, but it does sum it up fairly well. Most of the time the car did run pretty well, but we had some major problems as well.
There was an electrical gremlin, which was never discovered but disappeared on its own after about a year. During this time, the car would occasionally refuse to start. AA would get it going, but could never find the source of the problem. The clutch went, but thankfully was covered by our AA plan, only costing us £25 of a nearly £500 pound bill. The other problems though we have found to be common to this car. The first is the fact that the water pump went, resulting in over £500 in damages. The AA covered £475, but we still payed over £100 I believe. This has happened with at least two other Daewoo Matiz cars that I know of ( our neighbour mechanic was asked to fix both). The car is also very hard to work on due to the way the engine is laid out and very little room to work, which makes the fellow try to avoid or charge more for this make of car. Additionally the stills and ball joints went out and both were replaced less then 1 year after purchase. At the time of sale about 3 years later, they were beginning to show signs of damage again, and the exhaust was rusting through as well. Again our neighbour replaces stills on these cars all the time, it is a very common fault, and if you read through for sale ads you will notice a large number of cars advertised with new still and ball joints. The ball joints are quite complicated to replace as they are welded in place and must be cut out. This cost a few quid, and we had to have a larger garage do the work.
For the most part, we were happy with this car, but if we had not had the AA insurance which covers repair costs, I don't know how we would have managed the repairs. As it was replacing the stills and ball joints cost us quite bit, and then of course there was the nuisance of being stuck somewhere waiting on the AA. The last time was on the motorway, and it always seemed to be quite cold. While the car was brilliant for fuel consumption, and surprisingly roomy for the overall size of the car, I honestly would not buy another. The reason for this is the number of problems with the car, and that I know too many people who have had the exact same problems leading me to believe it would be likely to happen with another car as well. While it gets top marks for running costs, fuel usage, and comfort, and is high enough in handling and other areas, it loses 2 stars from me for reliability bringing this down to a total of 3 stars. The title is another quote from my husband, who still insists it was quite reliable except when it did not run, and started great - except when it didn't start :)
Alot of reviews on here seem to give this car "Top Trumps" in the star ratings... but believe me, you don't know what you're getting yourself into when your Courtesy Car is a Matiz..
Along with the severe backache and discomfort I get there are several other issues with this car...
The build quality for a start.. Pressing the clutch in on this car feel like you're pumping air into the Hamster-Engine the accompanies this car (this is the 800cc model I'm talking about). The Accelerator pedal might as well not be there after 4th gear as it make NO difference to the car it seems (unless you achieve that all impossible 70MPH, standard for the UK Motorways) And let's get into the question of fuel economy. My 1.9TD Vauxhall (Opel) Zafira costs me £60 to do around 500 miles a week for my job. This Matiz achieves an astonishing £150 a week to do the same amount of Mileage. (Before you say this is a city car.. I do a mixture of City and Motorway driving, which is what any Benchmark person would realistically do!)
When changing gear in this car, it almost feels like you're stirring sour milk with a badly made, plastic Spoon that you know in yourself should be made of Wood! There's so much play in the Gear Stick that you won't know if you're in 1st.. 3rd or 5th Gear.
Oh and if you're Overweight.. forget it! My 18 stone body causes me sexual pleasure as my chuff seeps onto the Handbrake and slides in...(This is REALLY INCOVENIENT ON THE M27) not only that but me knee is pressed up against the cheap Plastic on the Dashboard. As mentioned before, I have suffered terrible Backache from the ride comfort in this car.
I really thought my Vauxhall Zafira was a "Bad Car" until I stepped foot (Or slid in) this Chevrolet Matiz.. a massive thumbs down from me.
If a Garage offers you one of these as a "Courtesy Car" then I advise you downright refuse! A Corsa or Fiesta would be of much more comfort.
I guess the only good thing is the super-powerful Aircon/Heater
DAEWOO MATIZ (CAR) - A great successfull car which is really popular in UK. This car has really good facalities. It is a bit small but there is enough space for 5 people to sit in there. There are alot of varities in the colours of the car; like - red, blue, black, silver and white/aqua. This car is really comfortable, comfy, easy and prosperous. It is well fixed and easy to be handled. It is very efficient and does not consume alot of petrol(petrol - not good if you smell/ petrol - bad to waste.). The car has power - steering. This car is small so it is easy to park in big spaces. The cars' engine size is 0.8l. There is a dual bag system for safety purpose in case of any accident.
This is my first car and I am really pleased with it's performance. So far I have had no problems and it comes under band 1 insurance which is the cheapest available insurance. You should definately try out a test drive of this small car from your friend or family.
In July 2003 after my old car gave up the ghost I wanted to get a car that would look and perform better than the last few cars I had. I could not afford a new car so I thought I would look around and not make a hasty decision.
I visited a garage in Great Yarmouth,they were a Vauxhall dealer and I looked around. Eventually a salesman came over and without being to pushy asked if he could be of assistance.
After telling him the sort of car I would like we walked around the rows of parked cars. I had told him that for me my car would have to have the following features
1) Good fuel consumption.
2) Personal comfort and driving position.
3) Reasonably speedy and quiet engine
The salesman asked me if I had seen the Daewoo Matiz, I didn't know if you drove it or ate it. Never heard of such a car. Well he said we have four or five to choose from.
I settled on test driving an S reg blue one. It was already five years old and was one of the first made. The price was £2475 (and was the most expensive car I had ever bought)
When I took it onto the road for a test drive I was surprised. It was easy to drive, the clutch pedal was very light, the gears were very smooth changing and it accelerated well. A nippy little gem.
It had power steering, but not air conditioning. It had twin air bags in the front which pleased me.
The lighting switches and other controls were easily in reach and there was plenty of room inside. Surprisingly ,I thought, it was a four door hatchback, unusual in small cars, the bootspace at the back was rather small but enough for a couple of suitcases of medium size.
It is fitted with a security device and the ignition keys have a transponder which means only genuine keys will operate the ignition.
The engine was only 800cc. That's not even a litre. So the fuel economy should be pretty good.
That was nearly three years ago, I bought it and I have done nearly 30,000 miles. The engine has performed marvellously, it is a fairly quiet unit. Not an Aston Martin but will cruise along at 60 - 70 happily. (I did do 88 sometime ago- very naughty).
It cost £28 to fill up in the early months I had it but now that the petrol price has increased it is about £30 and I can do near 400 miles on a full tank. Not bad. the tank holds around 36 litres thats approx. 8 gallons so that's about 50 to the gallon.
As for wear and tear , in the three years I have had this vehicle I have bought 4 tyres (£100) had three oil changes, Renewed the front and rear brakes once and the odd service. I think that's very reasonable.
When I was learning to drive this time last year, I really needed a small, cheap, first-time buyer type car, something that wasn't going to cost thousands to insure. As I am under 25, insurance is automatically expensive anyway, without having a big expensive car.
When I went to a local dealership, accompanied by my Dad and Fiancé, I saw my little Matiz and fell in love with it. Naturally, being your typical girly-girl, this 'love' was largely based on its colour (mine is gorgeous green - see pic below). I took it for a test drive, my Dad drove it, my Fiancé drove it, and then we went back to the garage and bought it. Much of the reason for the purchase was its price, at around £6000, it was cheaper than most for a reasonably new car - mine is a 51 reg, and had only had one owner when I got it.
One of the first things you think when looking at the Matiz is how small it is - it is both shorter (length not height) and thinner than my other half's Vauxhall Corsa, but it is taller in height. Once you get into the car though, it is very spacious, both in the front and the back. My very tall male friends fit much better in the backseat of my car than the Corsa. For someone like me, the small size also makes it easy to park (which is an asset I need in a car!). Due in part to it's height advantage, the Matiz also has good viewing - the windscreens at the front and back are quite large and a good shape for being able to see all around you. The Matiz can also (room wise - see engine size) fairly comfortably fit three passengers in the back seat. It is quite narrow, however, which means that I often grab my passenger's knee when changing gear.
My Matiz has an engine size of a little below 1.0, round about 800cc. This means that it unfortunately doesn't have very good acceleration, and will really struggle up hills. I find myself frequently being overtaken just as I come onto a 70mph road, simply because it takes me so long to actually reach 70. It is good at getting up to 50 quite quickly, but really does take its time with the last bit. It does tend to worry me if I don't have the radio on loudly, because the engine can sound like it's having difficulty when it's not, just because of the small engine size.
Another downfall of this particular aspect of the car is that it makes it easy to stall when pulling away. When I first began to drive the Matiz, I often stalled, mainly because I was used to driving the Corsa, which is virtually impossible to stall. The Matiz has absolutely no clutch-control at all.
With a car full of passengers, the lack of engine power makes it quite difficult to drive, and is even more slow at accelerating than normal.
The Matiz has all the usual technicals, some of which I'm not going to know about, due to being the most non-technical person you'll ever find when it comes to cars, but the things I do know about are these (this is for the special edition, and I don't know how different it is to the standard spec):
Electric passenger-side mirror
Alloy wheels (although only 14")
RDS radio (mine is Sony, but I don't know if this was what it was born with)
The car's gears feel a bit clunky, and don't slide into place as easily as some other cars I've driven, but this is really just something a bit different, and you get used to it over time.
The difficult thing about this review is that I find myself comparing it to my Fiance's Corsa, which is a top-notch car, so it is probably slightly unfair on the little Matiz. The brakes on the Matiz also feel weak in comparison, and you do have to brake quite far ahead to make sure you stop in time. In a situation where someone has stopped quite suddenly (but not suddenly enough to call it an emergency stop), I've twice found myself struggling to make the car stop in time.
On the plus side, the car is cheap, fuel efficient and roomy, and was ideal for me as a learner and a new driver. It is still ideal for me with regards to parking, which I hate doing. The shape of the vehicle means that it has virtually no front or back sticking out.
A good starter car, and if Daewoo (actually it's owned by Chevrolet now) gave the Matiz a slightly more powerful engine, some pulling power, and improved it's minor faults, this would be a car I'd stick with longer term.
I used to have a huge Ford Granada Scorpio so, when I had to rent a Matiz, it was a culture shock! I rented one for 2 weeks in all, then sold the Scorpio and bought a brand new gold Matiz SE in September 2002 for 4900 pounds from Trade Sales in Slough (the Daewoo dealer next door wanted 6000 pounds for the same car!). It's an import from Ireland. I'm using it about 350 miles per week, so it's getting lot of use. I always had a big car because I'm a musician, and I need lots of space for my gear, but the Matiz can take a surprising amount of stuff with both back seta folded down. I can get an entire vocal PA system with monitoring, a keyboard, a guitar, all the stands, effects boxes, CD player and more. MPG is a little dissapointing at the moment - the hire car was getting about 48mpg but this one is 'only' 44mpg. Insurance is really cheap - for the first time, I can afford fully comp! There are no extras on the Matiz SE - no electric windows, intermittent wiper, sunroof or aircon, but it does have a CD player, power steering, rear wash wipe, extra braking light, etc. Just takes getting used to. The quality of the paintwork and fittings is not brilliant, but is adequate. I'll be keeping the car for about 3 years (around 50,000 miles) and it'll be very scratched and worn by then I reckon. However, for 4900 pounds I am certainly not complaining! The engine is 800cc (same as all Matiz) and, contrary to popular opinion, you CAN do 70mph up hill with a full load! 85mph on a straight with no problem - if you want a fast car, firstly keep away from me :) and secondly why on earth buy a Matiz?! Also contrary to popular opinion on dooyoo, people do not tailgate you when you're driving a Matiz! It does seem like it sometimes, because it's a small car, but I think it's just people worrying too much! Haven't had a chance to get it serviced yet - I've had it 5 weeks (1700 miles) and it's been absolutely perfect. It has 2 airbags - excellent idea, but it means that the glove box is small!
one bitten twice shy until they get their act together regarding after sales servicing - Advantages: parks anywhere legal, nippy in town, at home on narrow country roads - Disadvantages: poor build quality, materials poor, after sales service terrible
One year ago March 2001 , after careful consideration, we purchased a brand new Daewoo matiz se plus for 8000 pounds on the advice given by the Daewoo sales-team in Colwick Nottingham that all servicing costs including parts and labour would be included for three years. My daughter had purchased the same model a year previous to this and was offered the same contract re servicing. I previously owned a convertible but had become increasingly apprehensive about ever increasing servicing costs. We were advised the only item we were liable to pay replacement costs for would be the tyres should they wear within the 3 year period. Excellent! In my discussions with the sales person I mentioned that other manufacturers were also offering 3 year warranties and I was informed that the other manufacturers were only copying the Daewoo idea, but were not including parts in their guarantees I was satisfied with this explanation and purchased the car. We were further informed that even should the vehicle require interim oil ,parts replacement inc light bulbs etc then these items would be covered within the agreement and as such just simply take the vehicle to the Daewoo garage in Colwick from where we had purchased the car and these items would be seen to without cost to us under the service agreement.. My mileage for the first year was 6800 miles. Imagine my surprise then when collecting the car from the Millennium garage in Nottingham I was informed at the reception desk"do you want the good news or the bad news sir". I was informed that in January 2001 the Daewoo company changed it's service package. Wear and tear parts such as brake shoes, timing belts and presumably anything else which requires replacement is not covered under their agreement. On this occasion I was charged for new wiper blades, which incidentally had squeaked since new. I refused to pay for these items and the charge was waved, I apologised to the s
ervice assistance for my displeasure at being presented with a parts cost and was told that they experience similar reactions from all their customers who have purchased new cars since Jan 2001. My concern here is not the issue of the wiper costs, but what is awaiting the purchaser on the next two subsequent services. I have recieved an official reply from Daewoo, they say "no car company can provide it's customers with zero cost motoring"
I have given my Daewoo a little name; 'Maureen the lawn mower'! Now don't get me wrong, I love it! I have the new shape model (M150) as its known in the trade - the cute Matiz was facelifted late in 2000, and remains Daewoo's most popular model. It comes in at around £6,500, (I paid almost £7,200! - because of alarm & audio upgrade) and is available with only one engine - an 800cc three-cylinder petrol motor. 800cc you say or scream? Well it is relatively nippy - 0-60 in under 11 seconds! What about the petrol consumption? Well that is good too around 54mpg. You may of read about Daewoo's 3yr package; 3yrs free servicing, 3yrs warranty; and 3yrs aa cover. This worried me as everyone has read about there financial strife, but as my car is now over a year old I have had my free service and have called out the AA to repair a faulty pipe in the engine. Calling Daewoo's local dealer is a nightmare - Customer service is obviously not a priority and when trying to book a service - give them at least 12 weeks notice! I saw in the advertisements that a free courtesy car while yours is in for service - when I called and booked my car in for a service they said yes it is free - but you have to insure it - they advised me to contact my insurer and give them the registration number of their courtesy car and ask them to post a cover note to Daewoo so that I would drive away in the courtesy car. - Ridiculous! A hassle servicing your lawn mower? That'll be the Daewoo!
The good old Daewoo Matiz. My very kind mother and me have the fortune of part owning this magnificent specimen of a car. It truly is the modernised version of the classic mini, economical, compact and not too bad to look at. I have only got a T registered model, so I am not quite up to date. However from my experience this car is as sound as a pound. It comes with a 0.8 litre engine, really tiny, but because of its size and minimal weight it is plenty of power to do the essentials. I have clocked it at 86 m.p.h, (although if you are a police man better make that 70), so it really isn?t all that bad. The Matiz is very much a city car; it is very good at nipping around the place. But don?t try and take the advice of the new advert people really don?t appreciate you parking it where you like. My Matiz S.E came with dual airbags, tape stereo and power steering as standard. But if you are being economical, this really is everything that you could possibly need. Talking of economical you will love its petrol consumption and insurance group. The insurance group (1 or 2) makes it ideal for the new driver such as myself, very small amount of money to pay compared to other common cars such as Vauxhall Nova?s and the good old Fiesta. The Matiz?s fuel consumption is wonderfully diminutive. Because of its small engine size, supposed lack of power and no doubt lots of technical factors of which I am not intelligent to know of the Matiz can do about 35-45 miles to the gallon (depending on how you drive it). Because the Matiz aesthetically looks like a tortus, other road users often treat you as such. However this is a deadly misconception especially when someone like me is at the wheel. This car accelerates excellently up until about 50 m.p.h, this baby can move. It gives me such a feeling of self-fulfilment watching the hapless Golf or Astra, having to concede defeat after attempting to out drag this concealed speed machine. So beware
drivers this car and its spec may seem a little poxy, but it sure as hell packs a killer punch. The main concern of being a part owner of a Daewoo is the company?s current problems. If I am not mistaken they are currently or at least very close to liquidation. Whether or not problems will arise in the future, when attempting to get new parts etc. is a mystery. Hopefully the company can stay afloat and survive, but if they do go under you have got to wonder what may happen about depreciation of price. Anyway less of the doom and gloom and lets look at the features you can add to your Daewoo. With my model you are able to upgrade in order to include air conditioning, CD stereo and rear wing. However with the new improved Matiz the CD player and alloys along with all the old clutter come as standard. Another new innovation, which I would love to have, is the parking gizmo that comes with the car. When you?re as bad at parking and reversing, as I am this would really come in handy, especially when you are in a really close proximity space where there is no room for error. Normally when I see spaces like that I would rather drive around for hours rather than attempting to reverse into it, but worry no more with the aid of strange beeps you can work out how close you are to ruining that unspoilt no claims bonus. The Daewoo Matiz aesthetically a shrunken mpv, it is a little un nerving at first, I have to admit I hated it, but when you fall under its majestic spell you will love like a child. My mother often calls it ?cute? because of the smiling face effect on the front, this somewhat ruins my illusions that this is a lean, mean driving machine, but when you look at it as hard as this is for me to say you can actually see where she is coming from. I receive a manure load of abuse for the somewhat odd combination of me 6? 1? with pretty solid build in what is one of the tiniest cars around. It is an odd combination and it does cause pr
oblems, such as having to drive practically on the back seat. But through the discomfort comes a sense of well being, it drives well enough and is easy to control, so who cares about a little bit of cramp here and there. It does have its drawbacks though. The service that Daewoo provide is often a little below par, they are slow and quite expensive. They seem incapable of fitting in with your needs as the owner. Another problem we have suffered is with the windscreen wiper fluid. It has broken twice now meaning unnecessary time spent without the car, and it also meant having to take it to the unhelpful Daewoo garage. When I say that Daewoo garages are not very good I actually in all fairness have little evidence to support this; my only experiences came at the same Waterlooville garage, so I cannot say that this definitely counts for all garages. In short this a fantastic nippy and more importantly economical car. You will be amazed at just how cheap it is too keep on the road. The reliability and road handling is exceptional. Its only problems are a few minor parts being easily malfunctioned and my local garages work ethics. With all this in mind I whole-heartedly recommend the Daewoo Matiz to anyone looking for a cheap and efficient car to run. An investment you will not regret.
it was an insy winsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini, that she wore for the first time that day. he was crazier than a coconut, and he ate jupiter food such as geese teeth which are highly nutritional, as they contain lots of protein and iron. his name is arthur and he dances on the sand, with a little bit of goose and a little bit of toast. HELLO MOIST JOHN it was an insy winsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini, that she wore for the first time that day. he was crazier than a coconut, and he ate jupiter food such as geese teeth which are highly nutritional, as they contain lots of protein and iron. his name is arthur and he dances on the sand, with a little bit of goose and a little bit of toast. HELLO MOIST JOHN
We have a large estate car for ferrying our three kids and pram around, but I wanted a little car for doing the school run in. After looking round garages and reading through the newspapers for a low mileage used car my husband suggested we buy one from new! From new I thought, has he lost his senses or had he won the lotto without telling me? So he takes me to the Daewoo dealers in Merryhill, and shows me their new little car, the Matiz. It was very unusual when I first saw it as I had'nt seen a car like it before. We enquired into the price and what extra's we would get with it, and of course how much they would give me for my little red K reg metro, which I no longer loved. We were offered a grand for our old car so decided to book in for a test drive. We went back the next day and were allowed to drive it alone, all we had to do was leave our drivers documents and old car behind so they knew we would'nt run off with the matiz. We were allowed to keep the car for an hour so we could go for a good run in it. It was very nippy but you do need to put you foot down to get going, and go into low gears up hills,but what else can you expect from a car with this small an engine, but it was just what I was looking for. Being a small car people do tend to pull out on you loads as they think you will drive slow, and being a small engine it does'nt get going as fast as a bigger car obviously, but you can fit through the gaps other cars cant get through, so you end up leaving them behind anyway! Weve had the car two years now, and have had no trouble at all with it yet. It has free service's for three years, and they come and collect the car for you, but you dont get a courtesy car, but they only take about 2hrs to service it anyway. We were told the matiz was'nt even a 1000cc engine, so we get cheaper road tax, so that was a bonus to us as we have the two cars. We fet
ched the matiz, which had just delivery milage on,on the 6th of September 1999, and we have'nt looked back since. We had the car on their finance deal and are paying for it over three years, with a lump sum payment at the end. We have the green metalic matiz. It has the basic wheel trims, but we could of payed extra for alloy wheels, the car does'nt have colour coded bumbers either. It has a very good steering mechanism, which makes it very easy for parking, it has a sony face of stereo too, lockable car mats, which were extra but worth it as they dont move about, it's got a very stylish but plastic looking interior, with glovebox, and pockets in the back of the seats so you can keep a map book in there. It does'nt have central locking or alarm, but is fitted with an imobiliser as standard. The seats are grey with a very flashy pattern on, and not harsh on the eyes as in some cars. The boot is very small, but this does give you more room in the car it'self, but I do still manage to fit a weeks worth of shopping in there, but unfortunatley not a pushchair! We would definatley buy daewoo again but maybe a larger model, we have no regrets at all in buying this car, plus my 11yr old daughter wants us to keep it and give it her when she turns 17!!
OOOH lucky ol' me. I got a brand spanking new Daewoo Matiz for my 21st birthday. Grand. Ah, but I see you're eager to know more. Well hold your horses and I'll tell you all about the Matiz. THE MATIZ SE EXTRA: Is wot I've got. The SE is the basic model in the Matiz range, meaning it comes without all the extra bits and bobs like electric windows, central locking, bits of fabric on the doors and so on. The standard Matiz SE costs £6595, the SE+ is priced at £7295 and the SE+ A/C will set you back about £7795. However, I've got an SE Extra, which means those kind people at Daewoo have cut £600 off the price of the Matiz SE and swapped the radio/cassette player for a swanky posh CD player. Which was nice. All Matiz models are 5-door, have dual air bags and an engine imobiliser. And mine has a sun roof because my Dad like to haggle. The Matiz is available in several colours, although only two of these (red and blue) are "solid", meaning that you'll have to stump up the extra (£149 for metallic, £199 for gold mica) if you're fussy. Inside, the interior is comfy, but not startlingly luxurious. The front seats are substantial and easy to adjust, and the back seats are slightly raised so that passengers can see through the windscreen (and are thus less likely to be car-sick!) The dash is clear and well designed, but it is clear where costs have been cut. Little things like the finishing on controls betray the fact that this is a budget car. Never the less, the interior is spacious and the car feels comfortable to sit in. The boot isn't huge, but the back seats split and fold to give a bit more room if you need it. However, its the outside of the Matiz thats the real winner. Its been designed in Italy and it shows. Its so cute, god darn it. Aww, bless it, its headlights look just like eyes. It just looks eager to be driven. Aww. Now, I'll be the first to admit that the
Matiz isn't the fastest car on the road. This is, as I've said before, a budget car (The Auto Express Best Budget Car 2001, don't you know). It's 0.8 engine is hardly a throbing piece of raw, rugged machinery, and with a top speed of about 89 mph (I haven't tested this), you won't win any races. That said, this car isn't supposed to be a fast car, and it doesn't pretend to be. It has no trouble reaching top speed up hills and its fairly quick off the mark, which is all you need really. What the Matiz does aim to offer is a car thats cheap to buy and cheap to run, and it does this quite nicely thankyou. I drove from Newcastle to Edinburgh and back (about a 6 hour round-trip) in my Matiz on less than £20 worth of petrol, (which makes it much cheaper than the train) and Daewoo reckon it does about 54.3 miles per gallon, which isn't bad at all. The Matiz isn't a silky smooth, silent car to drive. It does make a bit of noise (the indicator is also quite loud), but its a new car so the noise is still at a reasonable level. It also comes with power steering and a nifty little gear stick which clicks nicely into place. And a rear wiper. And a third brake light. Well I'm impressed. All in all, if you're a boy racer, don't get this car, if you want something dead posh, don't get this car, bit if you want a dinky little car thats cheap to run (the small engine means lower road tax too), and nice to drive, the this is the car for you. And the added extras that Daewoo offer as standard (3 years warrenty, 3 years free servicing, 3 years AA membership and a free advanced driving course) make the whole thing, well, just peachy. I think its great anyway :-)