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Daewoo Matiz SE 5-door
Member Name: topsyturvy
Daewoo Matiz SE 5-door
Date: 11/03/06, updated on 21/06/06 (5584 review reads)
Advantages: good for the money, cheap to run, comfortable
I recently passed my driving test and up until now have been as most new drivers do trying to decide on what car to buy. Many people always recommend a Vauxhall Corsa, Fiat Punto or Volkswagen Polo for a first car so I looked up these. I was not really sure what to get so I scanned the autotrader to see if there were any good deals coming up and I noticed the car the Daewoo Matiz. I had never in my life heard of it so I came onto DooYoo and Ciao looking at reviews and noticed the positive feedback. It seemed to do well and I asked my friend a the garage and some other car experts an all said it was a good first car even second or third time car.
I found a good deal on one and had a test drive and knew this was definitely the car for me. The car I have is silver in colour, I know they come in other colours too such as an range metallic colour, green metallic, blue metallic, red and yellow. They have quite a good colour choice range but I wanted the classic silver colour and luckily itís what I got.
So my first impression when I saw the car were that it was quite high but didnít look tiny to me like a Nissan Micra does and it isnít it seemed to have more room in it. The roof is high which is good and I donít have a sunroof in mine but that didnít annoy me too much. Inside the car there is a good amount of leg room although it seemed leg room is made more because there is less storage this is not too big a problem for me because I like little clutter in my car. I have had my friends sit in the backseat and they have not complained about feeling squashed and still say it was comfortable with enough leg room. If you need to create more back leg room you just adjust the front seat which is easily down with the side lever. On the back of the front seats are mesh pockets or putting magazines, cdís in. The seats can be pushed right far back to lying down position which is also good.
I found inside the car that if you want to put the manual it has to be done in the storage part on the door as it doesnít fit in the compartment but my de-icer fits there perfectly. Both doors have room to leave things in but the compartment is just smallish. The boot of the car is quite small it would fit one suitcase but nothing really big. Although if only 2 are traveling the back seat can be folded down and flattened to create more room. I bought a 5 door car even though mine isnít central locking I am happy. I have to open the back door from inside the car but when opening them from outside I can push the lock down and it locks fine. I have it child locked though so that is my only annoyance but rarely do I have people in the back anyway. If my door isnít closed right a symbol comes on the front anyway showing my door is still open so this has been handy many times so I donít drive with a slightly open door, it also ha a symbol to indicate if your seatbelt is not on yet and the usual, battery, hand break, oil check, lights symbol. If you leave the lights on a warning sound comes on, again quite handy.
So the other really good thing about the Matiz is the petrol consumption. I have been told it is a 0.8 or 1.0 so Iím not sure what mine is but whatever it is it doesnít eat away at the petrol. If I put in £10 it fills it up half a tank and about £20 does a full tank which is impressive for me compared to other cars Iíve been in. I didnít want a car which I constantly had to fill up that was going to cost so much in petrol and it is easy enough to fill up. At the door of the drivers seat just on the floor you lift up the lever and this opens the tiny door where you insert petrol. You untwist the cap and then itís as easy as that. The petrol dial in the car is easy to see and you know if itís nearly empty. My petrol last for a long time even with the tank being small.
The lights in this car are very easy to use. These are switched on by a quite turn and you get your dim lights on then there are full lights on then you can turn the dial forward and they are on the brightest which is done for motorways or very dark roads. I like the lights on this also because under the heater on the driver side you have a part your can roll up which makes the lights high and low so you can dip them, I havenít sued this a lot but itís still good to have. You also have your back fog lights too done by clicking the button same with hazard lights and indicators are the usual arrows.
Screenwash is easy enough to fill up at the front and lasts for a while. You just pull the control towards you several times and the wipers will clean the window. It usually cleans them well. Also the window has a blue strip along the top to ac like a visor from the sun. The heated back window works quickly to get rid of steam. I donít have electric windows in my car but that is again not a problem for me. The window wipers go on either just normal or very fast not as man options as some cars but enough. They clean the window quite well not leaving any marks.
Th heating in the car is really good. It heats up very quickly. There are 2 circular heating parts at the main section then 2 side areas. You can set it as usual from cold to hot and you can twist the know so that the heat goes out to the front window, to your legs or to your face. Itís easy enough to do and it always heats up quick well compared to other cars Iíve been in again and the heat usually stays for a while and also they are easy to adjust so that you can put the air away from you. It can go in either normal, fast or really high which lets in lots of air.
In my car I have never had a chance to use the fitted radio because I tried entering a code too many times and now it wonít work but I am going to get a player to fit soon. Other little accessories in the car are the clock which for some reason a lot of people have admired. It is in the usual digital display in a bright light and it is easy to change because it has HMS under it for hours/minutes/seconds and you click these buttons to set it to the time you want. It sits right at the front so everyone can see the time. Also just beside the gear stick there is a place to put your drink, it is deep so even if you have a drink in it, it wonít fall everywhere.
The mirrors in the car are good. The rearview mirror is easy to adjust so you can see. Also the side mirrors can be adjusted easily, these are done magnified so that everything looks nearer. There are also mirrors on the sun visors again these are good. There is also a light just about the rearview mirror which is easy enough to set.
Now for the actually driving of the car. The fist thing I noticed in this car was that the clutch is loose compared to other cars where it seemed stiff and I had to push my foot down harder. Now Iím used to it so thereís nothing wrong but it is light. The gears are easy to change, it whirs loudly when it is in 1s so instantly you have to change to second. I find the gear stick very easy to change gears and the breaks are all good, very hard breaks and work well. When using the motorway in 5th gear the car is fine and is comfortable on long journeys, when you start to get more to 7- it seems to be louder but not overly loud. I donít like going 70 always in the car even though it is capable of it. The speed goes up to something like 140mph Iím sure not that youíll ever use it.
I have so far had no major problems in the car. The only thing I did the other week was I stupidly sat with everything on lights, heating, motor and then I put it off and whe I tried to restart the car ti sort of choked. I called out the RAC and they just said the battery had cut but in 2 seconds it was all fixd and no major harm was done. I was asking the RAC man if they ever had problems usually with the Matiz and he said the only things ever wrong with them tend to be a flat battery or flat tyre but no major problems as he recommended it which was good to me.
Overall I love my Daewoo Matiz and after having not heard of them now I would definitely recommend it, it is a smallish car but it has been well admired, looks modern, is easy to run, not too expensive and nice appearance. I have told many people about my car and everyone always goes oh yeah the Matiz, theyíre really good cars. I have gotten a really good insurance price on my car being in the 18-25 age group that is still good so I am glad I went for a small car I wouldnít even want to know how bad insurance would be for a bigger car.
It's strange but months after writing this review my opinions have changed greatly. Now I feel this car is very unreliable, I have never had so many problems with a car in my life. The car keeps cutting out, the heating system overheated and it's not even been a year. I don't know about anyone else but after this experience I would rather buy a Vauxhall any day.