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Daewoo Matiz SE Plus 5-door

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      21.02.2007 01:11

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      I bought a daewoo matiz se v reg in july 2006 for my son who had passed his test,been a small engine it was the cheapest for insurance,i have been having a lot of problems with engine overheating etc,replaced the fan switch,then the engine management light kept coming on,we then replaced the distribiter cap and rotor arm,still the car wont start,we put new spark plugs in but still no luck,this car has only done 40,000 miles,has had new timing belt,new cat and full exhaust,this car has full service history,ive had 3 mecanics out and they still cant get car to start,we have only done 150.00 miles in this car since we bought it,has anybody got any idea what this problem could be thanks

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      29.01.2005 19:07
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      I think that all people considering buying this car should realise there are problems with the security.

      http://www.covert-installations.co.uk/howlong.html

      This page shows the times that it took for proffesional lock smiths to break into different cars. The quickest time was the Daewoo Matiz SE Plus, "It was quicker to break in than open it with a key". with a grand total of 1 second before the lock went.

      regardless of the quality of the car....this is an issue that should be taken into consideration!

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        26.04.2002 17:36
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        Forget what the snobs say, because this little car really is a cracker. My Girlfriend bought a Silver Y-reg SE Plus (without A/C) last summer and she hasn't stopped smiling since! I ont want to sound biased so I will try to offer a balanced opinion. I went to test drive the car with her and had a go in it first! When you walk up to the car it sort of looks at you with a cheeky grin, giving you the impression that it is a fun car. When I sat in it I was supprised at the amount of room there is, you could easily get four six-foot blokes in! I am 6'2" and I found it comfy! The interior was well laid out and the brushed aluminum cover (optional) really sets it off! The little 800cc engine has taken a lot of stick in the past saying that it should be bigger but I drove it around for 15 minutes and was pleasantly surprised how it coped with 3 adults in it. I have seen Driven on the TV where Plato slagged off the Matiz and said that it would vibrate over 45mph. I have to say that the car they tested must have been a lemon because my girlfriends Matiz goes up to 80 mph without rattling. On a more negative note, I found the gear box to be a little 'loose' and uninspiring but that may be down to the fact that I drive a Porsche Boxster! Also, the pedals where positioned a little too high, again, due to the fact that I am used to them being lower I guess! I was a little concerned about the lack of safety and security equipment, but you can upgrade these (security) later Overall, the car is fantastic value for money, my g/f took advantage of the £300 off and free Sony CD player when she bought hers. I would recommend this car as a first car for those who have or are going to pass their tests, students and maybe housewives (or househusbands) who need a second car to take the kids to school and potter around the town.

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          13.01.2002 01:46
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          Our Daewoo Matiz is 2 years old today. The car is used mainly by my wife for school runs with our two children and travel within the city, with the occasional longer trip and sits in the driveway alongside our family Mazda 626. We didn’t set out to become a Daewoo-owning family, but when our 12 year old Toyota ground to a halt, we began scurrying around the local dealers for a replacement. Our criteria were straightforward: small city car; cheap to buy and run; comfortable enough; central locking and power steering. We tried models from VW, Seat, Citroen, Nissan, Mazda and Toyota. Of these, the Toyota Yaris stood out in a class of its own and we were put off buying only by the fact that all the financial deals available seemed to reward the dealer unduly. We tried the Daewoo dealer last, our curiosity spurred mainly by positive reports on the Matiz in the auto-press. (That was before I found Dooyoo of course!). We had a short test drive and were impressed, but opted to take a demonstrator home over the week-end for a proper assessment. I had never done this before, but now I would not even think about buying on the basis of a couple of miles around the block accompanied by a hyperactive salesperson. The consensus was that the Matiz was not as good an all-round proposition as the Yaris, but we scored it well ahead of the rest of the pack. The discussion with the courteous and informative Daewoo salesperson sealed the decision. The now legendary Daewoo package which included 3 years servicing was exactly what we needed and we ordered our silver Matiz SE plus. So what’s the verdict after 2 years and 14,000 miles? Against expectations, I just love this car, a view shared by my wife and both children. Even I struggle to make sense of this. On paper, the Matiz looks as if it would be a motorists nightmare. Just 800cc with 50bhp of buzzy power struggling to propel the car to 60 mph in over 17 seconds is not exactly a
          recipe for adventure. But it feels good behind the wheel of this motor. The interior is roomy for a car of its dimensions - I still can’t quite work out how the designers have managed this - and the seats are supportive and comfortable. The driving position feels higher than the laws of physics suggest it should, with the large raked windscreen giving you a sense of really being in command. I’ve found the height of the seat to be a bonus as I’m carrying and old motor-bike injury and find it awkward enough getting in and out of cars, but the Daewoo makes this easy. Visibility all-round is excellent and this, combined with the diminutive dimensions makes parking and reversing simple. Fittings and switch-gear look and feel a bit flimsy, although we haven’t had any problems, and the boot is tiny, compensated to some extent by split/fold rear seats. The SE plus version is fairly well-equipped with central-locking, power-steering and driver/passenger airbags as standard and air-con as a reasonably-priced option. The RDS stereo is not the best available, but far from the worst. On the road, the Matiz does not feel sluggish. I have had no problem keeping up with traffic both in town and on longer trips, including motorways, although safe overtaking needs very careful planning. The suspension is a little bit on the bouncy side, although this seems to help the tiny tyres to soak up rough surfaces. Anything beyond a small bump on the road though and you feel it with a vengeance. The major irritation is the gear-change. It’s fine going up through the 5-speed gate, but trying to get into second gear on the way down requires a brutal shove if you’re moving faster than 5mph. This has not worsened over the two years, but nor has it showed any signs of loosening up with age. Fuel consumption is good - we are getting 40-45 mpg regularly and group 2 insurance will not break the bank. So far, the only real faul
          t we have experienced was a temporary failure on the central locking which appears to have rectified itself. This is potentially dangerous if you have young children as it would not allow one of the doors to open from the inside, but the dealer has ordered a new system for us. I would definitely recommend this car. It’s fun to drive, cheap to run and has bucket loads of charm. But I would advise you to try-before-you-buy and make sure you fully appreciate the car’s limitations. As for image? My older daughter is 15 now and has asked that we keep the Matiz long enough for her to learn to drive in it. If you knew how ultra-cool my daughter is, then this is probably the highest recommendation Daewoo could ever receive!

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            29.03.2001 03:56
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            What a great little car. Even when you are in a smash, it still takes the knocks. It's a pity that Daewoo have gone bust. If they are still making them i would not hesitate to buy another one. This car is also brilliant to drive, and with all the free servicing and warranty for three years, it is soooo cheap. I have only 18 months before the 3 years warranty runs out and i will not hesitate in getting another. The only thing wrong is that you have to pay for a sun roof to be fitted, the car does not warrant air conditioning.

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              29.11.2000 19:09

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              This car is the best small car since the mini. Top Gear rate it the best value car of the year for 1999; so it can't be bad. Our family had two. My Dad lets say is rather large, I'm 6"2 my sister is 5"8 and my mum is around 5"11 and we were all (4 of us) very comfortable in this car. Our whole family travelled over the Pirines in France and not once did the speed drop below 50mph which is very good on only a 1.2litre. If I was to tell you what top speed we got out of it you wouldn't believe me lets just say it was rather high for a small car There is only one draw back the boot is only enough space for one large suitcase and a few bags. This car is ideal for a first car for example if you are just learning to drive or are just in the first year of driving.. The fuel economy is around 45 miles to the gallon on average and is very cheap to run. Insurance is low and the road tax is also low because of the new bands of charges. Overall this car is a great car for long trips, short trips, quick trips, or anything which requires driving if your looking for a new small run around then don’t hesitate to get on. Please note price is approx and is worth checking because it is always fluctuating

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