I bought my W reg Daewo Nubira 3 years ago for £2000 as a second hand car with one previous careful owner after my Ford Escort was written off by a lorry!
I had recently just had another baby and needed a car that could fit 2 baby seats in as well as a growing 9 year old in the back seats and this car was just the ticket! The 2 car seats fitted perfectly and my older child still had plenty of room in the middle.
The boot was also a big factor in buying this car as it was massive, far bigger boot than any of my other cars had and was easily able to fit in a double pushchair in the back along with plenty of shopping!
I also found useful was the locking windows for the front and back doors, as my smaller children have got older and more inquisitive and press all buttons around them, I am able to lock the windows on the driver seat door so they cannot open them on their own. The drivers door also has controls to open all windows at the touch of a button. The drivers seat also moves higher and lower as well as backwards and forwards and you can get your perfect position as the steering wheel also moves up and down! There is also an arm rest in the middle rear seat area which can be pulled down when required.
The side mirrors are also electric and can be controlled on the drivers side door and they can also be heated, enabling quick defrosting in the winter months. The air con is also great in the summer months, keeping everyone cool inside.
There are also lots of little compartments to keep things in as well as 2 drinks holders which pop out from just under the cassette radio. The glove compartment is lockable and there is also a cigarette lighter and ashtray just in front of the gears. The boot and petrol cap can also be opened from the inside, which is also good as the petrol cap cannot be opened by petrol thieves that may be patrolling the area.
The car itself drives smoothly and has good accelaration. My old escort would have no pull if going uphill and would be overtaken by lorries all the time but the nubira doesn't stop pulling at all which I find very useful in some situations! The 6 gears are smooth and the steering is good too with no shaking of the wheel when doing excess of 70mph.
There are only 2 things that disappoint me about the Nubira - to me it doesn't seem very efficient in the fuel department, I know when I get to around 320 miles on the clock I have to refuel, although I have found that is when I have had the car full of passengers and sometimes with an empty (passenger wise) car I have managed to squeeze an extra 50 miles out of it when it's had it's fuel light on!
The other thing that disappoints me is there is no rear wiper and with the back end been quite high up, it's not very easy to see out of unless you use the rear window heater to dry the rain off while reversing.
All in all, this is the best car I have ever bought, it's just a shame I blew up the engine yesterday after running out of oil! RIP my lovely Nubira!
Due to old Nissan Blue Bird recently blowing up the engine a new car was needed and quickly. (Quickly because we were due to drive down to Cornwall in 4 days time). We spent an entire day searching car for courts and stumbled across the second hand Daewoo Nubira 2.0 CDX Saloon. 1st thoughts were that for a four-year-old car with only 40000 miles on the clock the car had been tampered with but the service history checked out and we quickly found that the car was too good to leave. While driving the car the corners are not noticeable for the passengers, The gear box is extremely smooth, The seats are extremely comfortable and most handy of all is the air conditioning. We have never had a car with air conditioning but since buying the Nubira we've certainly made up for it. The first day we had the car the temperature was 30 degrees Centigrade but the air conditioning kept the car a pleasant cool temperature inside. There are a few things however that are annoying / bad about the car. 1 - Can't find a Cigarette lighter. Although we're not smokers the cigarette lighters used constantly by the in car phone charger or CD player adapter. 2 - No CD radio :( 3 - Seats in the back of the car are so high that its hard to sleep. 4 - No rear windscreen wiper. This proved a rather big problem when it rained because visibility became very limited. However though: 1 - The car has a huge boot! 2 - It's economical - 400+ miles to the tank. 3 - Air conditioning (A must for anyone who hasn't got a car with AC) 4 - Good sound system. 5 - Feels safe to drive and is comfortable. I definitely recommend this car and if you can find it as cheep as us you've definitely found a deal.
THE NUBIRA ON TEST A relative newcomer to the market, the Korean built Daewoo Nubira competes favourably on price and specification with both its Japanese and European cousins. There are four cars in the range, the 1.6 S.E. and the 2.0 C.D.X. saloons, and the estate versions of the same. All of the Nubira’s similarly-engined competitors are much more expensive. Its main opposition would be the Vectra, Mondeo, Primera, and Avensis, but it is significantly cheaper than them all. Daewoo cars were at one time based on the cast-off designs of General Motors, but that’s not true any more. They are totally engineered and designed by the Korean manufacturer, and to very exacting standards indeed. So what about the drivability? It is a refined and comfortable car, with good performance and excellent fuel economy. The specifications are comprehensive. Air-conditioning, dual driver and passenger airbags, A.B.S. brakes, remote central locking, alarm, side impact bars, heated mirrors, and an engine immobiliser are all fitted as standard. For all of you that have yet to experience the joys of air-conditioning, you will be a convert the first time you use it to demist your car. It is far more effective than a heater alone, which leaves the vehicle feeling like the inside of a sauna. Your safety is well catered for, and if you are unlucky enough to be involved in a 'shunt’ the dual airbags and side impact bars both give you that extra bit of added protection. The A.B.S. (anti-lock) braking system can help you avoid that most feared accident, the rear end collision. Lost no-claim bonuses and whiplash claims are a drivers’ nightmare in our litigation conscious society. Leather upholstery and trim can be purchased as an extra on the C.D.X., as can an electric slide and tilt sunroof. The leather seats are an option well worth considering. Leather wipes clean, while cloth upholstery is reno
wned for its sponge like qualities and ability to retain unpleasant odours for days. If you are a sun-worshipper then the tilt and slide sunroof will cost you an extra £825. There are electric windows all round on the C.D.X., and on the front only on the S.E. version, while the estate has a rear integrated wash and wipe. It is a good looker, with metallic paint, colour coded bumpers and side protection strips, a distinctive chrome grill, and integrated headlights and front bumper. All again at no extra cost! All versions come with a high mounted rear stop lamp, and the C.D.X. also includes front fog lamps as standard, both again useful safety features. Alloy wheels are standard on both the saloon and estate models of the C.D.X. A R.D.S. radio/cassette stereo is fitted in all models, with the C.D.X. having a six speaker sound system. “Will ya give us some sounds driver?” You can really blow them away with the six-speaker system. It’s like being in the front row of an 'Oasis’ concert! Comfort levels are high, with the drivers’ seat having lumbar support, and height and tilt adjustments, an extremely useful addition for drivers who spend long hours behind the wheel. Another useful extra is the cup-holder for your 'cuppa'. There is more than ample space in the rear seat for three adult passengers, and leg room is OK Boot space is superb, but for extra load capacity, the estate car is the one to go for. There is room in the tail for about 5 to 8 suitcases (depending on size) and the extra cost is only a meagre £500 compared to the saloon. The estate also has roof rails as standard, which gives even greater luggage capacity. The handling is crisp, the power steering light and responsive, the ride quiet and smooth, and the performance impressive. With the 1.6 litre you will go from 0 to 62 M.P.H. in eleven seconds, while in the 2.0 litre you will do the same in a zippy nin
e seconds. It maintains good levels of torque or pulling power at low engine speeds. The 5 speed manual gearbox is a delight, and for city driving a 4 speed automatic box is an optional extra on the C.D.X., but it is expensive at £2,200 . Fuel economy is quoted at a frugal 36.2 M.P.G. and 32.5 M.P.G. for the 1.6 and 2.0 litre respectively, The Daewoo Nubira has a lot going for it, especially its exceptional price and high specification levels. At just over £15,000 for either the saloon or the estate, it offers more for less, compared to most of its familiar opposition.
Yes... I admit it! I drive a daewoo. In fact I have driven daewoo ever since they started marketing in this country back in M reg times! Let's have a look at my Nubira which is now just 3 years old. It's the 2 litre version twin cam 16 valve and for a 4 door saloon about the same size as the Mondeo, it is faster, more comfortable and cheaper to run. A BMW or Merc it certainly is not but for performance motoring on a budget it is very hard to beat, especially considering that there are NO CHARGES FOR SERVICING FOR 3 YEARS AND THE WARRANTY INCLUDES ALL PARTS AND LABOUR APART FROM TYRES. These vehicles are delivered with a high end stereo, air conditioning, and electric sunroof as standard fit. There is loads of interior space and the boot is more than adequate to take all my medical equipment with me when visiting Patients (I'm a family Doctor). On the down side the customer service has deteriorated since launch. Daewoo do pick up your vehicle and drive it away to be serviced, leaving you a replacement car but this service is becoming more grudging. I've been happy with my 3 daewoo vehicles (I had 2 nexia's prior to this which gave me good service), but I am now looking at something even more economical to run, the Honda Insight. Plank