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Daewoo Lanos, don't believe Edmunds



  • carlrjrcarlrjr Posts: 35
    Hmm... new Daewoo or 6-yr old Camry:

    My new Daewoo Nubira has been a great car.
    If the new Lanos is big enough for you then get it. The only reason to buy the older Camry is for the room and better resale value (you know how quickly the resale value drops on a new car).
    The Lanos is a well-built car; in this price range it's your best buy. The first year of maintenance is free. Also, you're less likely to need repair or routine maintenance with any new car.
  • I previously owned a '90 Honda CRX which I loved until the day I got my Lanos. It had close to 200,000 miles and it was time to move on. I wanted a car like the CRX -- same size, hatchback, spunk, price range, etc. I researced via the internet and the closed I came was the Lanos! I compared it to the new Ford Focus and frankly, I think it's a better car! I bought mine 1/00 with 6600 miles. It was a dealer loaner equipped with automatic transmission, moon roof, automatic windows. I have no regrets and it is really spunky. My ONLY complaint is that the Lanos does not have an interior trunk release. I totally disagree with the critics of the car and think it deserves another look.
  • Im a few days late reading the board but will put in my 2 cents worth. if you can buy a new Daewoo for the price of an old chevy. do it! my kids 2000 lanos has been a great car. they have 10000 mi.on it with no trouble and great service. average mpg 30 city and 37 hwy.. I would recommend this little car to anyone.
  • hatch4hatch4 Posts: 2
    I am the proud new owner of a 2000 Lanos S hatch back with a couple of dealer installed goodies including a sunroof and window tint. Car is well equipped with A/C and automatic transaxle and all for under ten grand. I do have a question though... Because this is a 2000 model, there was a $750.00 rebate and when I asked about the first year of routine maintenance being paid for by Daewoo, I was told that they no longer do that if you receive the rebate. Is this true or was the salesperson misinformed? I am happy with the car and haven't checked on this with anyone else at the dealer yet but it would be a nice perk to have the first year of oil changes and other routine maintenance picked up by them. Does anyone have any information about this?
  • I was wondering if any one has had the same problem that I have had with my Lanos. I bought mine in 7/00 and it currently has 13000 miles on it. At around 10,000 miles the check engine light came on and I noticed a significant decrease in power. I took it in for service and the only thing they did was clean the injectors. The problem continued except now the car would quit while driving. I took it in again and they replaced the #4 fuel injector. It seemed as if the problem was fixed but in just a matter of 2 0r 3 days the same thing was going on. I took it in again and they changed a spark plug, again this corrected the problem but only for a few days. So I took it back in again and they re-routed some wiring and this corrected the problem for about 1 week and the same problem is still occurring. The car stalls more now than it did before. Well I have to take it in to the shop again tomorrow. Has any one had this same problem? I don't know what to do because I can't rely on the car.
  • jkobtyjkobty Posts: 99
    Sorry mate, but when the check engine light comes
    on with an OBDII vehicle a failure code is registered with the engine computer. A Daewoo mechanic can read this code and know exactly
    where the failure is. For the problem that you described, ALL the fixes they allegedly made
    sound suspicious because the problem you are describing usually has to do with a bad sensor that controls ignition. If you are for real, tell
    them to check the CAM sensor, Crankshaft sensor,
    and oxygen sensor.
  • I've had my Lanos hatchback '99 for a year and a half now and it's been a terrific, reliable car. I bought it because I'm "green" and the thought of getting a bigger more polluting car for a single guy like myself didn't seem right to me. It's got a spunky engine that starts up no matter how cold it is; the AC is colder than the heart of a woman scorned; the handling is so great, ithis is a tossable car!; the silver paint literally shimmers, what a paint job! Daewoo's rep for great paint is well deserved; i'm still getting free maintence since I only have 22 K still (we got three years 36 months back in 1999...sorry fellas, you snooze, you lose); the stereo is amazing for such an economy car...and I'm young enough to be a nutty audiophile; only problem is that some women might think you're poor if you have a hatchback...well, gold diggers will leave you as soon as more money comes by, and people with REAL money don't drive the "millionaire next door" book...people with money have it bc they don't waste it on dumb things like are meant to be transportation, not status...for status, I'll leave that to a big home, big investments and MARCUSE, who argued that materialist obsession is the deathknell of modern civ. He's right and DAewoo is here to help us be more responsible. I think the way DAEwoo is going, the Japanes manufacturers will face real stiff competition once the word gets out on Daewoo. Once DAewoo is popular, I don't think they'll continue the incredibly cheap prices...I hope they don't become like HOnda and start to overprice average cars...people who buy HOndas are so dumb...3-7 thousand more for...what??? Dumb, dubmb, dumb.
  • carladycarlady Posts: 35
    I think it's possible to tout your car choice as best without branding others who choose other cars as dumb.

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  • The car: 1999 Daewoo Lanos hatchback w/ 20,890 miles.

    No major problems & no minor problems since my last posting!!! Very solid performer!!!

    See ya!
  • I am thinking of buying a 2000 Lanos S. Does the car handle well in the snow.
    I have a 93 Geo Storm now and it is horrible in the snow. My e-mail is
  • zzonkzzonk Posts: 6
    I bought a 5-speed 2000 Lanos S Hatchback with a/c in September 2000. It currently has 7800 miles. I got an "unscheduled" oil change at 3000 miles, and the dealer picked up the tab for the 6000 mile tune-up. I have been very impressed with the service I've received both times.

    The car itself is excellent. Although my Lanos is still relatively new, I have not had any problems with it whatsoever. It starts up fine in all types of weather. There are no squeals, clangs, hisses, or anything when I drive. I honestly feel like this car is one of the best kept secrets on the road today. The car is comfortable, reliable, sleek, and economical. And it's spunky too!

    I admit that I have driven my Lanos pretty hard. Up until about a month ago (when I got a speeding ticket), I would regularly drive 90-105 mph on the interstate for extended periods of time. The car handled quite nicely at those speeds, and I didn't notice any terrible engine noise. I have even taken my Lanos up to 120 with no problem. I have since cut my speed to 65-80, and the engine still hums nicely.

    The car handles quite well in turns. The a/c gets very COLD and the heater gets very HOT. I live in South Carolina, so I haven't been able to drive the car in the snow yet. I did hydroplane once in the rain when I was approaching a traffic light at the bottom of a hill, but other than that, the car has handled beautifully. The tires grip the road well and the suspension is great.

    As for gas mileage, I average about 33 mpg all around. One thing I don't like about my Lanos is its fuel gauge. When it appears that the needle is almost at the empty mark, you really have 3 or 4 gallons left. So I usually just reset my trip odometer everytime I fill up my tank and realize that I need to gas it up again after every 280 miles or so.

    The only other quirk with the car is the front passenger's seat. I don't know how or why this happens, but it seems to recline on its own over time. I haven't had this minor issue checked out by the dealer though. I just readjust the seat every few days. No problem.

    Other than that, the seats are comfortable, the brakes are superb, the stereo is VERY GOOD, the "cheap plastic" dashboard is a nonissue, the trunk area is cavernous, the cabin itself offers a lot of room (I'm 6 feet tall), the ergonomics are good, and the ride in general is smooth. The 36,000 mile free maintenance I got with the car is just gravy. I am VERY pleased with my Lanos and highly recommend it to anyone who is considering an inexpensive, well-performing, off-the-beaten-path car.
  • jkotjkot Posts: 6
    I am in the process of buying a new 2001 Lanos Sport. I was having a few reservations, but your post has reassured me that I am making the right decision. I took the Lanos for a test drive over the weekend and was very impressed. There are a few minor issues, ( the "cardboard" carpet and headliner, The plasic Door Panels, and the far from great sounding radio) but I think I could improve on them myself. The radio despite having a CD player and tape deck and 35 watts per channel, (pretty good for a stock radio) does not sound too good. I wish they put a little more into the radio. Does anyone know if an aftermarket system will fit? The sport comes with power door locks. However the only lock that is power is the passenger. (?) It allows you to open both doors from the Driver side. The drivers side is "Manual".

    I am going back to the dealer again tonight and talk to them again.

    My only concern at this point is the future of Daewoo. What if I have problems a year or two from now and Daewoo is gone. The car is a great deal though. So I'm going to "roll the Dice" and hope Daewoo lives on.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Both doors have power locks. I sat in a Lanos Sport and played around with the locks. If the driver's door is closed and you lock the passenger door from the inside, the driver's lock automatically locks as well. It's called central locking. European cars tend to have this feature. They get rid of the power lock switch. Instead, you just push down whatever lock manually and the other locks lock automatically. I believe the Sport has remote keyless entry as well, which would mean both doors have to have power locks. Anyway, its a sporty looking car. Good luck with it and tell us how much you paid for it before taxes. I'm curious whether Daewoo deals below MSRP as Edmunds now suggests.
  • Hi all

    I had a Geo Metro and it finally went out on me after 8 years, hardly put any money in it during that time. My choices were limited since I insist on a hatchback. I was searching for the latest hatchbacks on the market and came across the Lanos. I went to the dealer and test drove the car and fell in love. Perfect little car for me. The one Im thinking about buying is the automatic with air, dealer told me he would let me have it for 10,300 which sounded pretty good to me. I would love to have the power windows and all that but I noticed a BIG difference in price between the model with the power features. Nevertheless next month Im going to drive off the lot with my new lanos and based on everything i've read on the web about this car, Im going to be very pleased! These boards are terrific for people like me that want to read reviews and get honest opinions on vehicles. My dealer did mention something to me about GM ? taking over Daewoo in april sometime, and i didn't get the feeling from the manager that it was gonna be a good thing. Anyone hear anything about it being bought up?
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    If you really want the power windows and locks, you can get them cheaper than going for the rather expensive Sport model. The base S hatchback offers a power package for $900 max. It includes tilt steering, power windows, power locks, power passenger-side mirror, cassette/cd player, and variable intermittent wipers. That's a pretty good deal for all that you get in the package. It also is quite a bit cheaper than the $13,000 they are asking for the Sport model with those same features. Since it's gonna be a car you are likely to keep a long time, I say get what you really want on it to make your life with it more enjoyable.
  • jkotjkot Posts: 6
    I went back to the dealer and test drove another Lanos Sport. Looked the car over completely before taking the "Plunge". There were only a few very minor things I would like to have improved, but for the money, this is a GREAT CAR!

    The dealer gave me a great deal. I bought the Lanos Sport for only $11,542.00. They said it was invoice, (I know it's not) but it is close. The car has an invoice of $11,400.00 + misc fee's to the dealer. (advertising etc...)

    Anyway, I've had the car only a few days but am 100% sure I made the right choice. I have owned compact car before and this one is by far the best. I also looked at the Toyota Echo, The Mitsubishi Mirage, Ford Focus, Suzuki swift, and the Honda civic. (all competitive models)

    NONE of them came close to the value the Lanos offered.

    The car is very "spunky". I bought the 5-speed though. Some of the gear ratios are so close that it could have been a 4-speed. Accelleration is more than acceptable. (automatic trans will be slower). The car handles corners as well as my Camero did. Highway driving is also good. can cruise at 70-80mph with plenty of "pedal" left.

    The only major thing I don't care for is the Drivers side door lock. The car is labeled as power locks. This is missleading. The Drivers side is MANUAL. The passenger is power. I.E. when you open the drivers side, the passenger also unlocks.

    Otherwise the car is GREAT.

    Another bonus is the car is a sporty little car that not many people have seen. I get a lot of people commenting on how "sharp" the car is but many have never heard of a Daewoo.

    It's a shame the company is in Financial distress. They make a great car. GM will hopefully continue on the same path "if" the sale goes through.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Did you not see my previous post? I assure you the driver's lock is power!! Sit in the passenger seat with both doors closed. Lock the passenger lock manually and watch in amazement as the driver's lock locks automatically. Both doors have a power lock actuator. So really your one major complaint isn't even real.
  • dclanosdclanos Posts: 5
    1)You're right- the passenger seat reclines all by itself
    2)There's a nasty rattle in the driver's door in my Lanos
    3)The antenna also rattles- seems worse at highway speeds
    4)Admittedly, I have an automatic, but the mileage is far from what I'd hoped for in a hatchback/subcompact
  • hatch4hatch4 Posts: 2
    I am glad to read that a couple of things I have noticed about my new Lanos S are the same on other owner's cars. I bought the car new about a month ago and have had no trouble and the experience with the dealership was great. I have noticed that the door panels have something inside which "rattles" at slow speeds but I don't notice it very often. Also my passenger seat creeps into the recline position just a little bit, I attributed this to vibration from the road making the adjuster turn when the seat has no weight in it (unoccupied.) The fuel gauge does seem to read less fuel than is in the car too..I wanted to see the low fuel light come on but never have let it get low enough on fuel. None of these things would make me hesitate to buy a Daewoo in the least, and with the number of Daewoo cars around the world, I don't expect parts to be hard to find anytime soon. I agree with the previous posts that this is a very solid little car. The fit is perfect and the finish is mirror smooth. The car is loaded with features for such a low price. I bought my '2000 model Lanos S with a dealer installed sunroof, pinstriping, and tinted windows for 9½ thousand. The dealer told me that I will not get the free maintenance because I received a rebate on a '2000 year model closeout. I guess this is true but I cannot verify that..can anyone here?
  • jkotjkot Posts: 6
    Ingtonge18, I though I might have missed something, so I did as you suggested. And as I thought, there is no actuator in the drivers side door. Only the Passenger door has a power lock. My lanos is a 2001 Sport. Maybe the 2000 and ealier models had them in both doors? I also asked the dealer because I would like to put on "keyless" entry. The also stated I would need to have the selonoid installed on the drivers side.

    So anyone interested in the Lanos Sport, there is only a power lock solenoid on the passenger side of the car. (you can lock and unlock the passenger door from the drivers side,not vice - versa)

    Aside from this minor technicality, the car is still Great! I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    Rather than change the title of this discussion to remove the "don't believe Edmunds", I created a new Daewoo Lanos discussion where owners can have to opportunity to discuss this vehicle with a more positive approach.

    Anyone game? ;-) Here's the direct link to: Daewoo Lanos (pricing & information).

    jkot & others- Feel free to copy/paste your recent messages over there.

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  • kate8779kate8779 Posts: 2
    I was so close to buying a 2000 Daewoo Lanos last year. Thank god I held out until I saw a 1997 Toyota Corolla. I bought my DX model, fully loaded for $8,000 with 40,000 miles on it. I am so happy I did not buy that Lanos piece of junk. I too was attracted to the Lanos because it was new and inexpensive. I came to my senses when I realized it was a piece of tin. Two of my friends bought this vehicle, they have nothing but problems. If something as simple as the seat not staying in place cannot be fixed, can you imagine what is going on under the hood? Thank God for Toyota!
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    Here's a direct link to one of our active Toyota Corolla discussions where you can share your ownership experience. Happy Motoring!




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  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    Let's please continue this discussion in Daewoo Lanos (pricing & information).

    This discussion will be closed and archived in few days. Thanks for your participation. ;-)

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