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Daewoo Maintenance and Repair

Just want to know if anyone else has problems with soft brakes.
I have so far 15K on it and since the beginning the only complain I had about the are the soft brakes. They literally go all the way to the floor and are not grabbing till the pedal is about half way in. Also I'm unable to lock up the brakes.


  • What you describe is not normal for the Nubira.

    Drive (carefully) to your dealer and get this resolved under warranty. It's likely that the only problem is air in the brake lines, and all the mechanic needs to do to solve the problem is to "bleed" the air out of the lines to give you a firm pedal.
  • I had the car serviced on Friday and I asked to check the brakes. Supposedly they cleaned and adjusted the rear and parking brakes. When I asked about the soft pedal, they said it's normal on 4 wheel disk brakes. Yeah right...
    I'm taking it to a different dealer on Monday.
  • Master Cylinder had to be replaced, had a internal leak, done under warranty but took 3 days. Fog light's bulbs burnt out and were replaced free as well.
  • earl2earl2 Posts: 2
    I had the same problem, complicated by the fact that I had an after-market cruise control. I discovered what my problem was when I was approaching a red light and hit the brakes to break the cruise signal and to stop. The car kept accelerating against me while downshifting. I was in first gear holding the brakes hard before the speed dropped below the zone where the cruise control dropped off. Scary! I replaced the brake light switch myself (it is a push in and turn installation). Took about two minutes. Can't imagine how a dealer found $70 worth of labor.
  • Has anyone else noticed that the front seats slowly adjust themselves back while bouncing down the road?

    I look over and saw the empty passenger's seat seem lower and lower as the day wore on - and yes, if I adjust it upright, then shake it back and forth by hand, it slowly winds it's knob backwards and lowers the seatback!

    Any solutions?

    I may try to tighten something when I get a chance to look inside.

    Otherwise, I have to readjust the seatback every time I get in the car!!!

    Visit to share if you'd like.

  • carlrjrcarlrjr Posts: 35
  • carlrjrcarlrjr Posts: 35
    I had mine replaced under warranty, but it looks like the new ones are doing the same thing.

    This is the closest thing to a problem I've had with my Nubira, too bad they aren't metal or even black plastic; at least they wouldn't peel.
  • My color matched door handles have also begun to peel (from the top). My car ('99 5 door hatch Nubira) is currently at the dealership's bodyshop. Daewoo is repainting them under warranty. As for the re-peeling issue---I hope I don't have that problem, but I already purchased some touch-up paint.
  • jkobtyjkobty Posts: 99
    The chrome handles are just colored plastic glued
    to the handle, and appears on Nubiras with an exterior silver or black or dark blue colors. The rest of the Nubiras do not get that at all, and their plastic door handles are not covered with anything. The way they did this on the 2000 model was an obvious cost cutting. I did not bother taking my wife's Nubira to the dealer when it happened(1 door only), instead I fixed it myself using super glue and a coat of silver nail polish to smooth the edges. I applied a coat of silver nail polish to the remaining door handles edges, and this seems to have done it.
    I would not want someone replacing a door handle because of a cosmetic issue. I would be more worried they would cause more problems than they fix, especially if they have to take something apart to do it.
  • xb2261xb2261 Posts: 1
    1999 Daewoo Lanos
    They tell you the soft brakes are normal, but upon further insistence, they will replace your master cylinder...Much better!
    After 1/2 year:
    4 faulty(new)stereos
    1 broken light
    2 bad tires
    1 rear seat that came loose
    2 faulty speedometers
    1 faulty turn signal switch
    2 previously damaged spare tire covers
    1 faulty window motor
    1 faulty master cylinder
    2 key fobs that deprogrammed themselves
    1 non-functioning horn
    $300 worth of body damage while in service
    Rear Passenger Door Stopped opening (Bent rod)
  • chiarellochiarello Posts: 2
    Hi Carl,
    I use Castrol 5w30 in my Nubira and I'm really happy with it! I doubt if i'd want to try 5w50. I know a person who tried that weight oil in his Mitsubishi Spyder convertable and damaged the oil pump.
  • chiarellochiarello Posts: 2
    I have found a parts source for Daewoos that might satisfy Daewoo owners in the event of not being able to find parts at the dealers during the GM re-organization. The name of the place is called Korean Parts Unlimited, and they are located in Florida, website: I was looking for a tail lamp for my 2000Nubira and they had one in stock. They are direct importers of parts for Daewoo, Kia and Hyundai.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    I'll keep that one in mind if my 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 should need a part aftermarket or something. The same problem doesn't apply as Daewoo's but it's good to have as many sources as you can for car parts, eh?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • carlrjrcarlrjr Posts: 35
    I've tried 5W-30 synthetic and regular oil, and during the summer months, I can't tell much of a difference, my Nubira seems happy with either one.

    I'm surprised that the oil would be the cause of an oil pump failure; who made that diagnosis, and is Castol paying for a failure they caused?
  • cabanascabanas Posts: 2
    Two days ago I called the nearest Service Center (1 hours drive away), to have my Leganza's 12,000 mile service. They informed me that Daewoo is no longer honoring their service agreements. I was told they filed Chapter 11 about two weeks ago. The dealership suggested I call Daewoo directly. I did call the number I have called in the past. I was told this is no longer a working # and given another. When calling that # I got an automated system. It said due to recent developments, the calls were back-logged and they would call me back. That was two days ago and still no call back. I took my car to a local establishment for service and they suggested I might want to sell my car. That getting parts down the road will probably be a problem.
    Any similar problems, comments, suggestions? Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Lee
  • jodifjodif Posts: 12
    Okay, so I'm parked in the car wash, look down & the Power idiot light is on. It was odd because, like I said, I was parked in the car wash. I read in the manual 'not to drive it!' It now goes on & off "whenever" and I can't get it to the shop until Wednesday. Talking to one of the dealer mechanics, it seemed to be no big deal to him... Any one else have this problem? I have noticed a difference in the cars performance as far as speed, handling & brakes. I think I probably owe too much to trade it in.......BTW... Can you take your car to any dealer or just the one you bought it at??? And, can you finally buy oil filters, etc. at normal stores yet, since I'll now be doing my own "scheduled maintenance" ? Thanks.
  • cabanascabanas Posts: 2
    I had a similar situation. Took it in for service. Then I felt like the idiot. Seems the wire on the gas cap can get twisted when tightning it back up. If this happens, the "Idiot Light" may come on. :) Hope this helps and saves you a service call. Lee
  • jodifjodif Posts: 12
    I pulled into the garage & refused to get out of the car until a mechanic came over to "see" the power light was on...

    From the service invoice: Verified. Power light intensity changes with button activation but light stays on. Checked on scan tool - button/solenoid operation good. Checked bulb circuit - light would flash when ECM harness moved. checked connector/pins - ok. Taped up wires to prevent grounding. Cleaned connectors - light works as designed.

    Although it took them an hour to finally just tape up the wires, it has not been back on since. Car feels back to normal & so is my mileage... I went through a lot of gas with that power button activated....

    In response to cabanas...
    mine was the power light, not the check engine light, which seems to be fixed by tightening the gas cap. I've never had that problem & never tighten my cap til it clicks...knock on wood! Thanks for trying though!!
  • jodifjodif Posts: 12
    Are these covered under warranty? I have one that fell off due to whatever holds it on being broken. The only time they have been off is during scheduled maint...which means, the (dealer)garage broke it....
  • jodifjodif Posts: 12
    Can anyone tell me how/where to check the tranny fluid on the Nubira? I looked in the book & it says there is no stick & they recommend taking it to the dealer, of course.... I found oil filters at Walmart, but not the air filter that isn't included in any scheduled maint., which we don't get anyway....(sorry, sore spot). Any help would be great...thanks in advance.
  • cptsessocptsesso Posts: 116
    I have seen the air and oil filters at Pep Boys. I just bought the air filter for my 2000 Leganza. I believe it cost $7.95. Hope this helps.
  • jsiesjsies Posts: 26
    The tranny doesn't have a dipstick. It's more or less a closed system, but it can be opened to check fluid level and condition. I can't tell you how to open it, but if you suspect a problem, the dealer can do it. I've had my 2000 Nubira for about a week now and remembered reading about the transmission in the manual.
  • miasmamiasma Posts: 1
    Has anyone had a problem with their timing belt breaking? I just passed the 60,000 mile mark and my timing belt broke. Now I've been told that it destroyed the cylinder head. A service manager / friend tells me that it is very unusual for this to happen at 60,000 miles although it is recommended that it be replaced at that mileage. He said there's usually some leeway and that he would not expect the timing belt to break until 70,000 miles or 4 years. My car seemed to lose power when this happened but I did not feel any unusual vibration or noises. Sees like tearing up the valves and cylinder head would have cause a little more commotion than I experienced. Afterwards the engine whined when I tried to re-start it but did not have a high pitched sound. Any comments? I'm looking at a $2,800 repair bill.
  • A Daewoo mechanic on another post said the timing belts on all models should be changed at 50,000 miles.Very few make it to 60,000.Another mechanic said they should be changed at 30,000 miles.I would go with the 50,000.
  • shana4shana4 Posts: 1
    Hello fellow Daewoo owners,
    I am a potential 2001 Lanos Sport owner. The owner must sell this car immediatly (by 9/4/02)before it gets repossessed by the Bank. It appears to be in excellent condition; everything looks brand new and it only has 28k miles. However when I turned on the ignition the Air Bag light swithced on??? Does it mean that the car was in an accident and the air bags did not deploy? I read (on Edmunds) that there were a number of Lanos being recalled due to Passive Restraint Air bag. If the owner sell the car to me will the car be covered under the Manufacture's Warranty? Also If I purchase an extended warranty will it cover normal scheduled toon-ups and maintenance?
  • I own a 2001 Lanos Sport and love it. I have had no problems with my sport. There is a recall on the "Passenger" side airbag. I think it has to do with the airbag mounts, and not the actual operation (or lack there of) of the airbag. I have not had any problems getting service up to this point. You will want to find out the address of the original selling dealer. The factory warranty should be transferable, but an extended might not be advisable. Normal maintenance items are NOT included. Kepp in mind, Daewoo in USA is bankrupt. GM is going to be taking over things soon like warranty work. No system is set up yet, but should be shortly. Again, I love my Lanos Sport, and will have keep it for years to come. The airbag light is some issue with the airbag. There is a problem with one of the airbags. Was it in an accident? maybe. A dealer should be able to tell you what would cause the light to come on. The recall would be covered under warranty. Good luck.
  • jsiesjsies Posts: 26
    I have a 2000 Nubira CDX with these items bugging me right now:

    1. Passenger headlamp is fogging up. Appears to be
    double wall glass enclosure. How to fix?

    2. Gas gauge not working now. Appears as a Tech Serv Bulletin Any one have this yet and is it expensive or hard to get parts for a

  • I hope I am not too late, but it looks like the ex-Daewoo dealers service shops are trying to swindle you miasma. FYI, The Daewoo engines, 1.6, 2.0L. 2.2L which are manufactured by Holden of Australia are FREE REVVING, FREE RUNNING, NON-INTERFERENCE Engines. Meaning if the timing belt breaks, it is a non event like you noticed. It will not cause a damage to the engine. you just replace the timing belt and everything is back to normal. Here is the internet link if you do not believe me. Interference engines are denote by an asterisk.

    So it looks like since the dealers are owed money by Daewoo, they are trying to squeeze it from the customers. Be very careful. Looks like American dealers have no conscience.
  • jsiesjsies Posts: 26
    Here's a HEADS UP...
    I went to the link and on a little further to:
    and found some very disturbing facts... the data you all are referring to is from 1970 thru 1997. When you follow the link above to the acrobat reader file, Daewoo products from 1999 to 2001 are, unfortunately, INTERFERENCE ENGINES !!!!!!!
    Please correct me if I'm wrong about this.
  • On top of that, about 3% of the timing belts are failing EARLY, before 60,000 miles causing extensive valve damage. Making a big recommendation to have it replaced early to prevent the costly damage and vehicle down time. I plan on making an appointment when my Nubira hits 53,000 miles and taking it in by 55,000 miles.

    Go to and they have a good guide showing which engines are and are not interference designs all the way through 2001 model year. Plus they do make ones for the Daewoo cars should the dealer not be able to get one from Daewoo directly.
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