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Daewoo Maintenance and Repair



  • Hey guys, I just wanna start off by saying that this car is the best purchase I have ever made. Best deal for the money. I hope they start selling them again, re-badged or not, I would be the first inline to purchase. Anyways, My dome light, map lights, and trunk lights all went out. And the door ajar, and trunk open lights no longer work. Is it a fuse or what? Also WHen my A/C is on, I get a slight grnding/vibration noise when I make slow speed sharp turns. Thanks.
  • all8888all8888 Posts: 1
    to dailydaewoo and others

    My leganza just developed the same problem. For me, the problem was due to a 10 amp fuse in the fuse box under the hood. in particular this fuse controls the instrument panel light and the lighting of the right side of the car.


    any idea?
  • daewooboydaewooboy Posts: 3
    Anyone else having a "misfire" problem?

    It's intermitent.....

    here's the problem...

    When it's "colder" outside its more likely to happen. I start the car up.

    It starts fine and Idles fine.

    If I leave is sit and idle. no problems.

    However, if I start it up first thing in the morning, and pull away, as I'm driving..usually within 1-2 miles or after about 3-5 minutes, the car has a noticable "miss".

    The CEL comes on and flashes for about 30 seconds. After a few minutes more, as the car gets to operating temperature, it clears up and runs fine the rest of the day.

    Sometimes it will be fine for a few days. And then it will happen again. It happens more frequently in colder temperatures. Since summer hat finally hit the midwest, it hasn't happened in weeks.

    I have replaced the plugs. Replaced the Spark plug wires, and ran some injector cleaner through. No help.

    I have a code reader, and every time it's the same cose. #2 cylinder misfire.

    I suspect it is an injector, or possibly a bad head gasket. I noticed my Coolant level down. I checked for leaks and can't find any. my engine compartment is very clean. I had to ad about 16oz of coolant to bring it back up to where it was.

    I'm leaning more twards a head gasket. My hteory an aluminum head. when the aluminum is cool, it is in a contracted state. as the coolant warms, the preasure increases. until the aluminum head warms up enough to "expand" enough, I get a "leak" of coolant into cylinder #2. when the head gets "hot", it expands enough to seal the leak.

    Just curious if anyone else has experience a similar problem.

    Any help is appreciated

    BTW, I took it to the dealer 2x already, they of course say the problem is no longer apparent, reset the computer, and send me home. It is now happening much more frequently, but it's a real pain in the A#$ going back to the dealer and they don't do anything.
  • astrolastrol Posts: 312
    Sounds like a decent diagnosis. Many head gasket leaks are strictly internal and difficult to diagnose except for the abrupt and/or continual loss of coolant (similar to a water pump problem). 16oz is a fair amount of coolant...when the 'miss' occurs does it hit hard?...especially at a stop sign or light before the engine warms? Does the early exhaust look excessively vaporish and cloudy white? If so, I would certainly invest in a new head gasket before the problem turns into a more expensive proposition.
  • My 2001 Lanos is a great, reliable car, so far. I just noticed that the passenger side carpet is constantly wet. It seems like it might be condensation dripping down from the A/C evaporator near the glove compartment. Has anyone else had this problem? I did not have the problem until the weather got warm and humid. The car is garaged and it still has this problem even when it is not driven in the rain. Drying out the carpeting and the pads underneath is a real pain in the ___!
  • jkobtyjkobty Posts: 99
    That sounds like the Ac drain hose which basically redirects the condensed water outside of the car and it drains from the bottom front of the car. I just had this problem fixed on my wife's brand new Acura TSX. The hose runs below the dashboard so you could try to locate it yourself.
  • jkobtyjkobty Posts: 99
    BTW, I found out recently that The Isuzu Rodeo truck uses the exact same 2.2L Leganza engine built by Holden in Australia. So any of you guys who need parts for their leganza and live in an area where there are no more Daewoo dealers, check out your local Isuzu dealer. It might be also a wise choice to have your Isuzu tech work on your leganza instead of someone who has had no prior experience with this engine. The 2.2L from Australia remains the base engine of choice for Isuzu Rodeo even for 2003 models.
    For Nubira owners, the Chevy Optra, and Suzuki Forenza soon to arrive later this month in the US is simply a facelifted Nubira with the same exact powertrain. So do not worry about parts for too long. Take your Nubi to GM or Suzuki.
    BTW, the real Nubira exterior is way nicer looking than the face lifted one. However the interior in the new Nubi is much higher quality.
  • rerednawrerednaw Posts: 16
    Hello I have a 1999 Lanos Hatchback. Only owner, almost 4 years now. Car is running well and in decent shape.

    Well the windows are beginning to squeak and I want to WD-40 them.

    But I'm not sure about removing the interior door cover. Is it a fairly simple affair with a phillips screwdriver? Has anyone else done this? Or is there a convenient access to lubricate the power window mechanism?

    Any help welcome.

  • dkuhajdadkuhajda Posts: 487
    Philips screwdriver just to remove the screws. Then you need the trim removal tool to get right behind the clips to remove the panel without damaging the door panel or the clips. Costs about $9.00 at your better junk tool stores, ask any autosound installer where to buy one.

    No do not use WD-40. You probably need to use clear silicone grease on the tracks. Do NOT use any petroleum based product that could come in contact with any plastic or rubber. It will break it down soon and plastic will break and become brittle.

    FYI the dielectric grease for spark plug boots is silicone based lubricant grease.
  • asacasac Posts: 7
    I can't beleive someone actually used nail polish to fix the peeling paint on their cars door handle. That is truly pathetic.
  • My 1999 Leganza SX with 54k miles is having problems. From cold, it just doesn't want to start. (When I can get it started, it hot-starts normally.) The starter cranks just fine, even with lights and AC on, but the engine just won't fire. My clueless "local" dealer (the dealer I bought it from and most of the ones in the area closed, leaving me with only this one within a day's drive) told me that the problem was the plugs and wires, and I told them to change them. It took them a month to do it, and cost me almost $400. For PLUGS AND WIRES! (Oh, they also tried to con me into replacing the timing belt they just changed, telling me to "do the 60k service early, but that's another story. Needless to say, between warranty cyl heads that I was told had been shipped from CA "disappearing" and these latest ploys, I don't trust the local dealer) That means, including the timing belt/cyl head problem, they've had my car for a whopping eleven months of the past two years. (I suspect they fouled something up in doing the new cyl head, because it didn't have this problem until they got their paws on it. Since the cyl head, about five months and under 1000 miles have been driven.)

    Any idea what the problem could be? I would like to fix it properly so that I can get sell the car in good conscience. I can't sell someone a band-aided car, but I'm definitely not going to keep it, either.

  • asacasac Posts: 7
    Why not donate the piece of junk to charity. That way you can get rid of it in good conscience and also get a tax write off. The taxes saved will probably be more than what you can sell the car for anyway. Research shows that Daewoo's don't hold their value very well. Also, I highly recommend you not buy anymore Daewoo products, but I'm sure you already came to that conclusion.
  • bigfrogbigfrog Posts: 27
    Well daewoo failed what a shock. This is what I here.Daewoo was in with gm. daewoo failed and gm is giveing it to all there customers by makeing them wait for warrenty service. In the mean time thay sold 2 deawoo lines to another friend of theres suzuki. Another fine auto maker.And all of the 2 new suzkies use daewoo parts (the daewoo name is on every part of the 2 new suzkies)Never mind all the other gm/daewoo/suzuki parts that fit there other lines. Stick to the 3 good manufactures TOYOTA NISSAN SUBARU unless you like being mis treated.
  • bigfrogbigfrog Posts: 27
    I made a mistake stick to the 4 best Toyota (the newest part of the big three) Nissan Subaru Honda
  • intuintu Posts: 1
    hi i own a 99 lanos sx sedan (manual trans) with 76k miles and i've had no major problems until now...the car seems to be jerking and hesitating,especially in the lower gears and especially when the engine is colder...i'm desperately trying to find someplace i can service my car but all the daewoo dealerships in the chicagoland area have closed and every mechanic i go to says that they can't work on my car because they can't get parts for it....for anyone in the chicagoland area who owns a daewoo or is having the same problems i am please let me know where i can go to get my lanos serviced or what i should do about the problem i'm having.
    thank you
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    Try a new set of plug and wires. You can do that yourself.
  • bigfrogbigfrog Posts: 27
    try a suzuki dealer thay bought a few plat forms or i also here gm dealers are honering there warranty???? good luck
  • notjuznotjuz Posts: 4
    Intu- try the Nissan dealer at Grand Ave. in Gurnee. It's going east from 94 before Green Bay Rd. That's where I bought my Leganza and they have complete parts until now. My Daewoo is at 45k and no problem at all. Just regular maintenance.
  • My fiance owns a 1999 Daewoo Lanos's been an alright car, nothing great, but nothing too negative. The only major problem we had was the flex pipe broke on the exhaust. From reading the posts it looks like this is not all that uncommon. But what I think I a lot of people didn't consider is that the flex pipe is interconnected with the catalytic converter. With this in mind the repair is 100% covered under the Federal Emission warranty for 8 years or 84,000 miles. I didn't realize this until I took my car to the local Midas Muffler shop and the honest guys there pointed out the problem and then the interconnect to the catalytic converter and then gave me a warranty brochure on the Federal Emissions warranty. So I called my local Daewoo service center (yes they do exist even if not called by their original name - ours happens to be Sam Dell as they took over the original Daewoo dealership) and made an appointment. Brought it in, and they determined that the flex pipe was the cause and because it was interconnected to the catalytic converter it was 100% covered. They did have to order the part, but they had it 2 days later. Brought the car back in, and they fixed it, again 100% free of charge. I feel bad for everyone that has had to pay for this repair.
  • I know that in some of the past and distant (and mostly defunct) discussions, you had a line on tune-up and parts for the Leganza that were good on-line sources. Right now, I am looking for a passenger compartment air filter, and as I am approaching the 60K mile mark, I am preparing for the timing belt change. Got any thoughts? Anybody else have decent on-line sourcing?
  • richsaprichsap Posts: 93
    2000 Nubira CDX with 85k on it, no major problems to date. I obtain parts from a local GM truck dealer who carries some stuff in inventory.
  • pomvrpomvr Posts: 2
    Hello folks. My wife and I have a 2000 Daewoo Lanos hatchback and just took it in for the 60k maintenance. Here's what we're run into so far:

    1) Headlight wiring harness burned out - replaced while under warranty
    2) Thermostat housing split in half - we lost all of our coolant as it spilled out onto the freeway, but fortunately we pulled off right into a service station that agreed to fix it if we could find the part. We live in San Francisco, CA and went up to Fairfield to pick up the part. It was an $80 repair ($20 part + installation). No permanent damage to the engine that we (or the mechanics) can tell. This is apparently a very common problem. I hope Daewoo starts producing an aluminum version of this cheap plastic housing.
    3) Car was hesitating while downshifting to pass/climb - this was apparently due to the fact that our spark plugs were on their last leg. This problem can be temporarily remedied by using higher octane gasoline (we used 91 octane until we could get the car in for the 60k service). We're back to using 87 octane gasoline and no problems yet.
    4) Water pump/Timing belt replaced - this was normal for the 60k maintenance, although Daewoo apparently claims the timing belt will last 100k miles. I specifically requested that the timing belt be replaced at 60k, since that's the normal life span and I didn't want to face disaster if it snapped. The water pump was replaced by recommendation of the dealer.
    5) Temperature gauge not reading properly - we bought a replacement temperature gauge ($36), but haven't installed it yet. The dealer didn't have time to install it and we needed to get our car back, but I'm assuming it can be installed by a local mechanic.

    That's all I can think of. It's been a very reliable car given what we paid for it. We've had to do our homework to find a service station, but there are a couple of good dealers in the San Francisco Bay Area that still do repairs and are pretty friendly. Barber Nissan in Fairfield did our 60k maintenance, and they were very helpful.

  • jodifjodif Posts: 12
    Can anyone recommend good wiper baldes?? I have a 2000 Nubira & I actually think I have a flawed windshield. The wipers miss the whole center of it, which is, of course, my line of vision. Also, my wiper arms (?) are really stiff. Most cars, if you pull the wipers up a little, they snap back. Mine don't. I've tried lubricating them (non-silicone) & it didn't help. Can they be replaced?

  • jkobtyjkobty Posts: 99
    Hey guys. Just a few insights. For the guys having hesitation problems when the car is cold, you need to do a fuel injection cleaning service.
    It is a good idea to change the spark plugs after that. But usually neither the plugs or wires are the problem, although the dealer might try to convince you of that so you buy the parts.
    regarding the passenger compartment AC filter, it is really pointless to buy a new one. I just clean the old one by soaking it in water and detergent, and then rinsing it thoroughly and leaving it to dry overnight. This is not a mechanical part and has nothing to do except filter dust.
    Regarding parts for your cars, really it is a no brainer now. Just drive by to your local Chevy or Suzuki dealer. The Suzuki swift, AKA Chevy Aveo uses the same exact engine on the Lanos. The Suzuki Forenza, AKA Chevy Optra is simply the 2004 Nubira and it also uses the exact Nubira engine. Enjoy your woos, they do not make them like they used to.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,913
    Long time, no postie from you! Do you still completely dig your Leganza? I notice the humble little Aveo is making some decent impressions on some North Americans in it's short little time available so far. I saw a yellow one heading swiftly down I-44 in mid-Missouri the other day, it looked like a large breath of fresh air amongst so many mundane looking Honda's and Toyota's and GM's and Subaru's on the highway! Good to read that you're still hanging around, I almost posted a "Where has jkobty been?" post the other day! How much do you think GM has muddied the Aveo waters with their methods, jkobty? Do you think it's wholly a Daewoo product?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • Glad to see some of the old posters back.

    My Nubira presently has 88,000 miles on the clock and is still running strong. I had a sensor go out some time ago (about 50,000 miles) and though I have the sensor in the glove box and it is just a matter of getting dirty to change it, I haven't yet. Otherwise, it's been a great ride and I intend to drive it until the heart stops. Currently get about 27 - 28 mpg. Good info on the Suzuki/Chevy parts. I was concerned about getting replacement parts.
  • Older Lanos models seem to have had some timing belt, tensioner and water pump problems. The new Chevy AVEO (like a Daewoo Kalos in other markets) has an engine that says 1.6 L ECOTEC II and it is a direct ignition (no distributor) dual overhead cam engine. IS THIS THE SAME ENGINE THE LANOS HAD IN IT OR AN UPDATED VERSION??? NICE CAR AND IM TEMPTED TO GET ONE.. Im concerned with mechanical reliability.
  • jkobty2jkobty2 Posts: 210
    Interestingly enough the Daewoo Kalos sold elsewhere in the world has a newer engine than the Chevy Aveo, Suzuki swift versions. Yes, unfortunately these still use the old Daewoo Lanos 1.6L GM Holden built engine. I would have expected GM to go with Daewoos new engine, but it seems that they are so concerned about making money on these cars for a change that they decided to go with the GM built one.
    Not to say that the 1.6L Ecotec is a bad engine. In fact, it will surprise you how much powerful these engines are in real life driving despite the HP numbers. My brother in law owns a 2001 Lanos Sport which also has the 1.6L ecotec and he has driven it around 120 MPH on the freeway.
    You will have a timing belt problem if you ignore to change it on time. The belt, tensioner and water pump have to be replaced around 55,000 miles. Also the thermostat seems to fail around 50,000 miles, and since it has a plastic casing, the casing disintegrates, and you lose all the fluid. This is not such a huge thing since the replacement part is around $20. But it is consistent as it has failed on the 2 Lanoses that I know. And I fixed it myself for my brother in law at a cost of $20.
    I asked the Chevy dealer and the timing belt change interval is still the same for the Aveo as it is for the Lanos. And it is the same engine. I do not know if they have made any improvements to the timing belt tensioner. But as long as you change it on time, it is a non issue. Especially that you get plenty of warning signs before it fails(rattling noise like a loose chain that you can hear at low speed).
    The funny thing is that when GM executives were asked at the auto show about the Aveo, they claimed it is way more reliable than a Daewoo Lanos because the Aveo uses a GM engine!!!!!!!
    either those guys are stupid or are playing stupid.
  • jkobty2jkobty2 Posts: 210
    Just a small update, I still drive and absolutely LOVE my Daewoo Leganza. It is five years old now, still with zero problems, runs, handles, feels, looks and smells like a showroom car. Ans still looks way better than any car on the market. My wife leased a 2004 Acura TSX in June 2003. So far I have complained about 10 defects with the TSX, and got 3 fixed under warranty and the rest ignored by my dealer as "normal" whatever that is.
    I just love to rub their noses in it that my Daewoo Leganza has had ZERO problems and less wear and tear in 5 years of operation than an Acura TSX in 2 months.
    I am currently using our 2000 Nubira as a winter beater in toronto. This thing takes a licking and keeps on ticking. A true winter warrior of the first order, it starts like a champ in below 20 degrees weather and covered with snow. Its lease expires in 2 months. It has 80,000 miles on it with no out of pocket repair expense. The dealer changed the timing belt and tensioner and water pump around 55K miles under warranty. We now have 3 cars, so I am not sure if I should keep it or return it once the lease is over. What do you guys think?
    My Leganza is on the other hand fully paid for and it is an absolute pleasure to drive.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,913
    it's not a derivative of the Acura RSX, is it? I don't look into the Japanese brands very much, unless they really catch my eye, so I'm not sure which model that is. Is it an Acura sedan, that looks like an overpriced Accord, basically(which is already overpriced!)? I would consider letting the lease expire on the Lanos unless you REALLY are digging it, if the Laeganza's yours and the Acura is your wife's. But that's just me, thinking in terms of saving cash month-to-month. Your report on the timing belt changeout, tensioner, etc. on the Daewoo vehicles made me think of something related to car maintenance and the "car experience after you drive off the lot." A lot of how a person's ownership experience goes is greatly affected by HOW IN-DEPTH YOU WANT TO GO INTO YOUR MANUAL AND YOUR SHOP MANUAL IF YOU HAVE ONE FOR YOUR VEHICLE, ETC. You have to be on top of your car's maintenance situation COMPLETELY. If you do that, you stand a pretty good chance of having a good ownership experience with today's improved-manufacturing methods. But you have to decide that you're not going to let the service schedule's slip and, if you do some of the work yourself, you're going to correctly install parts because you've done your homework and looked up correct specs, etc. That's not to say that something COULDN'T go wrong, but that you are the one responsible for your car's well-being after you drive off the lot. And that's where a lot of people are getting into trouble with their cars mechanically. They're flitting here and flitting there and not taking the time to get to know their cars! Then if they let something go and an entire system breaks down on their car they want to make the manufacturer pay and make everything right for them. It takes a little work and the car's owner has to get involved. Sounds simple but it's true, so very true. You are one that does take the time and that is commendable. My Kia's have been great little cars but they must be maintained adequately. They have treated me right because I treat them right up front. It's a labor of love. There's the point to everything I just said. Glad your Leganza experience is going well, still, jkobty. I like this little Aveo and, although I may never buy one because my wife and I like sitting up higher in our small SUV(Sportage), I'm gonna be following people's Aveo reports throughout the coming months to see how they're doing with them. I suspect they're gonna be solid little troopers.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

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