Written on: 19/10/2006 by zaphod987 (13 reviews written)
Cheap to insure, cheap to fuel, and pretty good fun when thrown round corners with abandon.
Depreciates faster than wall street in 1929. Too small to carry anything useful.
Reliability - it never actually broke down, but every 6-9 months some new engine fault would develop. It would stall on overrun, cut out randomly, the interior alarm never worked after being warranty repaired, and assorted engine faults. Apparently my lack of mileage (5 to 10k / year) was causing the engine to carbon up, so said the garage as they fixed it again.
My Daewoo Matiz 0.8 SE was good while the reliability lasted (2 years) and then it just started to irritate me more and more. Watch out for the blue windscreen strip also, it took me 6 months to realise that I was pulling my head down in a most unhealthy posture so I could see under it (me at a tall 5' 7").
Finally got fully fed up with the ever growing list of engine related niggles and got rid of it. At the end the fault list was:
The engine had a massive flat spot at the bottom which the garage couldn't find and tried to deny was there (Baylis & Strange in Gloucester).
It would stall if while coasting down you put your foot on the clutch (repeat fault).
The ABS light started to come on at about 50mph+.
A dent in the boot from where I pushed it shut on a large load of cargo (large for a Matiz).
Finally after 5 years I've had enough, I even left my prized MP3 stereo in the car to enable me to get rid of the heap of junk.