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Nov 28, 2000 (12:48 am)
I drove by the dealer the other day, and saw the new Daewoo Lanos SPORT WOW!! It was cool, it has alloys, a body kit, 2 tone red/black leather, and aluminum interior. It looks sharp. Only if they did that to a Nubira too.
Nov 28, 2000 (5:23 am)
I went to the Orlando car show and saw the new Sport. I was quite impressed with the 2 tone (black/red) leather interior. It smelled like real leather and felt nice. I did not care for the steering wheel however. The red leather cover combined with a grayish wheel didn't match too well and looked too gaudy. I think a black cover would have been a better idea. The Lanos does look much sportier with the alloy wheels, rear spoiler, side skirts, and aggressive mesh front air dam. The rear taillamps have also been redesigned. I was a bit disappointed that it does not offer fog lamps, tachometer, or a power sunroof like the old Lanos SX. Nor did I like the shockingly high sticker of 13,380 which lacked the option of ABS. So, overall, I had mixed feelings about the new Sport. I applaude Daewoo for offering a unique and luxurious leather interior on an inexpensive sporty looking hatchback, but they didn't quite finish the product. It needs to also offer standard fog lamps, power sunroof, and 4 wheel discs with anti-lock control in order to complete the package. If they added those things and kept the price where it is, I just might consider it as my next car.
Nov 28, 2000 (11:01 pm)
This is an update about the same car that is discussed in message #140 of this topic.
Date: 11/28/00 Current mileage: 17,845 miles
I'm taking the car in for its 18,000 mile service tomorrow (oil & oil filter change, tire rotation, brake system flush & fluid replacement, & the usual array of visual checks)
I bought the car in Tennessee & I am currently living in Maryland, where the climate is colder. The only minute annoyance is that the accessory belt pulleys "squeal" a wee-bit more when I start the car on cold mornings. The noise has been present since I purchased the car 7,000 miles ago.
It seems as though the colder climate is making the sound more noticable. I don't notice the noise as much after the car has been running for a while & has warmed up. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it a sign of a bigger problem? Is it just another "quirk" that is common to Daewoo Lanos'?
Any feedback is welcome concerning this little nuisance. Thanks for your attention in this matter.
GetJesusNowjuno.com Keith Reh
Nov 30, 2000 (4:42 pm)
i had an 89 toyota corolla that made that noise (albeit didn't start until well over a 100,000 miles) and a little squirt of wd-40 would silence it for about 6 months.
Dec 01, 2000 (9:40 pm)
The "squeal" is not from the belt. It doesn't have the high pitched squeal of a worn out, slipping belt.
I don't know if I can really call it a squeal...it makes a bit of noticable noise. It seems to be the pulleys themselves, if that makes any sense.
I just had the 18,000 mile maintenance service done, which includes visual inspection of the belt, pulleys, and tensioner. I wasn't told that anything was wrong.
I'm just curious if anyone else with a Daewoo is having a similar experience. Thank you for the advice in #178, I'll keep that in mind.
#172 of 206 U.S. sales of Daewoo still strong despite problems with Korean HQ
Dec 09, 2000 (7:45 pm)
The sales of Daewoo cars in the U.S. remain strong despite news of bankruptcy by Daewoo Motors in Korea. The U.S. division has sent more than $600 million to the Korean division of Daewoo. Click on link below to read about it from a prominent Yahoo business news source.
#173 of 206 squeal/noise/bankruptcy
Dec 09, 2000 (10:13 pm)
The latest I have heard is that Daewoo laid off all their NON-union workers and started building 2001 models again. I am seeing them on the roads in Dallas already (Lanos 4-door is a bit different) and the commercials on TV and the billboards for the Nubira and Leganza are still up. The dealers are open, and the radio ads are still running. They got their loan from the bank because they trimmed costs by firing the non-union workers who get paid less money to do more work. Go figure.
If it is the belt, belt dressing at about $4 a can will shut it up until it glazes over and snaps. If it is not the belt, maybe it is the bearing on the pulley. GM alternators, at least the CS110's, are known for frying bearings. They make a replacement alternator called the Iceberg which has a wider tougher bearing and better internal parts than the AC/Delco/GM part. If the bearing is the problem, either it is a cheap bearing, the belt is too tight, or the accessory has an extreme load. An A/C compressor in cold weather will be under a hard load. So will an alternator running the fan, lights, wipers, defroster, radio, tape or CD, electric shaver, CB radio, turn signals, cell phone charger, or any combination of the above while still charging the car battery at a 1000rpm idle. A failing power steering pump will whine, too. The Daewoo belt may be of a type of rubber that squeals at a different pitch. Maybe the dealer can locate the noise at your 18K service or the next one. Hopefully the belt doesn't break and leave you stranded in the meantime.
#174 of 206 Belt noise and condition
Dec 11, 2000 (12:47 am)
Thank you for your expansive reply. Since I posted those messages, I have used some WD-40 on the smooth & "VEE" side of the belt. So far the noise is reduced. As far as the overall noise, it's not a loud and noticable whine, squeal, or wurr noting failure or premature wear. The overall 18K maintenance inspection didn't reveal anything.
I have also done a decent visual inspection and haven't found any remarkable wear, sheering, or cracking. Only the lettering on the smooth side is a bit removed. The overall tension seems to be okay...it has a wee bit of play, but not enough to jump off the pulleys.
#175 of 206 Where's the MPG??
Dec 22, 2000 (7:25 pm)
We now have 7500 miles on 2000 lanos hatch back 5 speed. Highway mpg is still 30.5 to 31.5 at 65 to 70mph using the gears as a truck driver would: a long ways from the advertised possible 39mpg. If I'd known this would be the best we would have bought a used Metro for a disposable car.
#176 of 206 THEY ARE NO LONGER GEARED FOR ECONOMY !!!
Dec 26, 2000 (11:46 pm)
ALL OF THESE NEWER SMALL CARS ARE GEARED FOR ACCELERATION. NOW THAT GAS PRICES ARE HIGHER IT A SHAME THAT A MUCH BIGGER SATURN ACTUALLY GETS 8 MPG BETTER THAN LANOS. THAT IS SAD BECAUSE THE COST SAVING DISAPPEARS FAST (EVERY TIME YOU FILL YOUR TANK). KIA ALSO DID IT WITH RIO WHICH IS BASICALLY AN (FORD) ASPIRE WITH A TRUNK (((WITH PEPPIER ENGINE AND "NON ECONOMY GEARING")))). PRETTY SAD THAT IF I TRADED MY ASPIRE IN FOR A SO CALLED ECONOMY CAR THAT GETS 12 MPG LESS THAN MY CURRENT 42 MPG (ASPIRE MPG).
SATURN HERE I COME !!!