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#177 of 206 Daewoo gas mileage
Jan 01, 2001 (4:42 pm)
I bought my Lanos Hatchback base model in Set 00,until Nov I got 32-34mpg, now is down to 30mpg at 6000 miles (Jan 01)I. live in the Chicago area, we are getting more than normal snow and cold weather. I expected to increase the mileage to about 37mpg like my 95 Honda Civic with almost 100K miles. The car is great, a little too light for snow, I skided once and hit the bumper and headlight ($200). I think I'll keep it for the 36K miles of warranty, then sell it. Don't get me wrong, I like the car, but I preferred a more "green car", and better gas mileage.
#178 of 206 After October, all cars get worse MPG...
Jan 01, 2001 (6:40 pm)
Remember, most mid western states (including IL) use a "winter blend" gas that causes poorer mileage for any car, not just Daewoos. Also remember that slogging through the snow and ice and cooler oil temperatures gobble up fuel, too. Finally, check the tire pressure, it can drop a little just because it's colder out.
This Carl lives in IA, and my mileage is always 5-10% worse in winter. My Nubira gets over 30 MPG in the warmer weather, but I don't even bother with tracking MPG in the winter time for the above reasons.
#179 of 206 my niece got one..
Jan 01, 2001 (7:05 pm)
My niece just bought a '01 Lanos base hatchback. She 's 21 and it's her first new car.
I was amazed at how small this car is. She paid $12K for it.. She got Auto tranny, A/C and something else.. I think she paid too much but anyway.. I drove it around the block. It had 110 mi. on it. The car had OK acceleration for an auto but the steering didn't feel too accurate and the brakes were kind of mushy.. The interior and quality didn't feel too great.. When I pulled back into my driveway I parked it right next to my '97 Civic Hatchback and the Lanos seemed to be at least 1/2 foot shorter in length. The cargo/hatch space also seemed to be about 1/2 of my Civic's. I paid $12.4K for my Civic with 5-sp and A/C. Even if the Lanos was in the US in '97 (which it wasn't), it wouldn't be on my shopping list.. The Civic just looks much bigger and I don't like taking risks.
Too bad Honda doesn't make the Hatchback for '01. People would have more hatchback choices.. BTW, I saw a few Lanos in Europe this year. I wouldn't say there were a lot of them. There were a lot more VW Polos, Fiats, Alfas and Renault hatchbacks, than Hondas and Daewoos.
Jan 02, 2001 (2:21 pm)
Your Civic hatchback cost $12,400 back in 1997. I priced them out in 1999/2000 before I got my Lanos hatchback. I couldn't get a comparably equipped (auto, AC, AM/FM stereo cassette, rear defrost, rear wiper, etc) for under $15,000 after dealer prep (pinstripe, paint sealant, upholstry protectant).
Most of the power train, chassis components, etc. are GM derived and parts are readily available on U.S. soil. The technology used in the car is proven; Daewoo automobiles are sold in over 180 nations. Insurance premiums are reduced on Daewoos also. There are pros & cons to every car purchase. Ride comfort and power are a bit reduced...but the car is pretty damn affordable.
Enjoy your Honda...they are good cars also. Remember, a car is a device to get us to-and-fro. If you like it a wee bit more comfortable and cozy, then buy one that has those amenities.
The Daewoo Lanos gets myself and others around just fine. There are several quirks that I wish weren't present, but it is a helluva alot more comfortable that riding in the back of a U.S. Army 2 1/2 ton cargo truck...been there, done that
Jan 05, 2001 (11:25 am)
I don't know if anyone is at this board today...but I am torn... I could buy a brand new 2000 Lanos for the same price as a 6 year old used Camry. Which would be the better choice? Obviously it would be nice to have a brand new car, but maybe the older Camry would last longer or is better made?
#182 of 206 consider mileage and warranty.
Jan 06, 2001 (8:10 am)
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.
#183 of 206 Love My Lanos
Jan 06, 2001 (3:07 pm)
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.
Jan 11, 2001 (10:07 pm)
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.
#185 of 206 New Owner
Jan 20, 2001 (8:36 pm)
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?
#186 of 206 Check Engine Light
Jan 25, 2001 (6:52 am)
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.