Last post on Oct 04, 2013 at 9:52 AM
You are in the Maintenance & Repair
What is this discussion about?
Daewoo Lanos, Daewoo Nubira, Daewoo Leganza, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
Mar 31, 2004 (8:58 pm)
I have a 1999 CDX model. I believe the best Daewoo cars were built prior to the bankruptcy. As part of the bankruptcy the Korean state run banks(Daewoo creditors) forced them to cut parts costs. My Leganza is now 5 years old and still trouble free. It is fully paid for. All I have to do now is enjoy it for the next 5 years, and hopefully more.
I never had the brake switch replaced. It still works fine. Although I did have it replaced in the Nubira. I have the feeling it is related to parking the car in the sun(heat related). Since I park my Leganza in a garage, it has not failed yet. But I could be wrong. Anyways when it happened on the Nubira it took the mechanic less than 20 minutes to fix it. And it never happened again. I really do not know if there is a bypass you can do, but a simple bypass would be to stick a piece of plastic or wood in the brake release key hole right next to the shift knob, and keep it there.
Mar 31, 2004 (9:14 pm)
Known problems with Leganza engine:
These are the problems so far with the GM engines on our woos. Notice that problems can be avoided by proper maintenance.
1. Valve cover gasket seeps (weeps) oil. Replace gasket and reseal with proper sealant. Very cheap to do yourself or by mechanic. Cost here in Canada is about $60 USD for this job done at a Daewoo dealership.
2. Misfire (check engine light). 99.9% due to a blocked fuel injector. Peform a fuel injector cleaning service which is recommended by Daewoo service manual.
3. Make sure you change the timing belt, tensioners, water pump, initially no later than 55K miles. Use a better quality belt like Gates.
4. When changing the timing belt, check the oil pump as it uses the same braket to secure it as the tensioner. If the tensioner becomes wobbly, it can have an effect on the oil pump.
Basically do your maintenance on time, and your leganza will last for a very long time. I have seen local leganzas here in canada with over 150k miles.
furthermore, now that Suzuki is offering the Forenza in the US and the Optra in canada which both use the GM Holden 2.0L engine in Nubira with a similar timing belt assembly, you can service your cars at your nearest suzuki dealer.
Apr 06, 2004 (12:21 pm)
you can also take apart the dash and tape the switch open so that it's permanently bypassed...
that's what I did on the wife's 2000 leganza CDX...
I'd love to trade this thing in but I know she owes a boat load more than what it's worth... maybe I'll just drive it into the river
#161 of 1371 Don't forget to buy GAP insurance first.
Apr 06, 2004 (6:25 pm)
#162 of 1371 99 nubira exhaust
Apr 26, 2004 (5:42 pm)
a friend of mine has a 99 nubira.. needs pretty much a new exhaust system. he is shocked at the prices. any tips on where to go to get reasonable prices for an exhaust system?
#163 of 1371 AC problems again
May 10, 2004 (6:45 am)
I posted the message below about a year ago and I ended up going to a local garage for a recharge which seemed to workout good. But the other day I tested the AC for the first time and it's again busted. Is there such a thing as a slooooooooow leak that takes a year to empty?? Guess anything is possible but I just thought I would vent and seek help on here. Thanks
#556 of 939 Looking for help - '00 Leganza A/C by bostonlou Jun 16, 2003 (11:34 am)
my girl friends daewoo (2000 leganza CDX) is no longer blowing cool air while the AC is on. What are her options as far as dealerships/warranty go??
one former dealer said they were only servicing the ones that they sold and the one that sold it to her said they would run a $200 test and then figure out what the problem was from there.
any tips and/or help would be greatly appreciated
#164 of 1371 Dash Board falling appart
May 12, 2004 (12:39 pm)
I have a leganza 1999 and the dash is coming unglued (for want of a better description) from around the defroster grill. Dealer wants about a 1000 to replace and install. Any body know of after market dash board that can be ordered. OR is my best bet just to cover it and forget it
#165 of 1371 Check Engine Light
May 25, 2004 (2:57 pm)
2000 Nubira, great car until a week ago when the "Check Engine" light came on. Went home, tured the car off and the light wasn't there in the morning. Came back on when I was driving home from work. Went to Daewoo Service center, got 30,000 service done and told them about the light. Got new Gasket-Cyl Head Hood, new fuel filter, replaced valve cover gasket, oil change, replaced "V belt", and air filter. Drove home with no light from the dealer, but it came on again when i was driving home from work today. Was doing about 65mph with the air conditioner full blast. Car runs fine. Should I take it back in, or am I wasting my time and money? And yes, i've checked the gas cap. It's tight. Suggestions appreciated!
#166 of 1371 2000 Daewoo Nubira: Fix or Scrap?
May 26, 2004 (8:58 am)
Timing belt broke with 90k miles on car, 40k miles on timing belt (it had been changed at 50k miles). Gates brand belt - they won't repair the car because I don't have dealership records showing replacement and my dealership went out of business over a year ago.
I'm told that it is an interference engine, and therefore extremely likely that the engine is shot. I coasted for a quarter mile before I was able to pull of the road, the engine turning via the transmission the whole time.
My dilemma: Bankrupt car company, parts availability is a joke, bad engine (est. $1,500 rebuild) bad CV joint (est. $400 repair) body damage from previous accident (est. $1,800 repair). Keep it or scrap it? I'm not hurting for a car as I own another, though I do miss the 30 mpg and sporty ride. As all else on the car works well, I think I could part it out for $1,000 or more, though I would rather sell the whole thing at once.
By the way, on a 2000 Nubira a check engine light that comes on intermittedly at first will come on permanently after a few hundred miles. It is likely the secondary cam sensor located behind the valve cover on the passenger side. Mine did the same thing. I even bought the sensor but never put it on, as the sensor is a redundant one and doesn't affect the engine.
May 27, 2004 (11:59 am)
You can get an already rebuilt head at ebaymotors.com for less than $400.
Or replace engine with one from a car wreck.