2002 Daewoo Lanos

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of the 2002 Daewoo Lanos. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    105-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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2002 Daewoo Lanos Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Changes are minor for the smallest model in Daewoo’s three-car U.S. lineup. Based in South Korea, Daewoo offers the Lanos as a two-door front-drive hatchback or a four-door S sedan. A Sport model is fitted with red leather seats and interior trim.

Daewoo managed a 117 percent sales increase in 2000, with more than 68,000 cars going to customers. The Daewoo automotive group has suffered massive financial losses, and as a result, the car business has been up for sale. Ford first emerged as the highest bidder, but that prospect fell through. In September 2001, GM signed a nonbinding agreement to acquire control of bankrupt Daewoo for $400 million.

Exterior
Mounted on a 99.2-inch wheelbase, the two-door hatchback minicar is 160.4 inches long, while the four-door sedan measures 166.8 inches long overall. In comparison, the Ford Focus hatchback is 168 inches long, and the Focus sedan measures 175 inches. Both Lanos body styles are 66.1 inches wide and 56.4 inches tall.

Interior
Daewoo claims the Lanos will seat five occupants, despite the modest size of the exterior. The sedan’s trunk offers 8.8 cubic feet of cargo volume, while storage space beneath the hatchback amounts to 31.3 cubic feet. The split rear seatback folds down for additional cargo space. A cassette player is standard.

Under the Hood
All models use a 105-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. Antilock bra...
Vehicle Overview
Changes are minor for the smallest model in Daewoo’s three-car U.S. lineup. Based in South Korea, Daewoo offers the Lanos as a two-door front-drive hatchback or a four-door S sedan. A Sport model is fitted with red leather seats and interior trim.

Daewoo managed a 117 percent sales increase in 2000, with more than 68,000 cars going to customers. The Daewoo automotive group has suffered massive financial losses, and as a result, the car business has been up for sale. Ford first emerged as the highest bidder, but that prospect fell through. In September 2001, GM signed a nonbinding agreement to acquire control of bankrupt Daewoo for $400 million.

Exterior
Mounted on a 99.2-inch wheelbase, the two-door hatchback minicar is 160.4 inches long, while the four-door sedan measures 166.8 inches long overall. In comparison, the Ford Focus hatchback is 168 inches long, and the Focus sedan measures 175 inches. Both Lanos body styles are 66.1 inches wide and 56.4 inches tall.

Interior
Daewoo claims the Lanos will seat five occupants, despite the modest size of the exterior. The sedan’s trunk offers 8.8 cubic feet of cargo volume, while storage space beneath the hatchback amounts to 31.3 cubic feet. The split rear seatback folds down for additional cargo space. A cassette player is standard.

Under the Hood
All models use a 105-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. Antilock brakes are optional, but side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
Compared to the larger Daewoo models, the Nubira and Leganza, and to most small cars on the market, the Lanos is loud and somewhat crude. It’s easy to drive and kind of fun on the road. The Lanos actually harks back to minicars of the past, whereas rivals such as the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio more accurately typify the modern era.

Interiors are surprisingly spacious, in view of the car’s modest external dimensions. Due to efficient packaging, passenger room is abundant even in the backseat - more so than in many larger automobiles. Stepping on the gas produces more noise than usable action, and the automatic transmission can get jumpy at times.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

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(2.0)

Cant belive I payd for it

by mr.cheap from california losangeles on January 11, 2012

Its more on the cheap side.I got one new in 2002.Mine only cost 9,199$.I own the s. I realy wish I got the nissan altima or the 2002 toyota camry. Read full review

(5.0)

Good car.... Shoulda kept it!

by BSeward from Buffalo NY on February 15, 2010

Bought it new in 2003 for $6995.00! Put 90K miles on it since. One timing belt/waterpump change was all it needed for major service. I traded it in on a Kia Rio last October, and still got over $2500.... Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Lanos received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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