2000 Daewoo Lanos very reliable
July 7, 2017
I was given this car in 2003, when I wasn't sure I wanted to own a car at all, mostly because of the expense. Not at all interested in the "status" aspects of particular car models; was just won over by the possibility of doing road trips without waiting around for friends to be available. Was rear-ended in 2004, and decided not to spend the insurance money on a complete rebuild, opting instead to just have the hatch bent back so it was still functional. 14 years later, my "totaled" car is only now getting its first major maintenance: I've done the usual oil changes, tire replacement, brake pads and such; one cracked hose flange, 8 years ago. Only now, at 65,000 miles, I'm having the belts replaced as a preventative measure, which will cost a bit more than I expected-- about US$600. Still, well worth it: after poking around a bit online to see what these things usually cost, I'm astounded at how lucky I've been to have had my first car be so inexpensive to run, to maintain, and generally so reliable! I've often wondered if people just underestimate Daewoos, because of unfamiliarity and/or snobbery: mine has been a great little car, on the road and "off," and, fingers crossed, I'm hoping I'll have it for a long time to come.