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Chevrolet Epica

Second-hand: Chevrolet Epica

In its buyers#039; guide, Car magazine slapped a Depreciation Disaster on Daewoo automobiles, pointing out how residual values have like depressed lemmings.

In its buyers#039; guide, Car magazine slapped a Depreciation Disaster on Daewoo automobiles, pointing out how residual values have like depressed lemmings.

out lemmings don#039;t commit … by jumping off cliffs – a perpetuated by the 1958 Walt documentary White Wilderness .

The CBC that the rodents in the doc were from Hudson Bay to Calgary, they showed no interest in to their deaths. So the director them off the precipice artificially.

The Epica, a Daewoo-sourced four-door by the bowtie people in Canada, was short-lived. It arrived in late as a #039;04 model, and then without a peep in 2006.

When a manufacturer snuffs out a after three years, often an indication the product had problems.

Like those lemmings, Epica sales off a cliff along with the residual value. Despite second-hand prices, used-car need to be cautious.


A of Korea#039;s No. 2 automaker (which had bankrupt then, ironically, was by General Motors in 2002), the was Daewoo#039;s replacement for the oddly Leganza, of which maybe two sold in Canada.

Styled by the Camry-sized Epica was a thoroughly front-drive sedan with a interior – five cubic larger than that of a 6 – and an unusual drivetrain.

Tucked the hood was an inline 2.5 L six-cylinder co-developed with Porsche. It was sideways, like a Volvo and even had room for the standard automatic transmission alongside it.

To squeeze six cylinders in line, the required closely spaced, 77-mm bores and a longish …, which suggested torque. Yet the engine was a 43-kg – only 155 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of – five fewer horses Honda#039;s 2.4 L four banger. On the side, an inline six is inherently thanks to a long crankshaft and balance characteristics.

The Epica disappoint, providing a quiet

Surprisingly, the wide powertrain compromise the turning circle; at metres, the Epica needed real estate to turn than an Accord.

The Epica shone inside, where spared no expense dressing the with handsome lines and finishes.

It has little touches, such as and woodgrain-looking trim, that you find on the base Camry or wrote the owner of a #039;04 Others praised the standard disc brakes and full-size tire.

Every Epica an embarrassment of standard riches Hyundai and Kia couldn#039;t match, air conditioning, heated power keyless entry/alarm, power and locks, steering-wheel radio and split-folding rear seat.

model years saw slight to equipment levels and safety but that#039;s about it. In the U.S. the was badged as the Suzuki Verona in an to generate showroom traffic for Suzuki reps.

Outweighing the by 130 kilograms, the Epica#039;s 155-hp wheezed to keep up with the family sedans in its segment. 10.7 seconds to reach 96 the Epica ranked … in every comparison.

Hit the road and you cannot believe car has six cylinders, griped the owner of a Epica, suggesting it had the heart of a

The Epica was softly sprung many previous generation cars, though engineers enough to recalibrate the front-strut, suspension for Chevrolet. The ride was comfort-biased, but without the boat-like

Chevrolet Epica

The Epica could grind out G of grip on a skidpad, while the could haul the car down 112 km/h in 58 metres – slightly than the class average.

acceleration is forgivable if the car can return fuel economy, but the Epica out on that count, too. logged disappointing gas consumption in the of 14 L/100 km.


The list of positive attributes by happy Epica drivers is on the side.

Owners were very with the car#039;s sumptuous pillowy ride and conservative, design. Beyond that, went downhill – belabouring the analogy – rather swiftly.

The popular complaint had to do with the frequency of Check Engine traced back to short-lived sensors, as well faulty ECM and TCM computers. ABS sensors lit up a lot,

My `Check Engine#039; light has on the entire time that I had the They will keep you that there is nothing on your car until it reaches km and then they will you everything wrong on it, blogged one

Frequent engine stalling and is another common refrain – weather starts can be problematic – also led to plenty of computer or replacement. Entire engines and have been replaced at low

Others noted problems suspensions, batteries and head faulty radio controls on the wheel, water condensation in the broken ignition cylinders and oil

Still, some owners are for punishment: It had started on fire one day and I got a #039;05 Epica. Some may that is crazy, but I thought it was a nice car, I wanted it

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