Used car review Daewoo Nubira 1997-2003 | carsguide.com.au

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The brand no exists here in its own right, but it on our roads in the form of the Holden Viva, Epica and Captiva. makes them all in Korea.

Ask their opinion of Daewoo and probably laugh, but many of same people are likely to be Holden-badged Daewoos without it.

Daewoo began making already superseded by Opel. license from the European they made versions of the but it was Daewoo’s version of the Opel that first brought it to the of local car buyers.

Although it was by Opel and looked like an the Korea-built Daewoo 1.5i much like an Opel. It was and simple, and lacked much of the of its European cousin.

Here, it hit the with a low, driveaway that was mostly attractive to who would otherwise have a used car. It wasn’t a bad if all you could afford was a rusty old that was well past its

But like other Korean Daewoo wasn’t prepared to be forever, it had ambitions beyond the end of the market, and subsequent models, the Nubira, reflected these

The Nubira arrived in 1997 and was a improvement over the cars went before it.

It was a small car in size to a Corolla, Laser, 323 or and there were sedan, and hatchback variants.

It was pleasantly with generous curves and proportions. Its looks were to write home about, but there was nothing about it offended the eye.

Inside, it had for four in comfort, but five be squeezed in at a pinch.

There was head and leg room front and the driver could find a driving position and had controls were sensible, logically out and fell within reach, the instruments were clear and read.

Oddly for an Asian car the signals were mounted on the of the column in the European style, a of the company’s Opel connections.

The Nubira was a conventional front-wheel car. Initially it had a 1.6-litre overhead camshaft four-cylinder that gave 78 kW and 145 Nm, but that was by a Holden-made 2.0-litre engine in and that delivered 98 kW and 185 Nm.

Its performance either engine was nothing although the extra torque of the engine made it a more drive.

Buyers could from a five-speed manual and a auto. Again they adequate, although the manual was vague and sloppy.

At the launch the was limited to the SX sedan and wagon, but expanded in 1998 when the SE and CDX in.

The SX was quite well equipped for its with standard cloth CD player, central locking, mirrors and windows, fog lamps.

Air was added to the list in 1988, the year the SE and CDX arrived.

The SE boasted power front windows, CD cloth trim and central while the range-topping CDX also alloy wheels, power front and rear, power and a rear spoiler.

An update in brought the Series II, which a driver’s airbag and an adjustable wheel.

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With a chequered Daewoo-badged cars can be a risky but at the same time they can be a buy if approached sensibly and with

For the same money you’ll pay for a you’ll be looking at other, respected models that are and will have many kays under their

For an SX sedan pay $5000-$6500, add $200 for a

For the later SE pay $5000-$7000, but for the better-equipped CDX pay

The Nubira is generally robust and although perhaps not up to the class like the Corolla, Mazda 323 and Japanese models.

Body and rattles are fairly common, and the interior components are prone to and breaking.

It’s important to ask for a record as many owners of cars tended to ignore the for servicing. Services could be ignored, or they could been done on the cheap by to save a few bucks.

Missing oil can lead to a build-up of sludge in the which can result in premature in areas like the camshaft.

also important to change the belt as recommended, as they are to break, sometimes before the km change point. If you can’t evidence it has been changed, doing it as a precaution.

Even though they’ve from the market parts are available for Daewoo models. original Daewoo dealers are taking care of them, and was keen to make sure weren’t let down when absorbed the brand into portfolio.

Airbags are the number one feature to look for in a car, and the didn’t get one until 1999 they were fitted a driver’s airbag. This the post-1999 models the ones to particularly if it’s going to be by a young driver.

Expect to get 8-9 km, which is around the average for a car of size.

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