With the market submerged in smaller, compact cars, the Daewoo may get lost in the competition. The 2000 Daewoo Lanos serves as a very small car, in fact the smallest in the Daewoo car line, so tall or large people should look elsewhere or risk feeling cramped.
Daewoo receives a lot of criticism in the market for a lack of dealerships and using “campus advisers,? who recruit fellow college students to buy the car. Appealing to this market may be one of the only reasons this line still sells—competitors offer much more for comparable prices.
Body Styles: three-door hatchback, sedan
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Daewoo Lanos S hatchback, Daewoo Lanos SE hatchback, Daewoo Lanos S sedan, Daewoo Lanos SX sedan
Daewoo now provides all scheduled maintenance during the warranty period. It also adds 24-hour roadside assistance for three years or 36,000 miles.
Customers choose from five colors for the exterior of the 2000 Daewoo Lanos: azurite blue metallic, deep bluish green metallic, galaxy white, poly silver metallic, and spinal red. Base exterior features remain minimal with power brakes, a rear window defroster, 14-inch wheels, intermittent windshield wipers, and a rear window wiper. Alloy wheels come standard on the SX. If you want a sunroof, be prepared to pay extra.
The subcompact 2000 Daewoo Lanos measures 66.1 inches wide, 56.4 inches high, 160.4 inches long, and reaches a curb weight of 2447 pounds on a wheelbase of 99.2 inches.
The standard 2000 Daewoo Lanos gets pre-tensioning seat belts and anti-submarining seats. Air-conditioning provides the only option for Lanos S buyers. The SX gets standard options including a CD player, air-conditioning, and a tilt steering column.
Interior cloth bucket seating comes in beige or gray. Buyers only have a choice of an AM/FM/cassette audio system with no CD option, except on the SX.
The small interior does not accommodate tall consumers, as it only provides 38.9 inches of front headroom, 37.8 inches of rear headroom, 36.4 inches of rear legroom, and 53.5 inches of rear shoulder room. The trunk holds a mere 8.8 cubic feet of cargo, and the split rear seatback folds if you need more cargo space.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Daewoo Lanos S base model comes equipped with a MacPherson strut front suspension, which provides resistance to vibration and shock. Power steering also comes standard in all models.
The barebones safety package includes driver and passenger airbags only. A security system provides an option for the top-of-the-line model. Anti-lock brakes only come on the SE and SX.
Identifix only finds one problem in its reliability test, an occasional failure of the camshaft position sensor. This may prevent the engine from starting.
EPA Fuel Economy
Daewoo Lanos: 26/36 mpg city/highway
- Free scheduled maintenance
- Sedan styling
- Affordable prices
You Won't Like
- Not very reliable
- Cheap dash plastic
- No tachometer
- Motor thrashes during higher revs
- Weird dealer network
- Parent company in debt
Competition offers more bang for the same buck.
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