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Daewoo Lanos

The Daewoo Lanos is the smallest of the three cars that Daewoo sold in the U.S. from model years 1999 to 2002. The front-wheel drive subcompact is offered as either a two-door hatchback or a four-door sedan. Daewoo, a South Korean manufacturer, released it with ambitions to enter the U.S. subcompact market.

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Daewoo Lanos Origins

Daewoo uses a unique selling tactic to spur interest in their vehicles. They recruit college students to promote the car on college campuses. Dealerships are not plentiful, so getting the car repaired may be a problem.

Unfortunately, sales proved dismal in the very competitive subcompact market, and Daewoo eventually filed for bankruptcy. It courted other U.S. car makers to buy its stock; GM bought a controlling interest in Daewoo in 2002.

The Daewoo Lanos comes equipped with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and a five-speed manual transmission; a four-speed automatic transmission is optional. Daewoo offers it in three different trim levels: S which is the base level, SE, and SX. Anti-lock brakes come standard on the base S level and as an option on the SE and SX levels.

Standard equipment includes cloth bucket seats, a split-folding rear seat, a rear defogger, intermittent wipers, four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson struts, 14-inch wheels, and an AM/FM/Cassette audio system. The SE adds power windows and door locks, a power passenger mirror, anti-theft deterrent system, and remote keyless entry. The SX offers air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, an AM/FM/Cassette/CD audio system, 14-inch alloy wheels, and an optional power sunroof.

About the Daewoo Lanos

Known for its economical price and its fuel economy, with EPA estimates of 22/32 mpg in city/highway, the Daewoo Lanos serves as an entry-level subcompact that satisfies tight budgets.

As a subcompact, the Daewoo Lanos offers little room. Taller passengers may have difficulty getting into the back seat of the hatchback, and taller drivers may find the driver’s seat a tight fit, even when the seat is moved back as far as it can go.

Unfortunately, Daewoo vehicles have a reputation for frequent mechanical problems. In an effort to remedy this, Daewoo dealers offer to perform all repairs on new vehicles free of charge, for the first two years of ownership.

Since Daewoo Motor Group was in bankruptcy when the 2002 models arrived, no parts or further stock was sent to the U.S. When GM decided not to sell any more Daewoo vehicles in the U.S., dealerships closed, and warranty work went undone until GM made other arrangements for repairs. If you still own a Daewoo, some GM dealerships have been designated to perform repairs. Since GM took over, parts are still being supplied.

Daewoo Lanos Features

The 2002 Daewoo Lanos S Hatchback comes equipped with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Standard equipment includes 14-inch wheels, speed-sensitive wipers, a rear defogger, a rear window wiper, ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, electronic brake force distribution, a height adjustable driver’s seat, cloth bucket seats, a split-folding rear seat back, front cup holders, a clock, mast antenna, and 100-watt AM/FM audio system with four speakers.

A Comfort package on the S Hatchback and Sedan offers power steering and air-conditioning; a Convenience package adds power locks, power windows, and a power passenger side mirror. A four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option.

Also available as the Lanos Sport Hatchback, it offers standard equipment including a rear spoiler, 14-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, a rear window wiper, ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, electronic brake force distribution, leather bucket seats, a height adjustable driver’s seat, split-folding rear seat back, power steering, power door locks, air-conditioning, a leather steering wheel, and a 140-watt audio system with AM/FM/CD.

The 2002 Daewoo S Sedan contains a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission; a four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option.

Standard equipment in the S Sedan includes 14-inch wheels, ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, electronic brake force distribution, speed-sensitive wipers, a rear defogger, a rear window wiper, remote trunk release, a height adjustable driver’s seat, cloth bucket seats, a split-folding rear seat back, front cup holders, a clock, mast antenna, and 100-watt AM/FM audio system with four speakers.

Daewoo Lanos Evolution

In 1999, the model was introduced to the U.S. market as the Lanos Hatchback or Lanos Sedan. Available trim levels include the S, SE, and SX.

The SE Sedan and SX Hatchback were discontinued in 2000. Daewoo sweetened its deal to owners the same year by offering free scheduled maintenance during the first three years of ownership; twenty-four hour roadside assistance is free for three years or 36,000 miles.

In 2001, Daewoo added the Sport Hatchback; the SE Hatchback and SX Sedan were discontinued. The Sport Hatchback paint colors are Super Red and Granada Black Mica, both are exclusive to the Sport. The Sport trim also includes red leather seating and brushed aluminum interior trim, aluminum alloy wheels, side skirting, and a rear spoiler.

A new premium package available on S models includes a tilt steering wheel, power windows and door locks, a power passenger side mirror, variable intermittent wipers, a digital clock, and an AM/FM/Cassette/CD audio system.

Select a Daewoo Lanos Year

2002 Daewoo Lanos

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan


The 2002 Daewoo Lanos was the smallest of Daewoo’s lineup for the U.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,786

MPG
23-34
Seats
5

2001 Daewoo Lanos

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan


Daewoo is not one of the better known automobile manufacturers in most of the world, since it only briefly attempted to compete outside of Korea using its own brand name and models.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,636

MPG
23-34
Seats
5

2000 Daewoo Lanos

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan


With the market submerged in smaller, compact cars, the Daewoo may get lost in the competition.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,530

MPG
23-34
Seats
5

1999 Daewoo Lanos

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan


The 1999 Daewoo Lanos is available as either a four-door sedan or a three-door hatchback.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,376

MPG
23-34
Seats
5

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