DAEWOO Matiz (1998 - 2005) Fault Guide

Evolutions

Year Change or development
1998 Matiz SE and SE+ front drive hatchbacks.
2000 Revised front and rear styling.
2003 1.0 engine introduced.

Bodywork and External Checks

Area What to look for What it means What to do
Aerials Check that the aerial is in good working order. It has a left-hand thread and so screws in and out of the bodywork in the opposite direction to most objects. People often turn the aerial the wrong way and snap it. It can be replaced. Negotiate a £40 discount or have the repair completed.

Engine Checks

Area What to look for What it means What to do
Cam belt Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most engines built before 2001 the cam belt must be changed 40,000 miles and 60,000 miles on engines built after 2001. If the cam belt and associated parts (such as water pump and tensioner) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure. Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £90.
Anti-freeze 1) Open the bonnet and look for a reservoir of water connected to the radiator at the front of the engine. Look through the side of the reservoir to see if the water is brown or coloured. If the engine is cold you can take the top off the reservoir to check the colour more accurately. 2) If the water is brown, check that the heater inside the car generates hot air (the engine will need to have been running for 5 - 10 minutes). Brown water means that the anti-freeze has not been renewed. This will lead to a build up of sediment in the cooling system and the heater inside the car will stop generating hot air. Plain water means the anti-freeze has not been replaced. This may lead to internal corrosion of the engine, which can lead to head gasket failure. Complete the head gasket checks .
Head gasket Open the oil filler cap on the top of the engine and check to see if there are any white creamy substances on the inside of the cap. Check the water reservoir (connected to the radiator at the front of the engine bay) for deposits of oil (grey sludge) floating on the top of the water. These symptoms mean you need a new head gasket. The head gasket has failed because of water leaks and the engine overheating. Negotiate a £400 discount or have the repair completed.
EGR Valves During the test drive, particularly at low revs, check that the car runs smoothly and neither surges nor hesitates. These can be symptoms of clogged EGR valves. If so, they may need replacing or the car software may need an update. Negotiate a £150 discount or have the repair completed.
Misfire 1. Notice if the engine management light comes on with the ignition and goes off when the engine starts. 2. Leave the engine on and listen for the engine misfiring (rather than the revs being constant when on idle and the engine making a consistent noise, it splutters and spits). If the engine is misfiring and the engine management light isn't on (see interior checks) then the number 2 spark plug lead (older cars) or ignition coil (later cars) usually need replacing. If the engine management light is on the fuel injectors usually need replacing. Negotiate a £100 discount for either problem or have the repair completed.

Interior Checks

Area What to look for What it means What to do
Airbag light Check that the airbag light comes on with the ignition and goes out a few seconds after you start the engine. If the airbag light doesn’t come on with the ignition, it may have burnt out or been removed to hide a bigger fault. If the airbag light stays on, it can usually be re-set. If the battery goes flat, this often causes the light to stick on. The other main reason for the light coming on is a minor wiring fault that can be easily modified. Negotiate a £30 discount or have the repair completed.
Engine management light 1) Check that the engine management light comes on with the ignition and goes out a few seconds after you start the engine. If the engine management light doesn’t come on with the ignition, it may have burnt out or been removed to hide a bigger fault. 2) Leave the engine on and listen for the engine misfiring (rather than the revs being constant when on idle and the engine making a consistent noise, it splutters and spits). If the engine management light stays on and there is a misfire, the problem is usually one of a variety of minor wiring faults. Negotiate a £100 discount or have the repair completed.
Fuel gauges Some of the Matiz fuel gauges can be inaccurate, continually providing different readings. The gauge can be modified by Daewoo. Daewoo garages will be able to check on their computer system whether that car has had a modification. If you suspect the gauge, read the VIN to a dealer and ask them whether the car needs a fuel gauge modification.
Clutch Test-drive more than one Matiz to establish how the clutch should feel. Does this clutch feel heavy or stiff? Clutch stiffness is an early warning sign that the cable needs replacing. Budget £450 to change the clutch.
Gear change The gear changes on Matiz is regarded as notchy. You should bear this in mind, but check it for being excessive. If the gearbox is too notchy for you, the linkages can be replaced. Negotiate an £80 discount or have the linkages repaired.

Wheels, Brakes and Suspension Checks

Area What to look for What it means What to do
There are no reported faults on this model's suspension. Complete standard checks for basic issues. - -

Recalls

Date Model Recall
18 Jul 2000 There is a possibility that the fuel filter may perforate due to corrosion and fuel may leak.
31 Oct 2003 A screw in the motorised throttle idle actuator (MTIA) could be faulty. A faulty MTIA could result in a high engine speed.
28 Jul 2004 The possibility exists that the clutch cable may break, with the consequence that the clutch cannot be disengaged. VINs: 0000000003C848513 to 0000000004C958859.

Recommended Garages

Name Phone Address Website
MOT ANGEL (Nationwide) 0800 131 0030 3 The Minster, Portman Road, Reading, RG30 1EA. http://www.motangel.co.uk