Boring Cars With Fascinating History
I hate Daewoo cuz they make crappy cars
Eh, 'crappy' is a matter of perspective. Cheap, basic and not high-performance, yes, but not necessarily crappy. There were, for example, a lot of luxury high-performance Jaguar models that it could be argued were 'crappy' due to unreliability ( @AkioOhtori could attest to this in some ways)....so it all depends how you look at it
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@rallydarkstrike There was someone on DriveTribe who wrote about his Daewoo Lanos ownership experience. He said he was impressed by its indestructibility.
@sam-blockhan Exactly! They're not as bad as people make them out to be....cheap materials, slow and not many features, sure, but if they are taken care of, they are fairly reliable cars......though keeping them on the road in North America is very difficult as they don't sell cars here anymore and parts would be very hard to get.
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let's not forget Daewoo's moment on the silver screen.
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It seems as though Daewoo, like Hyundai and Kia, was improving over time.
Exactly my thoughts. The design and engineering on the Gen 1 Cruze is really quite impressive. It was ahead of the curve for a few years with its low displacement turbo engine (that was perhaps a bit too Germanic in its maintenance requirements) and genuinely impressive chassis dynamics. The non hot versions of the equivalent Japanese cars are floppy wet noodles in comparison.
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Ah, the Suzuki Forenza.
I was in one and got in a wreck with a tow truck. The cracked open fiberglass bumpers revealed Styrofoam cores, and the Styrofoam seat cushion on the driver's side split early on.
That car was picked apart by a succession of 4 or 5 people with Forenzas or Renos that needed random NLA parts (which are the majority of them these days) and last i saw of it, it had the crunched front end torched off at the A-pillars and was a stripped carcass behind a shop 2 years ago.
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@rallydarkstrike A good friend of mine bought a new Leganza in college, still talks about how good of a car it was for the price. He didn't have it very long though, he fell asleep at the wheel one night outside Johnstown and plowed head on into an F-150, and replaced the Daewoo with a used Accord, which is what he had when we first met
@ranwhenparked I mean, Daewoos weren't as bad as people think, but I can't think they were all that terrible safe....how is he still alive? 0_o
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@rallydarkstrike as I remember the story, the Ford was stopped at an intersection at the bottom of a hill, and he went through the stop sign, probably no more than 40-45mph. I know they were marginal performers in the IIHS tests, but he was alright.
Although, he did get COVID-19 almost exactly 17 years later, wonder if that was related to an undetected crash injury? Should maybe call a lawyer