Junkyard Find: 2000 Daewoo Nubira Station Wagon

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
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junkyard find 2000 daewoo nubira station wagon

Remember the Daewoo Nubira? No? Did you know that there was a wagon version? Even though production of the Nubira stopped just ten years ago, this car has all but disappeared from our consciousness.

The only reason I noticed this Nubira wagon in a Colorado self-service yard last week was its relatively pristine, un-picked-over condition among a row of completely gutted imports. This row of cars had been out for a couple of months and is no doubt due to be crushed any day now. Even the Kia Sephia nearby had been picked clean, but hardly anybody wanted Nubira parts.

The only reason I’ve been aware of Daewoos in the junkyard at all is that the Faster Farms Plymouth Belvedere LeMons team has been harvesting junkyard Daewoo emblems, cutting off the “Dae” parts, and installing “WOO WOO” badges all over their car. For that reason, I think of a couple of disreputable-looking dudes in skanky chicken suits hooting “WOO WOO!” every time I see a junkyard Daewoo.

We see Daewoos on the street all the time nowadays, but they have Chevy Aveo and Sonic emblems. Like Isuzu, the Daewoo name never meant much on these shores.

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  • Stereorobb Stereorobb on Sep 19, 2013

    Haha the daewoo! The entire brand was a complete and epic fail here in the states. The one that sticks out most in my mind was the Lexus GS300 bootleg daewoo leganza. Pretty little sedans that looked like a period GS packed with all kinds of gizmos for a fraction of the price. A friend of mines mom bought one right off the showroom floor, within a year the paint was oxidizing, engine was burning oil, and the interior was falling apart. The car blew the head gasket at something stupid like 50k miles and that was the end of that. They sold a buttload of these things here in Florida and well, during the summer of 2000 they were everyware. By the summer of 2002 they had already disappeared.

  • Laserwizard Laserwizard on Feb 23, 2016

    Daewoo - such an awful vehicle that Total Recall Motors decided to partner up with them. That's all you need to know. I bet less people died in Daewoos in history than in Chevrolets et al with those ignition lock issues.

  • Namesakeone Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. A light truck coming from Ford. We have never seen anything like it. (This is me trying to sound like I'm excited.)
  • Jkross22 I remember when cars came from the factory without looking like it had a fart can exhaust installed. This is not an attractive car. The paint looks great, but the design, wheels and interior look off-lease Infiniti. I'll guess: 6 grand down, $1000/month with 7.5k miles/year.
  • FreedMike Newsflash: your car may not get the mileage it is rated for, and it doesn't matter whether it's powered by petroleum or electricity. Things like elevation, your driving habits, and load make range vary. And you didn't even have to spend any money with Consumer Reports to figure that out. Thank me anytime.
  • VoGhost This is typical 'imaginary tiger urinating on the other company's logo' one-upmanship we have seen for decades in the pickup market. Ford -- like all carmakers now -- is embarrassed at how weak their performance models look next to the CyberTruck and its 2.6 second 0-60. So they will do all they can to approach the Tesla's performance.
  • ToolGuy More powerful than a locomotive