Back in 2002, General Motors worked with South Korea's Daewoo to produce affordable cars that can cater to people who need reliable yet affordable vehicles. One of their products is the Daewoo Lacetti, more commonly known as Chevrolet Optra. This vehicle was sold as a four-door sedan, five-door hatchback, and a five-door station wagon and was in production from 2002 to 2011 (though its 2009 to 2011 version was already known as Chevrolet Cruze). It is a budget compact family car, great for young parents, yuppies, and other people belonging to the young middle-class groups. Sold worldwide, the Lacetti had modest success owing to its budget-friendly price, sleek styling, comfortable legroom and headroom, and decent parts.
In spite of these features, the Chevrolet Optra was not received well by critics and customers. Some of the factors that caused its failure to penetrate other markets were bad fuel mileage, poor performance, and large build. Fuel economy was rated at 10.7 L/100 km for city driving, which placed the Optra at the losing end when compared with competitors Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. This frustrated some car owners because it was, after all, a compact vehicle, so it was only natural for Chevy fans to expect higher fuel mileage. Other critics also claimed that the Optra was too large for city driving, making it difficult to park in cramped parking spaces and drive in narrow streets.
Though it has its downsides, the Chevrolet Optra is still appreciated by most owners because of its durability, comfortable ride, luxury features (cruise control, air conditioning, sound system), and environment-friendly emission levels. Its modern design, layout, and elegant look (thanks to the alloy wheels, optional sunroof, and leather steering wheel) also add plus points for the Optra in the books of younger drivers. Overall, this model still scores high in performance, styling, and valuea Chevy that's definitely versatile and fun to drive. So if you have one, make sure you get high-quality Chevrolet Optra spare parts to fix damaged systems.
After giving me reliable service for a couple of years, my Chevrolet Optra is now causing me headaches. The other day, I can't use the reverse gear. The transmission is also slipping between gear shifts. What could be the problem here?
Low transmission fluid is the most common type of transmission problem. It is usually caused by leaks in the transmission system itself which happens when the seals in the system become faulty or get damaged. Since the transmission fluid works the same way as the engine oil, its absence can result to tremendous wear and tear in other transmission components. Hence, it is advisable that you regularly check the transmission fluid and make sure that you always have enough in the reservoir. Get the dipstick and check if the fluid is at the right level. Consult your owner's manual for the recommended level.
After a few years with my Chevrolet Optra, I am now experiencing several automotive problems. The latest is too much shaking while in idle or when I'm driving slowly. I already replaced the spark plug wire coil, and the engine gasket but it didn't solve the problem. Please, can you help me?
There are different reasons why a car would shake too much—and the most common are problems with the suspension system. It's the first place that you should check when you feel that your car is not giving you a smooth ride even when cruising on paved or flat surface. Now, when the vehicle is shaking while sitting at idle; it could either be because of broken or worn mounts or something is wrong with your fuel system. If the engine RPM becomes erratic or suddenly dropped, it could cause shaking or vibration that you can feel when your car is idling. When your car got a broken or damaged mount, your engine will move around too much, and you can feel your vehicle gets really bouncy under the hood. Low transmission fluid, clogged transmission filter, and worn-out universal joint can all cause vibration during acceleration.
I have a 2006 Chevrolet Optra and have been happy with it so far. But these past few days, I've been dealing with engine troubles like hard starting, stalling, engine misfires, and acceleration problems. Any idea what the main problem could be?
If those problems are coupled with rough idling, reduced gas mileage, and the occasional turning on of the Check Engine light, then you could be having a bad camshaft position sensor. The camshaft position sensor is responsible for monitoring the position of the camshaft and sending that data to the car's onboard computer. The computer will then work with the fuel injector to know when to fire. If the sensor malfunctions, the computer will not know when to fire the fuel injector; this results to misfires and it can throw off the spark timing, therefore affecting the car's fuel efficiency. You can solve all your problems above by replacing the camshaft position sensor. Just make sure to realign the timing belt when you do so to avoid fluid leaks in the position sensor mounting area.