2001 Daewoo Leganza Gets Mocked By Cheeky Valet

Usually, driving a 16-year old car doesn’t necessarily mean anybody’s looking to make fun of your ride, although, not all cars are created equal.

This is a Daewoo Leganza, a car not everyone is familiar with. The Leganza is a mid-size luxury saloon (yes luxury), which was built by Daewoo between 1997 and 2002, with Egypt getting it until 2008.

It was actually designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and when it came out, it proved bigger and more spacious than most non-premium saloons of similar dimensions.

As for what happened here, according to a Reddit post by self.cars, this 2001 Leganza was handed off to a valet who was cheeky enough to write something that wasn’t very nice on the parking ticket.

We can imagine that this model might appear a bit odd to somebody who’s never even heard of one, but in terms of quality, it wasn’t that far removed from some late 90’s sedans built in the U.S.

Either way, here’s the whole story behind what happened:

“This 2001 Daewoo Leganza was purchased by me in 2009 for $1500 off Craigslist when I really needed a car and didn’t have a lot of money with which to procure said car. It saw me through 6 years of absolute calamity. Everything that could break, did. It has completely fallen apart and been put back together again. I finally bought a new car 2 years ago and gave her the Daewoo (the dealership laughed when I told them what I had to trade… then realized I was serious… and offered me $200 for it. I declined.).

It sat for 2 years, then when she had the time and money to get it running again, she got the battery charged, put the key in and it cranked right up. Couple fluid/filter flushes later and the stupid thing is running like it did when she parked it 2 years ago.

All the badges have fallen off. The AC doesn’t work. The inside looks like shit. There’s probably not another Daewoo Leganza within a 50 mile radius.

She had to use valet at the ER today to park it, and this is what they wrote on the tag….I haven’t stopped laughing since.”


  • TheBelltower

    Proof that even Giugiaro had some really bad days.

    • Dariush

      well he just designed the car, didnt engineer it…and honestly, for what it is, even at launch, it had a pretty balanced line that wasnt bad at all, maybe a tiny bit pretentious.

      • TheBelltower

        You have to give them credit for at least hiring a respected designer. But it really makes you wonder what he designed originally versus the actual production car. Even when new, it looked as if it was designed to be parked on a lawn of a house in a not-so-great neighborhood

        • Dariush

          i think if Daewoo was luckier, it would have eventually got at Kia levels of quality, i believe,


  • OdysseyTag

    That kid in the 2nd pic is like “You do realize you’ve killed my childhood by putting me in this thing”.

  • haudit

    As far as I know, Giugiaro didn’t design the Leganza from scratch, but he certainly provided the inspiration, most notably in the form of his Jaguar Kensington concept, and helped Daewoo integrate their own styling cues. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/619ae8fc7baba6a8394f72c9737d78a4c696c951587e23bc9cfd672e567eafe8.jpg

    • Dariush

      yep. In his latest years(as designer in charge) Giorgetto recycled the same 5 ideas for multiple cars. Even the maserati 3200 GT has some cues of the Kensington

      • haudit

        The most notable Kensington cues on the 3200GT are the rear haunches, and the rear lights on later versions. I’m trying to think what Giugiaro’s last truly original design was – probably the first-generation Fiat Punto?

        • Dariush

          alfa 159 was pretty good. Not really “italian” but a decent looking car nonetheless. After the mid ’90s most of italdesign works werent really that inspired..

          • haudit

            159 was a slightly lazy redux of Giugiaro’s own work facelifting Walter de Silva’s 156. I can kinda understand why Alfa went in-house with Centro Stile afterwards. Good looking car, but far from groundbreaking.

          • Dariush

            yeah i agree…about the 156, there’s ton of story about DeSilva not being the “real dad” but Giugiaro having a lot of decision into it…but i know DeSilva was involved on several project at I.D.E.A. and some 156 sketches are still there. Anyway, 156 is a damn pretty car.

  • BlackPegasus

    I’ve owned and driven many classes of cars. Some were head turners, others made you wanna look away 😖. As I’ve matured, I’ve learned not to judge a driver by the condition of his car.

    Case in point:
    Worked with a guy for years who drove a old beaten up Ford Ranger to work everyday. It looked like something a weirdo or serial killer would drive. He earned over six figures a year yet had chosen to drive an ancient compact pickup truck with horrible paint. One day he drove his Corvette C7 to work and on that day I learned the power of subtlety and quiet elegance.

    That valet is a jackass!

    • donald seymour

      Well said.

  • pcurve

    minus the grille, this car actually had good design back then.

  • Paul

    It wasn’t really bad looking aside from the grille and headlights. Problem was the engineering and reliability I’m told.

  • smartalec

    Should have taken the $200, that’s a good offer

  • Bash

    That’s some crazy shit indeed..!

  • Timo

    Who is “she”?

  • Dan

    Compared to other cars from ’97, this looks pretty good. There were lots of them in Romania (they were also produced here) and it wasn’t that bad for that time. All though, it’s weird that I do not see any of it now, but this may be explain by the reliability issue the Daewoo cars had.

  • Benjamin B.

    This is pretty sad

  • Benjamin B.

    I’d rather take public transportation in Los Angeles

  • Ed Ward

    It’s better than a new fiat.

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