Daihatsu Fourtrak Review from Australia and New Zealand

1997 Daihatsu Fourtrak TDX 2.8 intercooled turbo diesel

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.8 intercooled turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carDaihatsu Rugger


Excellent value for money, reliable and economic


Have had a noise from underneath car that I think is loose engine mount.

Also there is a fault with the gear jumping out of second into neutral which I think is connected to the engine mount.

No other problems.

General Comments:

This is an excellent performing, economic and reliable 4x4. It has great torque, and is good on the hills. Even on road tyres it has handled itself well off-road.

It may be not quite as refined as other 4wds, but is well built and should last for 10 + years with little problems. Despite being shed-like in experience it has good performance and excellent economy at 35mpg.

The only negative I can see is loud engine noise.

I had a 1991 Rugger before which is essentially the same vehicle, but the fourtrak is immensely better truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2006

14th Mar 2011, 10:33

35 MPG? Nobody I know reckons on getting more than 29 - 30 MPG. Can anybody else confirm 35 MPG?

25th Feb 2012, 02:32

Yup, 1996 2.8 TDS SWB on standard Falken AT tyres, 34 MPG on road, which drops off road naturally.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review