1987 Daihatsu Mira LX 0.85 petrol carb
Cute, dependable and fun!
It blew a head gasket, and the previous owner's mechanic decided to replace the whole motor.
The clutch and gearbox were also unnecessarily replaced.
It had an oil leak from an incorrectly seated rocker cover.
This car has amazing off the line performance, I often find myself pulling ahead of many 3.0 liter 6 cylinder cars straight from the lights.
It has absolutely shocking handling on gravel / wet surfaces, and you can't go around any corner at high speed without severe under-steer.
It has heaps of seating room front and back, but it is limited width-wise.
The gearbox feels like it is constructed from jelly.
The motor has a great rev-range, and it has never valve-bounced, even when I give it a good race.
The windscreen tends to get very dirty quickly, more so than most other cars I've owned.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th June, 2003
I purchased in 2001 a used Mira dating from 1993, only 35,000 km on the clock.
Never heard of a Mira.
Thought it looked like a toy, but needed some wheels while my Mitsubishi was under repair.
100,000 knm later, I am full of praise for this thing.
It sits low on its 12 inch wheels, has a firm and rudimentary suspension, and it goes like a rocket!
It is great fun to drive, and has done Melbourne-Sydney return twice, and Melbourne-Adelaide return at close to 120 kph for hours on end!
It runs out of puff on a steep hill, but amazing what it can do.
We rate it less noisy than a Mazda 121 I had previously, though it comes close.
Yet on top of all that, the fuel economy is incredible.
It is doing something around 3.5 L per 100 km on non stop trips every day on the freeway.
It tyre wear is not as much as the Mazda.
I would not feel safe in an accident because it is admittedly flimsy, but it is safer to drive than many larger cars, with good handling and steering.
I would say it has saved some $3,000 in fuel compared with my larger car, and that is what I paid for it!
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