Daihatsu Move Latte Review from Australia and New Zealand

1997 Daihatsu Move Latte Move CLA AUTO 850cc

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 850cc Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Inspire

Faults:

Front left wheel bearing needed tightening. $50.

A/C needed re-gassing $50.

Back seats stitching is falling to bits.

General Comments:

Great wee car.

A couple of years ago, I saw people driving cars like these, and thought they looked ridiculous, and swore not to own one.

I purchased a Move for the use of a paper run car to do work in, I carried around 150-200 kg's of papers in the boot with the back seat folded down. The car surely does lack power, but will drive up any hill with any load... Just slowly.

When I purchased the car, I had the auto fluid changed and serviced it myself. It has never given me problems, and believe it or not, it is built like a brick **** house. The panels are light and easy to dent, and the paint work will chip with a feather landing on it. Whenever there is a chip in the paintwork, make sure you paint over it, as they rust in literally days, and it will look nasty.

The car will carry four people comfortably; it's slightly narrow, but has amazing leg room and head height.

I came from a 3.2 V6 VTEC to a 3 cylinder 850, and that was a huge difference, but now I would not go back with the amount of money I am saving, and yes you do sacrifice highway speeds, as you can't do 100kmph with four people and luggage with the A/C going; it will only then do 80kmph, but racing an Impreza at the traffic lights is priceless. Keeps up until you hit 40kmph!

Would definitely have another with its quirky looks. It has the nick name Kambrook.. as in a toaster on wheels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2012

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review