1999 Daihatsu Sirion 1.0 3 cylinder

Summary:

Simply awesome

Faults:

Flat battery after being away on holiday for 3 weeks.

General Comments:

4 door go-kart performance.

Have driven it hard and every day. A work commute, but often loaded up with the 2 kids in their car seats, and crammed the luggage space with camping gear and gone away for the night.

I do not have a bad thing to say about this car. It runs on the smell of an oily rag. Starts every time. Unbelievably reliable, go anywhere.

Looks deceptively like an old ladies car, but I would buy another one for myself at a shot, whenever this one dies.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2010

1999 Daihatsu Sirion GTVi 1.3

Summary:

Glad I bought it

Faults:

The pressure plate is the biggest problem I have had with this car. It first went at 34000Km, then again at 68300. You can blow the pressure plate by cranking the wheel hard left and accelerating as fast as possible from 0. If you feel something like wheel hop, you've just ruined your pressure plate.

The last clutch I put in was a heavy-duty one, and even though the pressure plate has been "chewed" by this clutch, it's still working. When the car goes in for service, I just tell the mechanics that I already know there's a problem with the clutch. When it gets to the point of slipping, I'll take care of it. Until then, it's just a waste of money.

General Comments:

All things considered, a good car.

The only other problems have been with the A/C and the rear passenger side electric door lock.

I've had it up to 180Kmh and regularly do more than 160. Aussie drivers are wimpy sheep, and when following a slow vehicle, tail-gate instead of passing. So, you have to pass half-a dozen or more at a time... This car flies!... and still returns 6-6.5 litres/100Km.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2010

2nd Jul 2012, 05:31

Can you please advise on the procedure for clutch replacement for the Sirion? Do you have to remove the motor and gearbox, or can the gearbox only be removed.

Thanks, Jeff Jorgensen, Bundaberg QLD.

1998 Daihatsu Sirion

Summary:

Comfortable, cute and affordable

Faults:

The car does tend to shudder as I am taking off in first gear. But that is about it.

General Comments:

This car was my first car and I am really happy with it. its great on petrol and even though mine does not have power steering I can still control my car well. it was great for me when I was learning to drive and it is very comfortable for life style.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2007

2006 Daihatsu Sirion GS 1.3

Summary:

Excellent value for money

Faults:

None to date.

General Comments:

Bought a second hand Sirion GS a few weeks ago after test driving a number of smaller cars. I was tempted to buy new, but this was a bargain, and best of the bunch I had considered.

Without doubt, this is the best car I have ever driven: it has excellent equipment, bags of space for passengers (all five of them), good all-round visibility, a remarkably quiet engine even on motorways, and plenty of power when needed with an automatic gearbox.

The Sirion is incredibly spacious for its size and has loads of kit for the money. It is solidly built, too.

The car is very comfortable and is superb to drive plus good on fuel economy.

I find it easy to get in and out, and really fun to drive and easy to park. The driving position is perfect with good visibility, and there's an airy feel to the cabin due to big glass areas. The interior is made of nice looking, durable fabrics.

I tried and considered - Honda Jazz, Suzuki Swift, Mitsubishi Colt, Mazda 2, Nissan and Mercedes a series.

In my research I talked to a lot of owners and have heard that there have been very expensive servicing bills and spares.

My verdict: Excellent value for money, and also a stylish modern funky car, and with the right marketing, Toyota Daihatsu could sell millions. It will sell itself if allowed!! Or with a good marketing approach - racing, modern paint jobs etc etc.

You never know it could end up as a classic like Fiat 500, Mini, VW Beetle, 2CV, Morris Minor, etc etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th December, 2006

27th Feb 2007, 21:04

Good Day.

I'm hoping someone can tell me how this vehicle performs at highway speeds, and whether it is comfortable during long trips. Would it hold up during long range travel? I'm talking 3000 miles over the course of 1-2 weeks in temperatures of 100 degrees (35-40C).

Thanks to anyone who can help me out with this information.