Daihatsu Sirion Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 4 of 4

1998 Daihatsu Sirion 1.0

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7500 kilometres
Most recent distance55000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corona


Bargain city commuter :)


Rear wheel cylinders @ 53000.

Drivers side carpet is poor quality worn in numerous places.

Gear stick vibrates at low revs.

General Comments:

Overall, a reliable city commuter, plenty of power, Fantastic fuel economy and great after sales service.

Drivers seat tends to be a little on the firm side.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2003

2002 Daihatsu Sirion GS 1.3 petrol

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance1880 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Diamante


A car with heaps of character and loads of go!


Nothing has gone wrong so far.

General Comments:

The seats are extremely comfortable, with good visibility and a high position which helps give a feeling of being totally in control of the car.

Acceleration is very quick and I haven't been beaten off the lights yet!

No squeaks, rattles or annoying noises as yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2002

2000 Daihatsu Sirion GTvi 1.3L

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired70 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer


A well priced, quality small PERFORMANCE car


The car has failed to start on the first go about 4 times since I've had it. Not a big deal, but worrying since it is a new car. Otherwise it fires up quickly without any fuss.

Gearbox is starting to get a little noisy when running (This is probably because I drive it fairly hard).

Second to third gear aggressive change makes a noise like a gear crunch (but again due to driving style I guess)

Buzzing noise in the cabin... (I have a noisy sports exhaust system so this could be the cause)

General Comments:

The Sirion GTvi is a bargain pocket rocket!!! In stock mine did 0-100km/hr in 9.1 seconds and it only cost $17,500 AUS. That's enough to beat a hell of a lot of under 2L cars.

Have modified with a 2 inch cat back system with Hi-Tech Bazooka muffler, and a JR Air Filter (pod style). After installing exhaust system: 0 - 100 dropped to 9.0 seconds. After air filter mod, 0 - 100 dropped to 8.6 seconds.

Handling isn't great. Heavy understeer when cornering hard. The understeer seems to come suddenly though. You enter a corner too quick and you "feel" that the car will be forgiving, but the next second, you will see yourself inches from the next light pole!!! A set of 195/50's on 15 inch rims and a rear swaybar should improve this. Mine came with crappy 165/65R14's with no rear swaybar.

Comfort is reasonable for a cheap small car. Typical japanese car feel (not a bad thing)

Adjustable seat and steering height would be nice.

Seats are quite supportive but maybe a bit high.

Gauges and switches are all fairly ergonomically placed.

Sound system is decent (comes with a Kenwood CD deck).

Very fuel efficient even with modifications. Max of about 8L/100km with lead foot driving!!!

Insurance is quite cheap at the moment - but when they figure out that the car is actually a giant beating pocket rocket like the Swift GTi, then they will surely jack up the price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2001

31st Oct 2001, 22:23

I'd have to agree. Have a stock GTVi and I love to take on the Commodores out of the toll booths on the M4. Way too much fun.

7th Feb 2002, 04:07

I own a Gtvi as well... How did you manage to put a pod filter on to it? Several places I went to told me that it's impossible to fit one on without heavily modifying the airbox assembly?

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 12 reviews