1997 Daihatsu Terios DX 1.3L


Completely reliable plus practical for city use (economical) and exploring the Australian Outback


A rattle developed inside the muffler (silencer) during the warranty period. Replaced without question by supplier.

General Comments:

An excellent vehicle. I travelled 12,000kms last year in a period of seven weeks touring all over Western Australia through Kakadu and Darwin in the Northern Territories. We traversed some extremely rough, testing tracks including into the Bungle Bungles in the Kimberley region, a 50kms drive which takes on average about 3hrs and requires the crossing of about 8 water courses. We travelled the Gibb River Road from Derby to Kununurra in the far north of Western Australia and upto the King Edward River. Forded many water-ways, some upto half a metre deep without any problems whatsoever. An amazing 4WD with a price tag some AU$5,000 below other 4WD vehicles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2005

1997 Daihatsu Terios SX


Do not recommended buying one


Car sways and feels very unsteady in high winds or exceeding 100km/hr.

Trouble with loud engine noise exceeding 80km/hr.

Engine noise audible at 60km/hr.

Carpet is very cheap and wears easily.

Front, side and rear bumpers mark at the slightest hit from rockd or bumps.

Air conditioning is very noisy.

Gear change 'grinds' into position.

Battery wore down over a 2 hour period when the car was stopped with only the heating on.

General Comments:

The car has been reliable in general.

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

Review Date: 1st December, 2001

26th May 2008, 19:22

The comment about the thing being unstable sounds about right.

One was recently in a bad accident. The driver did a U turn on a rough road, the car hit a pot hole, bounced into the air, then hit a tree. To make it worse, the back then came up and crushed the roof of the car against a tree.

The two small children in the back were killed.


18th Oct 2015, 06:58

Damn - drivers need to be so aware of vehicles limitations...