2003 Daihatsu Terios Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2003 Daihatsu Terios SX 1.3 petrol

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired132000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fairmont

Summary:

Great all rounder that can go anywhere!

Faults:

Nothing. Needed a windscreen for RWC and that was it.

Had slight oil leak, but later that was found to be from the previous owner doing a service on it, and they leaked oil from the oil filter as they were removing it, as it's in a tricky spot.

General Comments:

Great car, and very cheap to run. Being the second series, they changed the engine design and replaced it with one with a timing chain, instead of a belt; great idea.

Won't win any races, but it cruises well, goes anywhere, and with a decent set of all terrain tyres, you're well equipped.

1.3 DVVT engine pulls well from down low, but has little top end, but if you use the gears, you can get the most out of it. The ride is bouncy, but it is expected in a tall narrow vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2013

2003 Daihatsu Terios

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance90000 kilometres

Summary:

Seriously the best car ever. Never had a problem, and will never sell this car; it's that good!

Faults:

I regularly service this car; 4 times a year.

General Comments:

Ageless looking car - still modern despite its age.

Easy to drive in the city and country.

Great to park.

High car, but not too high.

Small car, but not too small.

Seats 5 people, but can be compacted to leave more room for the back boot.

Great visibility.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2010

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews