Daihatsu Charade Review from Finland

1985 Daihatsu Charade 1.0

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 kilometres
Most recent distance240000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

This car is nothing short of superb

Faults:

Had to change distributor contact breakers.

Nothing other than this went wrong, however, I changed oil, filters, distributor cap, rotor, spark plugs and wires etc as a routine service procedure.

Rear part of exhaust had a little hole; I fixed it with exhaust gum.

General Comments:

This car is wonderful; utter reliability, comfort, speed and economy.

I bought this car for 250 euros. And the previous owner was so careless, he never serviced the car for all the three years he owned it. When I drove it home for the first time, I had in mind that may be this car will drive a couple of months before she dies, I did not have much confidence since it was my first Daihatsu ever.

But I was wrong, now it's been almost two years, but this little car is still rolling, and I have a lot of confidence in this car, I can even take on long routes.

I service it at home, and nothing really went wrong with this car.

It's a good comfortable car for its size, however, the body work could have been better, the paint has faded off and there is cheap plastic coating at the door interiors. The engine is a little noisy, even though I have done valve clearance, but still.

Overall, I simply love this car. It's more comfortable and good looking than my previous K10 Micra, and equally reliable. However, the Micra has the edge of dealerships available throughout and cheap parts.

I'd definitely recommend this car, especially to students, the insurance is dirt cheap and all this car needs to run is petrol, that too is only 5 litres per 100kms.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2010

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review