Daihatsu Charade Reviews from Malaysia

1993 Daihatsu Charade CS 1.0 petrol 3 sylinder

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol 3 sylinder Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired138500 kilometres
Most recent distance177000 kilometres
Previous carProton Persona

Summary:

A low performance, noisy and yet economic car

Faults:

The engine is not reliable. This is the 3rd engine of my car. It is very noisy and under power. The highest rotation per minute that I can go when I'm driving in highway is about 5,500rpm. The highest speed is 150km/h. Acceleration is terrible, as it even slower than a Perodua Kancil 850cc from my country.

The air-condition compressor had troubled me for a long time. It cause me RM450 for a re-con one and this is already the 3 times I change my compressor. In tropical country like Malaysia, a car without air-conditioned will produce a "sauna" like effect in the car!

The water pump also seems to be very fragile. It leaks immediately 2 months after I bought my car.

The seats are quite tough, but not comfort enough.

The sound system needs to be upgraded. I've change the original JVC radio-cassette player to a Kenwood CD player. On top of this, a Kenwood amplifier plus two Kenwood 6" X 9" mid-speaker. It sounds better then.

The car reaches its resonance with the speed of 120km/h. Faster than this, the car will be very unstable.

General Comments:

It is an economic car, with petrol consumption of about 6.5l/100km in highway with average speed of 110km/h.

Its performance is kind of low. As mentioned earlier, its acceleration is even slower than a 850cc Perodua Kancil, a product of my country, which is a "serotype" of Daihatsu Mira. The top speed is also quite bad. I have friends who can press until 170km/h, but my Charade just can't do this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st October, 2003

1996 Daihatsu Charade Ascend (G201) 1.6 efi

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.6 efi
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10

Faults:

Insufficient sealant on the front left fender (car flooded on third day of ownership).

Power steering pump leakage - noisy when turning steering wheel.

Passenger side door integrity - knocking sounds when on slightly bumpy roads.

Fuel pump failure.

Battery failure in exactly 1 year.

General Comments:

I have had problems from day 3 of owning this car (insufficient sealant and power steering problem), passenger door noises in 8 months, battery failure in 1 year and the current one - fuel pump failure in exactly 2 years. I don't recommend this make to anyone. Someone must be asleep on the assembly line and manufacturing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th March, 1999

Average review marks: 4.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews