1997 Daihatsu Hijet


Affordable yet reliable..


Just some minor stuff. Hoses for the ATF didn't look like rubber anymore. they were more like plastic already. It was suppose to be the dealer's responsibility to make sure all is in good condition before they sell it (even though if these are re-conditioned units)

General Comments:

I love the ride. Practical & great at the same time. Although most Mini-vans or mini Pick-ups here in my country are Suzuki's, I could defenitely say that most if not all of the owners of Daihatsu Hi-jets are really satisfied wit its performance.

My family & I just recently went through a family vacation were in we had to travel for four hours 1-way. No hitches, no falters. It was all good.

1 thing this reliable machine needs though is a great air conditioning system to match the great engine. I do have a good cooling system, but it had to take more than the usual time & money to make it more comfy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2006

22nd Sep 2009, 06:32

I agree, I once bought and owned a Hijet, too bad there were no support groups that time.

For aircon parts, we can use a bigger compressor and condenser, or dual aircon and add window tints, this will solve the air conditioning problem.

1992 Daihatsu Hijet 1.0 3 cylinder gas


Without a doubt the Hijet is the best kei-truck ever made!


Head gasket leaked ($2 replacement)

Front shock absorbers leaked (have yet to be replaced)

Sliding door latches broke.

Seat paddings worn down over time. Had the seats replaced by local upholstery shop. Good as new.

General Comments:

The Daihatsu Hijet has been in production since the 60's and has been one of the most successful Kei-trucks in Japanese history. It is still in production up to this day and has a strong following in the commercial "Kei-class" car/truck category. The van is a true workhorse. It's a basic van/truck and that's what you get. No frills, no fancy paint, no bells & whistles. Just a good, reliable and dependable work truck to haul stuff from point A to B. Daihatsu has been at it for over 50 years now and the Hijet is now on its 10th generation. With a track record like that I would think Daihatsu knows a thing or two about making good quality trucks for the masses.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2005

13th Nov 2006, 10:49

I have recently imported a Suzuki Carry from Japan as well as 4 Honda Acty trucks. The Honda Acty truck has a rear mounted 660cc water cooled engine and a very smooth ride. The ride of the Suzuki carry is a little bumpier. I plan on selling them through my website www.minitruck.ca

26th Nov 2006, 05:08

www.minitruck.ca: they have Suzuki Carry, Honda Acty. Looks like they are in Canada too. Nice to see Canadian site importing these Kei trucks from Japan. Way to go minitruck.ca.

8th Sep 2007, 12:49

There is a lot of information on these trucks at the mini truck forum : http://www.minitrucktalk.com