1986 Daihatsu Charade Review from UK and Ireland

1986 Daihatsu Charade G11R Turbo 1.0L turbo

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.0L turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles


High Performance economical gem


Original Turbo had recently seized not because the engine was not left to tick over before turned off, but because it was driven to hard. Small cosmetic things due to age/wear and tear, but apart from that nothing. No rust.

General Comments:

If you want to embarrass townies in their Novas or anything of a similar size then this car is great, 'a wolf in sheep's clothing'. With a red sports interior as standard including a green turbo light it looks great. With a small turbo the lag is minimal, meaning it accelerates through the gears.

0-60: 10sec, find another 1.0l to match this apart from the Charade Gtti which does 45mpg. Watch out for imported examples like mine which is 3 Door as the insurance is higher and check the turbo as parts are scarce due to the cars rarity.

If you want to know more ruphas2000@hotmail.com.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2002

7th Jun 2002, 17:02

I would hope to reach 60 in considerably less time than 10 seconds.

Average review marks: 9.3 / 10, based on 1 review