1989 Daihatsu Charade Reviews from UK and Ireland

1989 Daihatsu Charade CX 993cc petrol

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 993cc petrol Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance111000 miles
Previous carNissan Micra


It's half a V6!


The engine was blown when I bought it, I put in a new engine, (surprisingly easy)

Transmission refused to kick-down, I cleaned the kick-down switch, and it cured the problem.

The distributer (still the original from 1989) broke down, this was replaced and the car is running like a clock again.

Just changed the timing belt, it took 20 minutes.

General Comments:

Although the list I have given above may sound like a lot of trouble, the car has been faultlessly reliable over the past 11,000 miles.

The Daihatsu dealers in Ireland have no information on pre 1992 cars, and this led to problems getting the distributer parts.

The interior of the car has held very well, and is still like new.

The bodywork is still rust free.

The Automatic transmission does take from the performance of the 1.0L engine, but it is quick off the mark in town, and will hold it's own at motorway speeds.

The 3 cylinder engine is very torquey, and it will rev safely past 5,000 RPM. with a lovely sound coming from in front of you.

The fact that the car is an automatic means that the fuel economy is not as good as the manual car. It is averaging about 40 to 45 mpg, compared to 45 to 50 for the manual.

The car is very comfortable to take on a long journey, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet when on the move.

The steering is unassisted, and therefore quite heavy when parking, but this doesn't cause too much bother as overall the car is very easy to maneuver.

Even with all it's faults, I absolutely love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2005

27th Feb 2007, 09:01

Hello. May you tell me where the kick down switch is located? My 91 Daihatsu no longer "clicks" when I push the pedal.

Thanks in advance


1989 Daihatsu Charade Turbo 1ltr turbo

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1ltr turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova


Who needs a girl when you've got this baby


Unfortunately when I first got the car the main shaft in the turbo snapped which left me to believe this is a start of a beautiful relationship, apart from that I can't fault it.

General Comments:

In my eyes you won't find a faster car for such cheap money.

The power's there and after previously owning a nova I am no longer scared to take corner's over 20mph.

It handles like a dream and once you lower the little puppy the handling's 10 times better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2003

13th Jul 2004, 00:25

I've got the same baby > Charade Turbo G100s and it's a beauty!! but it's tough to find parts for it around here in Fiji Islands. My CV has given up.

I'd like any advise on boosting performance for it, as I'm taking it for a quarter mile sprint race.

1989 Daihatsu Charade CX Modified 3.0L turbo

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission Modified 3.0L turbo Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carDaihatsu Charade CX


Buy if you dare, lovely mover!!!


When 'spinning' the Charade along the roads of Guernsey the four bar role cage has come into use. This low performance 'racer' has hit 50mph top speed. Anything over this speed does not allow speech to take place in the car due to the fan overheating and radiator rattling. Rust set in very quickly, meaning that the 'bulletproof' chasis is a load of crap.

General Comments:

As soon as you twist the key and the engine starts to purr, the driver realises the power they are going to experience. The 0.9 engine sits pretty next to the 50cc scotters, that it just beats in performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2002

1989 Daihatsu Charade GTi 1.0

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Swift


Cheap, fast and what fun to drive...


Clutch needed replacing at 41,000.

Exhaust needed replacing at 51,000 (good excuse to get a sports one).

Rear shocks leaking due to having the car lowered 40mm.

Cambelt snapped even though I had one fitted 17,000 miles ago last year.

General Comments:

Very fast cheap car that will blow most cars off the road. Well worth buying if you can find a good one.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th January, 2001

20th Aug 2001, 20:54

Charades go all out. The other night my mate and I ripped back an 89 VR4 (which was last in the convoy we were chasing).

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews