1992 Daihatsu Charade cx 1.0 potrol
Cheap easy driving, ideal first car
New exhaust down-pipe split after 1 month of owning.
Clutch went after 1 month of owning.
It has points, so it won't start every time unless serviced fairly regularly.
This is a small car, so is affected badly by wind and road noise when traveling at more than 50 mph. The stereo is poor, with tiny dashboard mounted speakers that are impossible to upgrade.
It has electric mirrors!
Build quality is OK, but what you would expect from a cheap small Japanese car.
Interior is cheap, but the controls are simple and it can seat 4 adults without discomfort.
For the size of the engine it accelerates quickly, but struggles up hills or with more than 1 passenger. It handles well around town and over roundabouts, and is surprisingly maneuverable at speed. The ride is comfortable with light steering and excellent visibility.
I drove this car very hard over many miles, and it stood up to it well. I fitted a K&N filter, which improved induction. Top speed is 85ish, but it will do 0-50 in about 8-10 seconds. Don't try and overtake in it though. The engine is responsive and with a new clutch you can wheelspin when changing up to second!
Parts are expensive, but under normal driving conditions it would be very reliable. Good fuel consuption if you keep the revs down.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th September, 2004