1992 Daihatsu Charade Reviews from UK and Ireland

1992 Daihatsu Charade cx 1.0 potrol

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.0 potrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired585000 miles
Most recent distance592000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Cheap easy driving, ideal first car

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

1992 Daihatsu Charade GLXi 1.3

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Faults:

Zero, it's wicked.

General Comments:

This is probably the most enjoyable car to drive ever! The standard seats are like buckets, feel good factor is 10/10 and the torque is instant. My car is a 16v injection and the thing rockets from 0-100mph in under 18 seconds (1.3L). I am definitely getting the GTi model next! Wicked.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2000

24th Oct 2001, 07:36

I know this guy and he isn't lying. This thing is fast. It is driven fast all the time and it keeps bugging for more.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews