Daihatsu Charmant Review from UK and Ireland

1983 Daihatsu Charmant LE 1.6 petrol

Year of manufacture1983
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carPorsche 911


Good, reliable transport at a bargain price


Head gasket blew at 45,000 miles.

Water pump failed.

Radiator needed replacement.

General Comments:

A superb car for the money, as long as you're only interested in getting from A to B.

My other car is a Porsche 911. When that is in the shop being fixed, I drive the Daihatsu (yes, seriously!) It always starts, even when its been stood for a long time (the longest I've left it is about 9 months).

From the exterior, it's a pretty bland looking old Japanese car. I like the interior, though. I guess I'm a sucker for the 1970s style velour seats, green LCD clock and fake wood (i.e. wood-look plastic) dash!

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

Review Date: 30th May, 2003

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review