2001 Daihatsu Cuore + 1.0 twin cam 12V
Underated, cheap and reliable, modern Mini
It's been in same family for over ten years now, and in that time barely anything has gone wrong. A few bits of rust here and there, but barely any compared with other Cuore models.
Springs seem a week point on this car, might just be this particular one, but they need to be replaced sooner than most.
Seals around windows needed TLC after 14 years, some misshapen and others loose. However fixed with windscreen sealant and 4 hours of TLC.
After years of use by elderly relatives, the synchromesh on 2nd is a little worn, however it's still a delight to drive, and it's nippy and economical.
It needs all four arches treated and painted, and it's due for a timing belt change, which proved difficult to find, as Daihatsu are no longer sold in the UK.
Overall a very reliable car, fuel use is incredibly good, quite easy to drive. However some taller drivers will not find it the easiest to get comfy, but there is loads of room inside.
The seats are surprisingly comfy and well upholstered, and the material has proved hard wearing.
The interior is plasticy but durable overall, and the switch gear is a little dated but perfect for simplicity.
A full Daihatsu service history has kept it running like a watch, however the dealer no longer exists, so it will have to be an independent garage now.
Brilliant first car or for the elderly.
Nothing ever seems to go wrong ever. A little gem of a car. Very underrated.
Like a Micra, but cheaper and a little rarer. Once a common sight, but thinning out these days.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th May, 2015