1999 Daihatsu Cuore 1.0




Dead cell in the battery last year, happens with any car though.

General Comments:

Cabin is noisy above 50mph.

Side windows fog up a lot on damp days if the blower is not turned on.

Small boot.

Basic features.


Same engine as the Toyota Yaris, but lots lighter so..

Very quick off the mark.

Handles very well for a small car.

Great for town and city driving.

Very manoeuvrable, small turning circle.

Easy to find a parking space. You can park where others cannot, nice!

Absolutely fantastic on fuel. Does not like to drink petrol - great.

Cheapest road tax class for its age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2010

1999 Daihatsu Cuore Base 1.0


Great value for money motor


Corrosion on the rear wheel arch suspension seam caused the car to fail the M.O.T.

Other than that, nothing major went wrong.

General Comments:

I purchased this car as an insurance write off for £450 from an auction. Repairing the damage cost more than the car! Didn't come with a master key either, so had to be exceptionally careful not to lose the only remaining key.

Performance was pretty spry, fastest I ever went was 90mph on a slight uphill gradient in 5th.

Acceleration was good, but it would tend to drink petrol if I became too enthusiastic, also high speed cruising tended to decrease fuel economy, at 70mph, plus it would drop to less than 40mpg. Keep it under 60mph and no harsh accelerating, and 50mpg plus was achievable.

Did suffer from punctures, managed to have 4 in the time I owned it, but tyres were cheap at around £25-£30.

Big problem was rust; it started to corrode quite bad for a 9 year old car. Weak spots were the rear wheel arches and below the fuel filler cap, which could have failed the next M.O.T. so decided to cut my losses and invest in something newer.

Wasn't really rustproofed with the British market in mind, I've seen 1993 Fiat Cinquecento's with less corrosion. Bodywork is very flimsy and easy to dent thanks to the thin metal, which results in the car being very light at 720kg.

Good legroom in the front and rear, but a bit cramped width-ways; two large passengers would tend to rub elbows occasionally.

The radio/cassette was crap with lousy FM reception, started a bad habit of taking my eyes off the road to re-tune it.

The engine is a gem, but tended to use a fair amount of oil, and filled up the car would billow blue smoke for about 10 seconds after starting from cold, then would clear.

Couldn't fault the reliability; started on the button 1st time every time. Sad to see it go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2008

1998 Daihatsu Cuore 847cc


Amazing tiny-weany car!


Exhaust rattle I STILL can't completely eliminate.

Sometimes a little slower to start than it should (service needed)

Seat belt don't retract that quick.

General Comments:

Got this car cause it was offered to me at a very cheap price. The car reminds me of a classic mini but not quite! Seemed silly I was driving to work in an estate car all on my own. With heavy fuel prices and tax, and the whole carbon footprint thing, this car seemed perfect.

Engine is the 3 cylinder one and at times sounds a bit like a motorbike. Very quiet engine and when chill driving the only noise you can hear is the gearbox whine (which apparently is a trait of the engine, again like the mini!).

Gear changes are smooth and not notchy. Doesn't feel horrible like some fords etc, and clutch etc feels good. Pedals are spaced nicely too and my big size 12 feet don't have a problem operating pedals.

Steering is nice, fairly light and precise.

Brakes are sharp and responsive, not sure the car's got ABS or not, but seems to stop in time.

Handling: It's what one would call 'nippy'. It steers direct and changes direction easy. However, the only downside is the body roll. You'd think for such a small car it'd ride real well, but feel if your having a little B-road blat, you have to take into consideration the lean factor when cornering.

It's hideous to drive in the wet, under-steers at every given opportunity, but starting to get used to it and it's becoming predictable, so as long as you don't stuff it into a corner, everything is correctable with ease.

Interior: Seats are big enough and comfy. Dash looks modern but basic. Everything is manual so there's less to go wrong - perfect. No split fold seats which is annoying and when you fold seats down, doesn't go flat and there's only fabric on the seat back which can see getting ripped at some point.

Space: It's weird, you look at it, it's tiny... you get in it and it's huge! Okay it's a narrow car so two adults in the front will brush shoulders but if your with your loved one, that's nice! lots of leg room and plenty of space in the rear.

I could go on, but I won't. It's a fantastic commuter car which has brought a smile back to my journeys to and from work. Get on the motorway, 65mph, and you get 60mpg from it. Wish I'd got one of these years ago!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2008

13th Aug 2008, 03:57

Update on the car:

Mileage now done: 104,000 miles.

Parts are a little hard to get, the nearest Daihatsu place is miles away, Halfords don't stock parts, nor do Partco. Managed to find a place in Woodford Freen, Essex and they do mail order. Didn't seem too expensive, so managed to service the car okay.

After a month or so of ownership, the thing is growing on me more and more - such fun to drive, wet or dry...it's nice to be in something different!

Did a 150 mile drive in it the other week, and was being followed by a friend in a Vectra. Think I annoyed him a bit as he wanted to go 80mph most of the way, but the Cuore just isn't happy cruising at that speed; 65-70mph is fine.

Think it'd be okay doing longish drive in it, but would need a couple more stops and obviously not driven as fast as it'll go!

Daihatsu is one of the best cars I've owned (had 29 cars!) Will definitely be buying a new one when this is dead!