1979 Daihatsu F20
Very rare in the UK, and better than the equivalent SJ Suzuki
Leaking brake pipe.
I bought this F20 as an off road machine to replace my previous Land Rover S3.
Although pretty rusty, mechanically it's A1.
It came with a roll cage and was finished in a military paint scheme.
I have loved the F20/F50 Daihatsu since I was a kid, and saw one on an Australian television program about a vet in the late seventies.
I have just acquired another F20 that is in very good condition, only requiring a little bit of TLC. I am going to fully restore this one, and use it as my everyday car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th December, 2004
15th Dec 2004, 08:46
Hi, I posted the other review. Nice to see at least two other fans of F20s in the world. I was told by my mechanic in Saudi that it is a Corona 1600 engine, when he fitted a new thermostat and housing from one to the F20. I believe the twin cam engine from the mid 70s celica is therefore a "drop-fit", as the Celica was basically a Corona Coupe.
I remember playing in soft sand in mine, using about 5500 revs in low box 1st gear when I noticed the oil pressure light was on! I let it cool down it restarted fine and never seemed any the worse for it. I guessed it had got so hot the oil had gone out of grade.
I spotted an F20 near Arnside in Cumbria recently so they are still about.
9th Dec 2006, 06:02
My brother has a F20/1982 with the 1600cc Toyota type 12R engine and it proved to be very effective especially in winters when nothing seems to stop it. The only down side is an unknown oil leak from somewhere in the flywheel area; also some rust has made it's way in, but it's understandable at 24 years of age.
The real bad thing is that there are no service or owner manuals available.
Nice little car!
14th Apr 2007, 23:05
I have just purchased an F20 and I am loving it!
30th Dec 2007, 19:41
The F20 uses a Toyota 12R engine, this was predominantly used in the Toyota Hi-Ace 1.6 van, and in early models of the Hi-lux pick up.