Daihatsu Grand Move Review from UK and Ireland

1998 Daihatsu Grand Move 1.5i petrol

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5i petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired1800 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

Marvelous small utility car

Faults:

Interior lights would switch on when the vehicle turned right at any reasonable speed. The problem sorted, under the warranty, by the dealer in 30 minutes.

General Comments:

Not exactly an attractive car either inside or out, but it must pass as the best small utility car on the planet.

Daihatsu must have employed Dr Who's Tardis designers - the internal space is massive. Four large adults no problem; flatten the back seats and you've got a van; flatten all the seats and you have a double bed.

Sound proofing could be improved as road and wind noise are both intrusive above 50 mph, but, in fairness, the car is used mostly in urban driving.

Particularly annoying is, that whilst the Grand Move offers twin airbags, ABS and electric everything, the dashboard switches are not back illuminated. One has to feel one's way around at night!

My only other criticism is the Panasonic radio/cassette. Boy is it complicated. Too many, too small buttons. Suffice to say that the handbook for the radio has at least twice as many pages as the handbook for the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2004

24th Sep 2005, 03:05

The grand move I own has back lighting on it's dashboard, and has proved to be a very nice car.

1st Aug 2008, 15:02

I have recently purchased a Daihatsu Grand Move and find it's a great all rounder. Cannot fault it, even the automatic box is smooth!

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review