1991 Daihatsu Applause Xi 1.6i from Finland
Very good. Better than most of today's cars. Very reliable when well maintained
The car is 23 years old. It was well maintained by an old lady teacher, driven only 10 km/day for 21 years and kept indoors.
I've let the car go downhill in 2 years. First year driving it, it had no faults. This year it got a very small leak in the gasoline tank, which I tried to glue, but didn't work so it still leaks.
The driver's side tie rod needs to be replaced as it makes a sound every time turning.
The exhaust pipe needs to be replaced as it's broken in 2 places.
And about 2 weeks ago the back brake light and front parking lights wouldn't turn off, emptying the battery; some not normal fuse problem, which I tried to look into, but didn't find the part.
So the payment for fixing the car would now probably be more than the 850 euros I paid for it. I got a good deal on a 2001 Nissan Micra, so I've decided not to fix the Daihatsu and drive it to a junkyard.
Usually cars don't last 23 years. Daihatsu was bought by Toyota. This has a great engine and is otherwise very good. It does pick up wind at speeds of 120 km -> because it's shaped like a box.
I found the car pretty comfortable. It's very spacious because I hauled my bicycle inside it a couple of times and it's a sedan; the bike could fit inside the boot with the backdoor closed.
Reliability 10. A very tough car. No faults, just old age. It's one of those cars that is so simple that you could fix everything in it yourself. And I did, the handbrake tightening, the engine a few times. It could still be fixed, but I'm not going to because financially it's not worth it. I'm looking at Daihatsu 4WDs sometime in the future. I love 90's Japanese cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st September, 2014