1992 Daihatsu Applause Reviews

1992 Daihatsu Applause Xi 1.6 petrol from Israel

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired234000 kilometres
Most recent distance284000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Punto

Summary:

Reliable transportation for pennies

Faults:

Fuel pump needed replacement.

Carburetor needed cleaning.

CV joints were replaced twice.

CV joint covers also replaced twice.

Radiator required replacement.

Window cracked due to window frame corrosion.

Standad wear & tear (battery, tires).

General Comments:

An amazingly reliable workhorse. Keeps running despite old age (never towed at 20 years of age). Highly tolerant to abuse. Built very simply, and hence easy and cheap to maintain.

The car is quite agile. The trunk is rather large.

All else (handling, safety, comfort, noise reduction) is very basic.

Excellent for a person looking to spend minimum time and money on maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th January, 2012

1992 Daihatsu Applause Xi 1.6i from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance275000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Pickup

Summary:

A reliable performer at a reasonable price

Faults:

C.V. joint replaced at 245,000Km.

R/Rear shock absorber replaced at 250,000Km, (other shocks getting tired)

I removed the catalytic converter at 260.000Km ant noticed a marked power and fuel economy increase.

The drivers door elecctric window has started to fail.

General Comments:

This car was used as a rental car until I purchased it at an auction. It appears to have been serviced well and I have continued to service it every 5000Km. I find it extreemly reliable and although I drive it hard it is reasonably economical.

The suspension is getting tired and needs new springs and sway bar.

I plan to keep it till "death do us part" (mine, or the cars!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2004

1992 Daihatsu Applause Xi 1.6 EFI, 16v from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 EFI, 16v Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

A fantastic value for money motor car

Faults:

CV joints while still under warranty.

Head cracked or corroded allowing oil into the cooling system at about 108000km. Less than a year later (120000km) it now seems to have a head gasket leak. I suspect this is poor workmanship when replacing the head. It has oil leaks since that time. I will fix it myself this time.

General Comments:

If I recall correctly I think they advertised this as a "small limousine". It has lived up to to this. When I first got it I loved driving it and ten years later I still love driving it.

I had a Camry before and since, as well as a Ford Falcon. They are no longer with me, but I still have the Applause.

I would buy a new one if they were still available and perhaps a little bigger. Even though I have had some recent head trouble it is too good a car to get rid of.

It is surprisingly nimble and the auto is well matched to the engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2003

25th Feb 2003, 03:09

Yeah, I myself I've got a Daihatsu Applause 1992 in Mauritius, which I adore.. Really it's a fantastic car. But I got a little problem my signal lights (on the right from front view) has been broken and I'm not getting a spare from the seller here in Mauritius. If someone may help me for this please don't hesitate contact me by mail at kavi@blue-sign.com thanks a lot.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews