1980 Daihatsu Charade Review

1980 Daihatsu Charade XO 1.0 petrol from Pakistan

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 kilometres
Most recent distance3400 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Mehran


Reasonable car to own


Suspension problems, keep breaking locally made engine foundations. Radiator cooling not good. Front seats are too close to dashboard.

General Comments:

Rides well at high speed. Good car to keep, but availability of genuine parts is a big concern.

Slow at pickup. in 2nd gear goes uptu 50kms speed.

Fuel average is reasonable. approx doing 12kms per litre.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2002

20th Sep 2006, 14:56

I used to have a charade around 1980, and was looking for some more technical information.

In particular I would have liked info. or a link to original performance figures, speed for each gear per 1000 rpm, engine designation, bhp, torque figures etc.

I appreciate there must be spares problems because the car is now so rare, but good luck with this great little car - hope you can keep her going!

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 1 review