1986 Daihatsu Charade G11R Turbo 1.0L turbo from UK and Ireland
High Performance economical gem
Original Turbo had recently seized not because the engine was not left to tick over before turned off, but because it was driven to hard. Small cosmetic things due to age/wear and tear, but apart from that nothing. No rust.
If you want to embarrass townies in their Novas or anything of a similar size then this car is great, 'a wolf in sheep's clothing'. With a red sports interior as standard including a green turbo light it looks great. With a small turbo the lag is minimal, meaning it accelerates through the gears.
0-60: 10sec, find another 1.0l to match this apart from the Charade Gtti which does 45mpg. Watch out for imported examples like mine which is 3 Door as the insurance is higher and check the turbo as parts are scarce due to the cars rarity.
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Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th May, 2002