1986 Daihatsu Charade G11 cx 993cc 3 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


A reliable, economical, gem


Two clutches.

One radiator core.

General Comments:

I have had a 'Love, Hate' relationship with this car.

I 'Love' the incredible reliability and economy and 'Hate' the fact that no matter how hard it is driven, no matter how I try to blow it up, it still keeps going.

I have had this car since new. I have never been able to bring myself to sell it. I have had other cars during this period, but have never had such a reliable, economical car.

The motor is pretty gutless and most definitely won't win a traffic light show down.

However, for the student or someone that wants fuss free 'A to B' transport, then this car is a gem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2002

14th May 2004, 03:40

I've just bought one that apparently had its head redone. It's a pocket rocket. Rev out to 5000 or above and this baby boogies. Maybe yours needs some work to bring back the "fun" factor.

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.

General Comments:

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.

If you want to know more ruphas2000@hotmail.com.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2002

7th Jun 2002, 17:02

I would hope to reach 60 in considerably less time than 10 seconds.

1986 Daihatsu Charade G11R 1.0 litre petrol turbo from Australia and New Zealand


A performance commuter car which won't eat your wallet


Unfortunately it hasn't been treated well.

Factory turbo (original) blew at 190450km, car now running naturally aspirated.

Original head cracked at 197527 due to an overheating problem in the past, caused by poor treatment og the previous owner.

Due to poor treatment, the seats have faded and there is sun damage to the interior.

General Comments:

The car is very cheap to run, parts are cheap, the car is simple and easy to repair yourself within budget.

Unfortunately the Turbos on these cars are often worn out as the car came with no turbo timer and people treated them like normal cars, not letting the turbo cool down before switching the engine off.

That and most people didn't have the turbo serviced as the car was quite cheap to buy in the first place and were quite content to drive it into the ground.

It is very thin on the creature comforts, but has just enough to make longer trips tolerable.

Interior is two tone red and grey cloth/vinyl, with very comfortable seats.

Styling is typically boxy styled 80's inside and out.

Exterior styling differences between the G11R and the standard G11 are front and rear air-dams and a set of alloy wheels.

Handling is sharp and precise with no power steering, nor is it needed and fantastic in cornering.

Performance is stomach punching, with the car only weighing 650kgs and maximum power around 55-60kw, giving a fantastic power to weight ratio.

Engine: 1.0 Litre 3 cylinder, Single Overhead Cam, 6 valve, Carburetor, cross flow alloy head, cast iron block, low compression pistons.

Turbo: IHI RHB32 Sleeve bearing turbo charger, oil cooled through oil cooler attached to engine. One of the smallest production turbos ever made with the impeller measuring only 44mm across.

Transmission: 5 speed close ratio manual transmission only.

Carburetor: Down-drought 2 barrel Aisin, with manual choke operation.

Suspension: Front Independent Mcpherson Struts with Large diameter stabiliser bar. Back Beam Axel with trailing arms and panhard rod.

Differences between G11R and G11: Up-rated suspension, exhaust, engine mechanicals, transmission, fuel tank, fuel pump, air intake system, interior styling, exterior bumpers and turbo badging.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2001

15th Jan 2008, 17:49

I just got one for free... its not that bad of a car (I drove it!) For a 3 cylinder its not bad, but you seem to know a lot about this car. anything I can do to make it faster or nicer? ...open to suggestions.