1987 Daihatsu Charade Reviews

1987 Daihatsu Charade CX 1.0 3 cylinder turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.0 3 cylinder turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance80500 miles

Summary:

Great car. Would have another one any day. Shame they are getting thin on the ground

Faults:

Well, not too much considering its not had a service since it was built...

When I got it I replaced the front springs, rear wheelarches, rear brake lines, patched the sills on both sides, patched serious holes in the rear pillars, replaced the injector nozzles, replaced the timing belts. Its had about one head gasket every 5 years so far, AFAICT.

General Comments:

Lovely ride, corners well. Turbo diesel surprises the boy racers every time, especially with the very low ratio first gear.

Engine noise is nice to listen to. She talks.

Interior is in great condition for its age.

Aside from the bad rear end the car is largely rust free.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2005

1987 Daihatsu Charade G11R CX 1.0L petrol 3 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0L petrol 3 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired195000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Economical commuting

Faults:

Nothing, it needed a new battery when I bought it, but then it was just a very cheap runabout car. It was beginning to use some water and oil before I sold it, clutch was on its way out, but would still have lasted a while. I didn't even bother giving it a service until after a year of hard driving, so it held up fairly well.

Servicing parts were fairly expensive, almost as expensive as my BMW! But then the cheap fuel economy offset this.

General Comments:

Performance is lacklustre, but good for an engine of this size, and it feels faster than it is. Great fuel economy, one tankfull cost about $20 and lasted over a month sometimes!!! I'm a short person and I thought the seating position was great, but tall people might have problems, sparse interior, but that's what you expect from such a no frills car, I didn't miss anything.

Handling was OK, not brilliant, but could be mildly entertaining on winding country roads, but if you are after a road hugging machine look elsewhere. braking was OK for traffic use, but marginal for any serious work. Ride wasn't very good, but I've driven worse.

As a cheap to run, no fuss commuter car I would highly recommend a charade, but I wouldn't like to be in an accident with one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2003

1987 Daihatsu Charade G11R Turbo 1.0 3 cylinder petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0 3 cylinder petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Bonsai bulldog on steroids!

Faults:

Burnt out clutch from hard driving. Replaced cheaply by self.

Blown headgasket. Replaced at 129000 kms.

Front CV boot tore.

General Comments:

Excellent performance from a very small and economical car.

Comfortable sports interior with light up turbo indicator, grey and red trim, which is like new after 130000 kms. Paint still in good condition.

Sweet gearchange and clutch, easy around town and fun on open roads.

Corners very well.

Suprises boy racers in much larger engined cars!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2003

9th Nov 2003, 22:50

Hey dude,

I think charades rock! especially turbo charades! They go so awesome! they are not much to look at, but they go awesome! People don't actually realize how fast they are when they have got turbo. Like my mate has one and it beat a 4WD Mitsubishi Lancer 1990! They are so sick! I might have to invest in one so that people will think that my car is a heap of junk, but when I light it up, I want to see their chins drop to the ground. Go the charade!

17th Jun 2004, 22:23

I too came to a G11R from an Escort (both cheap, simple, and small entertaining packages), but come on a turbo charade out accelerating a 4wd lancer? obviously it wasnt a 4wd version, perhaps the 1.6L NA version of the CB GSR? or else they werent trying. A turbo charade especially a modified one will have zero traction in the first couple gears, you won't stand a chance except for a rolling start.

1987 Daihatsu Charade CX 1.0 Mannual from Pakistan

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0 Mannual Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired300000 kilometres
Most recent distance320000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Alto

Summary:

Low consumption cheap car

Faults:

After 30 million kilometers its engine got weak, but it's worth it. Shocks had to be changed, power stearing gives problems.

General Comments:

This is quiet a relaiable and cheap car, runs more than 20 Kmph and diesel is also cheap. Very nice interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2003

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 8 reviews