1989 Daihatsu Charade GTti 1.0 twin cam 12v turbo from UK and Ireland
Minature car, mighty punch! A REAL hot hatch
Clutch replacement (after lots of abuse!!)
Exhaust (10 years, not bad for an original exhaust! Replaced with a Mandrel bent, free flow, stainless steel job).
Well what can you say! Working for Cosworth Technology I see a lot of exotic machinery, yet still this 1 litre Daihatsu is my favourite car... ever... Fun to drive and own, easy to tune (engine has forged internals as standard, bomb proof they are, potential for HUGE power). Easy to maintain and they are fairly exclusive (rare).
Don't be put off by the fact it's a Daihatsu, this car was designed for rallying. I went with my mate in his Golf GTI to pick my Charade up when I bought it. Had a little race on the way home, I just drove away from him!
If you find one in good condition, buy it, look after it, you'll love it!
There's nothing which looks, sounds, or drives quite like them.... RAW FUN!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th September, 2000
6th Mar 2001, 13:24
I have been offered one of these cars for £550 and although none of the GTti's on this website have seemed unreliable, after owning a 5 turbo I wanted something a hell of a lot more reliable.
Provided the car is good to start with, would I be disappointed with this car???