1991 Daihatsu Charade Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1991 Daihatsu Charade TS 1.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance138500 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

A cheap little car that takes you from A to B

Faults:

The cars has had no major faults to date.

We had was at 137500 was the sun visor split from the hinge, making it hard to retract.

The rear shelf clips that hold it to the back seat have snapped off 15000. However not a major worry, just lift shelf off and rest it onto the back seat.

General Comments:

This has been a fantastic little car. Its great for doing the shopping runs, taking kids to school, etc.

The only main gripe with the car is the engine size, it's a 993cc/1.0L which is connected to a 3 speed automatic, this make it very hard to get up hills, taking off from the lights. The automatic does not make it much easier either with its long ratios.

Apart from this, it has served our family well. The seat are a little uncomfortable, however just by putting sheep skin covers on, does the job.

Fuel economy is amazing on its 37 liter tank we can achieve around 600kms, however if you are constantly holding the pedal to the metal and over revving the engine, the fuel consumption can go up drastically.

This has been a great little car that has served it purpose (and still is)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2002

1991 Daihatsu Charade TS 1.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired106000 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres

Summary:

Low-cost, extremely effective runabout

Faults:

Radio cuts out intermittently.

General Comments:

An excellent car for the price, which these days is next to nothing. We use ours generally just for running around the city, and it does very well in this regard. Extremely light on fuel, very easy to park. Performance better than expected for such a tiny engine - keeps up with normal traffic pace with no trouble at all. No point pushing it hard though, you will gain very little. Does the speed limit on freeways, engine has an interesting sound, still looks neat and best of all, purchase and running costs couldn't get any lower. What more could you ask for in a runabout?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2002

1991 Daihatsu Charade CX 1.3 EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 EFI Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 kilometres
Most recent distance119000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 808

Summary:

Super reliable car that doesn't mind being driven hard

Faults:

Had to replace the water pump at around the 50,000km mark as it was making a noise -- bearings were shot, don't know what caused that but I have had no probs since. It only cost me $100 for a new one.

Had a hell of a time replacing the fuel filter the last time I did it. The nuts tend to seize up and have become a bit rounded now. Not looking forward to replacing it again (had to resort to multigrips last time to get it off). But this is a minor annoyance more than anything.

Put a new clutch in it after around 100,000km (didn't really need it but I was getting it done for free so I thought 'why not?'). For some reason the new clutch slips a bit when the engine is cold and you are accelerating hard or up a hill. Goes away once warmed up though, maybe I should have got the flywheel machined.

General Comments:

Good car, the quickest in it's class (small 'non sportscar' hatchback) for it's time (released late 1980's). Ahead of it's time in that it had 16valves EFI and fully independent rear suspension.

I have driven this car hard since I bought it and have had very little problems with it (touch wood). It handles well and the engine responds well when revved hard -- has a 7,000 rpm redline, max power comes in at 6,500 rpm.

I change the oil and filter every 5,000kms, and would recommend doing this, especially if like me you enjoy ringing the crap out of your cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2002

1991 Daihatsu Charade CX 1.0 petrol from Singapore

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired138960 kilometres
Most recent distance0 kilometres

Summary:

Good buy and accelerates well. A good bargain for me

Faults:

Rather noisy engine.

General Comments:

Packs a powerful punch for a small car like this. No major engine problems. Good acceleration and smooth gear changing. I would recomend this car for beginners.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2001

1991 Daihatsu Charade TS 1.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance162000 kilometres

Summary:

Very reliable car

Faults:

Replaced the brakes.

General Comments:

After 9 years and 162,000 km the engine and exhaust are still original! Mechanically it is still very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2001

1991 Daihatsu Charade TS 1000 Van 1.0 3 cylinder CB23 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.0 3 cylinder CB23
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

After running 2 other Charades, I ran this one from zero to 305,000 km.

Exhaust replaced (front 1x, rear 3x).

All 4 McPherson dampers replaced with used ones.

Radiator replaced at 138,000 km.

Starter engine replaced.

Clutch etc at 149,000 km.

General Comments:

Never ever had to walk since driving 500,000 km or so in several Charades (diesel / turbo diesel / LPG).

Easy to maintain car. I do everything myself. Very cheap to run.

I check it every 500 km, and do an oil change every 15,000 km with spark plugs / breaker points etc. Every 30,000 km it gets an air filter.

I took it on several trips to Poland, and recently to Mostar, Sarajevo, Tuzla and Banja Luka. Nice to know that it is unlikely they'll rob you when driving a Charade.

Update 22 May 2000:

In the meantime I took it for a trip to the Nordkapp, and on to the Norwegian-Russian border, and for a skiing vacation to France.

The engine is getting rather noisy (I guess a main bearing has degraded a little), but I just drive on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 1998

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 12 reviews