1992 Daihatsu Charade SE 993 cc, 53 h.p., efi, SOHC, 6 val., 3 cylinder., g from North America


Leaks nor uses oil


This is actually a follow up of a previous review. Short & to the point. The Daihatsu continues to motor along. Two years later, no complaints. Nothing gone wrong. Fixed the "miss". Cause: Two small holes in exhaust pipe. Added small supplemental radiator in conjunction with the original one. This aided in cooling, but the car will still run hot at freeway speeds on a hot day. Solution: ON with the heater. Replaced the muffler with a new one. Cost: $32.78. Sounds like Daihatsu's are hard on mufflers. Might have something to do with the inherent design of the 3 cylinder engines power pulses. STILL have the orig. timing belt on. Although I possess a new replacement belt, it hangs on the garage wall. I do however inspect the belt every 15,000 miles. (and tighten, if necessary}. The belt looks amazingly fresh for its use.

General Comments:

The Charade is hard to begrudge. It is what it is. If one likes to drive, the car is fun. The 3 cyl. is willing enough & the tranny smooth & light with well spaced ratios. Putting 175/70 tires (even cheap ones) are probably the single best thing one can do to the car. Get rid of those 155/80's. I have no idea how long I'll posess my Charade (couple more years at least) But

I'm sure it's up for the task. My best gas mileage over two years has been 43.46 mpg. Worst: 35.79 mpg. Keeping tire pres. above 32 psi helps (I like 35 psi).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2002

1992 Daihatsu Charade TS 1.0L from Australia and New Zealand


A slow shopping trolley


A loose bolt in the engine bay some how got into the belts where it was shot into the timing belt, which then shot it through the side of a part of the block and the bolt ended up in the sump. The timing belt did not break although a chuck was torn out, so I was able to drive it home... slowly.

I did not need to replace the block, just a piece which bolts on to the side, a simple weld at the dealer fixed this, but he welded over the timing marks which made it a lot of fun to try and get the timing right. After pulling down the engine to get to the timing belt 4 times, we finally got the timing right, we saved money, but not time by getting a friend who knows a thing or two about cars to fix it for me.

The head gasket blew after I thrashed it too hard, I will never do that again. Now I treat and drive my car with love; because I remember what it's like having a car sit in the garage pulled down and being unable to drive it when I want to go somewhere.

General Comments:

Although it's economical and "roomy" inside, the performance is non-existent with a little 3-cylinder 1.0L engine.

It's not actually as economical as I thought it was going to be, I get about 35mpg. I change gears every extra 20km/h. For example, up to 20 in 1st, up to 40 in 2nd, up to 60 in 3rd, up to 80 in 4th and then change to 5th. As you can see, the consumption is not that good for how light I drive my car.

Limited "luxury" items in the cabin, it only has air conditioning as a luxurious item.

Seats aren't that comfortable, I think it might be because previous owners were "large" so they wore out the seats a bit. No offense intended to anyone.

Low power means you can expect to be going very slow up hills.

Car gets "rickety" if you go fast around a corner.

This car has a lot of body-roll even though it has sway bars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th September, 2002