1993 Daihatsu Charade Reviews

1993 Daihatsu Charade GXI 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carRenault Trafic


Superb performance, looks good...


Not much at all (which is why we still have it), just wear and tear...

General Comments:

This car is the most reliable car we have ever had, starts every time, goes like fury, but we drive it at 65mph usually. Handles well on the road, and very good for a town car...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th March, 2013

1993 Daihatsu Charade 1.3 from Egypt

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 kilometres
Most recent distance84000 kilometres


Pocket rocket city car

General Comments:

I came here before I bought this car, and I am generally satisfied about the performance I got from it.

The acceleration of this car is great; it can accumulate speed very quickly.

Very stable on the road.

Generous add ons in the car.

Back seats can open to extend the car trunk.

Gear box and transmission is smooth.

Near to earth, this may seem uncomfortable if the road is bumpy.

Loud sounds come from the engine at high speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th June, 2009

1993 Daihatsu Charade CX 1.3L from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 kilometres
Most recent distance107000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Mira


Problem after problem


Problems Repaired:

Radiator required flushing at 99,000km, again at 102,000km.

Thermostat jammed at 104,000km, required replacement.

Radiator required replacement at 104,000km.

New brake pads front and back at 106,000km, brake drums machined.


Problems that require repair:

Clutch requires replacement in less than a months time (107,000km)

EFI requires repair, idling roughly (107,000km)

Transmission requires repair as gears are not shifting properly (107,000km)


It's also blowing a fair bit of smoke out the back on days where the temperature is 20 degrees celsius or under.

General Comments:

I have never seen a car requiring this much in repairs after travelling only 9,000km over a two year time frame.

The car had previously been in a front end accident (dealer never mentioned this at time of sale, found out from mechanic) and it subsequently has a replacement starter engine (KM unknown) from a wrecker.

The car appeared perfect on the exterior, yet is a ticking time bomb mechanically. I will never be buying another car without a mechanics inspection again.

The only positive points I can think of is that the air conditioning is great on hot summer days, and the suspension is great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th December, 2006

16th Dec 2008, 15:14

Sorry you bought a pup, but these Charades are tough little beasts, requiring mostly just routine maintenance, and producing big smiles as it blasts along.

Not really a Charade review, more a "cut n shut" review, and most of those are a bit crap.

22nd Jan 2009, 07:24

I have had a Charade, and had quite a few problems since I cooked it, but as a general rule, unless it was really flogged, they go for ages, especially the transmission and clutch.

Seems you have bought a real dud.

1993 Daihatsu Charade SG 1.3 16v from Hungary

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Swift


A speedy, economical commuter-car, that you can love! :)


The steering squeaks somewhere, when it's below 0 Celsius.

Somehow rainwater gets in to the doorstep. Not sure how yet. I'm about to drill a hole in it, to prevent corrosion.

Needs the required attention, that's mentioned in the manual. (For example the gap of the valves needs to be set periodicaly. Otherwise it makes that that diesel sound for the couple of minutes after start.)

The exhaust pipe in the back has corroded. Exchange is needed. But I'll wait for the spring with it. A race muffler would sound great! ;D.

General Comments:

Generally a well built car!

Speedy engine, great fuel consumption (8L/100km strictly in the traffic jam).

Lots of electric gadgets like electric mirrors, windows, central locks, etc..

Lots of space in the trunk (since it's a sedan).

The spare parts are expensive, like every Japanese car parts in Hungary, but you don't need them too much. ;)

The transmission is good, very precise.

The seats are bit wider, than I'd prefer, but it's OK.

The look of the car is very Police-friendly! They just let you get away with things (like speeding), when you sit in a car like this.

Unfortunately my car doesn't have a power steering. I regret that very much, when I try to park in the jammed streets of Budapest.

There's one more thing: it's very hard to find a mechanic who knows this car in Hungary. It's better if you buy a book, and do it yourself! :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2003

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews