1993 Daihatsu Charade CS 1.0 petrol 3 sylinder from Malaysia


A low performance, noisy and yet economic car


The engine is not reliable. This is the 3rd engine of my car. It is very noisy and under power. The highest rotation per minute that I can go when I'm driving in highway is about 5,500rpm. The highest speed is 150km/h. Acceleration is terrible, as it even slower than a Perodua Kancil 850cc from my country.

The air-condition compressor had troubled me for a long time. It cause me RM450 for a re-con one and this is already the 3 times I change my compressor. In tropical country like Malaysia, a car without air-conditioned will produce a "sauna" like effect in the car!

The water pump also seems to be very fragile. It leaks immediately 2 months after I bought my car.

The seats are quite tough, but not comfort enough.

The sound system needs to be upgraded. I've change the original JVC radio-cassette player to a Kenwood CD player. On top of this, a Kenwood amplifier plus two Kenwood 6" X 9" mid-speaker. It sounds better then.

The car reaches its resonance with the speed of 120km/h. Faster than this, the car will be very unstable.

General Comments:

It is an economic car, with petrol consumption of about 6.5l/100km in highway with average speed of 110km/h.

Its performance is kind of low. As mentioned earlier, its acceleration is even slower than a 850cc Perodua Kancil, a product of my country, which is a "serotype" of Daihatsu Mira. The top speed is also quite bad. I have friends who can press until 170km/h, but my Charade just can't do this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st October, 2003

1993 Daihatsu Charade de Tomaso 1.6 SOHC from Australia and New Zealand


Total Dark horse at the lights!!!


Problems with after-market alloys fitted to car, incorrect size.

Carpet badly fitted to floor.

General Comments:

A Japan only model makes this car quite rare on New Zealand roads, so if you buy one you will be noticed. Comes standard with a body kit designed by de Tom-aso, Recaro seats, Nardi steering wheel, sporty interior and a 1.6 litre sports tuned engine McPherson strut suspension with larger springs and four wheel passive steering.

Handling is this cars best quality a total tarmac terror.

The engine is the perfect size for the car giving it great power to weight ratio.

Four wheel disc-brakes bring the car to a stand still amazingly.

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

Review Date: 6th July, 2002

1993 Daihatsu Charade GTti 1.0 from UK and Ireland


A weapon, a demon, my beast...


The heater matrix has recently stopped working, therefore no heat in the car.

The CV joints are just starting to give up the ghost.

General Comments:

I've been in some very fast cars, but for a car that is only 1 litre I wouldn't part with it for any other on the road.

There's only 1 car that comes close around my town and that's the Renault 5 GT Turbo Taider.

This car is a 1 litre demon on wheels...

Sorry, can't find ant bad points about my baby...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st February, 2001