1994 Daihatsu Charade Reviews

1994 Daihatsu Charade De Tomaso 1.6 SOHC petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 SOHC petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres

Summary:

Good value for money, and fast

Faults:

Drivers seat wearing out very rapidly.

The rear suspension is very noisy, rattly even.

Electric mirrors not working to full extent, also had problems with behind dashboard wire loom,Bzzzzzz.

Rear wiper arm rusted to pieces.

Door handles are fragile and will snap quite easily.

General Comments:

Keeps on the heels of much bigger cars as well as a few of those Familias.

Runs low 14s on the strip.

Very pleased with the performance of such a small car that has a lot of potential.

I lowered it on 15s KYB springs and it has a modified muffler 2 1/4 inch pipe and a large KnN air filter.

Stock it was 93kw, now around 102kw.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd June, 2003

1994 Daihatsu Charade GTti 1.0 DOHC turbo from Greece

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0 DOHC turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired65 kilometres
Most recent distance61900 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Bargain pocket supercar!

Faults:

Nothing of paramount importance.

Had various accidents with the car (though lucky enough to escape with not even a scratch!) and hence the car has spent a lot of time getting fixed (see General Comments...).

1 wheel bearing changed under warranty.

Bad choice of batteries in the early years caused problems, including the only time the car had to be towed.

Again in its early life, a very weak idle caused the car to stall very easily. Had the car checked and repaired. Still the problem has never gone completely away. The thing is that this car needs to be warmed up really fast after a cold start, because the cold higher idle (about 1500rpm compared with 1000rpm warm) drops REALLY fast, which means that if you live in a city center like me, there's no time for the engine to warm up, and as a consequence, it's difficult to keep it alive at traffic lights. In other words, after you've started the engine in the morning, you need to sustain your revs above 3000 for ten minutes at least. This thing has never been really acknowledged by the service people, and I would like to hear from other GTti owners their views.

Some minor worries with the interior:

Base of the passenger window lock switch has gone off. Fixed it myself with silicone.

Various creaks from the dash when cold seem to have finally gone over the years.

Passenger electric window is painfully slow, especially when you try to wind up both windows at once. It seems to have gotten even slower recently.

Other than that, standard maintenance.

General Comments:

I really love this car. It's really very uplifting to drive it and hear the engine scream to 7500rpm (sound proofing is nearly non-existent also). At 2500rpm you start to feel the acceleration, but at 3500rpm you get a real kick at your back close to what you feel inside an airplane at the moment it takes off! Imagine 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds from a 993cc engine! (Autocar magazine test). That same mag listed this car at its all-time-greats page! However be warned: this car is a 1987 design, and there is no sophisticated electronic gadgetry to regulate the power and torque. This makes it difficult to control the power delivery, and sometimes even dangerous, especially for a young driver like I was when I bought it. You have to be VERY careful with it when you drive fast in twisty and/or slippery roads. The slow unassisted steering for such a fast car ads even more difficulty.

Back in 1994/95, I was also considering the Peugeot 106 Rallye 1.3, which was all the rage back then, and had the same power to weight ratio (but is slower to 100kph due to worse low-end torque). In the end, I decided to choose instant thrills against superior handling, which in the end could lead to taking more risks...

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

Review Date: 13th February, 2003

12th Apr 2011, 17:30

You should have chosen the Peugeot for the handling as this is a safety feature, not a negative one!

1994 Daihatsu Charade DeTomaso 1.6 EFI SOHC 16v from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 EFI SOHC 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carLeyland Mini

Summary:

Non-turbo

Faults:

-Horns don't work properly.

-Rattly rear suspension.

-Rattly timing gear/valve train.

-Electric mirrors are somewhat unreliable.

General Comments:

-Fairly quick.

-Handles extremely well.

-Rather rare.

-Factory Recaro seats are very comfortable, yet will wear rapidly, due to their high side bolsters.

-Runs very rich, and is very thirsty.

-Red paint requires constant attention to prevent it fading/oxidizing.

-Exhaust system has been modified on this car, and aftermarket air filter element fitted.

-These cars are not a turbo, but everyone seems to think they are.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2002

21st Aug 2008, 06:05

You'd be the first to label a Daihatsu running "rich" and "thirsty"??? What the...

1994 Daihatsu Charade Detomaso 1.6 soch from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 soch Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance99000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Celica

Summary:

A well built expensive machine

Faults:

I blew the heater radiator. This was a massive job to repair. It meant stripping the entire dashboard and center console.

Driver seat is starting to wear badly.

Paint job is fading quite badly as well.

Clutch has been adjusted, but is still slipping, it will need to be replaced.

General Comments:

This car is pretty quick and slightly modified.

Handles good, nice stiff shocks, but not too bouncy.

Would like to see a bit more power out of it though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th October, 2002

1994 Daihatsu Charade GTti 1.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles
Previous carRenault Megane

Summary:

This car must be the cheapest and fastest 1.0 litre on the road today

Faults:

The CV joints are just starting to go.

The rear arches have just started to rust.

General Comments:

I bought this car in 1999 and I would buy another one, it is an amazing and very fast little car.

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

Review Date: 23rd August, 2001

1994 Daihatsu Charade TR 1.3 16v from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance77000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Charade

Summary:

Quick, unbelievably reliable, very economical, and reasonably comfortable

Faults:

Red paint has weathered quite badly - white patches on the bonnet/hood and roof.

It's starting to rust in places, probably because I only wash it about twice a year...

General Comments:

Lovely engine, excellent performance when pushed. It produces a great intake whistle sound (like a turbo) when accelerating onto the motorway. ;-)

Even though it's not always treated very well, the car has been utterly reliable.

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

Review Date: 8th June, 2001

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews