1996 Daihatsu Charade Reviews

1996 Daihatsu Charade TS 1.3 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired131000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carFord Telstar

Summary:

If only all cars were made like the Charade

Faults:

Nothing. I had the car for three years and never had a problem with it.

General Comments:

The Charade must be among the most reliable cars ever made.

As well as the freakish reliability, the running costs are low and fuel economy is great.

The 1295cc engine revs freely and generates good power.

Handling is also a strong point, with a setup which made Daihatsu a rallying force in the 90s.

The zippy engine, small size and handling make for fun driving.

These little beauties are as tough as nails and will handle anything you can throw at them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2004

1996 Daihatsu Charade TS 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 kilometres
Most recent distance74600 kilometres
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

Reliable, zippy get about!

Faults:

Nothing. It was in perfect shape when I got it and is still running perfectly.

General Comments:

This car is very zippy for a 1.3L - very impressive.

Very economical.

A friend has owned 3 in his life time and swears by them. Most reliable car around and handles long distances brilliantly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2003

1996 Daihatsu Charade Ascend (G201) 1.6 efi from Malaysia

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.6 efi
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10

Faults:

Insufficient sealant on the front left fender (car flooded on third day of ownership).

Power steering pump leakage - noisy when turning steering wheel.

Passenger side door integrity - knocking sounds when on slightly bumpy roads.

Fuel pump failure.

Battery failure in exactly 1 year.

General Comments:

I have had problems from day 3 of owning this car (insufficient sealant and power steering problem), passenger door noises in 8 months, battery failure in 1 year and the current one - fuel pump failure in exactly 2 years. I don't recommend this make to anyone. Someone must be asleep on the assembly line and manufacturing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th March, 1999

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews