1997 Daihatsu Charade Reviews

1997 Daihatsu Charade CS from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser

Summary:

I love it

Faults:

Seals starting to leak now after owning it for 8 years.

General Comments:

This car has reliably driven me all over Australia, I will drive it until its death. It is cheap to run and easy to manouver. I love it and highly recomend it as the best small car on the market.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2006

1997 Daihatsu Charade TSP 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance61000 kilometres

Summary:

A cheap to run pocket rocket!

Faults:

I bought my Charade new as my first car. I have done a lot of long distance traveling in it etg. 500kms at a time. The Charade coped with the long distances well.

After 4 years the seat covers have worn and the stitching on the seat covers has come undone in some areas.

I have had ongoing problems with the drivers side door handle. The handle mechanism slips and I cannot open my door from the outside, this is very frustrating.

After 4 years the seat belt stopped sliding back up into position when released, instead they just sag limply and get stuck in the door when I try to close it.

Brilliant sound system too.

General Comments:

This car is highly reliable. There is absolutely nothing to complain about in the engine. In the 5 years I've had the car nothing has gone wrong.

It is small, handles well, fits into tiny parking gaps, handles 140kms per hour well and runs on little petrol.

I would recommend this car to any person on a tight petrol budget who will be doing lots of traveling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2002

23rd Feb 2004, 01:03

That is the symbol for the Catalytic Converter.

It need attention.

With the amount of time between your question & my post, I would say that the problem will have been sorted.

A question of my own. What Kilometers had the car done when the symbol apeard?

30th Mar 2004, 04:41

I bought a 1997 1.5l 4cylinder 4 door charade hatch new and have done 110,000km in 8 years. The boot lock doesn't work, but it can be opened from the latch near the driver's seat. The air-con still cools well. The car runs as well today as it did when I drove it out the yard. I have added yellow fog lights on the front bumper. I wear tyres (front) fairly quickly (3 sets so far). A recent brake check by a pro. said I can expect another 50,000km from the original pads. It uses no oil yet. Overall, it is so reliable that I expect to get another 5years before I trade to another Daihatsu. Probably a Sirion.

8th Jun 2005, 02:05

Hi, I'm just eighteen years old and I've just begun to learn how to drive. The car in which I'm learning is a Daihatsu and I just wanted to say: It's an extremely good car! Excellent to start learning how to drive.

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews