1999 Daihatsu Charade Review

1999 Daihatsu Charade CS 1.3 from Israel

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired33700 kilometres
Most recent distance49000 kilometres

Summary:

Engine rusted through after 49000km, bitter disappointment

Faults:

The engine block has a hole in it so the whole engine must be changed, and all this only after 49000 km!

Seat belts do not roll back.

Dashboard gluing is coming apart.

Automatic gearbox is not working properly.

General Comments:

The engine is not strong enough when the air-conditioning is on.

Handles well in the city.

Easy to park.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd June, 2005

3rd Jun 2005, 21:14

Why do you think they called it a "Charade"?

30th Dec 2006, 08:19

I had a 1986 Daihatsu Charade (it was 18 years old!!) two years ago, it was 1.0 Automatic.

Other than being a bit slow (because of the small engine) I did not notice any unusual malfunctions with it.

It would brake down 2-3 times a year, but what do you expect from a 18 year old car?!

(I know of newly bought cars that brake down 2-3 times a year - mainly American cars though)

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 1 review