We are the new (and very proud) owners of an '88 Daihatsu Charade CX 1.0L automatic. We will not go back to the Aussie-made junk cars (Fords, Holdens) as it was always a never-ending story with them (ie; poor reliability, rust, oil burning, virtually nil resale value etc).
We also have an '81 model Handi Van, also made by Daihatsu. We are in two minds about selling it, only because we have too many cars now. We paid less than $3000 on these two cars yet we have no problems. Get a mechanic to go over the car, fix whatever problems there are, then just drive the damn thing.
The loser comment "If you buy one (a Daihatsu Charade), people will laugh at you and you will become an outcast, seriously unhinged and in need of therapy.) " is inappropriate. Speak for yourself mate, and don't hang your dirty washing out in public. This is a forum for cars, keep your life story to yourself.
Also, a comment was made about how ugly these cars are. I think they're BRILLIANT looking, and IMHO these cars will not look dated in 20 years' time.
We've had a 1990 Charade now for two years and despite adding another 50000 kilometres it hasn't cost us a cent in maintenance other than tyres, oil and filter changes etc. These cars are super reliable if looked after with only the slightest bit of care. It sounds like you bought a real lemon.
I guess you bought a lemon. My brothers all had Charades (a G11, 3 G100s, a G102 and 2 G200s) and they all have been reliable. You should have looked at the car before you bought it.
In reply to that comment being made about automatic trans-axle 1.0 litre G100s never being made, they DO exist, but they are extremely rare.
I have one of these rare 1.0L automatics! I am currently putting a new engine in it, and will post a review soon. It is though a very well equipped car, e/mirrors etc!! is there a website for the fan-club?