Daihatsu Charmant Reviews

1986 Daihatsu Charmant 1.6 from Jordan

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Most recent distance400000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

Bullet proof car

Faults:

Just the automatic transmission.

General Comments:

This is one of the best Japanese cars ever made. It never let you down. I have tortured it many times.

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

Review Date: 6th May, 2010

1986 Daihatsu Charmant 1.3 petrol from Sri Lanka

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Summary:

Brilliant!

Faults:

My Silencer had a leak when I bought it.. I got it fixed and gave it a engine tune up. Didn't cost me much!

General Comments:

VERY VERY COMFORTABLE! Its very spacious and is a very smooth drive.

Has manual steering, but isn't much of a problem.

It's a good beginners car, very hardy and long running.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2006

5th Apr 2007, 02:42

I replaced the Air Filters, Platinum Points and cleaned the Carburators, and now it does nearly 11-12 KM per Litre in the city! Amazing... how such a big vehicle can move so smoothly and pull so fast even though its powered by a 1300cc engine. One of the most comfortable vehicles ever, very spacious, and easy to drive, even though it has no power steering. Highly recommended vehicle!

1987 Daihatsu Charmant LC 1.3 petrol from Pakistan

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Would Love to buy it again

Faults:

The Seats have worn out pretty quickly, the transmission and differential of the car makes a very irritating sound even though the oil is changed and is up to the level. Needs to be changed once in two years. Not a bad buy though because of its reliability, cost efficiency and well built suspension.

General Comments:

I am a pretty rash driver and have given the old buster a beating. But hats of to Daihatsu that they have build a formidable rival.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2003

1983 Daihatsu Charmant LE 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1983
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

Good, reliable transport at a bargain price

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 45,000 miles.

Water pump failed.

Radiator needed replacement.

General Comments:

A superb car for the money, as long as you're only interested in getting from A to B.

My other car is a Porsche 911. When that is in the shop being fixed, I drive the Daihatsu (yes, seriously!) It always starts, even when its been stood for a long time (the longest I've left it is about 9 months).

From the exterior, it's a pretty bland looking old Japanese car. I like the interior, though. I guess I'm a sucker for the 1970s style velour seats, green LCD clock and fake wood (i.e. wood-look plastic) dash!

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

Review Date: 30th May, 2003

1985 Daihatsu Charmant LC 1.6L gasoline from Finland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired330000 kilometres
Most recent distance361000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Aspen

Summary:

Reliable car at a low price

Faults:

Alternator carbons wear out, I fixed them by myself.

Voltage regulator failed, I got used one for free.

Noisy at highway speeds (I improved the sound insulation myself, now it's OK).

General Comments:

A ery reliable car, despite the high mileage.

Good car at winter, works no matter how cold it is.

Transmission shifts smoothly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th April, 2003

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 5 reviews