Daihatsu F50 Review

1982 Daihatsu F50 2.5diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5diesel Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired290000 kilometres
Most recent distance294000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Bluebird


Great starter 4wd


The front left hub bolts are weak from the moment they left the production line. The ignition doesn't turn back, and the handbrake is very stiff.

General Comments:

This makes a good first 4wd and you can learn a lot in one. They are great on the beach and light on fuel. Their suspension is a real problem when you feel every tiny rock in the road. They have a hell of a lot of low-down torque, but are not very good at doing speeds of over 80km/h, and are very noisy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th November, 2004

Average review marks: 4.2 / 10, based on 1 review