1992 Daihatsu Feroza SE 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Fantastic all rounder - very understated
Steering idler arm failure - after 17 years.
Clutch gets worn a bit easily - get a HD Clutch when you do replace it.
Nothing else has had troubles. A friend's 1992 Feroza has recurring electrical issues though - particularly with mud and water crossings.
Excellent on and off the road. Doesn't struggle keeping up 120km/h on the highway, but does rev high doing so. A change to 235/75 R 15 tires made it cruise on highway much better (down to 3250rpm at 110km/h).
The car doesn't have much articulation, which ultimately prevents it from going as far off road as a full sized proper 4X4 - but it'll come close! It is very rugged and has good approach, break over and departure angles.
Reasonable to work with mechanically. Same sort of construction as a Toyota. No shared parts though.
Parts becoming hard to find in Australia. Fortunately it barely ever needs any.
Most engines seem to go soon after 200,000km, but well looked after, it'll last (hopefully) twice that. For reference mine is at nearly 270,000km, and doesn't use any oil or blow any smoke and runs strong.
Reasonably agile around town. A bit low on torque below 2000rpm, but then it picks up quickly. Slick gearchange. Interior is very cheaply put together - glovebox barely closes, door trims cracked in the sunlight. No big rattles though. Removable roof seals work fine still.
Brakes are OK but not great, particularly in wet weather. Rear end doesn't break loose (oversteer) in the wet as easily as other part time 4X4 vehicles though.
Seating position is OK, seats are OK, foot space is a bit narrow, and you get an awkward foot position when driving - tiresome after an hour or two. I find the back seats reasonable too - tight access though.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th February, 2010
I agree, the Feroza is not the fastest on the highway but it's excellent in 4WD country.
When I bought my Feroza 4 months ago she had done 3330000 kms, now 342000 after some trips to the Flinder's Ranges, Gawler Rangers, the Coorong, Kangaroo Island and other locations. Sand hills, rough tracks, mud, rocks etc present no problems for this little bus.
Fuel economy is not bad at 8.3 litres/100 km, despite the terrain. In fact I have rarely needed to engage the 4WD, except in sand hills and some deep creek crossings.
I must confess, this is my first 4WD vehicle, so I may be overly kind to the performance and attributes of the car.
I normally drive a Ford Fairmont and really only got this little bus as a bit of a fun thing, but I really like it, and after a recent trip to the Gawler Ranges, I was really impressed with stamina and performance of the Feroza.
Great little car that can do almost everything you won't.