1997 Daihatsu Feroza Reviews

1997 Daihatsu Feroza 1.6 4x4 from Spain

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4x4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired102500 miles
Most recent distance109542 miles
Previous carDaihatsu Sportrak


Reliability personified!


I have 2 of these 4x4 vehicles; the Feroza in Spain is probably one of the best! Purchased just 2 years ago, it has only now clocked-up 26,000 kilometers!!!

The one in the UK (my 2nd Sportrak), purchased in June this year, has over 100,000 miles and goes equally as well!

I am getting on (a bit), but I/we do not find these cars uncomfortable as long as you are not too heavy-handed with them.

The 1.6 engine provides adequate performance & economy, as well as considerable reliability.

It is a great pity that Toyota (Daihatsu's major shareholder) has put a stop to UK & EU importing any other Daihatsu.

Toyota should recognize that without Daihatsu bringing the FIRST Japanese motor here, "things" may be different even for them!!!

General Comments:

Great 4x4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2013

1997 Daihatsu Feroza SX 11 1.6 EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 EFI Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Charade


A great little 4WD


There are a couple of common Feroza problems that my car has had such as:

Rattle on the front disc brakes, caused by a clip missing; annoying more than serious.

Exhaust whistle. Caused by partial blockage in exhaust. Some people hit the muffler or catalytic converter with a hammer to get rid of this.

The only other problem I have is the oil dip stick tube broke.

General Comments:

With the front torsion bars raised and the rear leaf springs replaced to give a 2.5" lift, the back skips around corners a bit when unloaded. Also, the ride is harsher then with standard springs.

The Japanese version had a transfer case bash plate while the Australian version didn't. You can easily add this for more protection when bush bashing.

http://warfs.org is a email list for owners of Ferozas for modifications, repair and general advise about these trucks. Very handy if you own or plan to buy one.

While stock it was a little bit low, so it benefits from a suspension lift job if going 4wding.

It has served us well on numerous long trips and 4wd trips. Goes anywhere, mud, rock, dirt and sand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2002

17th Oct 2008, 01:35

I am currently contemplation on buying a 3rd hand feroza, 1998 model with 165.000 Km. Does anybody know what is the life span of that model's motor? Thanx. Anthony from Hellas-Greece.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews