1997 Daihatsu Hijet EFI 993cc from UK and Ireland
Very nice when new and all working, but a nightmare when things go wrong
Electrics went within 3 months from new. Towed to Main dealer who fixed it under warranty - later all Hi-jets recalled to fix this problem.
Month after 3 year warranty ended, battery failed.
4 years from new (36,000 miles), big end bearing failed. Not with a cut groove on the inside, but just flaked away. Mechanic said he had only seen it once before on a van with 140,000+ miles on.
Head Gasket blew shortly after big end bearing fixed. Radiator vanes replaced as well.
Sliding door bearing disintegrated.
Sliding door handle shattered into small fragments when opening in the cold.
Front window rack broke.
Rear brake cylinders failed, very exoensive to replace, even the garage couldn't beleive the price for parts.
6 years on the paintwork is flaking off on the front and roof.
7 1/2 years from new (76,000 miles), 3 weeks after sailing through MOT and service... engine failed completely, need replacing at a cost of £1100. Car will now be scrapped.
From all the faults with it you would think the car was mistreated, however this is far from the case. Most driving was around town (to-from work)and a little on the motorway (once a quarter). Car was maintained by a local garage.
Visibility from the cab is fantastic.
Very light steering.
Loads of space inside, the wife thinks its Dr Who's Tardis.
Very cheap to run unless it develops a fault and then it can be expensive for parts.
Very easy to park, with a very small turning circle.
Plenty of space in and around the seats.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st September, 2004
I agree with your comments. I brought a six seater hi-jet almost new, quite cheap to purchase thinking parts would be cheap, how wrong I was. Very costly, I had it for almost six years. It kept on breaking down or body parts would break, the sliding doors were the worst. The most costly repairs was the head gasket which went twice costing over £500 each time, also a new petrol tank which cost £300 which they had to get from Italy. Even the most basic parts like seat belt clips had to come from Japan. I would never buy another Hi-jet. I hope this helps anyone who is thinking of purchasing on of these.