1992 Daihatsu Hijet 1.0 3 cylinder gas from Philippines

Summary:

Without a doubt the Hijet is the best kei-truck ever made!

Faults:

Head gasket leaked ($2 replacement)

Front shock absorbers leaked (have yet to be replaced)

Sliding door latches broke.

Seat paddings worn down over time. Had the seats replaced by local upholstery shop. Good as new.

General Comments:

The Daihatsu Hijet has been in production since the 60's and has been one of the most successful Kei-trucks in Japanese history. It is still in production up to this day and has a strong following in the commercial "Kei-class" car/truck category. The van is a true workhorse. It's a basic van/truck and that's what you get. No frills, no fancy paint, no bells & whistles. Just a good, reliable and dependable work truck to haul stuff from point A to B. Daihatsu has been at it for over 50 years now and the Hijet is now on its 10th generation. With a track record like that I would think Daihatsu knows a thing or two about making good quality trucks for the masses.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2005

13th Nov 2006, 10:49

I have recently imported a Suzuki Carry from Japan as well as 4 Honda Acty trucks. The Honda Acty truck has a rear mounted 660cc water cooled engine and a very smooth ride. The ride of the Suzuki carry is a little bumpier. I plan on selling them through my website www.minitruck.ca

26th Nov 2006, 05:08

www.minitruck.ca: they have Suzuki Carry, Honda Acty. Looks like they are in Canada too. Nice to see Canadian site importing these Kei trucks from Japan. Way to go minitruck.ca.

8th Sep 2007, 12:49

There is a lot of information on these trucks at the mini truck forum : http://www.minitrucktalk.com

1997 Daihatsu Hijet EFI 993cc from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Very nice when new and all working, but a nightmare when things go wrong

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

19th Sep 2008, 15:43

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.