1992 Daihatsu Hijet 1.0 3 cylinder gas from Philippines
Without a doubt the Hijet is the best kei-truck ever made!
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.
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
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
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