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1997 Daihatsu Hijet EFI 993cc from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 993cc Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired56 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles

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.

1999 Daihatsu Hijet 1.3 EFI from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 EFI Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

Great little workhorse, incredible value for money, you'll only replace it with another one

Faults:

Paint on roof flaking off in patches, down to bare metal in places. I'm told the colour, silver, might be to blame, though I can't see why...

After 5 years, several sections of rubber seal are splitting.

Petrol tank replaced under Recall.

General Comments:

Can't praise this micro-van too highly for it's versatility. We use it for just about everything, journeys to France to stock up with "van blanc", overnight camping with it's 6'x4' sleeping area (luggage moved into front seats), picnics sitting on it's rear platform under the rear door "canopy", trips to the tip, furniture moving for friends, the list goes on.

This versatility, combined with remarkably nimble performance both in top speed and acceleration, very good economy, and a size that lets you nip through gaps and duck under car park barriers, makes you whistle as you drive and forgive it's thinly-padded seats and lightweight build. Concentrate while you drive, however, as in an impact your shins will hit first...

And now they've got an LPG Duel-fuel version that escapes the Congestion Charge, why aren't the roads full of them?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2004

16th Jun 2005, 15:55

This is my second Hi-Jet van, my first was an R reg (1000cc) bought in 1998, having done 14000 miles. This gave me no problems apart from usual wear and tear, ie, brakes, tyres, etc. Needed a prop shaft after 100000. Totally reliable. Traded it in for a new one, a 13000cc dual fuel in Jan 2003, after doing 115000 miles, but still felt it had many more trouble free miles left in her.

My new one, having the larger 1300cc engine and dual fuel is superb. The only problems being again a prop shaft and a slight rust problem on the drivers side rear panel, which have been done under the warranty.

I am self employed and travel 100 miles a day and find the dual fuel conversion fantastic. It costs me £4.50 per day for the 100 mile round trip. Performance is great on either fuel, but seems better on LPG. I have completed 66000 miles and still runs like new.

I understand this is now superceded by the Extol, which I used when my hi jet was in for its last service. Not a patch on my faithful hi jet. Hope when the time comes I can find a very low mileage hi jet to replace my present one.

Well done Diahatsu.

20th Jun 2008, 20:53

This paint issue seems to be common, serious rust patches are appearing on the roof and underside of my vehicle and paint is flaking off the tailgate big-time! It seems the Silver ones have this problem. I am constantly having to repaint areas to keep corrosion at bay. Quality is certainly not as my previous Daihatsu's.

2nd Jul 2008, 09:16

The Hijet was actually built by Piaggio in Italy, not by Daihatsu in Japan, which explains the quality difference you are encountering.

Daihatsu component and build quality is unfailingly exemplary on Japanese built models-I cannot understand why they would taint their branding by allowing inferior build to be sold under the Daihatsu name.

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 13 reviews