1994 Daihatsu Hijet 1.0 from UK and Ireland


A low cost van that does everything I want and I mean everything


Choke has an intermittent fault with the light on the dash, being fixed at service (full service £95)

General Comments:

I love it! Its fantastic. I have had 4 smarts, 2 minis, 1 mercedes and a big estate. Some of them cost 10 times as much as my little £1000 van, but this is the best by a long way!

I need to fit a good stereo as it did not come with one. Was owned by Hamersmith Council until 15k miles then a lady who did antiques fairs. It has double locks all round. Has a few knocks and scratches one on the roof. Was red now a sort of orange where the paint has faded.

Its very comfortable to drive no rattles, goes quick when you put your foot down. Its seems very well built, and does not rattle or wonder like my minis did. I am going to use it for my personal car/van.

I have put all my sleeping bags in the back and am going to give it a trial run for camping in tonight. I can't quite lie flat along it as I am over 6ft, but its still super comfortable. If all goes well a trip round europe is the plan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2003

1997 Daihatsu Hijet EFi 1.0 from UK and Ireland


Window Mechanism on driver's side replaced at 46,000.

General Comments:

The Daihatsu Hijet is a fantastic micro van.

I own four of them, all of which are in regular daily use.

I travel long distances in the Hijet, which I find to be economical to run, very nippy around town and extremely roomy in the back.

I am 6'3" tall and have no trouble whatsoever driving this micro van.

Absolutely fantastic!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2003

18th Feb 2003, 12:43

I totally agree with you. The Hijet 1.0 Manual is one of the best vans (and MPVs) around.

I own a 1997 Hijet 1.0 Manual MPV, and it gives a top speed of 80MPH. These things are really brilliant.

11th Apr 2004, 13:50

I own a Daihatsu Hijet van, and use it as a second vehicle, moving household items and garden waste etc, and have used it to go camping. I think the vehicle is a great little asset, and so do most of my neighbors, who also find it various tasks.

The problems I've had with it have all been minor ones.

The ignition keys are made of some very soft metal, and are soon broken, so get yourselves some spares cut, as you will need them.

The other problem I experienced was overheating caused by a metal pipe (the one that the expansion cap is fitted to), which was so thin it corroded, allowing the coolant to vent to the atmosphere. Once I'd changed that, me and my dog (who thinks the van is his mobile kennel) were back on the road.

1996 Daihatsu Hijet EFI 1.0 from UK and Ireland


Van would not start due to flat battery so I bought a new one. (no problems after)

Had to replace rear brake cylinder for MOT which was expensive.

General Comments:

I liked the van to start and kept it for one Year.

But being a very young driver could not afford insurance of 1,000 pounds approximately per year.

The van drove better when it was fully loaded as it bounced around when empty.

I liked the fact that it had twin side loading doors, and found them very useful.

The van got blown around in the wind a lot.

The interior space was very useful and the build quality was good.

The engine being 1 litre was not powerful enough and was quite sluggish when pulling out at junctions.

The van was extremely reliable apart from the dead battery. The heater worked well.

The brakes were not as good as a relatives old volvo as the van had drum brakes and the volvo had disk brakes.

The van would be perfect for driving round town, but would be uncomfortable on long journeys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th July, 2002

2001 Daihatsu Hijet Van 1.3 Efi from UK and Ireland


An expensive mistake - best avoided


The interior light bulb failed after 3 days. My dealer said the bulbs were on factory order. This situation remained for 2 weeks, until I bought the part from a local auto shop.

An exterior door handle broke when vehicle was 1 month old, The dealer also had to order this part, although it only took a few days. Other Hi-jet owners told me these handles break easily.

Ignition key broke for no obvious reason at 3 months. Dealer had to order the key which took another 3 Days.

General Comments:

The seats on this vehicle offer no support. Also being positioned immediately above the front wheel, you feel every pothole with a vengeance.

The driving position in general is very poor, the low line of the top of the windscreen means you have to drive in a hunched position. This, allied to the poor seats, led in my case to back and neck pain, and subsequent disposal of the vehicle after 6 months.

The fuel economy was pathetic. Even gently driven, 34mpg was the absolute best I attained. In normal everyday use it was between 25 and 28 mpg.

The engine is superb.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th January, 2002

9th Oct 2005, 15:50

I own a Bedford Rascal van, but am looking at Hi Jets as a replacement. The doors on Hi Jets have 'bendy plastic' handles and my overall impression is that the Rascal is more sturdy and less 'tinny'.

19th Sep 2008, 15:49

I had a Hi-jet mini bus and the sliding doors were always breaking.