1988 Daihatsu Mira LS 847cc from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Fast, reliable, economical, spacious, and not as unsafe as they look; trust me, I crashed mine TWICE

Faults:

Seats wore out, but I put covers on and ignored it; not a problem.

Other than that, no major mechanical faults, though once a hose came off the carburettor and caused it to run bad. I stuck it back on and put a paperclip on it, and it was fine!

General Comments:

I gave this car DEATH for 2 straight years, over 35,000+ kilometers, and it LOVED it. I'd dump the clutch and valve bounce it, flat shift when I changed gears, all of the above, and the gearbox and clutch and engine handled it fine. I carried weights of 650kg+ and it handled it fine, not to mention it had enormous amounts of space with the seats down; better than any sedan and most station wagons I have seen.

It is probably the best car I ever owned; it was lightning fast off the line, could hit 157kph top speed (before it valve-bounced in 4th) and I could run my 350W amp and subwoofer etc no problem. Also possibly the most economical car out there, with a damn good exhaust tone too.

Also, here is the amazing part - I crashed this car once into a ditch (I wondered what would happen when you take the keys out when driving, steering lock came on, lost control, don't ask), and the wheel was bent at a 45 degree angle under the car, and the side of the car was slightly caved in. Towed it out and it popped back into shape. No problem.

Another time I had a 35kph head-on into the side of a late model Mazda 3 - wrote off both cars, BUT the Mira did not crumble at all, and I was unharmed. Here is the amazing bit, the chassis flexed and bounced back about two meters. All of the seams in the chassis had split, but the car retained its shape. The radiator was not punctured; I'm sure I could have driven it home.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2012

1999 Daihatsu Mira LX 1.0L twin cam EFI 3 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Brilliant little car

Faults:

Driver's seatbelt has started to fray a little.

Door needed realignment to make it shut tighter.

Small rust sports starting under rear windows.

Rear brakes seem to stick/operate strangely at times. Still work fine, just feel a bit jerky at low speed.

General Comments:

Very peppy, very economical, two airbags. This one is a rare (in NZ) 3 door van, no back seats. Basic model, lacks a rear wiper and dipping rear view mirror, but that's about all I can complain about.

With no power steering, can be a bit heavy at low speed, but easy to park.

Starts first time, even when covered in ice during winter.

Handles well. It goes like a little rocket, and doesn't use much petrol.

We do 350+kms a week in it. Sits very well on the motorway, is happy to do 100 kph or more if you let it!

One of the best cars I've ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2010

24th May 2011, 02:23

Yes, this is the most reliable, economical little car I have ever driven, it's a remarkable car on the main road, I have had my Daihatsu Mira for 1 year and I really like the way it drives, so handy on fuel and I will never get another car like this, this car has been on long distance drives and handles the road really well.

For marks on this car I would give it a 100%.

2000 Daihatsu Mira 1.0 from Egypt

Summary:

Amazing, speedy and stable

Faults:

When the car has 4-5 persons in it, the space between it and ground is very small. This can be annoying in some cases.

General Comments:

The car has an amazing performance on road.

The car accelerates too fast.

The car's stability is great.

Very fuel efficient.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2008

1991 Daihatsu Mira L200 .65 3 Cylinder 660cc from North America

Summary:

Amazing gas mileage surprisingly roomy

Faults:

Not much has gone wrong with the car.

Brake Shoes were worn out and had to be replaced.

No Day-time running lights, had to install some to pass Alberta inspection.

Tires on all 4 wheels were worn out, kind of normal I guess. The tires however are 10" x 3.5" and are expensive and hard to find.

Drivers seat needs to be re-upholstered.

A semi truck kicked up a rock that broke the right park lamp.

General Comments:

This car likely has the best fuel economy of any car in Canada right now. A full tank in this car can run me under $14.00 Canadian on regular fuel. The car seems to get over 55mpg so a small tank that lasts a really long time.

The car has excellent performance for such a small engine. The car can cruise at highway speeds of 110km with a maximum speed of 130km You sit so low to the ground that 100km feels like 150km!

The handling of the car at high speeds leaves something to be desired, you really do need to keep both hands on the wheel, as the thin small tires like to be carried away by any heaves or dips in the road. The power steering the car has is not necessary and makes the steering incredibly touchy.

This car is great to drive through snowy conditions, while other cars are getting stuck and spinning out the Mira is putting them to shame. The 3.5" wide tires are perfect for cutting through snow.

This is an excellent city car, the vast area of Calgary is no problem to drive around in for the great fuel millage, the small size makes traffic easy to navigate in, changing lanes and merging and parking.

The interior has 4 seats, but only the 2 front ones are actually usable. There are no seat belts equipped in the back seats, and leg room is non existent. The back seats fold down however to provide cavernous cargo space for such a tiny car.

The instrument panel is well laid out, and the lighting system is fantastic.

The seats are really comfortable, and there is plenty of headroom. The peddles on the drivers side however are really small and it takes a lot of getting used to especially if you have big feet, you will accidentally be stepping on the gas and brake at the same time.

A weird note though, only a sun visor was included on the drivers side, so passengers can expect to be annoyed by sun glare.

I also find that due to the car being low to the ground, you have problems with the glare of headlights and daytime running lamps from other vehicles in your mirrors.

The biggest problem with the car is parts. Daihatsu does not exist in Canada anymore so replacement parts are expensive require lots of time to ship in and can be hard to find, and the most basic parts can kind of cancel out the great fuel economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2007