1988 Daihatsu Mira LS 847cc from Australia and New Zealand


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


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

28th Dec 2014, 02:23

Funniest review I've read in a long time. What a crack up!

23rd Oct 2016, 03:00

What a story. Poor car.

29th Dec 2016, 09:22

I am literally buying this exact model here in NZ; it's a flaky paint blue one and on the test drive it turned so many heads. Not sure if it was for the right reasons LOL. Crack up review, I am SO glad to get my hands on one!

28th Jan 2019, 22:15

I had a 1985 Diahatsu Charade that was like that. I drove that little buzzbox through Hell and back and it never missed a beat. I'm kicking myself now for parting with it, I'd definitely have another one.

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


Brilliant little car


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%.