1998 Daihatsu Sirion 1.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
A fully-optioned reliable car available at an old-car price
The Airbag light came on intermittently when I bought it. The dealer sent it to Daihatsu to have the computer re-set and the problem never came back.
Other than that nothing has gone wrong with the car.
I purchased my 1.0 litre Daihatsu Sirion as my previous car (Mitsubishi Lancer) was worn out and drinking too much gas - and gas was becoming quite expensive.
From the first time I filled the Sirion's tank (for only $33) I was impressed. Not only did I get 560km out of that tankful, I did it with the aircon going constantly and driving at a normal brisk pace with other city/suburban traffic.
For a such a tiny 3 cylinder engine the performance is very good. Stay away from the automatic models even if you really love autos (as I do) as they rob the car of 20 to 30% of the available power. It's a little extra work to drive, but believe me, buy the manual version!
The engines in these cars have been known to power along for well over 300,000km even when neglected. If you keep it serviced and all the joints lubricated (as I do) then you'll have years of trouble free, incredibly CHEAP motoring!
For such a cheap car the interior has a lot of fabric in it. My lancer had partial-vinyl seats, vinyl doors and grey plastic everywhere else. The Sirion however has carpet everywhere and patterned fabric on all the doors.
When it's rainy and cold stuck at the lights the Sirion is a surprisingly inviting car inside for the value.
As for driving in the 38 Degree+ Queensland summer, the air conditioning is good. Powerful for a small car although it does take it's share out of the available power.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th December, 2005