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.

General Comments:

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

1998 Daihatsu Sirion CX 1.0 from Israel


I want another one


Nothing go wrong with the car.

General Comments:

This car drink 1 liter per 20 k"m

Very fast in the city and the top speed is Not much, but 140 on the highway is good

Nothing go wrong, the A/C is good.

Good second car for the family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2005

1998 Daihatsu Sirion 1.0L from Australia and New Zealand


Overlooked bargain of a car


Drivers seat has lost a little shape.

When idling the bonnet rattles.

The car is a 3 cylinder, therefore the car has a slight vibration, but nothing too serious.

General Comments:

I've put 14" alloy wheels on the car. Which increased the width of the tires. This dramatically improved the cars handling and the steering (the car doesn't have power steering)

The car came with 2 factory speakers in the front doors. I recently installed new speakers in the front and noticed that in the rear doors, there was a space and wiring for a speaker, only they were never installed. Worked out really handy for me!

The car is really economical, even when driven hard.

The car has never failed to start, and can handle a carload of adults when it needs to!

This is the best car to park, fits anywhere!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2004

13th Oct 2005, 02:42

Interesting that a three cylinder engine would therefore vibrate? Should it not be less prone to vibration given the crank angles?

16th Dec 2005, 02:12

Interesting you should say that, but no, it does have a gentle vibration hum that 4 cylinder (and higher) engines do not. It's not normally noticeable unless under strain at idle; e.g. Hillstarts with a full load.

20th Jul 2008, 05:36

You probably shouldn't fit 14" wheels to your car if 13" is specified. Unless you fit make the rolling diameter the same by fitting low-profile tyres, the speedo reading will be inaccurate.

1998 Daihatsu Sirion 1.0 from Australia and New Zealand


Bargain city commuter :)


Rear wheel cylinders @ 53000.

Drivers side carpet is poor quality worn in numerous places.

Gear stick vibrates at low revs.

General Comments:

Overall, a reliable city commuter, plenty of power, Fantastic fuel economy and great after sales service.

Drivers seat tends to be a little on the firm side.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2003