Underrated and undervalued
Brake pads seem to wear out more frequently than I have been previously used to with other models of car.
However this maybe due to the spirited style of driving that the vehicle encourages.
For a naturally aspirated 1300cc engine the car is extremely quick. 0-60 in 7.8 seconds is reminiscent of the old Charade Gtti.
The engine feels indestructible and screams right up to the red line at about 7500 rpm.
It is neither quiet on the motorway at speed or when accelerating through the gears. However the manic booming nature of the engine makes the car involving and responsive.
Such performance does not come at the expense of economy. Even when pushed it will return around 40 miles per gallon.
Whilst insurance costs are particularly high for such a small car (group 10 insurance) -there are unlikely to be any major repair bills as Daihatsu have a superb reliability record.
The car has unusual styling that allways attracts looks. The alloys are also attention grabbers.
The vehicle is fantastically equiped with everything as standard.
It may be slightly cramped inside and retro looking, but it has been a bargain second hand purchase that has never failed me.
The vehicle is so unique that I have not seen another Rally 2 for over 10 months now. Exclusivity, reliability and performance without breaking the bank.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd April, 2005