Hi there, I haven't had to replace anything so far so I am not sure how expensive parts are. Daihatsu are known for being very reliable so if you do need to replace a part I'm sure it won't be too often. I suggest that you seriously consider this car as it is a bargain and will have you grinning from ear to ear. Sorry I couldn't help out more and thanks for reading my review of this great car.
Good to see the car is going well. What sort of economy are you getting from it?
If you think the Sirion is good value- look at the identical Perodua Myvi. The 1.3 Sirion is identical mechanically to the Toyota Passo and Perodua Myvi-but has some trim and panel differences. They are all produced under the umbrella of Toyota and tailored to specific markets.
My UK main dealer supplied 1.3 SXi Myvi has lots of kit including all electrics, aircon etc and cost only £6799 including metallic paint, flaps, mats, 3 year warranty etc.
It does lose some Sirion kit, eg alloys, sensors, boot shelf strings, but is better in some areas, eg trim quality and a more attractive dash pod.
If you see a Myvi-take a closer look!
Good luck with your Sirion- some of my clients have them and rate them very highly. So far, I really rate my Myvi- see 2006 1.3 SXi report.
I have just bought a 1.3 Sirion and I am very happy with it. I live in Malta, but it appears that its the same everywhere. I was a little preoccupied with the price of parts, but I was also told that very little goes wrong with these cars, and if you have an accident you should be covered by insurance. The price is so good that there is no way you could ever spend the equivalent of the difference in parts. The only weak point that I have noticed so far is that the AC struggles in the heat that we have been having lately.
Im a valeter and I would add that the best way to remove bird mess is to use a pressure washer which is a non-contact means of removing it. I would say however that I clean many new cars and I haven't yet scratched one washing it.
Yes - a jet wash works for fairly fresh guano, but once this has eaten into the paint, the only answer is to cut and polish it with T-Cut or similar.
I find a jet wash only useful so far; stubborn marks are best dealt with by wetting a towel in warm water, lying it over the mark and leaving it for an hour or more. This lifts old bird mess, dried on flies etc which the jetwash won't, and does not scratch the paint.
So many comments on this site about the new water based paints chipping or marking easily, also see report in Auto Express about their Civic Type R long termer which is peppered with chips at only 4,000 miles... I'm all for ecology, but surely it is better for the environment to only have to paint the car once, and not every few thousand miles.