1992 Daihatsu Sportrak ELXI 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
A well-built compact 4WD with comfort
Gearbox detonated at 60,000miles - rebuilt at non-Daihatsu dealer.
Gearbox rebuilt again at 80,000miles - this time properly. Was told that this is a weakness of Sportrak.
I have owned the Sportrak longer than any of my other cars and I like it a lot. It is far mor solid than the Suzuki Vitara, the interior is smart and the performance is lively with 30+ mpg on longer runs. suspension is a little harsh, but has hard/medium/soft switch. On sunny days go open top!
It is a real workhorse - it will carry heavy loads and pulls well.
The only real criticisms are a lack of luggage space, and a removable roof panel which doesn't stow properly in the back.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2002