2000 Daihatsu Terios DX 1.3 from Iceland
Reliable and cheap, but uncomfortable
The radio front seem to have connection problems. Nothing big though.
Daihatsu Terios bought in April 2000, has gone 90,000 km since.
Very good in snow and winter driving, thanks to the 4WD. Also good in the city, especially when parking.
It is a cheap car, and uncomfortable when driving long distances at high speed. It is narrow sitting in the driver's seat (my knee always seems to rub on to the electric window opener, and open the window, which is annoying).
Steering wheel reflexes are too much, and can be hard/risky in strong winds. It also feels like it can tumble easily when turning quickly.
Overall I am happy with this cheap car with no garage repair costs. It's reliable and cheap, but uncomfortable, I think the car uses 14L per 100km.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd January, 2006
11th Feb 2003, 07:00
You've apparently been to a very "dodgy" (unreliable) service center / dealer. I have a Terios DVVT with wheel spacers and as long the steering and wheels have been aligned and balanced there are no vibrations until around 130-140kms/h on the freeway (this is the spedometer readout, not real-speed which would be around 10% less). I have done long stretches at high speeds without any fuss (apart from the engine noise). Namely I have run it up to a little past 175km/h on the speedometer on a flat run, around a corner, with A/T tyres. Again, handling was pretty tight and this is the very limit of the car (but be aware that the current model has revised torsional rigidity and suspension setup).
In regards to consumption, initially, when it was brand new, it did 2 tanks averaging 10 litres per 100kms and ever since it's been consuming 8.0-8.5lt per 100kms. One way to reduce your consumption (although I haven't done this yet) would be to relocate your air-induction tube to a place receiving more air (in that case, watch the river crossings!). This is particularly useful if you do a lot of highway cruising. In terms of power, there's a lot you can do there... a RAM-Pod setup, extractors, free-flow muffler... but personally, off-roading I complain more about the clutch than the lack of power itself! You just have to adjust your driving style to the car, once you adapt it's heaps of fun to drive anywhere... on-road, off-road, highway or city. I have found myself in an Opel Corsa 1.4 16v trying to drive through winding country roads at the speed I would do in the Terios. Fact was I couldn't do it. The Corsa never felt as safe around corners preferring to slide around sections the Terios could handle easily without losing its line.
So far, my Terios has been a great buy... I'm just sorry you didn't have the same experience, but I'd just like to add that the Daihatsu people in Australia and Japan are very understanding... you should've gone straight to the importer with your issue and they would absolutely make sure that you'd be another satisfied customer!