2003 Daihatsu Terios Reviews

2003 Daihatsu Terios 1.3 from Belize

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance226000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Sidekick

Summary:

Excellent car

Faults:

Nothing has gone bad with this car.

General Comments:

This car is seriously one of the most fuel efficient SUVs out there. It is a really small car, but on the pocket it is very good. I really like driving my Terios around. It looks very modern.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2013

2003 Daihatsu Terios SX 1.3 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired132000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fairmont

Summary:

Great all rounder that can go anywhere!

Faults:

Nothing. Needed a windscreen for RWC and that was it.

Had slight oil leak, but later that was found to be from the previous owner doing a service on it, and they leaked oil from the oil filter as they were removing it, as it's in a tricky spot.

General Comments:

Great car, and very cheap to run. Being the second series, they changed the engine design and replaced it with one with a timing chain, instead of a belt; great idea.

Won't win any races, but it cruises well, goes anywhere, and with a decent set of all terrain tyres, you're well equipped.

1.3 DVVT engine pulls well from down low, but has little top end, but if you use the gears, you can get the most out of it. The ride is bouncy, but it is expected in a tall narrow vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2013

2003 Daihatsu Terios from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance90000 kilometres

Summary:

Seriously the best car ever. Never had a problem, and will never sell this car; it's that good!

Faults:

I regularly service this car; 4 times a year.

General Comments:

Ageless looking car - still modern despite its age.

Easy to drive in the city and country.

Great to park.

High car, but not too high.

Small car, but not too small.

Seats 5 people, but can be compacted to leave more room for the back boot.

Great visibility.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2010

2003 Daihatsu Terios from Costa Rica

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres

Summary:

Persistent

Faults:

Stop lights gave me some issues.

Brakes needed some repairs in the first month.

General Comments:

I bought the car as a request from my wife, and it has been one of the best cars I have owned.

Replaced the gas pump as a suggestion from my mechanic with one from a Toyota Corolla, as they share parts, and did a lot of improvement on the performance.

Off-road the car is very capable, and has a lot of strength for such a small engine. However the cabin is very small, and with the baby's car seat, we can only fit one more person. Wish the car had more room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2010

2003 Daihatsu Terios Cool 1.3 from Venezuela

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Vento

Summary:

Great value small SUV!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Great small SUV, excellent gas economy, great engine performance for a little 1.3 gasoline engine. Our Terios was assembled here in Toyota's Venezuelan plant, and the manufacture quality is outstanding.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2007

2003 Daihatsu Terios 1.3 Unleaded from South Africa

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 Unleaded Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired28500 kilometres
Most recent distance71400 kilometres
Previous carMazda Rustler 160i

Summary:

Excellent fun car

Faults:

The rear diff whined at about 45000 km. After much trial and error the dealer managed to have it fixed.

General Comments:

Excellent and nippy little car. I found it to be excellent value for money as it's economical to run, and shames most of the same engine size competition here in South Africa.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2005

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 6 reviews