2006 Perodua Myvi SXi 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland
Great Japanese engineering and happy ownership - as well as being so cheap!
This is my seventh Perodua of 91 cars and complements our other 2007 Myvi (see report "so far..", run now by my wife and my Parents 2010 Myvi (see "Toyota Passo...")
We have had great service from our Peroduas and feel the brand is almost a secret for those with insider knowledge. You get Toyota/Daihatsu engineering under the umbrella of a budget brand; in the same way Skoda used VW and Audi tech with a different brand image; the only difference is that Skoda is well advertised and well known, and Perodua is a mystery to most people.
The Myvi is sold in other territories as a Toyota Passo and Daihatsu Boon, and in the UK as a Daihatsu Sirion and Subaru Justy. Detail differences are obvious, such as the lights, mirrors, bumpers and fabrics, but the oily bits are identical on 1.3 versions, which all use the 1298cc Toyota Yaris twin cam VVTi unit. Under the skin, the ECU and electronics are all Daihatsu stickered and most parts are interchangeable, meaning part supply is easy enough.
We ran two identical 2008 Sirions (see "Easily...") and were highly impressed with the total quality of these and the extra kit over the Myvi; Isofix, side 'bags, boot-light, clock, rear headrests, maplights, trip computer, economy gauge, 5 year warranty/breakdown cover etc, but Daihatsu are no longer available in the UK and the 2009 price difference was £3000 more (like-for-like model) for the Sirion.
The Myvi gains LED rear lights and LED indicators in the mirrors and looks less gawky as the bumpers are more stylish, plus the rear end is much tidier with the number plate on the bootlid, not on the rear bumper. The interior trim is much more attractive too and the Myvi looks much more upmarket with the combination of better looks, better trim and the LED lights.
This 2006 Mocca silver (dark grey) car has total history and looks absolutely as new. I bought it privately off ebay with 35,000 miles for less than £3000 including 12 months MOT, road tax and the costs of fetching it.
I have driven it for 2,000 miles and have fully inspected it throughout for issues:
1/ Steering needed centering; done
2/ Tyre pressures slightly out; done
3/ Door switches lazy; need modifying; see 2007 report
4/ Boot lift struts lazy; see 2007 report
5/ Key remote lazy; £1.00 CR1616 battery fitted; done
6/ Wiper blades poor; need replacing.
Otherwise fault free, very quiet running, starts instantly, 50mpg, looks and drives as new with zero rattles or wear.
I will have to fit my LED sidelight W5Ws and Extreme Brilliance H4 headlight bulbs, hardwire the TomTom and source a Daihatsu Sirion parcel shelf lift string, otherwise not much else to do.
It has been much admired; people seems to love the dark grey/slight coffee tinge metallic finish (called Mocca silver) and I much prefer it to the colour that replaced it, which my Parents have on the 2010 car-Medallion Silver; this has a bluey tinge and looks cheaper.
Another Perodua, another Myvi, another report...!
My life seems to be sourcing and selling cars for myself, family and friends, and we just cannot match the Myvi on price with anything else.
Highly recommended! Updates to follow..
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th May, 2010
5th Jun 2010, 15:12
OS roof rubber strip was slightly loose and sticking up, so pushed it back into the roof groove at the office.
Got home, 20 miles later; no rubber strip.
Damn. Will have to source one somewhere...
12th Jun 2010, 03:08
Re: rubber roof strip.
I simply rang the ever helpful main dealer; Shakespeare Lincoln who advised the part was £7-odd +vat, plus a couple of clips; I have paid over the phone and they will post it to me.