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Daihatsu Fourtrak (1984-2002) Car

Drive along any country and youХre bound to spot thereХs no doubt that the Fourtrak is the country-dweller’s favourite The reasons are simple. This mud-plugger is competitively priced, as as old boots and extremely competent in the The rather basic original was not endowed with the most road manners.

However, problem was addressed in 1993 the introduction of an independent suspension which did wonders for its road-going At the same time, the whole benefited from an extensive and the appropriately named ФIndependentХ level was introduced to help the appeal to a wider audience. The which was the biggest appeal of the is still there though.

The will seat the family, the odd chest of drawers and sail a ploughed field as well as you down to the local wine bar on a night.

History

The first arrived in the UK way back in 1984 and basic off-road petrol and transport in short wheelbase form. For a few years (1985-1988) were joined by Soft Top but the derivatives weХre looking at are the sturdy yet stylish Estates.

In all models were treated to brakes, exhausts and transmissions. A later the range was revised and all models gained restyled extended wheel arches, bumpers and little luxuries as electric windows and central A 90bhp 2.2-litre petrol arrived in June 1992 to the 2.0-litre petrol and 2.8-litre diesel engines already on

The most significant changes occur until a year though. Early models had a ride caused by their leaf sprung suspension, and was addressed in 1993 with the a new set-up. The `Independent` suspension did wonders for the road-going ability, its wishbone set-up at the front and coil-spring suspension at the rear potholes would no longer your fillings out.

The year saw the introduction of a pair of versions, the 2.8 TDL and TDX and the demise of the less petrol-engined derivatives.

Later improved noise and vibration, and has been a priority too. The car more aggressive than it did it was originally launched. Later are some 110mm wider their predecessors and boast wheelarches as well as sleeker and a revised grille.

Inside, a user-friendly instrument binnacle, the driver and front seat benefit from bucket-style with integral head

Opinion

All the latest Fourtrak come with power selectable two or four-wheel drive and an security system. Inside, the are fitted with a substantial roll-over bar which provides for three-point inertia-reel seat for rear seat passengers. are also two (rather uncomfortable) seats in the rear in the long models to increase the carrying to seven.

Higher up the range, the is another seven-seater with a dose of equipment. This to electric windows, central a four-speaker stereo, an adjustable column and additional instrumentation. If you more, the Fourtrak TDX has colour-coded extensions and unique alloy

Gadgetry on the flagship TDX includes 4WD engagement, electric mirrors, headlamp washers and an RDS stereo

If you choose a model thatХs with the torquey 2.8-litre turbo diesel unit, also get a hefty 3,500kg capacity.

Cost

The best of action, if you can afford it, is to stick the post-1993 Independent machines, but you do to pay more for their improved and specification. A 1993L TDX Independent 2.8 is to set you back around Ј1,800, a slightly lower spec TDL should start at about

Alternatively you could take the route Р after all, the is seen by many as a more alternative to a Land Rover. A TDL Independent should start at and a TDX Independent will set you back Ј8,800 on 2002 plates. For SE add around Ј500-Ј1000 to these depending on age and condition.

Problems?

capable workhorses are likely to be for serious off-roading, so itХs to check the bodywork, suspension and for damage. Particular areas need attention are differentials, and engine.

Faulty or damaged can be expensive to repair, so have the checked out by an expert if youХre

Parts

Parts prices are low for an Oriental make. A brake cylinder will be around front shock absorbers be roughly Ј25 and a clutch disc be only just over All these prices exclude

As already mentioned, post cars are better on-road. said, donХt expect manners: the ride is still bouncy on the tarmac. Off-road a different matter though: the is one of the most capable small around with good clearance. It will clamber up a outcrop almost as well as a goat, or even wade a raging river.

If all this sounds a little too for your needs, donХt the Fourtrak is just as good at you safely off a waterlogged school field.

Overall

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The 2.8 turbo versions are well equipped, and have even gained stylish looks in recent All in all, they provide a affordable alternative to a Land

By CLAIRE EVANS.

Daihatsu (1997 – 2000) Car

Though some wouldnХt be … in the curiously styled, little Daihatsu Move, prepared to try one are certainly in tune the direction in which city are going. Short, narrow and by tiny, fuel efficient what works in Tokyo inexorably spread to other sprawls around the globe. a used Move is a wacky way to the traffic. Just be prepared to a few sniggers.

Loosely based on the K-car concept which has a range of tiny city the Move is ostensibly a micro-MPVs. To eyes, the dimensions are initially ItХs narrower and not much than a Mini, so despite its MPV donХt expect to carry a of seven and their luggage.

History

The Move landed on shores in March 1997. At it was viewed as the automotive equivalent of the game show ФEnduranceХ Р a oriental joke. That was commentators tried it. After a and a re-appraisal of its qualities, the Move was a grudging thumbs up.

It fulfilled its Р to transport a maximum of four in an urban environment Р excellently and more traditional family look bloated and over-engineered.

In 1998 the Move was offered standard air conditioning or automatic at no additional cost. Sales of the in this country tailed off in when Daihatsu withdrew support for it, and even Daihatsu sure of the exact date the support machine was switched but estimate sometime in late

Opinion

Without wishing to demeaning, with the Move you are a rather narrow, somewhat box on wheels. In Move+ guise, quite a well-equipped box, but a car that have been with a set-sized road in mind and then designers grappled with the task of as many people as possible that box. The key is height.

The Move can be driven wearing a top or a jesterХs hat if thatХs more and has a light and airy feel.

The design looks like and bonnet have been on as an afterthought to the cabin, but the overall is cheeky and grin inducing. their faults, itХs not to stay angry with a for too long. It has an infectious personality lets you forgive it for its narrow plasticky cabin and roly-poly

The equipment levels range basic to reasonably surprising.

The Move models boast luxuries as a rear wash and adjustable head restraints, so the ambience is hardly palatial. said that, thereХs than a nod to safety and security, a driverХs airbag. Side protection and engine immobiliser all as standard.

Late model also come with air conditioning or an automatic gearbox as How many other S registration come with this of equipment for under Ј2,500? The benefited from colour-keyed electric front windows, locking and a quite baffling face-off stereo system.

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