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Daihatsu Charade (1987- 2000) Car Review

If youХre shopping for a secondhand supermini, you probably havenХt considered DaihatsuХs Charade. Like most small car buyers, youХve probably set your sights on a mainstream model such as a Ford Fiesta or a Vauxhall Corsa. However, if your priorities are quality and value for money, a Daihatsu Charade might be worth tracking down. The Charade started life as a rather uninspiring looking hatchback (offered in three and five-door form) with lacklustre 1.0 and 1.3-litre engines.

These were replaced in 1993 by altogether more modern machines. This expanded range included 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6-litre hatchbacks and a 1.5-litre saloon. They were better equipped and offered buyers greater value for money.

Though now almost completely replaced by the smaller one-litre Sirion, the Charade remains an affordable supermini alternative and makes sense as a good second-hand buy.

History

While the earliest Charades (1987-1989 CX and the hot-hatch GTti models) are practical and affordable vehicles, post-1990 cars are a far better bet. From September of that year even the entry-level 1.0 CX added power assisted steering to its already comprehensive list of standard equipment. Creature comforts on both variants included electric door mirrors, an internal fuel filler and boot release switches as well as a good quality stereo.

Later that year, the range was extended to include a 1.0-litre, five-door turbodiesel CX version. Then, in 1991, this trio was joined by another variant, a 1.3-litre petrol-engined five-door hatch that was available in three different trim levels: CX, CXi and GXi.

However, the newer the Charade the better and the revised 1993 line-up is superior to anything that came before it. It includes an economy version (the 1.3 petrol GSe), plus a trio of three and five-door hatches with a single point fuel injected version of the 1.3-litre engine. There was also a luxury 1.5-litre variant called the GLXi SE (which boasted air conditioning and metallic paint) and a flagship 1.6 GSXi three-door hatch.

In 1996, the whole range was given a makeover and gained cheeky front end styling that singled it out from a number of more anonymous-looking competitors. These models are also longer and much roomier than their predecessors. ThereХs more leg space for both front and rear-seat passengers, while greater glass area and careful changes to the interior have given the cabin a more airy, less claustrophobic feel.

Luggage space is improved, too.

Three-door models were dropped after a couple of years and, at the end of 1999, the 1.5-litre saloon and the automatic and anti-lock brake options were deleted. The range continued as a single 1.3-litre LXi SE hatchback with generous equipment including dual airbags, central locking and electric windows and mirrors. This model was deleted at the end of 2000.

Opinion

As already mentioned, equipment levels are better than average. Standard features of the revised 1993-on cars include a rear wash/wipe, a heated rear window and a removable stereo. All have side impact beams in the doors for added safety. (A driverХs airbag became a cost option in 1996 and standard on later cars while the latest LXi SE has a passenger Фbag as well.)

Further up the scale, the 1.3 LXi five-door comes with power steering, electric mirrors and a rev counter. Move up to the GLXi and Daihatsu has added electric windows and central locking as well as extra speakers for the stereo.

Cost

Prices for the earliest 90G Charades start very low and you can bag a 1993K 1.3 CXi for Ј,400. Our money would go on the new 1.3-litre Charade, though. Prices for these start only slightly higher at Ј600 for a 1994L GSe. A mid-range LXi that was first registered in 1995 should cost around Ј700.

If you prefer the nearly new option, expect to pay between Ј1,400 and Ј1,600 for a 2000V model of either the 1.3 hatch or the 1.5 saloon.

Problems?

Rust can be a problem on older models, as can worn engines, particularly on the complex GTti version, which weХd advise buying only with a full service history. There are far less worries on post-93 cars which have proved generally reliable and durable.

Parts

(Approx for a 1.3-litre 1993 model excl VAT) A clutch assembly will be around Ј130 and brake pads for the front and rear are around Ј40. An alternator should be close to Ј200 and a radiator around Ј110.

A replacement headlamp is close to Ј100, a full exhaust system excluding the catalyst will be around Ј190, and a starter motor can be up to Ј170.

Road

Under the bonnet of the last generation of hatchbacks thereХs a choice between 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6-litre power. However, youХre far more likely to end up behind the wheel of one of the most popular mid-range 1.3 cars.

This is no hardship though, as it is one of the most refined engines in its class. Indeed, tests showed that the Charade’s interior noise levels at 50mph are equal to those of Nissan Micra at just 30mph. The other emphasis with these powerplants is fuel economy: the LXi model, for example, is capable of over 60 miles to the gallon.

Around town, it can average 43mpg.

Fuel economy was even a priority on the automatic version, which uses a sophisticated electronically-controlled four-speed system codenamed `ESAT`. Left in `auto` mode, the computer selects gear change points to maximise fuel efficiency.

Should you need swift acceleration, though, simply plant your foot hard down on the throttle and the transmission switches to `power` mode.

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Overall

Often overlooked and under-rated, the Charade is a capable and durable supermini that is certain to appeal to anyone buying a secondhand car with their head as well as their heart.

By CLAIRE EVANS.

Daihatsu GrandMove (1997 – 2001) Car Review

DaihatsuХs Grand Move is most definitely an acquired taste. The styling, whilst not as bizarre as its late sibling the Move, is nonetheless on the unorthodox side. Despite this, it represents a cost-effective method of transporting the family, especially if urban trips are a major component of your journeys.

The Grand Move was designed to cope with the traffic jams of Tokyo; a reassuring fact to consider when waiting to get onto a local mini roundabout. Just as we like to buy 200-metre waterproof watches and extreme skis as part of our leisure lifestyle, thereХs something comforting about over-specification. Most of the time this means paying through the nose, though.

Not with the Grand Move. With used prices beginning at less than Ј5,000 whoever thought that starting a family was expensive had obviously never considered the little Daihatsu

History

The Grand Move was launched in March 1997, priced at levels close to the all-conquering Renault Scenic. Too close in fact, sales suffering from its proximity to RenaultХs star performer. A slight rethink was necessary. In October 1998 the 88bhp 1.5-litre engines used to power the Grand Move were replaced by 90bhp 1.6-litre units. A whole host of other subtle changes were also introduced.

The car was lengthened slightly, the suspension was retuned and bigger brakes were fitted. The staple facelift target items of bumpers, lights and grille were also given a nip and tuck, and the Grand Move+ designation was deleted.

Opinion

Basically, a box with wheels. This may sound unappetising, but itХs the most effective way of accommodating five adults in as compact a space as possible. In Grand Move+ guise, itХs quite a well-equipped box, but the Grand Move is a model that has been designed with a set-sized road ФfootprintХ in mind and then designers have grappled with the task of getting as many people as possible into that area.

The key factor is height. The Grand Move has a high roof and low window line which contribute to an airy feel, giving the impression of a larger car.

In fact the Charade-based Grand Move has a full size MPV-like feel from behind the wheel. There’s that high, commanding seating position, a vast glass area for superb visibility and a number of seating permutations that include the creation of a double bed. On the debit side, the rear seats can’t be removed from the car and the narrowness of the body makes three on the back seat a bit of a squash.

Still, given the fact that the most likely rear seat occupants will be children, that probably won’t matter.

There’s certainly room for a lot more luggage than could be carried by an ordinary family hatchback. With a full complement of five passengers aboard, 400 litres of cargo space is available, while folding the rear seats forward increases this to a total of 850 litres. In addition, there are plenty of handy stowage compartments for things like maps, sunglasses and mobile telephones.

Standard equipment remains a strongpoint, inclusive of twin front airbags, power steering, an engine immobiliser, central locking, electric mirrors, metallic paint and built-in roof rails. The better-equipped Ф+Х version has been dropped recently but you can get a standard model close to that specification by adding optional items like metallic paint, alloy wheels, ABS, heated mirrors, electric windows, and air conditioning (recommended given that huge glass area).

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