Used car review Daihatsu Charade 2003 |

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Daihatsu Charade

Used car review Daihatsu 2003

Graham ‘Smithy’ reviews the used Daihatsu 2003, its fine points, its and what to watch for when you are it.

Toyota’s decision to pull from its showrooms didn’t as a great surprise to anyone who saw the presence declining over the few years. Where once the was a popular small car choice offered good reliable at a value-for-money price, neglect it to slip into decline as small cars moved As it slipped so too did it drop off buyers which can only have the end.

For many years the was a solid little car that Japanese quality at a price a under that of similar in the mainstream Toyota model

It was never a car that stood out the crowd, but that was its great for many who simply wanted reliable transport at an affordable

Once the Korean makes had cut a through the bottom end of our market was doomed. Instead of the cheap and little car it was then undercut by the from the Korean peninsula and have the gloss to run with the expensive Japanese models it was by really competing with.

For years the Charade was just alive with a series of facelifts, a different grille new bumpers there and a shuffled range was enough to make you there really was something

For the most part it was just dressing, it was the same old Charade up to keep sales ticking without necessarily doing special.

Then in 2000 actually dropped the name its range. It had become tired lack of action, and the company new names and models aimed at with the runaway Koreans.

When nothing really to work the company rebirthed the old in 2003 on an attractively styled hatch, but it was probably too little too to save the brand from

There was just the one model, a three-door hatch which dual front airbags with seat belt and force limiters, central immobiliser, power mirrors and windows, cloth trim, split-fold rear seat, CD Air-conditioning and metallic paint the available options.

Up front the packed a pint-sized 40 kW punch in the of a 1.0-litre double overhead four-cylinder engine, but when it has to move 700 kg it was sufficient to make it In other words it was perfect town where it not only in and out of the traffic with ease, but decent fuel consumption.

Daihatsu offered a choice of the five-speed manual or the four-speed and drive was through the front

Being of an upright stance from the driver’s seat was the driving position, although quite upright, was comfortable and was placed well within the reach.

The resale value of any that’s dropped from the takes a hammering from the the move inevitably triggers, but a slump in resale is a disaster for who owns one it can be an opportunity for buyers to punt on getting continued into the future.

In the case of Toyota has committed to provide support in terms of service and back-up so there seems reason to eliminate the Charade the shopping list entirely.

to swoop at around $8000 for a model with around km on the clock.

The Charade was well built and as a gives little trouble. only just two years old and cars will have as little as 40,000 km so they’re in infancy and any problems they have still lie in the future.

The has a cam timing belt, which a change around 100,000 km is for and this must be done to what could well be trouble in the event of a belt

Check for a service record, to make sure the car has been serviced as the Charade is often as a cheap and cheerful mode of and some owners neglect to them in order to save

Look also for bumps and and stained paint, from parked in the street where can be attacked by other careless and the elements.

Daihatsu Charade

When test driving sure it drives straight and doesn’t require constant correction to keep it on the straight and If it does it could be due to poor after a crash.

Also sure the engine starts and runs smoothly without and the auto engages gears snatching or jerking and shifts without hesitation.

The Charade’s stature puts it at a distinct in the event of a crash as almost else on the road is larger. But its gives it an advantage when it to avoiding a crash, although it have ABS, which be a boon in getting out of trouble.

front airbags are standard so is quite reasonable when it to the crunch.

Perren Mortimer a new car when her old Datsun 260C for the final time. Her requirements that it had to be affordable, economical, equipped and able to swallow her After looking at and dismissing small car alternatives she settled on her

“I love it,” she “It’s really cheap to run and enough for four people, and also got lots of features air-conditioning, CD sound and power

• edgy hatchback

• small size to park

• good quality

• miserly consumption

• zippy

• sliding resale

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