Yes,this was a fun car indeed even with the 659 turbo engine. You have to be a brave bloke to own one and confident in yourself.
The wonderfull think with Daihatsu is they wont go wrong. It looks like a minature TT but it wont go wrong like a TT.
Some blokes spotted me sitting in mine and had a laugh calling it the get away car. However when my wife came out of the bank and they saw her they gave me a round of applause.
Having a wife that is Russian and looks like Anna kournikova helps. But seriously the Copen is a wizz and goes round bends at 70 mph sure-footed though i wouldnt recommend doing that if your an inexperienced driver.
Japaneese and bulletproof reliability with some Toyota bits on it for the eagle eyed like myself.
You wont regret it.
The model in this site is not listed but I will still tell you about our new Champagne coloured 1.3 engined Copen. Living in the land of no speed limits (Germany) my wife and I take off (seperately to avoid conflicts and the weight load safety aspect) on the motorway on occasion and I leave it laughing all the way home.
I am 6 foot 2 inches, weigh the wrong side of 16 stone stone and had some apprehension when the dealer who sold us ours would not let me sit in the show car. :o( Still we bought one. The steering wheel was finally put on the left hand side which my wife had been waiting for 3 years before buying one - multi-storey carparks etc..
Anyway, I have a few points - for a BIG guy I have worked out how to get in it with the roof up, head first followed last by the legs. It is also great with the roof down, I can look over the windscreen and everyone laughs. So BIG blokes can still safely drive this amazing car. My wife has owned everything from a Ford Cortina - Range Rover - C2 VTS which she swapped for the Copen because of the - HANDLING - in town and on the motorway, not for posing.
It leaks, it creaks, but we love it. Thanks Daihatsu........
P.S. The dealer is still advertising ours ! on www.padermobile.de
I have owned my Copen since April 2006 and have already covered 7500 miles. As they changed the engine in Germany (I guess this will follow soon in UK), it's now a 1.3 like in the Sirion. If you can get this one, take it! This engine is refined and very flexible, pulls sweetly from 30mph in fifth gear and goes like crazy if you rev it. I reached more than 120mph on the autobahn.
Beside this, it's very frugal. My average is around 46 mpg. If I'm driving in town, before I manage around 38, but cruising on country lanes with the roof down will give me a great 52mpg.
My car came with sports suspension, and I can't feel a difference in the road-manners if the top is down. I always wanted a 'Frog-eye' Austin-Healey, but I need a very reliable car which takes me to work every day. As I have a daughter, I felt more safe buying a new car with ABS brakes and airbags. If you feel this way, the Copen is the car for you.
But the best is that there's always a smile on my face, a smile on the face of my daughter, and a smile on the faces of nearly everybody who is coming along! The Copen is a real member of my family.
I was going to be sensible and replace my old Renault Clio with a newer version, and then I remembered about the Copen, but thought it was probably out of my price range and rather impractical.
Ignoring all of this, I took one for a spin and fell in love with it instantly. After doing some sums and research, I found that that they are a bargain if you can get a nearly new one and save yourself a few thousand quid.
Impractical? Yes, but who cares? You don't buy a car like this for its boot space (which is actually quite generous with the roof up). It is such a fun little car, it handles like a dream and can take corners at speeds I wouldn't have even considered in my Clio. Its tiny engine makes a lovely sound, is quick and responsive and much more powerful than it looks on paper.
For all its cute looks, I think it handles and feels like a proper little sporty car. It's exciting to drive and doesnt feel as small as it looks. I have been very surprised at the attention the Copen gets - people stop and watch it drive past, and it's fun to see the reaction when you pull over to put the roof down.
I really can't fault it, and would recommend one to anyone who fancies something of this type - it's not as powerful as the MX-5 or MR2, but let's face it, it's so much more fun, cheaper, more economical and prettier and less common than its bigger brothers.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!