Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Daihatsu Charade hatchback?
Being a relatively small manufacturer, Daihatsu is rarely included in reliability surveys or the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey. However, Daihatsu has made some incredibly reliable cars in the past, and that doesn't just apply to the big cars like the Fourtrak off-roader.
The Cuore was a little car with a big reputation for reliability, and the Charade promises to be even better. According to Warranty Direct, few complaints have so far been received. Because of its simplicity and inherent toughness, little should go wrong.
What's more, because the Charade is so cheap, most buyers should be able to afford a car that's new enough to have some of the original three-year/unlimited mileage warranty left on it.
The lightweight suspension will be the most likely cause of problems in the future, so listen out for the onset of clonks from underneath. Uneven tyre wear is another sign that suspension problems are on the way.