Used Daihatsu Copen 2003 - 2011 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Advice for buyers

Daihatsu Copen (03 - 11)
  • Daihatsu Copen (03 - 11)
  • Daihatsu Copen (03 - 11)

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Daihatsu Copen sports?

Daihatsus have a good reputation for mechanical toughness and we know nothing about the Copen to challenge this. We can say, however, that we'd expect the engine to suffer more than most if servicing is delayed or sub-standard oil is used.

The folding roof is superbly engineered but lightweight, so you should carefully check its operation before buying a used Copen. We'd also advise a professional pre-purchase inspection, looking in particular for signs of iffy crash repairs. The car's buzzy nature encourages enthusiastic driving, leading some owners to push the car beyond its limits.