1988 Daihatsu Charade User Reviews

1988 Daihatsu Charade Review Ratings

  • Rank your car

Average Ratings from 3 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Build Quality:3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 3 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying all 3 1988 Daihatsu Charade reviews.

BeezerGeezer writes:
1988 Daihatsu Charade Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Daily Commute:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Maintenance Cost:


Rock solid reliabilty and econonmy.  Very well buit and easy to service.  Fun car to drive around town, very easy to park and excellent visibility.


Only imported for 4 years and parts are available as long as you don't mind waiting.


I've Owned It For 22 Years And Have No Plans To Sell It. — Base model CLS that I purchased in 1990 from the second owner for $2,700. Had 31,000 miles on it and a month left on the warranty. It's got 210,000 on it now. To date I've done one clutch replacement along with CV boots, brakes, exhaust system and recently third timing belt. Shortly after I purchased it I bought and installed the factory air conditioner kit. Puts a bit of load on the 3 cyl motor but kept it cool while I was in Southern California. Now works great to defog the windows up here in the Pacific Northwest. Still on original charge after 20 years. Valves easy to adjust and engine only holds a little over 3 qts of oil. I've ran Mobil 1 the whole time. Engine still clean under valve cover. Did have to replace O-ring on distributor shaft. Great fuel economy 35-40 mpg on freeway and 25-35 around town. Original paint started to crack at 17 year mark. Driver seat vinyl failed at 12 year mark...just buy a new sheepskin seat cover every so often. Still very tight and solid. Runs well through snow, slush & ice. Great commuter and grocery get'er. Made two 5,000 mile road trip from CA to KY and back in summer and winter. Could use a cruise control

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Looking for a Used Charade in your area?
CarGurus has 1 nationwide Charade listings and the tools to find you a great deal.
Kenneth writes:
1988 Daihatsu Charade Review


Fun and high performance




Would Like To Have Another. Regretted Trading It For The Civic 4 Door Esi. — Most fun small car that I've had. 12 valve, 3 cylinder, fuel injected turbo with less than 1 liter engine capacity. Low road tax, reasonable fuel consumption (in relation to it's performance). Could carry a fair load of things despite it's small overall size. Most excellent car. Handling was not as good as a Suzuki Swift GTI or the Civic and build quality was not too good (has a spot weld crack that creaked throughout the car's life). Paint was very thin. Sleeper in appearance. No one expects a 1 liter car to run as fast.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Andrew writes:
1988 Daihatsu Charade Review


Cheap to run


The stereo is poohs


Daihatsu. That's Who! — Acceleration is not too bad and the brakes are OK, but the rear shocks need replacing. No squeeks or rattles, but the paint is badly faded on the bonnet and roof. Cheap as to run and will be more amusing to drive when I fix the suspension and alignment

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No

Displaying all 3 1988 Daihatsu Charade reviews.

Rank your car

Reviews From Other Years

1983 Daihatsu Charade Reviews

Cheaper Than Anything! By Hussain

Its a nyc car, overall its good for daily commute! Its really cheap to buy if you're short of money! Its maintenance isn't that expensive either. Its fun to drive at sometimes. The noise inside the ... Read More

Nice Drive By David

i like it because the model has a very good rally history and that i built it. it was a junk state at first. Its very cheep to run and it feels good to drive it. Maybe in the futur i would continue mo... Read More

Read all 1983 Daihatsu Charade reviews

1984 Daihatsu Charade Reviews

Wow By Taimoor

i've had this car since i was a kid . its the best car i've driven . u can feel every little part part of thr car comin to life when u get put your foot down . its maintainacne is a little high cuz i... Read More

Read all 1984 Daihatsu Charade reviews

1986 Daihatsu Charade Reviews

Pocket Rocket By braincon

Good for all round small car, in both rural and city driving. Come into its own ,when overtaking or going up hills. Fuel economy is around 35 mpg and goes best on E95 unleaded fuel these days.Now a cl... Read More

Awesome Pocket Rocket By Jude

Love the road grip, acceleration and long in this car. Its too powerful for a 1 litre engine.. kicks the ass of cars bigger then it.. A lot of fun to drive, its nippy and easy to park n zip in and out... Read More

Read all 1986 Daihatsu Charade reviews

1987 Daihatsu Charade Reviews

Great Car For The Economy Minded Person Who Cares About Having Some Power And Style. By Konrad

Performance: For a 3 Cylinder car it's amazing but still very bad if you have 4 people in and you are trying to go uphill. It will take a lot of revs. Build Quality: Bad actually, switches get easily... Read More

Read all 1987 Daihatsu Charade reviews

1989 Daihatsu Charade Reviews

It's A Nugget. But It Is A Reliabe One By Jesmond

The car in 8 years has never needed anything changed. It is quick at the start but will easily lose a race. Cheap to run 30 bucks and the tank is full and will last me like 2 weeks. It's fun to thrash... Read More

Ride Like A Wind By Faree

Engine is best when it has turbo specially only on 1000cc turbo engine,gives a boost and GO baby thrill n feel, designed dynamics and good for racing and rally. its hell of a ride, GTTi and Detoma... Read More

Read all 1989 Daihatsu Charade reviews