greetings from Ireland!!
just bought my first car ever, at the grand old age of 41, L251 Daihatsu Charade 2006. i knew the name daihatsu, but little more.
for some reason, only the gods above will know, all the stars aligned and led me to this car. i had been searching for months for a fiat doblo high roof in decent nick. when i found one the insurance quote had increased from 700 euro to 2400 euro. so i started checking for 1 litre cars. i was looking at a smart roadster for a while because the insurance was very cheap. while the car is nice, i figured they are a bit of trouble maintenance wise.
i found the charade on donedeal - an irish gumtree, by using a search for cars under one litre and newer than 12 years - all important for irish car insurance companies.
for some reason, the insurance on the dai was 616 euro, while a yaris was 1200. i guess the crash stats are higher on a yaris, and earlier models dont have abs , as i found out myself once!
so after waiting for months on ends for a particular car, i went and bought another one i knew nothing about in the space of 2 days, purely based on insurance and reading a few reviews on parkers. they all seem to like it too!!
going off parkers.co.uk its the completely standard model.
So it doesnt have aircon or side airbags or alloys.
why anyone needs aircon around these parts im not entirely sure.
have to say - tis a great little yoke. much happier on the motorway than my mothers toyota yaris, much faster on the bends than my girlfriends Citreon c4!! i can fit a road bike in it without taking the wheel off, unlike the yaris, the boot lever is one of the smartest things i;ve seen in a car. there are lights everywhere inside it. its great fun to drive, and motorway noise is grand with the radio up. on country roads it comes into its own and take bumpy roads no bother.
they arent worth very much here in ireland or in the UK. i got my one for 1700 euro with road tax and NCT (rego perhaps?) until the end of the month. in the uk i see them on gumtree for 300-400 sterling with a bit of mileage on them.
my one has only done 20000 km !! belonged to an old lady who passed away. hence not going all richard rawlings on the sale price as it was a gift to her grandchildren.
now - a question - i wont bother asking for a manual cause i know the answer. i want to change the oil. anyone know how much oil the engine takes?
will upload pictures when i get a chance over the next week.