Daihatsu Sirion Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Daihatsu Sirion reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

What happened to temperature gauges?

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Mar 2015

I think you can safely assume that it's cost cutting, but it's probably a reflection of today's drivers who rarely look at their gauges anyway and wouldn't know what a temperature is trying to tell them. I too prefer a gauge as you see what's happening before it gets to the point of serious damage to the engine, but the red light if observed and acted upon should provide sufficient warning of trouble. Like you I also believe a tachometer is a not needed in most cars.

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Best second hand 5-door car for $8000?

Answered by CarsGuide 14 Nov 2014

You could look at all small models from the mainstream carmakers, like Mazda, and you won’t go wrong. The Mazda2 is a good choice, but you could also look at the Toyota Yaris, Hyundai i20 and Kia Rio.

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Daihatsu Sirion clutch wear?

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Sep 2014

It’s not possible to say with any certainty when your clutch might we worn out, but you’re already doing well having clocked up 105,000 km. You can normally tell how far the clutch has worn by the height of the clutch pedal at take-up. If it’s close to the floor there’s plenty left in it, if it’s at the top of the pedal travel it’s probably getting close to worn out.

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Ask Smithy Xtra noisy Daihatsu Sirion

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Jul 2011

What the mechanic told you is rubbish, there has clearly been a change in the way the engine is running, and that suggests there’s a problem. Changing the spark plugs, they’re located in the cylinder head, and the spark leads is a good idea. If you’re not sure take the car to an auto store and they will show you the plugs and leads and supply you with replacements.

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Back to the Mechanic

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Jan 2010

IT COULD be the plug leads, or the ignition coil, even a sensor. Have your mechanic check it again.

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Hyundai or Diahatsu best for re-sale?

Answered by CarsGuide 25 Sep 2003

The Hyundai would be my bet. They are popular with young drivers and dealers like to have them in their yards for that reason. The fact that it has a bigger engine will also give it more appeal when you come to sell it. The Daihatsu's 1.0-litre engine is a little small and that will hold it back. If, however, you were planning to keep the car longer, I would be tempted to go for the Daihatsu as they have greater reliability than the Hyundai. The Daihatsu seems to be the favoured final transport of older folk who want a reliable run in their last years.

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