Daihatsu Terios Con's or Pro's

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 21:35
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Hi my friend is interested in buying a Daihatsu Terios. If anyone knows about them, can you please let me know if their any good. She's after 4X4 between $10000 to $12000. Farely late model 1997 min in the same category.
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Reply By: Matho - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 21:58

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 21:58
Or even a Kia Sportage
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:17

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:17
PRO: they are cheap

CON: useless offroad.

what does she want to do with it? Pickup the kids, there are better cars around for that.
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Follow Up By: Matho - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:26

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:26
LOL....I not at all suprised about the replys i was going to get from this post, especial from you Truckster. I'm surprised you didn't mention about how crap the 3.0 ltr Patrols are. :)
It won't be a mum's Taxi, she occassionally will go of road every now and then. We also did some more investigation and we agree that the Terios is *%$@ (crap)
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:31

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:31
Vitara Zook.. In the small car class it cannot be beaten.. 109280129384023984s of off the shelf accessories and spares and wrecked ones... tons of specialized zook shops to work on them.. how could you go past it!
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Reply By: ianmc - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:25

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:25
Agree with Truckster. Tall, narrow, small very high revver but may be reliable as most Daihatsius seem to be. Why not ask on the Daih, section of outerlimits4x4 forum?
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Reply By: Matho - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:34

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:34
Doh Should of mentioned that it has to be a 4 door. (she's over 2 door cars)
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Follow Up By: Matho - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:43

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:43
eventually she want to up grade the suspension to this...lol
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 19:12

Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 19:12
Yeah!!!! I know Dave from another forum (4x4wire.com) not too bad for a home made double ended SAS (straight axle swap). There are a couple of others like that on the go in the US, and several running in Korea.

A Kia Sportage may be another option if she doesnt want to mod it too much at the moment. (More upgrades coming though).
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Reply By: glenno(bris) - Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 00:05

Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 00:05
If this is any help my father in law uses one for a country postal run . Ideal for wet boggy dirt roads . Cheap to buy . Cheap to run .
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Reply By: Bitsumishin - Mike (WA) - Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 00:07

Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 00:07
My wife has had a '97 Terios almost since new & whilst its not our main 4x4, she does occassionally take it out on the clubs Ladies drives & it competes admirably in soft sand and rocks where ground clearance is not a major issue. The Powerline track to York is no problem for it, nor any beach (see trips this site)
Good: Small and easy to park in shopping centres but still gives high view for driving. Engine seems unstoppable & mechanically it has been faultless. Cheap on fuel when compared to a standard 4x4 but not cheap when compared to a small 2WD
Bad: Revs like the beejesus (I keep looking for 6th gear). Leg room in rear is only good for kids under teenage yrs & boot is small also. No recovery points, only tiedowns (although its so light, that is probably all it needs). It's cheap, I doubt you'd get a '97 Zook for that price in good condition, they were certainly out of my price range at the time.

As for the Kia link.... good luck finding anyone to mod a Terios, I fear they would just laugh, I have enough trouble with 4x4 mechs taking my Challenger seriously.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mungo Explorer (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 02:07

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 02:07
As a one-time Terios owner, I'd second most of that. I actually bought it as an offroader (yeah I know but it's all I could afford then...) and it took me to through the Daintree to Cooktown, to Innamincka and Maree, and up and down a few beaches. It's so light it will zoom through wet dirt which bogs heavier "serious" fourbys but don't ask it to do stuff where low range is required. I was snatched out of bogs a few times with the tie-down points without any dramas but I'm not sure I would do the same to any bogged Terios these days. The high revving engine is tiresome on freeways but quite nippy, at least with the later models.
All in all, I'd recommend it as a cheap dual-purpose town/dirt road car, provided you don't need more space, more solid construction, or a transfer case. Certainly much, much better offroad than the likes of the CRV and the RAV, if only because of its centre difflock, its reasonable ground clearance, and its revvy but capable engine.
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