Daihatsu Hijet Van
5 reviews from the community
Review of "Daihatsu Hijet Van"
I bought an R Reg Hijet, just over a month ago.Was a little wary, as it looked, initialy, like a 10 pack cigarrette box (sideways on) with wheels and windows.
It had the tiniest wheels I have ever seen on a 'car' (mpv), those being 12", mine does not have the luxury of power steering, but once you get going, it's very easy to turn.It is a 933cc, get around 35 to a gallon of petrol on Motorways (60mph), or around 30 in city traffic.
I've had it up to 75, with still some push left in it, I feel it could do 80/85 mph.Gets rather noisy over 60mph, with the diff at the back, whining louder and louder as speed increases.
On motorways it may not wobble, but when heavy wagons pass by,or you pass one, it does push into the side, or get sucked to the centre lane, but you learn to compensate as it is happening.I've found it is one of those vehicles which everyone just has to get past, no matter what your speed your doing, it seems they don't want to be embarrassed by being behind one.
The engine is all inside, under the raised driver/passenger seat, which fold backwards, each front seat is basically a bonnet, allowing access to each half of the engine.A lot of work can be carried out from inside the vehicle, which is good in the snow/rain.
The rear seats fold under and upwards, creating a very large space in the rear, for a host of bagage, boxes etc.All the seats will fold flat, onto each other, making the whole van one big 'bed.
We have removed the rear three seats, making the 'boot' space at the rear even more roomy, we have had double beds in it (folded), a commericial 42 tube sunbed, wheelbarrow, electric wheelchair (full size one), and a host of other bits and bobs, which would be immpossible to fit into a normal sized car, or even most of the so called people carriers, which, outside are larger.The advantage of this van, is that whilst it only has the length of a Vauxhall Corsa, there is no front engine compartment, or rear boot compartment, it's a box with seats on top, engine underneath.
There are no real luxerys with this car, basic seats, bog standard radio (now fitted a cd player), bumpy over holes, sways like an elephant in wind, and is a little noisy at speed.But, with the space it provides, the MPG it gives, and the versatility of this little workhorse, I would highly reccomend it as a run about.
First time starter, excellent heater, excellent large mirrors, large windows, turns in 21', and even more interesting, is that as it is so basic, and takes so little time to remove all the seats, it is so open to being 'changed' inside, to your hearts content.Tax, for this one, is £66 for 6 months, the Insurance however was in fact £30 more than my Rover, as Swinton have classed it as an MPV, 7 seater.
Touch wood, I have not yet had to replace any parts, though I assume only Daihatsu Parts will fit, as mentioned in other reviews, luckily though I have some mechanical knowledge, and a family of qualified mechanics on tap, so, hopefully, my only costs for parts will be parts, plus a pint or two.
Product Information : Daihatsu Hijet Van
Manufacturer's product descriptionPetrol
Fuel Type: Petrol
Range: Daihatsu Hijet
Listed on Ciao since: 22/10/2002