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Daihatsu Mini Truck questions #8318050 07/11/21 06:21 PM
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I'm checking out a Daihatsu mini truck later this week. I don't know much about them other than my mechanic uncle says Daihatsu is good to go and shouldn't be difficult to work on if necessary and parts are generally available online. However, he hasn't personally worked on them, just telling me these things based off asking some of his friends who do more work for commercial vehicles.

Is there anything, in particular, I need to be aware of when inspecting it vs a truck or a UTV? Anyone use one for a lease/ranch vehicle?

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My cousin used mini-trucks for years, though I don’t know if he still does. There was serious Louisiana gumbo mud there, so he had a jacked up 4wd double cab model. I rode with him a few times, and that thing would go about anywhere. More than that, I don’t know.


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Is it a manual or automatic transmission? 4wd? Where is the radiator located on it? Air filter location? What type of terrain your drive in? If it is steep and hilly, then try to check the power it has going up an incline...steeper the better. Lot of those automatic mini-trucks do not have much power to climb hills. 4wd helps but still some lack the power to climb a hill very well. 12 yrs ago parts were hard to find. Air filters were critical on those mini trucks, so make sure it the correct one and fits. We had issues with mini trucks when the filter was not the correct one and the air filter cover did not close properly. Got dust past the filter. Those trucks were not designed for off road, dusty type conditions.


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Re: Daihatsu Mini Truck questions [Re: stxranchman] #8318138 07/11/21 08:10 PM
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It’s automatic 4x4. Lifted with big tires.

Not crazy inclines at our lease, mainly using it on the roads, mix of dirt, rocks and caliche.

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