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« on: September 07, 2009, 03:35:14 AM »

Hi all..
I am to buy a Daihatsu 4 wheel drive. Here is the details: 2530CC, 4*4, F50(I guess), Diesel. Good condition. Original engine & gear box. fully repaired. Not modified, soft top, new tires. I really want to know the off road capability & the usage of this vehicle and it is not yet modified. Also I like to know whether it is possible to apply some functions like power steering, AC, power mirrors ..etc without any trouble... & what are the drawbacks as well. Please tell me the places that can design the interior as you think is good.  Thanks indeed.

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009, 05:03:26 AM »

Hi Nishan

From your pictures the vehicle looks a Daihatsu F50.  First I have to tell you that I have not used a Daihatsu F50. But a friend of mine had one long time back.

Well according to my knowledge it is a good “Starter 4X4”. And from your pictures the engine looks original and the break booster has been replaced. And I think these vehicles were produced during 1979 – 1985 so this is close to 30 years old vehicle.

And what I think is when you are buying a vehicle it is more important to consider the body condition than the engine or the gearbox. But a good thing about this vehicle is that it is not modified, because some times when people modify vehicles, they do incompatible modifications like fixing over size tires. According to my experience vehicles perform best with the recommended size tires.

About the off road capability, …….. since the suspension system is leaf spring, don’t expect wheel articulation of a coil spring vehicle. But if you are not planning to do extreme off road driving this Daihatsu will take you to places you want to go. And I have to tell you when it comes to off road driving,  the person behind the steering wheel is more important than the vehicle

And about fixing power steering, AC, power mirrors, yes you should be able to fix these extras with a good mechanic. Power steering and AC is ok, But do you really need power mirrors for a 4X4??? Well it’s totally up to you.

And about the drawbacks……… well.. this has leaf spring suspension and it is a short wheelbase vehicle, so don’t expect it to be a very comfortable vehicle.

About a places that you can do the interior work, well according to my experience it is always better to go to a small mechanic than going to a “jeep baas” with a big name.

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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2009, 08:38:24 PM »

Hi Nadika

Thank you very much for the reply & I could gain a lot from that. Anyway I am attaching 4 more images and please have a look at it as well. The vehicle is manufactured in 1979 and it was being used by Plantations Corporation since 1994. Now it is on the hand of 4th owner and he asks 6 laks which is fixed. So It is true that functions like power mirrors are not important. I am not expecting it to be an extreme off road vehicle but some extent. Smiley Someone told me that if the 4 wheel functionality brakes on this vehicle there is no way to fix it back. Is it true? Hope you see the pics and tell me something about it.

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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2009, 01:47:16 AM »

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Someone told me that if the 4 wheel functionality brakes on this vehicle there is no way to fix it back. Is it true?

This can be a hint that some of the parts for this gearbox/transfer gear is not available or very hard to find. Otherwise there is absolutely no reason why a manual 4WD system cannot be repaired.

I agree with Nadika that the body condition is more important than mechanical. From the pictures the body looks OK to me but I know that pictures are very deceiving when it comes to assessing body condition of a vehicle.

I think what is most important is to do a bit of research and confirm the availability of mechanical parts for this vehicle. Its 30 years old so it will NEED REPAIRS from time to time and if the spare parts are hard to find you will be stuck with it.
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2009, 02:01:26 AM »

Hello mithila

Thanks indeed. Yes I will do a research before buying it otherwise It will be a big problem. The body is also need a care because the paint is not in a good condition as the picture shows. So It is better to find. If you have any contact with jeep sellers (Mitsubishi is good) please tell me. Thanks again for everything.

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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2009, 03:48:21 AM »


 Its 30 years old so it will NEED REPAIRS from time to time and if the spare parts are hard to find you will be stuck with it.


I agree with Mithila on that, first findout about the availability of spare parts for this model. And to do that the best way is to find someone who already owns one. You can stop someone if you see on the road and ask that person too.

Having a 30 year old 4x4 involves both Fun and pain. If you don’t mind spending some time with mechanics and walking from shop to shop in Panchikawaththa it will be fun (Well I don’t mind Grin Grin Grin).

But if you don’t like smelling kerosene oil on your hands while having lunch, getting constant complains from your mother/wife (or from both in my case  Embarrassed Cry Cry Undecided) about the discomfort and the height of the vehicle and having oil patches on all your cloths , then it will be PAIN

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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2009, 03:58:15 AM »

Of course nadika..
It will definitely be a pain if it brakes in middle of a tour (probably some off road ones) which is not always closer to panchikawattha.  Smiley  & in fact it is a good idea of asking it from a person who owns one already.. So how about your experience on that? anyone who owns one..?

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2009, 07:48:22 AM »

sorry nishan not that model ßest thing is to stop someone on the road and ask

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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2009, 10:25:45 AM »

Hi Nishan
I found this forum of UK Dihatsu drivers.
See some discussions about the F50 here..

From whats on the web the F50 looks like a very robust vehicle. but as Nadika suggested there is nothing like asking from a person who owns one now.
Also maybe you would want to talk to indika at Indika Garage (or Mangala Garage ??), Rajagiriya. (he is a specialist in 4X4s and might be able to tell you some info on the f50)
Best wishes for your off roading plans
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2009, 07:52:41 PM »

Hi Chandima

Thanks to all and chandima I am now having a good idea of that.. So Chandima, you have mentioned about 2 garages (Indika in Indika Garage at Rajagiriya & Mangala Garage) that can get some information. Can you please tell me where it is (If can please tell me the address or any contact details) so that I can go and meet them. (I guess you already  know them). Thanks again chandima.

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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2009, 12:36:41 AM »

Hi Nishan

Im sorry i do not know Indika Garage personally.. only i have seen a lot of landrovers and some other jeeps being repaired and modified there.
However i made some inquiries and got info of a person who owns a F50. I have mailed you the contact phone no in a private email to you.

One advice i can give you is one should only go for an old vehicle if he has some mechanical knowledge. this is because the time and money spent at garages repairing every simple job is not economical.

I talked to the guy owning the F50 mentioned above and he says it is a superb vehicle with 4 forward gears and his is doing 14Km per liter.
Due to the short wheelbase the vehicle is a bit bumpy according to him.
Just quote my name if you decide to call him.
Anyways please analyze all your options and info before making a decision to buy an old vehicle.
good luck

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