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02 Mar 2016 12:50 #25773

Hi all, long time admirer of Kei cars but yet to own one. I just happened to stumble across this forum after hunting for info. I have decided to make my next motor something like a Suzuki Alto Works or a Nissan PAO. They seem to be quite hard to find - did most of you guys import or did you manage to source your cars in the UK or wherever?
Did you find you had to change your driving habits when you got your Kei? The smallest car I ever owned is a VW Lupo with a 1.4L engine and it was OK but is it a big drop to 600 odd cc?

Cheers
Chris

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02 Mar 2016 15:25 #25774

Well as most Kei's will be quicker than your current car the only habit you'll have to change is being slow :cheer: To give you an idea the Cappuccino has a 0-60 time of around 8 seconds (depends on how much of the original 0.8-0.9bar of boost is still left) and a top, unlimited speed of 135mph.

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02 Mar 2016 17:20 #25775

Cheers Andy, good to know. I'm currently rocking a Civic 2.0 Type-S so hopefully performance will be similar.
Now I just need to get hold of one!

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02 Mar 2016 17:32 #25776

That'll teach me to not read your post properly :cheer:

Can't speak for other Keis but the Cappo can outperform more powerful cars due to its amazing handling. Once you start modifying it only gets better :)

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03 Mar 2016 00:59 #25779

Hello and welcome!

I think Cappuccinos are probably the best overall performing Kei car around (in the UK at least). My only real experience is with Daihatsu Mira turbos and whilst the acceleration is great (similar to the Cappuccino) it lacks the top end (due to the electronic speed limiter).

If you are looking for a Kei then be wary of rust. The Miras at least were not adequately protected against the use of salt on the UK roads in winter, and a lot of them have suffered as a result. Areas to look out for are the rear wheel arches, bonnet and.. well, everywhere on the chassis to be honest. I know Cappuccinos are pretty bad for it as well (from my experience when I was looking to purchase one a little while ago).

I can guarantee that any Kei will put a huge grin on your face. Nothing I've driven has come close to the amount of enjoyment that my Mira has given me. Clarkson seems to think so, too:


1998 Daihatsu Mira L512 TR-XX Avanzato R4
1996 BMW E36 Compact
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03 Mar 2016 22:14 #25780

Thanks for the info and the warm welcome! These cars seem really hard to find, I may ask the importer near me to see if they can source one on my behalf.
The Cappuccino looks great but I just think of soft tops as a pain - leaks, condensation, expensive replacement etc. not to mention the chance of vandalism! If one came up for sale near me I would like to test drive it however.

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04 Mar 2016 01:50 #25783

They do pop up occasionally, and naturally the condition varies. If you're patient, then something will pop along. Suzuki Alto Works/Nissan PAOs are generally harder to find than say Daihatsu Mira Avanzatos, Mira Classics or Suzuki Cappuccinos (which were all officially sold in the UK by Daihatsu/Suzuki dealers in limited numbers. Not too sure about Honda Beats, but they seem pretty rare, too.

Initially before I purchased mine, I was looking at various Importers/Auction sites, but the cost wasn't really suitable for me. I wasn't really prepared to spend £3k-ish on a Kei when they were floating around at £1500-ish around that time. Admittedly the overall condition of a fresh import would be better in terms of rust, and the majority of Japanese people care for their cars meticulously. That's not to say that there aren't a few dogs floating around, though :lol:

I suppose I was just lucky when the right Mira appeared at the right time for me.


1998 Daihatsu Mira L512 TR-XX Avanzato R4
1996 BMW E36 Compact

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04 Mar 2016 09:51 #25784

hi chris if you are anywhere down south you are more than welcome to have a look at my kei/jdm collection and i can take you on a passenger test drive in a few different cars. failing that if you post where you are im sure another kei owner will be happy to assist

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04 Mar 2016 18:39 #25785

Don't forget that the Cappo has a hard metal roof not a soft top. The roof is made up of 3 aluminium sections that stack in the boot and then the rear hoop and windscreen lowers in to the body to become a full convertible.

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04 Mar 2016 20:05 #25787

Wow! You guys sure know your subject! Thanks again for all the details and info and the kind offer of a ride-along. I'm going to keep scouring eBay and maybe make some enquiries with a couple of importers. You never know, something might crop up in the classifieds...

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