Car buyers’ guide: Looking for that oddball — Motoring — NZ Herald News

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Car buyers’ guide: Looking for oddball

A Toyota Sparky. / Supplied

Nina has a penchant well, odd-looking vehicles. had an S-Cargo, a Will and, in the day, a Renault 4. I was driving the other day and found myself this amazing little called a Sparky, but I could see no name. [I’d] love to more.

Isn’t that the thing about used all these strange vehicles on our shores? And of them all, the is one of the more obscure. It’s a light van, also as a passenger vehicle with or seven seats. Actually, not quite a Toyota either, but a version of the Daihatsu Hijet Those found here a 1290cc engine.

It’s tricky to recommend especially as one might be the S-Cargo, Nina has already owned. So come up with a more minivan and something a bit different Daihatsu.

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The shortlist

Daihatsu Materia

known as a Coo as a used import, the Materia is a pint-sized MPV based on the platform.

It’s closely to the Toyota bB that was moderately as a used import, and to the Subaru New Zealand-new models have a petrol engine, as do most although a 1.3 was available in Japan.

The is a useful vehicle, an attention-getter and has support infrastructure.

Suzuki Super Carry

don’t take this too seriously. This is the wee one-litre van from 1986 to 1993 gutless, has no safety features to of and those for sale nowadays are to be on their last legs.

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But included because of a certain charm, because it can accommodate a load and, repairs is cheap to run. Oh, and don’t that last legs too literally; there’s one for sale now, apparently in good with 425,000km on the odo!

Toyota Sparky

The apple of eye is the rarest of the trio — it even featured in Toyota’s own Range used-import lineup. could mean that parts could be a problem.

are automatic and seem to be passenger-configured, than vans. They’re in the range, so have a sprinkling of features.

Driven recommends

Driven’s reaction was to steer clear of the but it’s a cute little that would make a runabout; the more we looked it, the more it charmed.

But head over heart at Buyers’ and we’re giving the nod to the much and peppier Materia, or bB. And if you like the maybe also look at the Kia

If the cuteness of the Suzuki appeals, why not a photo of one and use it as a screensaver?

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