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Daihatsu HiJet Overview

The Daihatsu HiJet is classed as a microvan and is also available as a pickup truck. This vehicle is manufactured by the Japanese motor-vehicle manufacturing company, Daihatsu. The Daihatsu HiJet vehicle has been in production for over 50 years now, since 1960. These vans are very cheap to run but are not very good to drive and are very flimsy. They are really small and its safety leaves a lot to be desired, but one thing you can’t argue with is that it is good value for money.

Daihatsu HiJet  History

When the Daihatsu HiJet was first designed in 1960 it was made to certain predefined specifications that had to be met if it was to be considered a kei car in Japan. The kei cars have to be small vehicles that meet these regulations and were mainly designed for inner city use. The versions that have been exported to countries around the world have had the bodies made slightly larger, bigger bumpers or similar changes made.

The first available engine was a 360cc engine, keeping in-line with the small vehicle regulations set for a kei car. The S60 fourth generation (1977-81) version was the first one to be exported in great numbers and had a larger body and 550cc engine. Now there are larger sized engine versions available as a 1.0 and 1.3 and these are sold outside of Japan.

Models

Hi-Jet Van
Hi-Jet jumbo cab pick-up
S83P Hi-Jet pick up
Hi-Jet dump truck
Hi-Jet V Deck

Fuel Economy

As the older versions had such small engines they didn’t use that much fuel, but even the 1.3 and 1.6 engines that are available for the more modern versions are pretty good economically. The three factors that must be taken into consideration are: Fuel type, engine size and age of the vehicle. This will determine the economic value of the vehicle.

Transmission

The original gearbox was a 4-speed manual and Breakeryard has a section of the website dedicated to Daihatsu gearbox parts. Have a look to locate your gearbox parts.

Parts

Daihatsu Hi-Jet parts can be found through Breakeryard. Have a look at this page now to locate your parts or enter your vehicle details in our part finder. Our Breakers have many different parts waiting for order.