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I bought this car about 2 months ago and I love it!
What more could you ask for, it is small so it is so easy to park it is a hard top convertible with gorgeous red leather seats that heat up.
The handling on this car is fantastic and despite being low to the ground it is a pretty smooth ride.
The price you would pay for these cars is next to nothing for the amount of joy you get out of driving them.
They certainly attract a lot of attention and you can't help but smile when your driving it. The Copen is much more fun to drive with the roof down - despite English weather being typically wet I have managed to have the roof down quite a bit the last month or so.
The car does 0 - 60 in around 12seconds, which I personally thing is fantastic for a car that is a 695cc. The roof comes down at the flick of a switch in around 18 seconds.
It is not a fuel guzzler - which is an added bonus although the car tax for 1 year still stands around £130.
Also the boot space is limited when the roof is down - but you would not buy this car for space - you buy it for fun and comfort!
You can easily find accessories to buy for the car on Daihatsu dealer websites - and as the other review states Daihatsu drivers really do wave to each other seen as though they are a very rare sight on the round.
The only way I would ever give this car up is if I was to buy the 1.3 version!
I bought my 2003 black Copen with red leather seats in April 2008 and love it to pieces! :-)
The Copen is a tiny 2 seater convertible which meets the Japanese K class criteria. It has an electric retractable hardtop which restracts in around 25 seconds at the push of a button. You can even manage it in the time it takes for traffic lights to change!
You can't take yourself too seriously driving a Copen because it looks like a cross between Noddy's car and a shoe! It's unique and has bags of character and although I have seen a couple on the roads since I have had mine, I have never seen the same colour combination of body colour and seats twice.
Having previously owned "pocket rockets" (my last car was a 2 litre Clio 172) I am used to fairly quick cars. The 2003 Copen has a 660cc supercharged engine but being only 3,395mm in length and weighing roughly the same as a paperclip, I was pleasantly surprised by the Copen's nippy feel (11.7 seconds 0-60mph and top speed is over 100mph)and excellent handling.
There is some turbo lag which is fun when your head gets gently planted back into your headrest a couple of seconds after you have put your foot down!
Running costs are low, although petrol consumption does of course rise when the top is down. The 660cc version requires very regular servicing - starting at every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Mine has just gone up to every six months, phew!
I have only serviced mine recently (oops) and the total cost was £200 including MOT as only minor things were needed.
Early Copens are known to be prone to rust so it's important to maintain the upkeep of the bodywork.
I am aware that the Copen is relatively small inside and is a very hard ride and I always apologise to my passengers for the hard suspension. But it's really not something that bothers me and I have driven hundreds on miles and still been able to feel my bum at the end of it! ;-)
The 660cc supercharged engine was replaced by a 1.3 standard engine in early 2007 which, due to the lack of turbo, is more economical than mine. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be trading mine in for a 1.3 when the time comes! I have my eye on the limited edition white with red seats version!
I really can't recommend the Copen enough, although I also don't want you to buy one because I like driving something unusual! It's a real conversation starter - people have stopped me in carparks, in the street and one man even knocked on my window while I was waiting at lights, to ask about the car!
My friends, particularly the men, take the mick out of the car, although they have all, without fail, raved about it once they have been out for a drive. And I'm not allowed to drive the car on the weekends because my boyfriend steals the keys!
Copen drivers wave at each other when they pass by, smug in the knowledge that they are driving something so fun and funky!