After searching Pakwheels forums, I found some threads about Hijet from brothers asking about different things e.g. engine oil and transmission oil. I am just creating this thread to share the accurate information and experience sharing.
Not everyone is using Daihatsu Hijet as a family van/car but I am sure many of us are using. May be other Hijet owners who are using this vehicle for commercial purpose/pick and drop can take advantage of this thread.
Mine is 2011 model automatic transmission - 75000kms original mileage - it was 35000 on odo and it is EBD-S331v (with 4WD) - the other one is EBD-S321v which is 2WD. The ride is smooth and I got the first average of 15.5/16 km/l. I have not checked on highway yet.
The main advantage of Hijet over Every is that Hijet has O/D option in all variants and it also has 4 forward gears while Every has 4 gears only in Turbo version (Every Join Turbo or Every Wagon) which is also very expensive (above 11 lac). Hijet also comes in Turbo version but it is your luck if you can find it since many people are importing it now all over Pakistan.
These are the pictures of my vehicle.
I am also uploading the important page from the owners manual. It is in Japanese of course but you can find out the numbers (engine oil amount/transmission oil amount) in it.
The manual says to use 5w-30 grade oil... the closest match I found was 10w-30 Shell HX7. If your vehicle is driven less than 100,000kms and engine has no issues then you can use this Shell HX7 oil. if there are any issues like engine noise is little more than normal or your vehicle is driven more than 100,000 then you should use 10w-40 grade oil.
I am planning to use Liqui Moly Mos2 10w-40 semi synthetic... I have seen lot of +ve reviews from many Pakwheelers and from other international forums about this Liqui Moly oil. This costs 4000 rupees for 4liter box. You can also find Shell HX5 in 10w-40 grade which is cheaper than Liqui Moly.
Liqui Moly changing interval - 6000kms (considering Pakistani conditions)
Shell Hx7 changing interval - 3000-3500kms
Shell HX5 changing interval - 3000kms
Gear or Transmission Oil:
The manual says to use Ammix D3-SP automatic transmission Oil. Ammix is an oil company in Japan which provides ATF oils for Daihatsu. Every automatic transmission car owner should be careful while choosing/finding the correct transmission oil. Not every ATF oil is compatible with all vehicles. I have seen that many people put Zic ATF-III after hearing from our road side mechanics..... it may work for many vehicles but gearbox may die soon due to incompatibility.
I have searched alot and found the oil which says it is compatible with Daihatsu Ammix. I previously owned Suzuki Alto JDM 2007 model and I was not sure where to find the right oil for the car so Ivisited Filter House on Ferozpur road opposite Qadafi stadium. They recommended me to use Kixx ATF Multi transmission oil. It is compatible with many ATF standards for many manufacturers. Check out this link - it is compatible with Daihatsu Ammix. Also note that this is for non CVT gearboxes.
This answers to many Daihatsu Esse users question who have non-CVT automatic Esse.
I will be updating this post for other updates. Do share your experiences :).