Daihatsu Rocky Reviews from North America

1990 Daihatsu Rocky SX 1.6

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired216000 miles
Most recent distance249621 miles

Summary:

The little rig that could... and will!

Faults:

Had to replace the alternator. Can call that maintenance, just like I have had to replace the tires and brakes.

Did have a strange starter problem, but it turned out to be a poor connection at the ignition switch.

General Comments:

Love this little truck. I put a small lift on it, and have done general cleanup and maintenance for the last few years, and racked up some miles.

Actually was on Craigslist and found another one yesterday, and bought it this morning. Put another 160 miles on it in 3-4 hours this morning to go check out the one I bought.

I have taken my kids to the hills, to camp and play in the snow, and love my lil rig every time I go. Couldn't be happier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2013

1990 Daihatsu Rocky SX

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance163000 miles
Previous carDaihatsu Rocky

Summary:

One of the greatest vehicles I have ever and still have

Faults:

Normal wear and tear. I did have to replace the distributor, which runs about $1000 at about 50000 miles, and I just replaced the pitman and idler arm at a cost of $300. Other than that, just the usual maintenance.

General Comments:

I bought the SUV in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew blew my house down on my Pontiac in Miami. I then moved to Washington DC, and had to put up with the weather, but the Rocky responded very well with the 4WD. I never had to shovel snow; the Rocky just drove over it. I had to drive 100 mile every day; if you know anything about DC traffic, you will understand. The Rocky performed very well.

In 95 I moved to Georgia, where I got to experience Hurricane Floyd, so me and the Rocky drove to Knoxville Tn to get away. I wasn't about to experience another hurricane.

I have been droving it back and forth to work and about ever since, and think it's the best vehicle I have ever had; it is part of the family history, and I just can't bring myself to get rid of it, but why should I, the Rocky keeps on running and running and running. Nothing will ever replace it.

I wish they were selling new ones now; it's been great for 21 years. I love the vehicle. Thank you Daihatsu. The reason I bought the Rocky was that while I was stationed in Japan, I had a Daihatsu Van, and I liked it for 2 years. I can't believe I have had the Rocky for so long. I wish all my other cars had been so reliable. Yeah, Rocky.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2011

1991 Daihatsu Rocky SX 1.6

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance241000 miles
Previous carJaguar Vanden Plas

Summary:

Too reliable for United States

Faults:

Timing belt at 187k.

New clutch plate at 177k.

New brakes/shocks at 125k and 230k.

Rebuild alternator at 159k and 210k.

That is all the repairs except oil changes (I use synthetic only).

General Comments:

This is probably the best car I have ever had. I live in the mountains and people don't believe how it just climbs over things. It's true it could use more power, but I pull my 1300 lb boat, 1100 lb camper, and also a box utility trailer with it all the time through thousands of miles.

It is boxy, but I doubt seriously anything made today could replace it for reliability, toughness, and overall utility at the cost. I have a grand total of around 6500 in it over the last almost six years, including the purchase price.

I wish I could buy a new one, but you can't get new Daihatsus in the United States.

Like my 1996 Jag (before Ford bought them), you can have it when you pry out of my crying fingers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2009

1990 Daihatsu Rocky 4 cylinder

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership1992
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carToyota Van

Summary:

This is not a real car

Faults:

Rattled from the get go.

Check engine light came on whenever it got wet.

General Comments:

Salesperson sold me on how Daihatsu was considered more reliable in Japan than Toyota - ha!

Terrible fit and trim. Always rattled. Not smooth on highway.

Cheap carpet immediately wore out.

Convertible top was horrible to put up and down.

Zero power.

Dealership immediately went out of business.

Cheap. Cheap. Cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th November, 2007

28th Jan 2009, 19:44

The comment you made about how you did not like the vehicle, does not make any sense if the mileage you put here is correct. You purchased the vehicle new, and put 90,000 miles on it. If I bought a vehicle with that much trouble, I would not keep it.

9th Mar 2009, 16:58

In fact the engine used in the Rocky is sourced and designed directly from Toyota.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 10 reviews