1990 Daihatsu Rocky 4 cylinder


This is not a real car


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.

1991 Daihatsu Rocky 1.6 16v


An unheard Japanese Surprise.


When I first got this Rocky it wasn't working I had to open the engine and see what was wrong with it. The head gasket was blown and the pistons were gone. I had to look for any used engine because a new one was impossible to find. I paid $200 dollars for this jeep and the used engine was $400. There was no service installing the used engine since me and my friend did the work ourselves. If you have a car garage get it inside because rust is a common problem. Asides that nothing serious or expensive has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

This jeep is serious fun and very comfortable despite its size. The engine is a bit slow, but the thanks to its 5 speed transmission it doesn't seems that way. Considering that I only used around 600-700 dollars for it, this jeep is the best car I have ever own. Parts are quite difficult to find due to the fact that Daihatsu only sold around 18,000 back in 91' and the following year they stopped sales. I wish Daihatsu was still here in America. This jeep turns a lot of heads and it's actually a good 4x4. I have driven this jeep for around 35,000 miles on a used engine and nothing serious has gone wrong. I definitely recommend this vehicle for anyone who is a do it yourself guy/girl.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2004

10th Jan 2005, 20:57

First of all it is not a Jeep it is a Daihatsu, Jeep is a registered trademark of Daimler-Chrysler. Second, 18000 Daihatsu Rockies were sold in the United States ever, not just in 1991. In fact, only 295 were sold in 1991 and Daihatsu USA was forced to shut its doors.

26th Dec 2006, 18:22

Jeep is not an adjective it is a pronoun and a registered trademark of the Daimler-Chrysler company.

26th Oct 2007, 23:12

Big deal if they used the word "Jeep" to describe this car. It helped me to understand what the car is like. Haven't you ever asked for a Kleenex, or do you say "tissue" because Kleenex is a registered trademark? Gimme a break!

13th Mar 2010, 14:52

I'm Irish, and we refer to all 4x4 vehicles as Jeeps, so, whatever floats your boat I guess. Probably due to the fact that they all stem from the WW2 Willys Jeep.

20th Jan 2011, 22:16

I have owned CJs, YJs, XJs, a ZJ and a couple TJs (one of which I still have).

I just purchased a Rocky and refer to it as a "Little Jeep". Who cares that it is a trademark name?

Jeep is an easy way to describe any 4x4 that has a convertible top and short wheelbase.

1990 Daihatsu Rocky SE 1.6


Worth the price!!!


Air cleaner removed by the previous owner.

General Comments:

Small, but handles good.

No rustthrough, which was surprising.

Replaced front brake pads, which were cheap.

No radio or AC that works.

Got it cheap and it starts easy.

I like it and I wish there were more to choose from in the States.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2003