1990 Daihatsu Rocky SX 1.6 liter 4-cylinder
Great running summer truck
My aunt had the car before me. She had it from 100,000 miles in 1996 and she sold it to me in March of 2001. As far as I know, the only thing my aunt has had to fix was the water pump. When I first got it, I had to put in a new radiator. It leaked and overheated easily. Ever since I got the radiator in, it hasn't overheated and I've been on trips with it.
Another thing that broke was my clutch cable. It just busted when I was in my friends driveway. It didn't cost a lot to fix though.
The only other bad thing about my car is that the carpet by the pedals on the drivers side is torn and messed up. I've heard about this from other Rocky owners also. Some of the carpet in the back passenger side is messed up too.
Even though Daihatsu is kind of unknown, I think it's an overall great truck. I've had trailers and boats and all sorts of things hitched behind it and it does well.
It's very slow and the gears are small, but it definitely does the job.
The 4 wheel drive does OK in the mud, but it's mainly made to get out of trouble.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th December, 2002
24th Feb 2010, 11:35
I have a '91 Daihatsu Rocky. People ask me about it a lot. I simply tell them it is a Suzuki Samurai on steroids. I love my little Rocky, but she needs a new transmission. Does anyone know where I can find a cheap five speed tranny for my baby?
27th Jan 2015, 15:50
I have had my Rocky for about 7 years, It's been great, then all of a sudden my 1.6 engine started to surge erratically at idle. Replaced the throttle body, which made it worse. Can't find parts, and not sure what to do next.
Any help would be great.
15th Feb 2015, 06:01
Daihatsu Rocky Parts Northwest - Rockpile Garage has parts. daihatsurockyparts.wix.com/drpn is their website. They have just about everything.