1985 Daihatsu Rocky Reviews

1985 Daihatsu Rocky DX 2.8 diesel from Ecuador

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.8 diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Daihatsu-Delta Truck


Seems that it will go forever if properly maintained


4x4 is not working, possible cause could be the changing of front wheel Bearing by a not to good Mechanic.

General Comments:

Seats not too confortable. This vehicle will take me anywhere exept in Sand on the Beach, for that I need 4x4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2004

1985 Daihatsu Rocky EX Short Wheel Base 2.0 petrol (Toyota 3YC) from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol (Toyota 3YC) Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance265000 kilometres


Thirsty, uncomfortable, but totally bullet-proof


1st Petrol tank rusted (poor fuel quality suspected)

Automatic choke replaced by 2nd hand part twice.

Drivers seat cloth tore early.

Radiator reconditioned twice.

Rust beginning to appear in roof gutters.

General Comments:

This car war purchased new in our family and has been serviced every 5,000 kms.

Original engine still runs extremely well, although fuel consumption is poor, and the small tank allows for a max range of around 330kms. Slow acceleration, but very acceptable torque for off-road situations. Uses approx 500ml of oil every 5,000kms.

The most noticeable shortcoming since new was the standard suspension and this has not been changed. A very bumpy and firm ride, but on-road handling is good. Power steering. Excellent brakes.

Off-road ability is good, limited only by ramp-over angle in very challenging terrain. Manual front-locking hubs. Low range transfer case.

Uncomplicated design and good visibility.

Well suited to tight mountain tracks. Less suited to open desert tracks.

A good, if thirsty, city car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2002

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews