1990 Daihatsu Rocky SX 1.6 from North America


The little rig that could... and will!


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 from North America


One of the greatest vehicles I have ever and still have


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

14th Aug 2017, 07:18

Thanks for the review. I am flying from Tucson to Denver to pick one up.

Very rare to find, and I know the only downside is parts can be hard to find.

Looking forward to picking mine up.

1990 Daihatsu Rocky 4 cylinder from North America


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.

1990 Daihatsu Rocky SE 1.6 from North America


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