1991 Daihatsu Rocky 1.6 fuel injected petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Good and light on the wallet
Leaf spring bushings needed replacing.
Auto 4wd hubs seized up - replaced - $80.
Rear diff was making an annoying but harmless clunking noise - purchased a salvaged one for only $250 and changed it myself.
Makes a high pitch whistling noise above 3 thousand revs - could be the exhaust or a vacuum hose.
An extremely reliable vehicle. These little Rockys often outperform other small trucks such as Suzuki Vitaras because of their strong engine and heavily built chassis. They also have a larger fuel tank which can be useful for a achieving a greater range.
I have not had a single problem with the engine yet apart from a rough idle which was cured by cleaning out the throttle body.
I have been on a few long trips with the Rocky including a few roads that climb high into the Urewera ranges. The car didn't have a single complaint and was great on fuel. I have also towed a moderately sized boat quite a distance on the road; the MPG decreases significantly, but it still trucks along (slowly on the hills).
It's definitely not the most comfortable vehicle on the road, especially at highway speeds, I usually drive at 90kmh as it keeps the revs down, increasing fuel economy. Off-road the performance is quite good, although having mud tyres would improve it a lot.
These trucks are known to make it past the 300,000km mark, so they will look after you for quite a while.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th July, 2016