1993 Daihatsu Rocky Review

1993 Daihatsu Rocky 2.8 turbo intercooled diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 turbo intercooled diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres


A great car for the more serious young four wheel driver


Front suspension sags slightly unevenly.

General Comments:

The Rocky is definitely no rocketship.

Its strong points are reliability, economy and off road ability.

Although a harsh sounding motor, the diesel is a gem off road with plenty of power on the beach and torque that will climb over nearly anything.

The only reason I would not buy another Daihatsu is that my next 4x4 will need to be larger, and Daihatsu do not offer anything larger than this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th June, 2001

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review