2003 Daihatsu Rocky Review

2003 Daihatsu Rocky Taft GT 2.8 normally aspirated diesel from Indonesia

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.8 normally aspirated diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired500 kilometres
Most recent distance9850 kilometres


Durable without demanding much attention


Nothing wrong with this car.

General Comments:

I really like this car.

Good fuel consumption.

The cabin is comfortable enough though not as roomy as my old Toyota.

The independent suspension gives comfort to the ride.

The engine is durable. Great torque from idle to 3600 rpm. I've even driven it on a moderate climbing road about 70 kilometers at 100 to 125 kph. and it worked really well. Even I used only the 5th gear, no need to shift down because of its great torque. When at the peak power, it runs like a locomotive and is able to chase other fast cars especially in climbing.

The sound of the engine is quite smooth for a diesel. Thanks to its indirect injection system.

The 4x4 transmission works smoothly. The gear ratio is good enough for on-road and off-road driving. I've ever let it run by itself (no driver in the cabin) at a climbing road near my house when in 4-low mode.

Because this model is popular in Indonesia, I don't have to worry about the spare parts. After all, it doesn't require much attention.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2003

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review